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.

In the middle of the checkerboard Eixample neighborhood, this stunning steel-and-glass-encased building is redolent of an industrial complex and a Buddhist retreat.

The Neoclassical Hotel Majestic is located at the center of Barcelona amidst the city’s most popular Modernista architecture: the Sagrada Família, La Pedrera, and Casa Batlló.

Location is the major draw at this La Rambla property. The hotel has easy access to the city’s harbor, the Gothic Quarter, and Plaza Cataluña, among other top tourist destinations.

A garden furnished with glass pyramids isn’t the first thing you’d expect to find at a lakeside Art Nouveau villa in the Spanish Pyrenees, 92 miles north of Barcelona. But then again, the latest property from the über-stylish Hospes hotel chain is full of surprises.

The property pays homage to the region’s Moorish heritage in some of the 33 guest rooms, which are Moroccan-themed; many look out on the crescent-shaped beach, which is dotted with colorful sails, thanks to the wind- and kite-surfing school that the hotel runs.

It isn’t easy to locate the Hostal Sa Rascassa, and that’s exactly the point—the hotel is hidden above Aiguafreda, a tiny seaside cove on Spain’s Costa Brava. The quiet, tree-shaded haven has five bright rooms with tiled floors and wood-framed beds.

We may never have ventured into Poblenou, Barcelona’s emerging tech district, if it weren’t for Dominique Perrault’s 400-foot-tall glass-and-steel den of cool.