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"Parador" is a noun which is often translated as "roadside inn", and "hostal" is a noun which is often translated as "hostel". Learn more about the difference between "parador" and "hostal" below.
parador(
pah
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rah
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dohr
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (hostely)
a. roadside inn
Nos cansamos de manejar y pasamos la noche en un parador.We got tired of driving and spent the night in a roadside inn.
2. (hostel)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. state-owned hotel
Nos quedamos en un parador que ofrecía almuerzo.We stayed in a state-owned hotel that served lunch.
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hostal(
ohs
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tahl
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. hostel
El hostal para jóvenes tiene habitaciones compartidas.The youth hostel has shared bedrooms.
b. guesthouse
Desayuné pan tostado y café en el hostal.I had coffee and toast for breakfast at the guesthouse.
c. budget hotel
Mi hermana y yo nos alojamos en un hostal cerca del centro de la ciudad.My sister and I stayed at a budget hotel near the city center.
d. cheap hotel
Ya hemos reservado una habitación en un hostal del casco antiguo.We've already booked a cheap hotel in the old part of the town.
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