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.

Hotel Banys Orientals Location is this hip boutique hotel's trump card—you're right on the edge of El Born, Barcelona's trendiest neighborhood, and within walking distance of dozens of fantastic bars, shops, and restaurants as well as the Museu Picasso and the Catedral de la Seu.

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.

The Palacio Ca Sa Galesa hotel, in the majorcan town of Palma, is steeped in history. The 1576 building’s 12 rooms and suites are furnished with antiques, 17th-century artifacts are scattered throughout the bar, and the spires of a centuries-old cathedral loom above the rooftop terrace.

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.

An intimate 18th-century palace that blends old-world romance with funky Catalan chic in medieval Barri Gotic, the neighborhood where Picasso lived, studied, and painted many of his Blue Period canvases. Dine on wild-mushroom risotto at the hotel's velvet swathed restaurant.