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 romantic ambience at this hotel features soft lighting, lots of black and grays, and very modern rooms with views onto one of the city's main arteries. The restaurant and the bar are splendid as well, and you’re a two minute walk from Las Ramblas and Plaça Catalunya.

My favorite hotel on this list, the Neri offers fantastic rooms, excellent room service, and one of the most beautiful environments in the city—it’s right in the middle of El Gotic, Barcelona’s medieval quarter.

The main reason for including this hotel on this list is the building itself. Occupying a former 1911 palace and designed by the modernist architecture Lluis Domenech i Montaner, Casa Fuster is Woody Allen’s hotel of choice when he comes to Barcelona.

This is a great four-star hotel in a nice location in the center of the city. I personally appreciate the décor, which is both very modern and very homey); I also like the layout of the guest rooms, the lobby design, and the bar, but above all I love the terrace.

The Spain-based chain of Room Mate hotels is famous around Europe for their combination of good design and affordable pricing. This is the first establishment the brand opened in Barcelona: it’s a boutique hotel with a high level of personal service.

This is the hotel that started the boutique hotel movement in Barcelona, in my opinion; Camper is a famous Spanish brand of shoes, and the owners decided to extend their eco-friendly philosophy to the operation of a hotel.

This is my top recommendation on this list. The hotel is beautiful; every detail has been thought out carefully, the breakfast is wonderful and the service is unbeatable.

One of my favorite boutique hotels in Barcelona, this place makes you feel like family. Nice rooms, an excellent location, and above all, a truly personal relationship with guests. It’s a small place (11 rooms and suites) where you can choose from a simple room to a huge apartment.

Probably the best hotel in Barcelona when it comes to value, the Banys Orientals combines nice design and awesome rooms with an incredible price and a location (El Born, right near the beautiful Barcelona Cathedral) that is pretty unbeatable.

At this four-star boutique hotel, you can enjoy large rooms in with minimalist decor, a chic rooftop terrace with umbrella-shaded tables, and a ground-floor restaurant serving free “mini-brunch” and tea to guests (a bigger breakfast buffet is available for $15).

One of the best budget chains in Spain, Petit Palace has four great outposts in Barcelona. At all of them, the beds are comfy, most of the rooms have hydro-massage showers, and the staff is more than helpful.

This is a very stylish hotel, which offers both a great breakfast and splendid rooms just a few minutes’ walk from Passeig de Gràcia in the city center.

This great, modern Madrid-based chain has hotels all over Europe that are great for budget travelers; their properties all have nice design (especially the bathrooms), good beds, and friendly staffers. There are two hotels in Barcelona—Emma and Pau—and both are brand new, with good locations.

Another of the city’s classic luxury hotels (and a favorite of traveling businessmen), the Majestic is located right in the middle of Passeig de Gràcia (the largest shopping area in Barcelona), and houses an opulent spa.

This quiet, cozy hotel in the historic heart of the city is a good idea if you want to enjoy an intimate Barcelona stay without sacrificing high-class service. The thing I love most about this place is its garden: big and peaceful.