A parador and a paladar are words that look and sound similar but they are different somehow.
A paladar is a privately owned restaurant in Cuba, most often in a home. Now those of us here in the US would ask, “aren’t all restaurants privately owned?” Up until 1990, all restaurants in Cuba were state owned. The paladars today are gaining in popularity with tourists looking for a more vivid interaction and homemade Cuban food.
A parador is a grand villa, monastery, or castle that has been renovated and converted to a luxury hotel. Paradors are found throughout Spain, and in contrast to the paladar of Cuba, they are state-run, not privately owned. Alfonzo XIII found the program in 1928 to promote tourism and in 1942 Portugal followed suit with the pousada, a similar model.
Paladar: a privately owned, restaurant in a home
Parador: a state owned hotel in a grand house