Parador de Alcalá de Henares, the most avant-garde design in an old convent


Cloister of the old convent, now Parador de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid

If you want to know which is the last exponent in the design of the National Paradores, you have the possibility to check it personally if you travel to Madrid.

In Alcala de Henares, in the Madríd surroundings, 20 kilometers from Barajas Airport, you have a national hostel built in a building of an old convent, but that incorporates the avant-garde design and the most advanced comfort and technological equipment.

Although we have the traditional image of a national hostel associated with a historic building with decoration and period furniture, the National Parador of Alcalá de Henares, opened almost two years ago, marks a new trend in the design of these hotel establishments.

Room of the Parador de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid

This trend can also be seen in other hotel chains, as, for example, is the case of NH with its Hotel Palacio de Ferrera de Avilés, which also combines cutting-edge design in a historic building.

He Parador de Alcalá de Herares occupies the building of former Dominican convent school of Santo Tomás, from the 17th century, created at the time of the development of Alcalá as a university city, at the time of Cisneros.

Garden of the Parador de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid

Located right in front of the Student Hosteria, traditional establishment of restoration also of the network of National Paradores, said building housed since the mid-nineteenth century the Alcalá de Henares prison, until it was closed due to the construction of the Alcalá Meco prison facility.

The building was completely abandoned until an Alcalá urban reorganization plan was addressed, which involved the construction of this now four star hotel.

If you have the opportunity to stay at the Parador de Alcalá de Henares, or at least visit its facilities, you will discover this conjunction of the avant-garde design and architecture of an old convent.

Restaurant of the Parador de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid

He old cloister, where you can enjoy the now terrace, is one of the exponents of this conjunction. But, without a doubt, the most surprising corner of the Parador de Alcalá de Henares It is the space occupied by the former orchard of the convent.

Much of its 128 rooms are distributed in so-called carved garden, architectural design solution that maintains a landscaped area of ​​9,000 square meters at the ground floor level, but that the buildings of the rooms have been built on two floors down, opening landscaped gardens in the form of a swastika to allow the entry of natural light.

Spa area in the Parador de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid

The innovator architectural design of the Parador de Alcalá de Henares led to the project being presented on behalf of Spain at the architectural exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.

Walking through the interior of the hostel, you can see numerous leisure and meeting rooms, with two business centers, an avant-garde spa and a swimming pool. It also has numerous environmental solutions that promote energy savings and make it a sustainable building.

The rooms have a very modern design and offer high comfort and technology equipment.

Corridor of the old cloister in the Parador de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid

The room rates at the Parador de Alcalá de Henares They start at their best rate from 100-130 euros only accommodation, with a great variety of prices according to rates and types of rooms.

At least, the hostel is a highly recommended visit when you go to Alcala de Henares.

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