Castillo de Somaén
Why We Love This Hotel
- This rustic hotel is housed in an 11th-century castle overlooking the dramatic Soria landscape
- It’s a 10-minute drive from Arcos de Jalón and an hour by car from Soria’s medieval centre
- There’s a wood-beamed restaurant serving local dishes
- The gardens feature an outdoor pool with countryside views
The unique rocky landscape of the Spanish province of Soria surrounds Castillo de Somaén, which offers rustic-chic accommodation in an historic setting. Located in the quaint village of Somaén on theJalón river, the hotel occupies a restored hilltop castle dating from the 11th century, plus an 18th-century annexe, about an hour’s drive from the centre of Soria, known for its “appealing and compact old centre” (Lonely Planet). The picturesque medieval town of Calatañazor is around an 80-minute drive away, whilst Sierra de Urbión, “home to the beautiful Laguna Negra (Black Lake), a small glacial lake resembling a black mirror” (Lonely Planet) is approximately 100 minutes’ away by car. Madrid city centre with its “infectious appetite for art, music, and epicurean pleasure” (Fodor’s) is a 2-hour drive from the hotel.
Wooden beams, exposed brick walls and old-world furnishings characterise the interiors of Castillo de Somaén, which include a lounge with a fireplace, a billiard room and a restaurant serving local dishes. Guests can relax in the hotel gardens, which feature tree-lined paths, stone terraces and a decked outdoor pool overlooking the countryside. Massages are provided on request (surcharge).
The hotel’s 10 individually decorated guestrooms continue the rustic vibe, with patterned wallpaper, rich fabrics and traditional furniture. All include free Wi-Fi, TVs, air-conditioning and mini bars, whilst some have wood-burning stoves. Suites have an opulent feel, adding details such as living areas, ornate carved wood bedsteads, antique artefacts and separate entrances. There’s also a family apartment with a kitchen, a balcony and bunk beds.