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.
Depending on whom you talk to, the architecture critic at El País or the Elciego shopkeeper, Frank Gehry’s hotel at the Herederos del Marqués de Riscal winery erupts with sublime grace or horrific violence.
With its clean lines and unpretentious look, Juli Capella’s Hotel Omm projects an incandescent warmth. The interiors, created by Sandra Tarruella and Isabel López, set pale woods in bright, airy rooms against moody, barely lit hallways and stylish lobby areas.
A quick five minute walk to Las Ramblas, this hotel is a favorite among business travelers. Design is somewhat quirky – the eight-story property was built in the shape of a cruise ship.
This grand, Empire-style Belle Époque hotel is filled with antiques and bordered by gardens. Located in the heart of the city, the property is not far from the Centro Kursaal. Experience all the glamour and elegance of a bygone era, in one of Europe’s most elegant seaside resorts.
This hotel, once a 13th-century hospital, is next to Santiago's cathedral.
Built at the behest of the king in 1912, the luxurious Palace was the place to stay for decades afterward.
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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.
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.