Guide To Hotels in Spain  

by Pool Builders on 04-30-2007 in Articles

This Spanish hotel guide is for people looking to book a hotel in one of the towns and cities of Spain. We have tips and hints before you make a hotel reservation in Spain.

Spain is a very popular tourist destination; this is mainly due to the attractions of its two largest cities - Madrid and Barcelona. Spain is also extremely popular because of its excellent climate - hot and sunny in summer and warm even in winter with most days enjoying clear blue skies.

There are not many international brand-name hotels in Spain so take care to read our guide on the hotel star rating system for hotels in Spain.

If you are looking for hotel accommodation in Spain in the peak summer months you may have a problem finding a hotel room so do make your reservation as early as possible. In the off-season you will have a huge choice of hotels and rooms in Spain so you should get be able to get a cheap hotel deal or last minute hotel bargain.

Consider whether your hotel has a swimming pool. Don't assume there will be one, the lower the hotel star rating the less chance of it having a pool. This is vital in the summer months when temperatures in Spain can rise above 40 degrees Celsius.

Some Spanish hotels will offer a half board or full board option. These can often be very economical options although Spain does have a great variety of good restaurants so you may not want to limit yourself into having to eat at the hotel every night - especially if the food turns out not to be so good.

Before you book and complete your hotel reservation do check the cost carefully. Some Spanish hotels include breakfast and other hotels don't - so do check what is included in your hotel cost and what isn't. Make sure all local tourist taxes are included so you don't get a shock when you check out of the hotel at the end of your holiday.

At the entrance to every hotel will be a plaque showing the hotel rating according to the Spanish tourist board. This is in the form of stars with a one star hotel being the most basic hotel standard in Spain up to a five star Spanish hotel being of the highest possible standard.

One star hotels in Spain are of a very basic standard. This will be the cheapest hotel accommodation in Spain. Expect a dated decor and possible uncomfortable bed although the hotel room should be clean. Expect your room to not have on-suite bathroom but a bathroom in the hallway which will be shared by other hotel guests. A one star hotel will have no facilities such as telephone or internet access. Our advice is to check the room first before you commit to staying.

Two star hotels in Spain are still of a basic standard and again will offer few facilities (if any). Again, if possible we recommend checking out the room before you make your hotel booking. However two star hotels in Spain will be of a clean standard and safe so depending on your budget they are good value for money.

Three star hotels in Spain are the most popular choice as they offer clean, safe accommodation while being affordable to most people. Facilities in your hotel room will include basics such as telephone, hairdryer etc. The three star hotel may have a swimming pool for your use, a gym and internet access but do check first if these hotel facilities are essential to you.

Four star hotels in Spain are of a very high standard with many facilities available to you such as swimming pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, restaurants, breakfast should be included in the cost, parking, internet access etc.

Five star hotels in Spain are the most luxurious standard of hotel possible and of course the most expensive. Expect the highest standards of service and quality. Most five star hotels in Spain will have additional health facilities such as health and spa centres.

Mark Eastwood is one of the thousands of expats who have moved to Spain. For a guide to hotels on the Costa Blanca area click this link - Costa Blanca Hotel Guide


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