Extremadura boasts six inns

NEW YORK -- Extremadura has six historical parador hotels, all with air-conditioned rooms as well as a bar, a restaurant and gardens. Some details follow:

  • Merida: Parador Via de la Plata (four stars). There are 82 rooms in a 15th-century building, which has served as a church, a convent, a hospital and a prison.
  • Guadalupe. Parador Zuba-ran (three stars). There are 40 rooms in what was once a hospital and a convent. The property features a swimming pool, and balconied rooms overlook the town's monastery and gardens.
  • Trujillo: Parador de Trujillo (four stars). The 46-room property, once a convent, has bedrooms that formerly were nuns' cells.
  • Caceres: Parador Ciudad Monumental (three stars). This former merchant's mansion features 31 rooms built around a courtyard in Caceres' old quarter.
  • Zafra: Parador Hernan Cortes (three stars). The 15th century castle with 28 rooms gets its name from the fact that the explorer Cortes lived here before departing for the New World.
  • Jarrandilla de la Vera: Parador Carlos V (three stars). This 15th century castle features 43 rooms.
  • Rates at the paradors range from $135 to $150 per room, per night, with breakfast. Reservations are available through Marketing Ahead, the paradors' U.S. representative, at (800) 223-1356 or (212) 686-9213.

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