The Gran Hotel La Perla is an emblematic historic building: its 127 years in existence make it the second oldest hotel in Spain. The hotel is committed to honouring this, and pays special tribute to each and every one of the important persons who have stayed here. Celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin and Pablo Sarasate have stayed here, among others. Completely remodelled in 2007 and located in the centre of Pamplona, this is a hotel that has made history, has lived history, and has sometimes been the star itself. And now, with the recent and proficient remodelling, the entire historic heritage amassed over more than a century is preserved.
The Gran Hotel La Perla has three function rooms and a library parlour. They are equipped with the latest technology: Wi-Fi, cable Internet connection, the possibility of holding video conferences, plasma screen monitors, DVD players, etc., for holding meetings or celebrating special events. Additionally, the wall hangings allow for better acoustics.
The Gran Hotel La Perla has restored the noted restaurant Las Pocholas (run by the mythical Guerendiain sisters, popularly known as Las Pocholas), another favourite of the Hollywood stars of the 1940s when they came to Pamplona. The name of the present-day establishment is Hostal del Rey Noble. Itâ€™s located in the first underground level of the hotel (the level below Estafeta Street) and has a view of the running of the bulls, the encierro, during the festival of San FermĂn. The most demanding of palates will find an answer to their culinary concerns thanks to the restaurantâ€™s cuisine: the classic, traditional flavours of Navarre.
The Gran Hotel La Perla has 44 guest rooms on six floors. Each of them is dedicated to one of the important historic persons who have visited this hotel over its history. They are all exterior rooms with balconies over the Plaza del Castillo, Chapitela Street and Estafeta Street. They are equipped with highly comfortable beds and either linen or Egyptian cotton sheets. The luxurious bathrooms are equipped with hydromassage shower cabins, double showers and double bathtubs. Additionally, the Gran Hotel La Perla offers 24-hour room service.
Rooms with one or two balconies over Estafeta Street. There are rooms with a shower and a bathtub, and others with a hydromassage shower. (20)
Rooms with four balconies over Chapitela Street and one over the Plaza del Castillo, in which the bathrooms have a shower and a bathtub. Dedicated to historic persons who stayed in them. (4)
Striking rooms with a marked historic character, dedicated to celebrities who have a strong relationship with the establishment: Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Sarasate, Don Juan de BorbĂłn and the members of the Spanish Royal House. The Hemingway room, with views of Estafeta Street, is kept just as it was when it received this Nobel Laureate in Literature. All of these rooms have a living room and bathrooms with a double bathtub and a hydromassage shower. (4)
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How to get there
Airport: 5'3 km
Center: 0 km
Train: 1'7 km
Bus: 0'2 km
Beach: 61'2 km
Golf: 5 km
Hospital: 2'2 km
Destination information: Pamplona
Pamplona is an old city where the influences of the peoples who have lived there are reflected in the beautiful buildings and streets.
The urban layout preserves elements from the Roman camps and the French Gothic style of the cathedral, only two examples of Pamplonaâ€™s rich history. Pamplona is a walled city full of bridges that cross the Arga River and connect the old towns. Itâ€™s a city of pilgrims who walk towards Santiago, a city constantly celebrating the festival of San FermĂn because of Hemingwayâ€™s work... Pamplona (or IruĂ±a in Basque) is a friendly place, with a strong personality and a great wealth of culture and monuments in which a good part of Navarreâ€™s historical transformation is summed up.
The old Way of St. James passes through the NavarrerĂa, the oldest part of the old city, entering through the Portal de ZumalacĂˇrregui, traversing the old French Way down Mayor de los Peregrinos Street and Curia Street, through the NavarrerĂa until it leads to the Cathedral of Santa MarĂa. Some of Pamplonaâ€™s emblematic sites are the Plaza del Castillo, the cityâ€™s nerve centre; the Casa Consistorial, Pamplonaâ€™s Town Hall; the Palace of Navarre; the Oteiza Museum; the Museum of Navarre; the Church of San NicolĂˇs; the Cathedral of Santa MarĂa; the Citadel and the Castle Tower; the Baluarte; the gardens of La Taconera and the Parliament of Navarre. Pamplonaâ€™s cuisine is rich and varied, with ingredients of excellent quality from all over the province.
The vegetables (asparagus, artichokes, peppers, lettuce...) are prepared following traditional recipes. Lamb, beef from fighting bulls, pigeon and quail meat have starring roles in some of the most typical dishes (such as calderete and bean stew).
The trout from Navarreâ€™s rivers, salt cod and salmon fished from the sea are other local specialties. Other notable gastronomic specialties include Navarreâ€™s chistorra (thin chorizo), cheeses, the regionâ€™s full-bodied wines and pacharĂˇn, a liqueur made from sloe berries.