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.
The highlight here is not the service (if you check out during prime time, you may learn a few Catalan obscenities from the harried staff)—rather, inexplicably, it's a second-floor museum of Egyptian artifacts and the Andy Warhol portraits in the East 47 restaurant.
Edgy, post-modern design defines this budget-boutique hotel, located across from the Teatro Real opera house.
Built in 1919, but renovated in 2004, this Eixample neighborhood hotel is near several major attractions: Las Ramblas, Passeig de Gràcia, The Picasso Museum, and Museum of Modern Art.
Intimate beachfront villas—once the residence of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe—on a lush stretch of the Golden Mile.
Room to Book: Executives overlooking the garden.
The hotel prides itself on top-notch service. Housekeepers leave bonbons or flowers on pillows in Superior rooms and suites, and concierges create unique itineraries (a tour of La Boqueria market with a Spanish food expert, for example).
The property pays homage to the region’s Moorish heritage in some of the 33 guest rooms, which are Moroccan-themed; many look out on the crescent-shaped beach, which is dotted with colorful sails, thanks to the wind- and kite-surfing school that the hotel runs.
It isn’t easy to locate the Hostal Sa Rascassa, and that’s exactly the point—the hotel is hidden above Aiguafreda, a tiny seaside cove on Spain’s Costa Brava. The quiet, tree-shaded haven has five bright rooms with tiled floors and wood-framed beds.
A garden furnished with glass pyramids isn’t the first thing you’d expect to find at a lakeside Art Nouveau villa in the Spanish Pyrenees, 92 miles north of Barcelona. But then again, the latest property from the über-stylish Hospes hotel chain is full of surprises.