When planning a visit to Spain, I expect your thoughts immediately turn to hotels. But don’t dash into booking a hotel, consider for a moment all the other wonderful accommodation options open to you, appealing Paradors, rock-bottom priced hostels, comfortable holiday apartments … even escape-from-the-world monasteries!
Take time out to review all your accommodation options in Spain, so that you end up picking the option that’s just right for you.
hotel search information for Spain
Hotels in Spain are classified with a five-star rating system – with only the super deluxe obtaining five stars.
The average vacation package deal would place you in a three- or four-star hotel – occasionally a two star – all of which should have good facilities, with en-suite private bathroom and air conditioning.
A one-star hotel is less common, as hostels and pensions tend to cater for the budget traveler.
Hotel information for Spain – hostels and pensions
Hostels vary between one and three stars – often family-owned and run.
Before the mass tourism of the 60s, hostels were extremely basic but these days you’ll often obtain good accommodation and restaurants at a reasonable price. At the bottom end of the scale are the cheap pensions.
The best of them do offer a clean, family environment at a reasonable price – but you’ll not often get your own bathroom. Excellent for students or anyone wanting to see a different side of Spain.
hotel information for Spain – inns and small hotels
Inns of Spain is a guide to small inns and boutique hotels in Spain (and its islands). Smaller hotels, especially rural ones, are a great way to experience true Spanish culture when visiting Spain. The origins of paradores go back to 1910, when the Spanish Government assigned Marquís de la Vega Inclán the task of creating a hotel infrastructure to improve Spain´s image abroad.
As a result, paradores can be found in converted castles, palaces and monasteries – as well as newly-constructed ones in beautiful, unspoilt areas.
hotel information for Spain – holiday apartments
When staying in Spain’s cities, hotel accommodation can work out extremely expensive, the best hotels often being already fully booked. Depending on your holiday destination – for example Barcelona – renting a holiday apartment often works out cheaper and offers a more home-from-home touch to your holiday.