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