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.
Nine-story granite building—located in the fashionable neighborhood of Salamanca—with 150 white-and-beige rooms that sparkle after a major renovation in 2009.
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A small collection of 65 villas ensures that manager Karin Wallis and her staff can regularly revisit each property. The best are spread across the Balearic Islands, Andalusia, and Majorca.
Fernando Amat, owner of Spain’s housewares boutique Vinçon, and architect Jordi Tió created the 25-suite Casa Camper for the bohemian Spanish shoemaker. Whimsical touches like hammocks and fire engine–red walls temper strict minimalist interiors.
American expat Jayne Gunderson and her husband, Fernando Lleida Arcas, who comes from a distinguished line of Spanish hoteliers, turned a 12-acre olive and citrus farm into a venue for weddings, then opened 21 rooms for overnight guests.
This eight-room property, set in the hilly vineyards outside the tiny fishing village of Getaria, makes an ideal under-the-radar base from which to explore Spain’s Basque coast.
Stay in this tower of blue glass and steel that rises 44 stories in Port Olímpic (the Olympic Port) with stunning views of the city, water, and Frank Gehry's Fish sculpture.
With rooftop terraces and fine dining at Santceloni Restaurant, which has two Michelin stars for its Mediterranean cuisine, Hesperia Madrid caters to a luxurious clientele. The minimalist decor in the public areas, from Spanish designer Pascua Ortega, contrasts dark and light elements.
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.