Having traveled extensively throughout Europe and stayed at a variety of accommodations, I can state unequivocally that Spain offers one of the best variety of boutique and luxury hotels anywhere on the continent, particularly taking into account the quality-to-price ratio. What follows is a selection of 10 of my favourite small-to-medium boutique and luxury hotels in some of Spain’s most important tourist destinations. All of the quoted prices are per room per night and are subject to seasonal changes (therefore, for most up-to-date information and rates, please visit each hotel’s official website; links are provided below).
ME Madrid Reina Victoria (Plaza de Santa Ana, 14): located in Madrid’s historic Plaza Santa Ana in Barrio de las Letras and steps away from all of the best museums on Paseo del Prado as well as Puerta del Sol, this luxury design hotel offers elegant rooms with 32” plasma TV, home cinema; hydromassage shower, 24 hour room service. Rooms also have adjustable lighting and climate control. The en suite bathroom has TV speakers and Apivita toiletries. There is also a lounge bar with one of the best roof-top terraces in the city and a 24-hour fitness centre. From 165 euros/room. For more information, see the hotel’s official website.
Wellington Madrid (Velazquez, 8): located in Salamanca district and just 100 metres away from Retiro Park and 250 meters from metro station of the same name; Paseo de la Castellana, the city’s main artery, is less than 10 minute walk away. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and a spa with sensation showers and a hot tub, well-equipped fitness area and a superb sun terrace with loungers. All rooms are air-conditioned, soundproofed and feature free Wi-Fi and an interactive flat-screen TV. The marble bathrooms have bathrobe and slippers. The hotel’s gastronomic options include the renowned Kabuki restaurant offering delicious sushi while Goizeko Wellington restaurant offers gourmet Basque cuisine. From 180 euros/room. For more information, see the hotel’s official website.
Hotel AC Santo Mauro (Calle Zurbano, 36): this luxury hotel boasts interiors influenced by antique French designs. All rooms have been recently renovated and feature a fully equipped bathroom and Wi-Fi access. La Biblioteca, the hotel’s restaurant, serves international cuisine and is housed in the Duke’s old library. The hotel also features a covered swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath and a gym. My top pick in Madrid. From 200 euros/room. For more information, see the hotel’s official website.
ABaC Barcelona (Avinguda Tibidabo, 1): housing just 15 exceptional luxury rooms (with sitting rooms and stylish modern furniture), this boutique hotel located on the prestigious Avenida Tibidabo beneath the hills surrounding Barcelona, offers truly spectacular views overlooking the city. Beautifully designed, it offers a contemporary blend of the modern and traditional: guests can lounge beneath a stunning vaulted brick ceilings or enjoy a cocktail in the stylish bar. Headed by Chef Jordi Cruz, awarded with 2* Michelin, the hotel’s restaurant is an experience in itself. From 550 euros/room. For more information, see the hotel’s official website.
Ca La Maria Barcelona (Carrer Còrsega, 284): Situated on two floors of a carefully reformed 1920’s apartment building, this charming boutique property offers exclusive B&B accommodation in a highly central location, steps away from the city’s landmark Las Ramblas street and within a short walk of most of the city center’s numerous landmarks. This is a definition of a “boutique” hotel with just five individually decorated rooms and suites, all featuring period details such as the original tile flooring and ceiling mouldings, along with a careful selection of modern furnishings and amenities. Guests can enjoy a full range of modern facilities, including Wi-Fi, smart TVs, an honesty bar and safes, and the property has a unique veranda and terrace, located in the central courtyard area of the city block. Ca La Maria’s sensational breakfast is a reason in itself to stay at the hotel. From 200 euros/room. For more information, see the hotel’s official website.
Hotel Mercer Barcelona (Carrer dels Lledó, 7): located in a historic building that incorporates part of the Roman walls that protected the ancient city of Barcino, this hotel has an ideal location in the gothic quarter, steps away from Las Ramblas, Cathedral and Picasso Museum, among many of the other old town’s landmarks. The hotel’s stylish exclusive rooms feature chic décor with beamed ceilings and beautiful exposed brick walls and sensational rain-effect shower system fitted bathrooms. The hotel also offers a stylish cocktail lounge, a rooftop swimming pool along with poolside bar and a gourmet food serving restaurant located in the hotel’s orange gardens. My top pick in the city centre. From 350 Euros/room. For more information, see the hotel’s official website.
Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla (Calle Rodrigo Caro, 6): this meticulously renovated 1864 three-story mansion located in the heart of Sevilla’s old town, offers rooftop patio views of most of the city’s historic landmarks. Retaining many of its original architectural elements, the hotel combines classical Spanish coziness with modern convenience. Due to its central location, all of the most important tourist attractions (Cathedral, Real Alcazar, Barrio Santa Cruz, etc.) are within a short walking distance. All of the hotel’s 24 rooms are distributed in traditional fashion from a central courtyard, combining latest technology (such as free Wi-Fi) with historic charm. From 180 Euros/room. For more information, see the hotel’s official website.
Corral del Rey (Corral del Rey, 12): occupying a carefully restored 17th century townhouse, this luxury boutique hotel is centrally located, steps away from Cathedral and Plaza de Alfalfa, and therefore perfect as a base from which to explore Seville. It features a restaurant and a bar, roof-top terrace with plunge pool, a variety of services/activities (ranging from massage to yoga) and exhibits a selection of international contemporary artists, something that really sets it apart from other accommodation options in the city. Corral del Rey offers an interesting mixture of modern comfort with all the latest conveniences (all rooms are equipped with state of the art sound and audio visual systems, iPod docking stations and satellite TV), while, at the same time, preserving many of its original features (for instance the carved wooden beams). From 200 Euros/room. For more information, see the hotel’s official website.
Balcon de Cordoba (Calle Encarnación, 8): Centrally located and within an easy walking distance of all of the city’s main landmarks, the hotel’s chief asset are its series of balconies, courtyards and patios that reveal the building’s 17th century heritage and provide stunning views of the entire historic centre and surrounding countryside. The hotel’s 10 rooms and suites are all elegant and spacious, and some feature priceless patios with views, cosy lounge areas and king size beds. The rooms come with quality furnishings and linen, offering a range of modern amenities, including air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and business and bridal services. Distributed throughout the building is also an impressive archaeological collection. From 150 euros/room. For more information, see the hotel’s official website.
Palacio de los Patos (Solarillo de Gracia, 1): ideally located in the city’s commercial centre and steps away from many of its historic landmarks (such as the Town Hall, Cathedral and the Royal Chapel), this small luxury palace highlights an unique mixture of classic architecture with elements of industrial period. All the rooms are outfitted with a range of high quality amenities including plasma TV, free ADSL Internet and wireless phones. The hotel facilities are completed by a modern-Spanish gourmet restaurant, terrace, lounge-bar and Arabian gardens, resulting in what is arguably Granada’s most emblematic 5-star hotel. From 150 euros/room. For more information, see the hotel’s official website.
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