Best luxury and boutique hotels in Spain

Stylish hotels, farmhouses, B&Bs

Spain is probably most famous for its incredible beaches and sunshine, and its fiestas – some are world-famous, such as the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, but every village and town has a number of events held throughout the year.

There’s fascinating architecture that reflects the country’s diversity, too – Moorish palaces and mosques in Andalucía, impressive cathedrals and churches throughout the country, and Gaudí’s unique brand of Modernism in Barcelona.

The country is divided up into distinct regions, each with its own language and traditions, and the landscape is diverse – you’ll fine snow-capped mountains, lush islands and arid plains, and small islands stretching almost to Africa.

Add to this the local people’s friendliness and love for a party, and no wonder Spain is a perennially popular destination. 

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Featured hotels in Spain

Ca'n Reus, FORNALUTX, Mallorca

In an attractive village, with cobbled streets and tiled rooftops, surrounded by orange and lemon groves, this 300-year-old house has been run since 2003 as a small rural hotel Sue and Nick


Casa del Maco, Benissa, Alicante

On a ridge in the Lleus valley near the beaches of the Costa Blanca, this 18th-century farmhouse, white-walled and tile-roofed, has been turned into a delightful small rustic hotel/restaurant by


Hotel Can Boix de Peramola, PERAMOLA, Lleida

Beautifully set among trees at the foot of the craggy Roca del Corb, the Pallarès family’s smart, modern hotel is not far from the main Andorra to Lleida road. It is ‘very well run,


Hotels in Spain

  • Ca's Xorc, Soller, Mallorca

    ‘The food and setting were superb,’ says a visitor to this former olive mill located in the Serra de Tramuntara mountains near Sóller and its ‘Port’. The hotel,

  • Hotel La Tartana , LA HERRADURA , Granada

    This 'welcoming’ boutique hotel, managed by owners Jed and Amanda Filmer, is built in Andalusian style with a central courtyard and fountain, old oak beams and old monastery doors. It is located

  • Hotel Claris , Barcelona, Catalonia

    ‘More stylish retreat than owner-managed home from home’, this designer hotel gran luxe in the Eixample district ‘delivers a comforting base for forays around the city’, say

  • Hotel Neri, Barcelona, Catalonia

    In the historic Gothic quarter by the cathedral, this 18th-century palace has been restored, ‘imaginatively and stylishly’, as a small hotel. ‘The contemporary artistic decor

  • Hotel Sant Agusti, Barcelona, Catalonia

    On an attractive square just off La Rambla, next to the Liceu opera house (and Metro station), this former convent of St Augustin has ‘simple, comfortable accommodation -- good value’. It

  • Hotel Alexandra, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Well located, between Passeig de Gràcia (where you can see La Pedrera, Gaudí’s unusual apartment building without a straight line) and La Rambla, this large, modern hotel is a

  • Hotel Urquinaona, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Located at the top of La Rambla, and five minutes' walk from Plaza Catalunya, is this former hostal turned into small, inexpensive hotel. ‘Strongly recommended: unprepossessing entrance,

  • Mercer Hotel Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Behind the medieval façade of a collection of buildings in the Gothic Quarter is this 'ultra modern', stylish hotel. The 'very quiet' rooms have wooden floors, original ceiling beams and

  • Hotel 1898, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Hotel 1898 once housed the headquarters of the Phillipines Tobacco Company (the name refers to the year Spain lost the Philippines as a colony) and the company's initials are still engraved on the

  • Only You Hotel & Lounge, Madrid

    A former 19th century palace has been transformed into a 'great boutique hotel in Madrid's hip district of Chueca, ideally located close to many main tourist sites', according to one visitor. The

  • Hospes Madrid, Madrid

    This charming boutique hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, and within walking distance of major sights such as the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and the Cybeles Fountain. Formerly a

  • Petit Palace Art Gallery Hotel, Madrid

    The rooms in this imposing 19th century former townhouse are decorated in a contemporary style, with mainly white and beige hues with splashes of red, and the lobby has interesting artworks. Bathrooms

  • Hotel Artrip Madrid, Madrid

    This modern, well-priced hotel is located in the bohemian, multicultural and predominantly working class area of Lavapiés, but is in close proximity to Plaza Mayor, the Gran Via and Buen Retiro

  • VP Jardin de Recoletas, Madrid

    Located on a quiet street in the Salamanca area, in the centre of Madrid, this newly-refurbished (2013) hotel has spacious, sound-proofed rooms decorated in neutral shades of brown, beige and grey.

  • Hotel la Moraleja, Cala san Vicenc, Mallorca

    A ‘most relaxing’ small, hotel composed of two white villas in a residential area of this popular, ‘if not particularly appealing’, resort. ‘Service is excellent,’

  • Cala Sant Vincenc Hotel, Cala san Vicenc, Mallorca

    Near the sandy beaches of Mallorca’s northern cape, this small luxury hotel stands quietly in landscaped gardens amid pine trees, in a busy resort. ‘A comfortable, pleasant stay,’

  • Gran Hotel Son Net, Puigpunyent, Mallorca

    With ‘brilliant service’ and ‘fantastic rooms’, David Stein’s small luxury hotel, a converted 17th-century palace, is ‘strongly recommended’ by visitors.

  • Hotel Bon Sol, Illetas, Mallorca

    On a pine-covered hillside overlooking Palma bay, this large holiday hotel, with mock-Moorish tower, is managed by its owners, Lorraine and Martin Xamena and their son Alejandro. ‘An enjoyable

  • Hotel Es Moli, Deia, Mallorca

    On the outskirts of this famous 'and fascinating' tiny hill village, on a hillside with ‘breathtaking views’ across olive terraces to the sea, this holiday hotel has long been popular with

  • Hotel des Puig, Deia, Mallorca

    ‘A bargain in a delightful location’: this pretty house is not far from the upmarket Residencia. It offers similar views at half the price. The manager, Lucian Rogojina, ‘works hard

  • Hotel Mar i Vent, Banyalbufar, Mallorca

    The Vives family’s unassuming hotel offers ‘good value on a coastline that remains unspoilt by development’. Set above steeply terraced, cultivated slopes that lead down to coves on

  • Hotel Ses Rotges, Cala Ratjada, Mallorca

    In a village on the north-east tip of Mallorca, this much-admired restaurant-with-rooms is run by the ‘delightful’ French owner/chef, Gérard Tétard, with his wife

  • L'Hermitage, Orient, Mallorca

    This former 19th-century monastery is now an elegant Mallorcan-owned hotel in a ‘stunning’ setting, two kilometres west of Orient, in beautiful, remote valley. Visitors found

  • Hotel Aigua Blava, Begur, Costa Brava

    Built in the style of a Catalan village around the Fornells cove on a lovely stretch of the Costa Brava, this much-loved hotel (‘well run, in a beautiful spot’) was thought ‘truly

  • Hotel El Patio, Garachico, Tenerife, Canary Islands

    The ‘charming’ de Ponte family have converted the quinta and other buildings on their banana plantation (they have owned it since 1507) into this small rural hotel just outside Garachico.

  • Hotel San Roque, Garachico, Tenerife, Canary Islands

    On a cobbled street near the seafront of this interesting little port in the lush north-west of Tenerife, this small designer hotel provides ‘a charming blend of style, comfort, cosy ambience,

  • Hotel Obispo, Hondarribia, Basque Country

    On a hill within the ramparts of this interesting old Basque fishing port/seaside resort (also known by its Castilian name, Fuenterrabía), this small B&B hotel is a converted 14th-century

  • Hotel Llevant, Llafranc, Costa Brava

     On the beach in an unspoilt small Costa Brava resort, the Farrarons family have run their hotel since 1935. ‘It is pleasant for a few days at the seaside,’ say recent visitors.

  • Hotel Villa la Argentina, Luarca, Asturias

    This listed belle époque villa was built in 1899 by a shipping magnate. It is in a residential area above this charming fishing village in northern Spain. The nominators reported: ‘A

  • Hotel San Lorenzo, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca

    ‘A wonderful little hotel,’ say visitors. ‘An excellent welcome; we much enjoyed our junior suite.’ Another comment: ‘The ambience is beautifully done. The small number

  • Parador de la Gomera, San Sebastian, La Gomera, Canary Islands

    This stone-built parador stands on a cliff-top overlooking the harbour and marina of the lushest and least spoilt island in the Canaries. Visitors wrote: ‘Our comfortable room had garden view,

  • Parador de la Palma, Santa Cruz de la Palma, La Palma, Canary Islands

    La Palma, the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands, is small and volcanic, less busy than its larger neighbour Tenerife. This parador was built in local style in 1999, on the coast outside the

  • Parador de Canadas del Teide, Las Canadas del Tiede, Tenerife, Canary Islands

    In a ‘spectacular, albeit isolated’ setting, this purpose-built parador is ‘excellent and inexpensive’, says a visitor endorsing ‘with enthusiasm’ its entry in the

  • Parador de El Hierro, El Hierro, El Hierro, Canary Islands

    One of the remotest of all the paradors, a modern white-painted building by a black lava beach on the smallest, least visited of the Canary Islands. It stands in large gardens with coconut palms and

  • Hotel Primero Primera, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Although it's located in the leafy residential neighbourhood of Tres Torres, away from the hustle and bustle, this boutique hotel has a metro station five minutes' walk away with a direct route to

  • Hotel Do, Barcelona, Catalonia

    The location of this luxury boutique hotel - facing Plaça Reial in the Gothic Quarter - could not be bettered and breakfast (included in the rate) is taken in the square itself. Most of

  • Casa Camper Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Casa Camper is set in a 19th century Gothic tenement building in the heart of Barcelona, close to the famous La Boqueria market and a five minute walk from Plaça de Catalunya. Rooms are