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Spanish hotels most valued by internet users

The hotels of Spain were well represented again in the recently published Travellers Choice Awards that are published annually in January by travel site TripAdvisor. In all some 147 Spanish establishments received awards, which is 5 more than in 2014. The hotels that received prizes were spread over 14 different autonomous regions in Spain, but the regions that received the most awards were the Balearic Islands, Andalusia, Catalonia, the Canaries and Valencia.

In the section of the awards dedicated exclusively to Spain the best hotel was the Boutique Hotel & Spa Vincci Selección Aleysa in Benalmádena, followed by the Hotel Primero Primera in Barcelona and then the Gold by Marina in Playa del Inglés in Gran Canaria. In fourth place users of TripAdvisor selected the Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia in Maspalomas and closing out the top five was the Hotel Astoria Playa in Alcudia, Mallorca.

In the Luxury Hotel Category the Vincci Selección Aleysa Hotel Boutique & Spa in Benalmádena won top spot again followed by the Mercer Hotel in Barcelona. In third place came a hotel in Valladolid, the Abadía Retuerta Le Domaine in Sardón de Duero followed in fourth place by the Jardi d’Arta Boutique Hotel in Mallorca and finishing the top five awards was the Hotel Nabia ...Click to read more about Spain Hotel News

Unique Spanish hotels for an Autumn break

The Internet has undoubtedly revolutionized the way many travelers now select their hotels. Gone is the traditional faith in a hotel’s star rating, with more belief now put in the comments left by other customers or in the pictures available on review sites as well as the information available on the hotel’s own site. In this post we recommend a number of hotels in Spain that could be worth a visit this Autumn not only because of positive user feedback but also because of their uniqueness and history.

In Madrid we could try the five star Westin Palace Hotel, which this year celebrates its one hundredth anniversary. Located in the heart of Madrid’s museum district, the 467-room hotel is well known for its luxury, elegance and history. The spacious and elegant rooms are all decorated with original wall paintings and transport guests back to the old Madrid of the turn of the 20th Century. Its interior terrace, complete with glass dome is not to be missed.

The hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville is a Renaissance icon and immediately from the outside it looks like a building you would want to visit. Beautiful and unique both on the outside and inside, this hotel takes guests back to a time when ceilings were ...Click to read more about Spain Hotel News

Hot hotel deals available in Almeria

According to data published recently by hot.es, an application that allows you to book hotels in Spain on the same day at reduced rates, the cheapest rooms available in Spain are currently be found in Almeria.  Hot.es claim that, using their hotel app, the price of a hotel room in Almeria will set you back a mere €43.50 per night . This is well below the Spanish average for bookings on the same day which hot.es reports to be around €65.70 and even further below the €88.20 it normally costs for a hotel room in Spain if booked in a more traditional manner.

This means that the discount for booking on the same day using hot’s app can be around 25%, and, as is the case for hotels in Almeria, could be as much as 50% when compared to prices obtained through more traditional reservation channels, where a room in the area normally costs on average €85. At the other end of the scale, the most expensive hotels in Spain are currently in Barcelona and Seville. A “last minute” Barcelona hotel reservation costs, on average, €106, while the price goes up to €114 for hotels in Seville. “More and more the hotels are offering rooms at reduced prices thanks to ...Click to read more about Spain Hotel News

June price update for hotels in Spain

According to monthly pricing data released recently by a leading travel portal it looks like many hotels in Spain have lowered their prices for June in an attempt to attract business from home and abroad. The average price of an overnight stay in a Spanish hotel will set you back around €102 this month.

The price of €102 per night per double room means that prices all over Spain for June are down on average some 3 percent compared with last year. The most notable price decreases are to be found in northern areas, with hotels in Asturias, for example, dropping prices by a massive 20 percent, whilst in Cantabria hotel prices are reportedly down 18 per percent and in Galicia the price of hotels for June is down some 17 percent year on year.

These northern regions are followed by Valencia, which reported a decline of 13 percent, then Andalusia reporting an 11 percent drop, with prices in the Basque Country down 10 percent and the Canary Islands down 7 percent. Coastal areas of Catalonia are unique in that they are maintaining the same prices as in June 2012, and at an average of €132, are the most expensive places to book a hotel in Spain this month. The ...Click to read more about Spain Hotel News

Accommodation in Spain for skiing

At this time of year many people head to the mountains in search of the perfect powder to enjoy a great skiing holiday. Austria, Switzerland and France are the top choices for many travellers but Spain is also worth considering at this time of year as a ski destination. Below are some of the best hotels in Spain and Andorra which are worth consideration if you are tempted to try the pistes in either of these two destinations.

Hotel La Pleta is an exclusive five star hotel located in the heart of Val d’Aran near the ski resort of Baqueira-Beret in Lerida in the north of Spain. Frequently visited by the Spanish royal family during their winter holidays, it is one of the few hotels in Spain that provides for heliskiing. As the name suggests this involves taking a helicopter to reach the highest peaks allowing you to enjoy both incredible views and virgin snow.

The Vallnord ski resort in Andorra came about as the result of a merger between the two older stations of Pal-Arinsal and Ordino-Arcalíscuenta. The resort now covers a total area of some 90km spread over 66 pistes. The Palomé hotel is a good choice if visiting this area. The four star establishment is situated in the ...Click to read more about Spain Hotel News

Hotels in Andalusia recognised by travel portal

Travel website TripAdvisor recently announced its ‘Travellers Choice’ hotel awards for 2013. One Spanish region that proved extremely popular with the users of the portal was Andalusia, where a total of 36 hotels won 43 awards. The hotels in this part of Spain have been receiving more and more awards in recent years demonstrating that they can compete with the top international hotels. The hotels in Malaga also performed well with 16 hotels in this part of Andalusia receiving a total of 21 awards.

In the category of ‘Best Luxury Hotel’ the Vincci Selection Aleysa Boutique & Spa located in Benalmádena in Malaga was a clear winner, gaining first place in the ‘Top Hotels in Spain’ section. Indeed, this hotel came 22nd in the list of all European hotels.

La Villa Marbella-Charming Hotel in the ever popular Spanish city won the category for ‘Best Service’ for the second consecutive year. Some guests who stayed at the hotel described it as “a hotel to fall in love with” and many said that it provided “extraordinary customer service.”

In addition, three other hotels in Andalusia were recognized in different categories. The Alma Sevilla Hotel Palacio de Villapanes was ranked 10th place in the category of ‘Top Hotels’ and 11th in the ‘Best Luxury ...Click to read more about Spain Hotel News

Six hotels in Spain receive HolidayCheck Awards

This year HolidayCheck, the travel review website, has selected 99 hotels worldwide to receive the ‘HolidayCheck Award 2013’. These awards are based on more than 780,000 hotel reviews written by users during the last twelve months. Awards went to six hotels in Spain, one more than last year.

In the category ‘No. 1 in the Country’, HolidayCheck gives an award to the best hotels in the twenty most popular tourist destinations worldwide. In Spain, the winner was the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort on Gran Canaria. This hotel also won the same award in 2012.

The other winning hotels in Spain were the SBH Costa Calma Beach hotel in Fuerteventura which won the ‘Beach Holiday Hotel’ category.  The Hotel Las Costas in Lanzarote was awarded best ‘Family hotel’, the Hipotels Hipocampo Palace in Majorca was awarded best ‘Hotel for Couples’, the Ayre Hotel Gran Via in Barcelona won the ‘City-break hotel’ category and the Hotel S’Entrador Playa in Majorca, which won the award as the top hotel in the ‘Wellbeing’ category. The only section in which a Spanish hotel did not win a prize this year was the ‘Winter Sports’ category.

The countries which received the most awards this year were actually Austria and Italy with seven winners each, one for each ...Click to read more about Spain Hotel News

DoubleTree by Hilton opens first hotel in Spain

The first DoubleTree hotel by Hilton has just opened its doors in Spain. Hilton Worldwide announced earlier in the year that it had signed a franchise agreement with Urbano Rural Hotelara SL to operate the hotel. This now brings to six the total number of establishments operated by Hilton Worldwide in Spain as there are already five Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties located in Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo and Palma.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Empordà has 87 bedrooms and it is noteworthy that the hotel is located on the internationally renowned Empordà Golf Club. The president of Hilton Worldwide, Simon Vincent, said: “The hotel combines a unique blend of nature with all the amenities of an elegant resort. It has great meeting areas with contemporary design, making it an ideal choice for guests who are travelling either for work or pleasure.”

Golfers visiting the hotel can enjoy two 18-hole courses designed by the renowned and award winning designer Robert von Hagge. The hotel also features the Tramontana Restaurant offering a wide selection of dishes, as well as the spa and an indoor pool. The hotel has a business area open 24 hours and five meeting rooms equipped with the most advanced technologies that can accommodate between 10 and 350 people. ...Click to read more about Spain Hotel News

Hotels in Spain with great views

Spain is a country that enjoys a pleasant all-year-round climate, great geographical diversity with breathtaking beauty and a huge range of activities that can make any trip there an experience to remember. To fully appreciate the beauty of this unique country it can be worth moving away from beach-front establishments to seek out a hotel that enjoys super views of the surrounding countryside.

The city of Barcelona, with all its diverse attractions, remains a top destination for foreign travellers to Spain. A fantastic panoramic view of the entire city can be appreciated from the luxurious Gran Hotel La Florida, located in the Sierra de Collserola. Its excellent location makes anyone who steps on the terrace feel like the owner of the city. This is an ideal hotel to spend a few days, where luxury, art and design live in harmony.

The Balearic Islands remain very popular with many visitors to Spain. All the islands enjoy areas of natural beauty and offer thousands of opportunities for enjoying a great getaway. Hotels like the Jumeirah Port Soller in Mallorca and the Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena in Ibiza both offer breathtaking views. The Jumeirah Port Soller is situated on a headland surrounded by ancient pine trees and the sea. It is an ideal place ...Click to read more about Spain Hotel News

Art-inspired hotels in Spain

As we have observed recently here in hotelsspain.co.uk, the number of hotels in Spain trying to differentiate their business by offering a stay which, in some way is related to the art world, has increased in recent times. Hotels have created the link to the art world either through some special architectural features in the hotel or their design or because they exhibit renowned paintings. Some hotels, like the Vinnci Bit in Barcelona even try to turn the hotel itself into a work of art. Another hotel group which has adopted this concept is the Silken Hotel group. The Silken Puerta America, thanks to its wonderful facade designed by Jean Nouvel, is one of the most distinctive hotels in Madrid. This hotel was inspired by the concept of devising something unique by combining architecture, design and art. The Silken Grand Hotel Domine Bilbao is dominated by two protagonists: Javier Mariscal, responsible for the overall design and the Guggenheim Museum, opposite which the hotel is located.

Another chain that has opted to try to be different by integrating art is the Derby hotel group. Its hotel Claris Barcelona has one of the most important private collections of Egyptian art in Spain. Also on display in the hotel are sculptures of Indian art from ...Click to read more about Spain Hotel News