Hotel & Accommodation
Spain has an exceptional hotel network with respect to the
number variety and quality of its establishments. They are
located all over the country and are able to respond to any
demand or possibility. Spanish hotels (H) are
classified in five categories, identifiable by from one to
five stars. Stars are assigned according to the services
and characteristics of each establishment. There is also
a reduced number of five-star hotels with truly exceptional
characteristics have also earned the highest rating, known
as GRAN LUJO (Grand Luxury).
The so-called hostal-residences (HsR),
rated on the same scale as other hotels, are those without
a restaurant. However, they do serve breakfast, provide room
service and have either a bar or cafeteria. Hostals
(Hs) are similar to hotels, albeit more modest,
and constitute another lodging option. they are classified
in three categories, from one to 3 stars.
Another option is offered by casas de huespedes
(CH) which in Spain are called pensiones
(P). With a great tradition in Spain they are
generally cosy, comfortable establishments whose installations
and services may range from the bare minimum to the relatively
luxurious. Normally operated as family businesses, the
price usually includes only lodging and meals, which are
"Pensiones" can be an ideal option for visitors
interested in getting to know Spain in a deeper sense and
getting off the more frequented tourist routes.
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The rental of furnished apartments is also an interesting
option when considering lodging. Flats for tourists can be
found all along the Spanish coast, especially on the Costa
Brava, in Valencia, the Balearic Isles and along the Costa
del Sol. This is particularly interesting option for visitors
travelling in groups. Prices vary according to the location
and season, and they are usually determined on a per-person,
The availability and contracting of flats for tourists is
a service commonly offered by travel agencies.
Spain has some 800 campsites with a capacity for around
400,000 campers. Located all over the country, they are especially
numerous in coastal areas and are rated according to their
characteristics and installations, much like hotels. Their
rates vary according the quantity and quality of their services.
In the event visitors opt for camping outside of established
campsites, it is advisable to consult beforehand to make
sure there are no municipal prohibitions affecting the desired
campsite. If you wish to camp on private land, it is necessary
to attain the owner's permission beforehand.
The Spanish Camping Federation (Federación Española
de Empresarios de Campings y Ciudades de Vacaciones) is located
at General Oráa 52-2ºd 28006 Madrid Tel: (91)
Spain has over 90 health resorts or thermal spas, some of
which date from remote antiquity and have been in use through
the centuries. All these establishments offer besides curative
treatments for a wide range of maladies, a diversity of hotels
and sport and recreational installations. For more information,
visit or call La Asociacion Nacional de Estaciones Termales
(Health Resort Association) at Martin de los Heros 23-4 28008
Madrid Tel: (91) 542 9775.
"Paradores" - State operated Tourist Hotels
"Paradores", or state operated tourist hotels,
are the most interesting and original option within Spain's
tourist offering. The Parador network consists of 86 establishments
that offer the services and comfort of the most modern hotels.
However, in contrast, they are in a majority of cases actually
old monumental buildings of historical or artistic value
- castles, palaces, monasteries and convents- which were
abandoned in the past and then acquired by the state and
renovated as hotels.
Located almost always in places of great beauty and interest,
the Paradors are usually rated with 3 or 4 stars and can
be found all over the country. For information and reservation:
Paradores de Turismo, Velazquez, 18, 28001 Madrid. Tel: (91)
435 9700 and (91) 4359744.