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5 Charming Boutique Hotels in Spain

September 16, 2013

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Fall is an ideal time to visit Spain, thanks to the season’s mild climate and reduced tourist crowds. (It’s still a popular time to go, but September and October aren’t nearly as busy as August, when most Europeans plan a vacation.) And visitors can avoid the hoards not just as the tourist sights, but within their hotels, too — provided they select an intimate boutique pick, like these five attractive options.

Abac Barcelona

Abac Barcelona

Abac Barcelona

This exclusive 15-room luxury boutique hotel embodies contemporary style at its best, fitting right in in a city that treasures design. Rooms are avant-garde, from the clean, white and beige decor, to the modern under lighting, to the remote-controlled blinds, to the Bang & Olufsen sound system. An amazing spa with Turkish baths shouldn’t be missed, and the hotel’s Michelin-starred on-site restaurant is a highlight. But the slightly out-of-the-way residential location is a drawback.

 

Hotel Ada Palace, Madrid

Hotel Ada Palace, Madrid

Hotel Ada Palace, Madrid

The tiny front desk, lack of an actual lobby, and small elevators might give a poor first impression of this upscale boutique hotel, but don’t be deterred. Inside, spacious rooms are elegant (pale yellow striped walls, blue and white toile bedspreads), and have flat-screen TVs, minibars, and hydro-massage showers. Additional highlights here include a wonderful (and expensive) restaurant with gorgeous views of the surrounding buildings, and a stylish rooftop lounge. While there are few amenities, rates tend to be fair and the location on Gran Via is hard to beat.

 

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

The 98-room Mandarin Oriental is one of the most luxurious hotels in Barcelona, and certainly has one of the most recognizable hotel brand names in the city. It has a great location on Passeig de Gracia, and offers all the high-end amenities one would expect from the chain, including a rooftop dipping pool, a beautiful spa, and numerous restaurants (one has a Michelin star). All-white rooms are sleek, and some have balconies, but layouts can be a bit awkward. While the service is excellent, some guests complain about street noise and there is a pesky fee for Wi-Fi.

 

Hospes Las Casas Del Rey de Baeza, Seville

Hospes Las Casas Del Rey de Baeza, Seville

Hospes Las Casas Del Rey de Baeza, Seville

This charming 41-room boutique is housed in an 18th-century building in the historic center of Seville, a short walk from major attractions, shops and restaurants. It is built around two beautiful traditional patios with plants; exterior hallways that lead to the rooms. While Junior Suites and Deluxe Rooms have colonial-style furnishings with a modern twist, lower-level rooms can feel a little barebones, with sparse wall decorations, simple wrought-iron headboards, and small flat-screen TVs. However, all accommodations feature quality beds, Egyptian cotton linens, and clean, modern bathrooms. The hotel features a traditional tapas restaurant, a cozy library, and private parking on-site, but the highlight here is the full-service spafeaturing a small rooftop pool with loungers and bar service.

 

Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona

Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona

Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona

With a fairly removed location in the hills that ring the city, the 70-room Gran Hotel La Florida has a history as a luxurious, star-studded getaway far from the frenzy of Barcelona’s crowds. Built in 1924, it has drawn celebrities from writer Ernest Hemingway to actor Rock Hudson through the years. Relaxation is the focus here — from the beautiful indoor/outdoor pool to the tranquil Zen Zone Spa. Guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings in soothing neutral tones, great views of either the city or the Pyrenees Mountains, and spacious marble bathrooms.

 

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10 Responses to “5 Charming Boutique Hotels in Spain”

  1. Opal Morrill Says:

    I’ll be traveling to Barcelona with my fiance and our friends who are going to get married next week on this coming September but just for 5 days and I still don’t have a clue where to go and what to do.. Do you have any suggestions?

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  2. Louisa Ellman Says:

    I am going to Barcelona next week. The temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s. I live in Los Angeles and I am a little confused about what to wear in Spain. Any suggestions? Do women really not wear shorts? I looked at some “Barcelona street style” blogs and everyone seems to be dressed the same as people in Los Angeles.

    What do I wear to walk around during the day? What about to bars and restaurants? Night clubs? The beach?

    Any tips are appreciated!
    I have googled what to wear in Barcelona and most of the results are outdated or contradictory. Hellllp.

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  3. Marcie Carew Says:

    I’ll be traveling to Barcelona with my fiance and our friends who are going to get married next week on this coming September but just for 5 days and I still don’t have a clue where to go and what to do.. Do you have any suggestions?

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  4. Lola Lockwood Says:

    Hi,

    I am going to Barcelona (the first time) from Thursday till Monday.

    I would like to know:
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    – which is the cheapest way for buying a public transport card for travelling in Barcelona?

    Thanks in in advance.

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  5. Carrie Major Says:

    I’m planning to take a trip to Spain this winter for only about six days. I’m wondering if I should visit Madrid or Barcelona.

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  6. Janet Somerville Says:

    Is barcelona a good place for me to take my boyfriend away on holiday for his 18th…I’m 18 now aswel..I just want to know the important factors of is it clean,has beaches and good nightlife for a COUPLE our age 😀

    Thanks x

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