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Parador de Santo Estevo
This former monastery dates back to the 6th and 7th centuries. Alex Robinson/AWL Images/Getty Images
This former monastery dates back to the 6th and 7th centuries. Alex Robinson/AWL Images/Getty Images

Most chain hotel rooms are exactly the same, from bedding to shower curtain to TV set. Among the many perks of staying at the Parador de Santo Estevo is that each of the former monastery's 77 rooms is unique to the others. Of course, the fact that it's in Spain is reason enough for most people!

Located in northwest Spain in the Ribeira Sacra region, the former Benedictine monastery is home to three cloisters, and is believed to date all the way back to the 6th or 7th centuries. Architecture enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity to examine the Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic-style buildings, complete with views of the Sil River Canyon [source: Parador]. Others may be content to just enjoy the surrounding forests and mountain scenery.

Despite Santo Estevo's obvious historic significance (in 1923 it was actually named a historic monument), the owners have also managed to work in modern elements to suit current traveler tastes. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the spa, indoor heated pool, sauna, outdoor dining and on-site gardens [source: Syz].


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