Where to stay in Cuenca
If you want to be spoiled a good option is always a Parador. The Parador in Cuenca is where their current King and Queen—Felipe and Letizia—spent their honeymoon in 2003, so you can be assured you are getting prestige and quality.
The Parador is a chain of hotels that you will find throughout Spain. The Paradors are always built in monumental buildings—old castles, palaces or monasteries. They keep the original flavour of the building they are in by using period furniture pieces and decorations. Walking in a Parador hotel is like walking into a history book. Each Parador is unique. If the original building was a palace from the 17th century the furniture and decorations will be much more opulent than a Parador that is housed in a castle from the 14th century.
Paradors have the minimum of a 4* rating.
The restaurants are also top notch. The chef works with local fresh ingredients and creates dishes from the area, usually with his own twist.
Although my description above usually would amount to one conclusion—expensive—this isn’t the case with Paradors. Admittedly they are not the cheapest option, but they are on par for an average hotel in Spain. The Parador’s are subsidised by the Government and as such offer competitive prices. Cuenca’s Parador runs between 150-250 Euros/night. There are often specials on the web, so be sure to check before you book. I have noticed that in the case of the Paradors, it is often best to go to its own web page as it tends to offer the best prices and the most recent specials.
Web of the Parador in Cuenca: http://www.parador.es/en/paradores/parador-de-cuenca
Telephone: (34) 969 23 23 20
Where to stay with children in Cuenca:
When travelling with children I always look for a place with a kitchen. Schedules are always off when travelling and it helps to have a fridge to store some snacks or a microwave to heat up something quick for junior.
Hotel Ramon y Cajal en Cuenca is actually a 2-bedroom apartment. It is in walking distance to downtown and is clean and basic.
Phone: (34) 969 23 41 00