Convent of Santo Tomás and Hostería del Estudiante –

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Outside viewThis newly opened hotel is located in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, only 26 km from the capital city and 20 km away from Barajas International Airport and IFEMA. It has 128 guestrooms.

Parador de Alcalá de Henares is housed in a magnificent seventeenth-century building, the former Santo Tomás Dominican Convent and School. It is one of the city’s landmarks along with Hostería del Estudiante, in the former Minor School of San Jerónimo, founded by Cardinal Cisneros in 1510 and overlooking the beautiful Patio Trilingüe at the University of Alcalá de Henares.

These monuments form a complex that was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Around the cloisters at the Santo Tomás School-Convent there are the restaurant, the bar, the breakfast room, the guests’ lounge, and the night bar. There is also restaurant in Hostería del Estudiante, which serves a wide range of courses, including Cervantine food and the well-known traditional “costradas”.

The Parador has a swimming pool, which is open only in the summer. In addition, the hotel boasts twelve rooms available for conferences, meetings, and other events. They cover nearly 1,000 square metres. Some of them even have a separate reception area. The Parador also offers parking for 124 vehicles. All in all, it is a wise combination of tradition and avant-garde, creating a space where you can relax or hold successful business meetings in a comfortable place living up to the high quality standards of Paradores.


The ancient San Jerónimo College is found within the setting of the charismatic history of Alcalá de Henares. Its proximity to monumental treasures such as the San Ildefonso Chapel, the Archbishop’s Palace and the baroque convent of Las Bernadas, can be extended to include the Spanish capital. Madrid is just 26 km away along the E-90, towards nearby Guadalajara and Zaragoza.

Specialities and traditional dishes

Best of all is the costrada de Alcalá (local puff pastry dessert)

Parador de Alcalá de HenaresAt the Parador and the Hostería of Alcalá, you may enjoy the typical gastronomy of the “Siglo de Oro” – the Spanish Golden Century. It is a traditional gastronomy, yet updated, following the techniques and the taste of our time, but without forgetting in many of its dishes the essence of the cuisine of the time of the writer Cervantes. It is powerful, strong cuisine, with many variations on its compositions, differentiating on one hand the large prairies of “La Mancha”, where the taste of the peasants prevails since many centuries. Roast and fish are two of the references, complementing dishes like the “migas ilustradas”, the soup “sopa boba”, “Duelos y Quebrantos”, the stew of Camachos’s wedding, vegetables, salads and stews, the traditional “cocido madrileño”, combining the cuisine with the know-how of the fireplace.

Not to forget, the sweet desserts based on almonds and honey, like the “pestiños”, the “flores”, the marzipan, the “piononos”, our “Costrada of Alcalá” and the burned almonds (almendras garrapiñadas)…all together within an unique surrounding: the old Colleges of Saint Thomas of Aquino, the Convent of the Dominicans of the 17th century and the College of San Jerónimo, a school of classic languages founded by the Cardinal Cisneros back in 1510.

The Spa at Alcalá de Henares, Spa sensations

Enjoy the sensations of light, sound and water beneath 17th-century vaulted ceilings. A spotlight illuminates the pool, creating a unique atmosphere. A number of spiral-shaped spaces reveal relaxing, sensory surprises. Treatments to transport your body and soul to a world of relaxation and well-being. Aromas, oils and wraps expertly chosen to leave you with an indelible memory of your stay at our parador. Centuries of history in an extraordinary building of magical, surprising architecture which is respectful of the beauty of Alcalá, World Heritage City.

Our clients’ 10 preferred treatments:
  • Wavy foam Massage: A delicious foam consisting of aromatic oils and an energetic exfoliant massage will leave your skin feeling like silk and your spirits sky-high. Truly an experience! PRICE: €35. DURATION: 25 minutes.
  • Salt-based Exfoliant Massage: Salts and aromatic oils offer you an explosion of vitality and a complete renewal of the skin. We finish off with a fine Spring rain. PRICE: €35. DURATION: 25 minutes.
  • Coating with a seaweed jelly: A massage that will drain you and a body coating with a nutritious Spirulina seaweed jelly. We finish off with a high-power shower of water to get the circulation going. PRICE: €35. DURATION: 25 minutes.
  • Southern Seas body coating: Revitalising massage and anti-oxidant body lotion with aloe vera and tropical fruits to rejuvenate the skin. We finish with an intense tropical rain. PRICE: €35. DURATION: 25 minutes.
  • Harmony Massage: If it’s total relaxation that you are looking for, go for this intense head-to-foot massage, a fusion of the best of Eastern and Western techniques that will leave you floating. PRICE: €70. DURATION: 50 minutes.
  • Relax and Escape Ritual: Inspired in ancient massage and relaxation ceremonies, this ritual will bewitch you. Candles, hot oils, herb-based steam, volcanic rocks… Pure magic! PRICE: €70. DURATION: 50 minutes
  • Sunshine Code Ritual: Our most impressive ritual. An extra-relaxing body massage, a rejuvenating facial, all set to the sound of Tibetan singing bowls and… the final touch will leave you speechless! Carried out in the double VIP room. 24Hr. booking required. PRICE: €150. DURATION: 80 minutes.
  • Fresh Air: Express facial for men. Our products are based on pure oxygen and will leave a smile on your face in just a few minutes. PRICE: €45. DURATION: 30 minutes.
  • Touch of shine: Facial treatment for women using exquisite natural oriental products. In a few minutes your skin will have that special gleam. PRICE: €45. DURATION: 30 minutes
  • Sublime Facial: Rejuvenating facial treatment for women. Deep cleansing of the skin, exfoliation, reaffirming massage, rejuvenating face pack, all carried out using effective products based on natural oriental medicines. Includes back massage and hand treatment. PRICE: €75. DURATION: 60 minutes.

* All treatments require prior booking.


  • Pool with jets and hydro-massage tub
  • Essential oil shower
  • Scottish shower (alternating hot and cold)
  • Foot bath
  • Sauna Heated loungers
  • Thermal bath
  • Lounge area
  • Women’s changing room
  • Men’s changing room
  • Towel service and robe included
  • Treatment rooms

(Ask for other personalised treatments at the establishment itself)



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