Palacio de la Serna        

 Calle Cervantes, 18 13432 Ballesteros de Calatrava (Ciudad Real - 27 km) − Spain

  JP Moser Stayed Here!


In La Mancha, in the heart of Campo de Calatrava ...... the only museum hotel in the world ... a stay with art, a luxury experience in the middle of nature in a charming hotel in Ciudad Real.

Enjoy a charming hotel in Ciudad Real, in the quiet village of Ballesteros de Calatrava with 500 inhabitants, in the province of Ciudad Real (only 17 km from Ciudad Real and 20 km from Almagro), a Castilla-La Spot where Cervantes walked when Don Quixote de la Mancha wrote, in the heart of Campo de Calatrava, in a natural environment that will conquer him from the first moment.

Entering the Palace of Serna is entering another world. A charming hotel in Ciudad Real that at every step, every detail, classy, authentic, distinguished, romantic, all of it catches you, its magic envelops you to make you enjoy an accommodation experience with identity. Of those that leave their mark, those that remain in the memory. All this in an offer of exceptional services that can not be missed. Below you can see some of the facilities of our charming hotel in Ciudad Real.

Palacio de la Serna

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It is a late eighteenth-century building of neoclassical style and rationalist court. Built on the occasion of the industrial boom of the mining, it happened soon to be farm and House of the Town. A building with a lot of history over the centuries that will delight the lovers of the boutique hotel.

The different buildings of the building are communicated through large, beautifully landscaped courtyards. The interior design has been run entirely by the owner, Eugenio Bermejo, who subtly combines various aesthetic trends, creating original and comfortable spaces. The house also has a contemporary art museum, a temporary art exhibition hall and an outdoor sculpture museum.

The whole aesthetic process is treated with the greatest respect for the architectural canons of the house, incorporating in an eclectic way all kinds of artistic tendencies. Each of the rooms is designed as a small exhibition of a different painter, which are part of the museum's funds, and which can also be purchased.

Sleeping in one of the rooms at Palacio de la Serna is an experience in itself. A destination for lovers of boutique hotels where you will discover a neoclassical Manchego palace converted into a hotel-museum that has managed to blend the classic with the modern giving it an authentic style. As a good boutique hotel has different nuances in each of its facilities, giving them their own character.

A boutique hotel that values itself should value the quality above the amount, so in our hotel we only have 27 rooms, each of them with a different personalization, where to get real rest and enjoy an authentic privacy. In addition, some of our rooms, such as the kindness or the superior, have whirlpool baths for a greater relaxation or if you decide for a suite would have a private Jacuzzi in the room. In addition we put at your disposal our private spa for two where you can enjoy massages, treatments, whirlpool ...

All rooms are equipped with TV, heating, air conditioning, telephone, hairdryer, minibar, safe, bathrobes, slippers ... The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool.

The Palace has many very personal spaces. As the library, a common room perfect for relaxing and enjoying the silence; the art gallery, where you can enjoy works of different contemporary artistic movements; the museum of classic cars, with an astonishing collection of mainly European cars and of course the gardens, courtyards ...

Gastronomy is a very important factor in the Palace. Our restaurant is characterized by practicing the traditional cuisine of La Mancha with touches of author. Thus we give a special character to dishes like porridge, migas, pisto, tignao, etc. We have a very extensive menu and we have very interesting menus where the romantic dinner and the tasting menu stand out.

For groups we can prepare activities of different types such as: bicycles, excursions to Almagro, Tables of Daimiel, Lagoons of Ruidera and archaeological remains medieval and prehistoric. Hiking and Hunting. Workshop of Craft and Classroom of Plastic Arts in the own hotel.

To put the end point to your trip, the palace of the serna is very close to the main attractions of the province like Almagro, Ciudad Real or the castle of Calatrava La Nueva among others.



The Palace of the Serna of Ballesteros de Calatrava is located in a natural space of peculiar characteristics. The Campo de Calatrava is a wide natural region defined by its geographical and historical reality. In this region the order of Calatrava developed during seven centuries as a consequence of the assignments that Sancho III realized before the impossibility to defend them of the attack of the Almohads. In order to carry out this task, the abbot Raimundo de Fitero and Fray Diego Velásquez created in 1158 the religious-military order of Calatrava.

The region has a great geomorphological and scenic interest due to its volcanic relief. It has a large number of volcanoes (more than one hundred), numerous "eruptive mechanisms" and "exemplary forms".

There are volcanic devices called "maares" or "explosive craters" that have in their interior lake complexes of great ecological interest.

Thermal springs known as "boiling" or "sources" of sour water appear in the area because of their high carbon dioxide content accompanied by iron and manganese hydroxides. Natural soils generated from volcanic materials are fertile, so they have been used for the cultivation of cereals.

Explosive and lava materials are used as masonry material, pavement ... Since 1964 there has been a massive extraction of pyroclasts used as aggregates, ballast for infrastructure works, and above all, as an additive of pozzolanic cements.

The Campo de Calatrava is bordered to the north and northwest by the foothills of the southern foothills of Toledo, to the south with the valleys of Ojailén and Alcudia and to the northeast and rising by La Mancha and Campo de Montiel. In the whole of Campo de Calatrava we can highlight as singular elements:

The "maares" that form a group of explosive craters in the Sierra de Medias Lunas located southwest of Valverde. The Posadilla-Portillo maar is the best known.

"Simple mixed volcanic devices" (generated from Strombolian eruptive mechanisms) with pyroclastic cones crowned by circular or chipped craters with large smooth lava flows (pahoheoe). Interesting are those of La Yezosa (Almagro), Peñarroya (Alcolea de Calatrava), Columba (Calzada - Granátula de Calatrava) and the Conejera (Ballesteros de Calatrava)

"Network of thermal springs" such as those of Fuensanta, Fontecha, Sacristanía, San Cristóbal and Villar del Pozo.


Discover new tastes and textures in organized tastings

These tastings are organized by EnoArt Selection of the hand of the winemaker Francisco Granado Falcón as in charge of directing them.

A professional who has worked in different wineries in various areas of Spain and has important awards in its wines and is a jury of competitions both national and international.

Discover our offer entreviñedos. Where you can visit the Finca de Bodegas Real. In which will be eaten besides making the corresponding wine tasting.


The province of Ciudad Real has a great heritage and history of tourist interest

We inform you of the sights to visit near our charming hotel in Ciudad Real.

Ciudad Real Capital

Ciudad Real was founded by King Alfonso X the Wise in 1255, in order to curb the growing power of the Military Orders. In the city lived Christians, along with Jews and Muslims, being divided into three parishes: Santa Maria, San Pedro and Santiago. It was in the time of the Catholic Kings when the city lived its maximum splendor, placing in it the Court of the Holy Inquisition and the Royal Chancery.

Castle of Calatrava

It was a Muslim stronghold of Roman origin of great strategic importance, for it was for the Arabs to control the Christian forces on their way to Al-Andalus and for the Christians an excellent military observatory which was surrounded by other small fortifications nearby. It conserves in its ruins remains of two walled enclosures with patio between both and quarters dependencies with some vault of complete cannon. In the south-west area is the tower of the homage, which has a height of about 12 m, built in quartzite and volcanic stone with lime and sand mortar.

Museum of Marina Viso del Marqués

It is a historical site, the Palace of Don Álvaro de Bazán, this museum is the headquarters of the General Archive of the Spanish Navy. It also has reproductions of boats and old armament, carriages, cannons, armor and period furniture.

Square Bullring St. Cross of Mudela

The square bullring, square structure, is the only one of this form in Spain and one of the oldest, dating to the year 1645.

Its high gallery is made up of balustrade, wooden shoes in color almagre and columns of stone in the part that gives to the hermitage. The complex is located in a privileged natural environment. In the vicinity populated by a fresh mall have been found 2 large marble tombs.

Renaissance Plaza of Villanueva de los Infantes

It is a city of great interest with stone buildings. In the Plaza Mayor is where the parochial temple of San Andrés, with solid and Renaissance air, of s. XV, it is also of interest the central front, classicist of 1612, and in the same square are seen houses of great prestancia among them the city council, also very classic.

Stork Observatory

A natural observatory around an old mining excavation. When sealed, the storks have settled in this space. There are several rows of old trees, and in these, the storks have placed their nests.

The observatory is located in the Cabeza de Palo Volcano. It is a sealed volcano that was once mining and is now a young forest area.

Daimiel Tables

It is a national park created in 1973, covers 1928 Hectares and is constituted by a humid continental zone with water contributions of groundwater and fluvial. It is protected within the Ramsar Convention Network Wetlands of International Importance and as a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA).

The tables, in the region of La Mancha, are called the more or less persistent natural overflows that some rivers present in certain sections of their route. The tables are wide expanses of water with very shallow depth, where a marsh vegetation grows.

Cabañeros National Park

National park in which its landscape is formed by extensive rams with rich seasonal grasses that offer food to multitude of animals. The sierras and massifs covered with forest and Mediterranean scrub give shelter to a great variety of birds and mammals. It contains more than 200 different species of birds, among which are the great raptors, such as the eagle and the vulture; mammals such as deer, roe or wild boar and in general, a rich flora with a great variety of trees and shrubs.

Lagoons of Ruidera

Many and varied reasons justify the importance of this Manchego wetland. Its fauna constitutes an important population of birds anátidas along with other numerous species that find here shelter in their migratory trips. We can emphasize the European porrón, the red duck, the common seal, the blue mall, the gray owl, the herons and multitude of birds of prey like the marsh harrier. In addition to mammals such as the rabbit, fox, jineta and bat, in different caves. In the lagoons we can also find a great variety of fish.

Alcudia Valley

It houses important natural values, as well as numerous historical-archaeological remains. It is a wide expanse of well-preserved natural areas due, among other causes, to the fact that traditional development models compatible with the conservation of the natural environment have been carried out during silos.

Archaeological site of Alarcos

Its importance lies not only in the amount of history that is found in it but also in the breadth of its dimensions, 33 Hectares, making it one of the largest in the market. We find remains of the Bronze Age through the Iberians who settled there from VI to III BC. as well as vestiges of a population in the Christian Middle Ages. Very close to the park we find Calatraba la Vieja, medieval islamic city. The park of Alarcos also offers information on a major battle that took place during the reconquest in 1195 and that together with the one of Las Navas de Tolosa meant the beginning of the Christian advance. This battle, denominated like the park, has left in the zone great amount of archaeological remains, useful of war pertaining to both the Christian and Muslim sides.


Surroundings unequaled, Almagro honors those who visit it with the pleasure of tasting the best cuisine of La Mancha with the raw materials of the area: almagro aubergines, Almagro beans, meats and wines of the earth ... Almagro wisely combines tradition and current affairs.

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By car
From Ciudad Real: Take direction Aldea del Rey and 12 kms after leaving the town, you will find a road for Ballesteros de Calatrava. The hotel is indicated.

From Madrid: Take highway N IV and you will see a sign for Puerto Lapice - Daimiel take this road and from there continue in direction Ciudad Real. Coming from Andalucia on N IV get off at Valdepeñas and from there continue in direction Ciudad Real.

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