The Holy Cross Guest House has eight assembly rooms of varying sizes, with high, glass ceilings providing light-filled areas. At least one of these meeting rooms can take up to a hundred people. They are all equally austere and elegant, facilitating a great variety of needs, such as:
* Ecclesial gatherings, days of recollection, retreats, spiritual exercises..
* Formation courses, study-days, assemblies, symposiums...
* Conventions, company meetings, language immersion, outdoor training....
* Weddings, First Holy Communions, anniversaries, family reunions and so on.
The Social Studies Centre, with its reception area, assembly room, 2 living rooms and own washrooms, is particularly pleasant and comfortable.
It is recommended that guests or visitors inform our reception and/or management personnel of any concrete or specific needs, with the confidence that all appropriate guidance and advice will be given.
The restaurant in the Guest House offers home-made and traditional cooking, with a daily menu at a very reasonable price.
With two halls ideal for coffee breaks there is dining provision for as many as 200 people. The smaller dining room holds 75 and the larger, more spacious dining hall, which once served as the monastic refectory, enriched with oak-wood panelling and adorned with bronze lamps, holds up to 125 guests.
The restaurant timetable is as follows:
Breakfast 09:00 h – 10:00 h
Lunch 14:00 h- 15:00 h (14:00-16:00 hours for non-resident guests)
Dinner 21:00 h – 21:30 h
Free admission for guests who have reserved a table before their arrival to the ‘Valley of the Fallen’.
Coffee service in the mornings if coffee bar was closed.
The bar is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Holy Days, from 13:00 to 16:30h as ell as when there is a group request. Both warm and cold drinks are served, as are aperitifs. 24 hs. vending machines for snacks and drinks.
We have a beautiful, interiorly vaulted chapel, together with baroque altar and altarpieces, including two side-chapels, where guests can pray in a spirit of recollection and peace. The chapel is suitably spacious for the celebration of weddings, First Holy Communions, anniversaries, and so forth.
Guests who so wish may attend conventual mass, sung in Gregorian chant by the Benedictine community and the choir boys and celebrated daily in the Basilica at 11.00 hours and in the Abbey chapel on Mondays. Holy Mass is celebrated in the Holy Cross Guest House on holydays of obligation and during the summer months.
Guests are free to accompany the Benedictine community in the singing of morning and evening prayer, again chanted in Gregorian.
For more information regarding this and to obtain a timetable of the Liturgy of the Hours, please consult our reception and/or management staff.
All included, there is provision for 220 people in the Holy Cross Guest House which covers two floors with eight assembly rooms, a chapel, bar-café, restaurant and free covered parking.
Hospedería de la Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos
Carretera de Guadarrama/El Escorial s/n.
28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial. (Madrid) ESPAÑA
Teléfono: +34 91.890.55.11
Fax: +34 91.896.15.42
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English version by Howard Lowe