Freelance Spain
Guide to Hotels in Spain

Here's our selection of recommended places to stay in some of Spain's major destinations.

MADRID - BARCELONA - BILBAO - GRANADA - SEVILLE

Hotel Palace in MadridThis is an editorial guide (hotels can't pay to be listed). Hotels are divided into two categories: places to stay if someone else is paying the bill, and comfortable, reliable options if you're traveling on a less-than-splendid budget.
Hotels often offer good deals in slower periods, such as summer in Madrid. When phoning for a reservation, always ask for the room rate, and enquire regarding special offers. Spanish hotels do not normally require your credit card number to accept a reservation.
If you have special requirements due to physical disability, be very specific in asking about a hotel's facilities when you contact them. Few Spanish hotels have non-smoking rooms.
For a general overview of hotels in Spain, see our Insight Feature by Nick Inman.

Photo: Central cuppola in Madrid's legendary Hotel Palace


MADRID

If somebody else is paying...

Hotel Palace. Located near Spain's Cortes (parliament building), this hotel opened in 1912 and combines stylish elegance with a great atmosphere. The splendid public areas are always lively, and the ground floor bar is a favorite meeting place. The spacious rooms benefitted from a complete redesign in 1997.
Plaza de las Cortes 7, 28014 Madrid. Tel. 34 913 608 000. Fax 34 913 608 100. E-mail: palace1@mol.es

Santo Mauro. An intimately elegant small hotel in a turn-of-the-century aristocratic mansion which formerly housed the Canadian Embassy, with more rooms in an annex. In the midst of a large garden.
Calle Zurbano 36, 28010 Madrid. Tel. 34 913 196 900. Fax 34 913 085 477. E-mail:
santo-mauro@itelco.es

Santo Domingo. This comfortable hotel, opened in the mid-1990s, delightfully combines modern interior decor with classic architecture. It is centrally located on a square mid-way between Madrid's bustling Gran Vía and the Teatro Real opera house.
Plaza Santo Domingo 12, 28013 Madrid. Tel. 34 915 479 800. Fax 34 915 475 995. E-mail:
reserva@hotelsantodomingo.com

If you're paying...

Inglés. On an old street where every other house is a bar or a restaurant, this popular hotel is in the center of Madrid, not far from the teeming Puerta del Sol square, and offers comfortable if not especially elegant lodgings at a reasonable price.
Calle Echegaray 8, 28014 Madrid. Tel. 34 914 296 551. Fax 34 914 202 423.

Monaco. One reason for the popularity of this hotel, aside from the prices, is its quirky location in what was once an upmarket brothel, where the kitsch decor hints at the former activity. It is situated in the heart of Chueca, one of Madrid's most lively (and occasionally rowdy) areas.
Calle Barbieri 5, 28004 Madrid. Tel. 34 915 224 630. Fax 34 915 211 601.

Mercator. In the Atocha section of Madrid, near the train station and the Reina Sofia Museum, and convenient to the Prado and Thyssen museums. Rooms are comfortable, and there's parking, too.
Calle de Atocha 123, 28012 Madrid. Tel. 34 914 290 500. Fax 34 913 691 252.

Ramón de la Cruz. This simple but clean and comfortable hotel is in a quiet location just off Plaza Manuel Becerra, near the Las Ventas Bullring, a 20-minute walk from downtown but well-connected by Metro.
Calle Ramón de la Cruz 94, 28006 Madrid. Tel. 34 914 017 200. Fax 34 914 022 126.

 


BARCELONA

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Hotel Arts. Luxurious hotel with spacious rooms and ubeatable views, in a modern high-rise overlooking the Olympic Port in Barcelona, outside the center of the city.
Marina 19, 08005 Barcelona. Tel. 34 932 210 000. Fax 34 912 211 070.
Online reservations: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/location/Europe/Barcelona/main.htm

Le Meridien. In a turn-of-the-century building, one of the best options in the popular Las Ramblas area of central Barcelona. Rooms are spacious, light and comfortable. Covenient to the Barrio Gótico and the Picasso Museum.
Ramblas 111, 08002 Barcelona. Tel. 34 933 186 200. Fax 34 933 017 776. E-mail:
lemeridien@meridienbarcelona.com

Claris. Not far from the center of Barcelona, stylish hotel in a former palace boasting old English-style decor, with hundred of valuable paintings, and a rooftop pool.
Pau Claris 150, 08009 Barcelona. Tel. 34 934 876 262. Fax 34 932 157 970.

Condes de Barcelona. Perhaps Barcelona's most popular hotel, around a central courtyard, in two 19th-century buildings which are prime examples of Barcelona's Moderniste architecture. Some rooms come with Jacuzzi. Located in the heart of Barcelona's business quarter.
Passeig de Gracia 75, 08008 Barcelona. Tel. 34 934 882 200. Fax 34 934 871 442. E-mail:
cbhotel@condesdebarcelona.com

If you're paying...

España. The attractive public rooms are an example of Barcelona's Moderniste style and worth a visit in their own right. The rooms are large, and some overlook a central patio.
Sant Pau 9, 08001 Barcelona. Tel. 34 933 181 758. Fax 34 933 171 134.

Peninsular. A good budget option, housed in a historical building which was a pavilion in the 1890 Universal Exposition.
Sant Pau 34, 08001 Barcelona. Tel. 34 933 023 138.


BILBAO

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López de Haro. Conveniently located not far from the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao's highest-rated hotel offers stylish lodgings with classical decor in a converted 19th-century building, featuring 53 guest rooms.
Obispo Orueta 2, 48009 Bilbao. Tel. 34 944 235 500. Fax 34 944 234 500. E-mail:
ercilla@hotelercilla.es

Carlton. Old worlde elegance at this early-20th century hotel, modeled after the Carlton in London. Centrally located in the heart of Bilbao's Ensanche district.
Federico Moyúa 2, 48009 Bilbao. Tel. 34 944 162 200. Fax 34 944 164 628.

If you're paying...

Iturriena Ostatua. A charming small hotel in a converted townhouse in Bilbao's old quarter. Simple, but much more tasteful than what you'd expect for the reasonable room rate.
Santa María Kalea 14, 48005 Bilbao. Tel. 34 944 161 500. Fax 34 944 158 929.


GRANADA

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Parador de San Francisco
The is one of the most sought-after establishments in Spain’s Parador chain of historical hotels. You can’t beat the location, within the grounds of the Alhambra palace. The best rooms are in the older section, part of a restoured 15th-century Franciscan monastery. You have to book months in advance.
Alhambra, 18009 Granada. Tel 34 958 221440. Fax 34 958 222264. E-mail: granada@parador.es

Alhambra Palace
Fairly-tale hotel near the Alhambra, built in a neo-Moorish style in the early 20th century, with great views over the city and the valley beyond. Make sure you get one of the rooms with the best view.
Peña Partida 2, 18009 Granada. 34 958 221468. Fax 34 958 226404. E-mail: reservas@h-alhambrapalace.es

If you're paying...

Reina Cristina
This hotel mid-range hotel is centrally located, not far from the cathedral in down-town Granada. The service is friendly, the rooms are modern and comfortable, and the restaurant is highly recommedable.
Calle Tablas 4, 18002 Granada. 34 958 253211, Fax 34 958 255728. E-mail: clientes@hotelreinacristina.com


SEVILLE

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Alfonso XIII
This is the grand old hotel of Seville, opened in 1928 to coincide with the Andalusian city’s Ibero-American Exposition. Old fashioned elegance, antiques, plush carpets and lots of wood panelling are the theme.
San Fernando 2, 41004 Seville. 34 954 222850. Fax 34 954 216033. Online reservations:
www.luxurycollection.com

Los Seises
Ingeniously combining new and old design, this stylish hotel installed in a 16th-century palace opened for Seville 1992 Expo. The rooms are all different. There’s a rooftop swimming pool with a view of the Giralda tower, and a fashionable restaurant in the basement.
Calle Segovia 6, 41004 Seville. Tel. 34 954 229495. Fax 34 954 224334. E-mail:seises@jet.es

Bécquer
A good mid-range option, this hotel is fairly modern, and the central location is very convenient.
Reyes Catoólicos 4, 41001 Seville 34 954 228900. Fax 34 954 214400. E-mail: hbecquer@arrakis.es

If you're paying...

La Rábida
This inexpensive hotel is in an old town house with a large covered central courtyard, with a good location in central Seville.
Calle Castelar 24, 41001 Seville. Tel. 34 954 220960. Fax 34 954 224375. E-mail: hotel-rabida@sol.com.

Simón
A charming, informal, not-fancy, inexpensive hotel in an old 19th century house with an attractive central courtyard, just a block from the Seville cathedral.
Calle García de Vinuesa 19, 41001 Seville. Tel. 34 954 226660. Fax 34 954 562241


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