Spain

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.

Wrought iron, stonework, and a location just across from the Teatro Real opera house give this luxury guesthouse an elegant air befitting the building’s 18th century architecture.

Like a slice of Dubai plunked amid the formerly modest fishing enclave of Barceloneta, this gleaming 26-story W (which opened in October 2009) resembles a giant glass sail at the end of the Port Vell pier.

With its preening summer crowds and throbbing nightlife, Majorca is a place to be seen. But if you’re looking to go off the radar, there’s Cap Rocat, set in a 19th-century former military fortress along the southern edge of the Bay of Palma.

A 10-minute walk from the historic city center, this hotel has 53 rooms and a lounge with a grand piano.

At this 478-room Ritz-Carlton resort on a cliff above the Atlantic, canopied beds are framed by dark wood headboards, and wooden huts dot the 395-acre property. There's plenty of star power: the restaurant is helmed by Martín Berasategui.