NH Palacio de Castellanos Hotel Review
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I was exhausted by the time my trip from Avila to Madrid ended—spending 6 hours on the road can really take its toll on you. To top it all off, I was quite stressed as on the first day of our tour, I lost my passport in Madrid and had to visit the Philippine Embassy in Madrid to work on my travel documents. However, as our bus approached Salamanca, I forgot my exhaustion for a little while. The sight of the beautiful basilica, even from afar, made me more excited to explore the city and see all its religious and historical landmarks.
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Unlike Avila’s laidback and easygoing vibe, I think Salamanca is much livelier. This might be due to the fact that Salamanca is a university town and people from different parts of Europe go to Salamanca to study—so the crowd is younger and there are more after-hours things to do.
As soon as I alighted at the bus station, I hired a taxi to take me to NH Palacio de Castellanos—our home in Salamanca for two nights. Most of the road only allows one-way traffic, so it took a bit of time before I reached the hotel. Later on, I found out that it would’ve taken me only 15 minutes to walk from the bus station to the hotel, which would’ve been a pleasant walk despite the distance—the sights and the pleasant climate would’ve made it a very relaxing stroll.
Hotel NH Salamanca Palacio de Castellanos Salamanca Hotel
When I arrived at the hotel, I was amazed right away by the view—the outdoor terrace of the hotel faced the beautiful Convent of St. Stephen, so I could enjoy the lovely architecture for the next two days just by waking up and walking around. The hotel is just as charming—it has a delightful reception atrium with pillars all around.
View of St Stepen Convent from the hotel entrance
Checking in was hassle-free, as everything was already prepared upon arrival. From the keycards to the welcome kit, everything was ready.
Just like our hotel in Avila —the Hotel Palacio de Los Velada —the hotel was also a former palace. This beautiful 16th century palace-hotel is only 5 minutes away from Catedral Nueva and a mere 6-minute walk from the exhibits of Casa Museo Unamuno. The city square is also nearby if you want to go to one of its many cafes.
Lobby of NH Palacio de Castellanos Hotel in Salamanca
The NH Salamanca Palacio de Castellanos (rates) retains some of the original features of the old castle. The cathedral is immediately behind the hotel, and it’s very convenient to explore it by day. The cathedral is beautifully flood-lit by night, a charming sight.
The Casa de las Conchas—a Gothic-style building covered in seashells—is also only a 3-minute stroll away from the hotel. The Tormes River is a hop and a skip away. If you’re going to or coming from anywhere else, the bus and train stations are only a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Overall, a great place to be.
I stayed at the ground floor, and have no complaints. My room had a huge window facing a beautiful garden. It was tastefully furnished, spacious, comfortable and clean. It was also very comfortable with good lighting.
Room with a View at Palacio de Castellanos
What I loved about my room was the 28cm-thick mattresses and two huge pillows that made me want to stay inside the room for the rest of the day. There were plenty of outlets as well for my laptop, camera and other gadgets. The room had a luxurious marble bathroom, complete with toiletries and hot and cold shower.
The hotel has 62 rooms, including 4 duplex Junior suites. Room service is available until 11:30pm, and the Superior Rooms and suites have coffee machines—perfect for a pick-me-up at any time of the day. Most of the rooms also have a view of the old Dominican convent.
The classic rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, minibars and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded quarters feature tea and coffee-making facilities, plus living areas. Some offer balconies and monastery views, which I highly recommend.
NH Palacio de Castellanos Hotel (hotel info) offers buffet breakfast at the Trento Restaurant. I was initially disappointed when I saw that they didn’t have an omelet-making station or bacon on their buffet table, but I was pleasantly surprised when one of the staff approached me to ask if I want bacon and an omelet.
From the bread basket, cheese corner, pastries, hams, fruits, jams and fruit juices—everything was abundant. I especially loved their wide tea selection and their freshly-squeezed orange juice.
The restaurant was located one floor down and its quite small but the decor is modern and elegant, while the food takes in international dishes and regional cuisine.
The general rule of hotels still applies: getting a view of the city square from your room would be great, but get your room as high up as possible if that’s what you want, since there will definitely be some noise from the street traffic and pedestrians.
The hotel brought together the best of the old world and the new—the elegant ambiance and modern-day comforts definitely made my stay wonderful. It has a beautiful view, magnificent structural design, friendly hotel staff and convenient location, so if your budget allows it, I do think you should consider booking a room here.
The hotel is in the heart of Salamanca—and nothing beats the fact that it’s just a short walk away from the city center. Staying in a real palace in the heart of the historical city is a unique and exciting point that would make your trip more memorable. We certainly enjoyed our stay in NH Salamanca Palacio de Castellanos Hotel (discounted rates). I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in Salamanca.
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