Hotels in Spain
Hotels in Spain run the gamut from luxury beach resorts and historic hotels, often in landmarks like castles and monasteries, to family-run B&B's and quaint pensions. Unlike many European countries where the prices are high no matter what, it is generally easy to find accommodation to suit your budget in Spain.
An alternative to Spain hotels is to find a room or bed in someone's private home. Look out for signs that read habitaciones or comas that indicate cheap B&B style lodgings. Hostels can be a great place to stay for students and backpackers who would like to meet other travelers during their stay.
Some of the best hotels in Spain are paradores, which offer unforgettable lodgings in converted castles and monasteries at relatively cheap prices compared to five-star hotels. Often set in historic buildings, paradors are a wonderful way to explore the country.
Another option, particularly in rural or coastal areas, is to rent an apartment or villa. This affords travellers more freedom than staying in many of the hotels in Spain.
Service matters at Bauzá Hotel, where the young bellhops wear the words can i help you?embroidered in English on their uniforms.
Iznájar is the quintessential pueblo blanco, a whitewashed village rising from the hills of Andalusia. Two Belgian expats recently opened the five-room Casa Rural el Olivar, a former farm on the town’s outskirts.
One in a chain of hotels, each with unique personalities based on a fictional character (sibling hotels in Madrid are Oscar, Mario, and Laura), Alicia is crisp and contemporary, with light-wood wall panels and brightly colored bed throws offsetting the otherwise all-white décor.
At first glance, Las Casas del Rey de Baeza might seem like just
another Andalusian residence (whitewashed façade, Moorish courtyards),
but inside, everything is cool sophistication. Leather armchairs and
birds in antique cages fill the inviting public areas; the 41
Opened in 2004, Hotel Diagonal was designed by Barcelona architect Juli Capella, and its entrance features wood and metallic accents, modern furniture, and silver and gold circles on the ceiling.
Barcelona’s gourmands have long been crazy for the brilliant revisionist Catalán cooking of chef Xavier Pellicer.