The hotels in Spain with the best marks of the year in ‘El Viajero’


From the Canary Islands to Castilla-La Mancha, and from Malaga to Pamplona, ​​we gather, as a summary of 2021 marked by pandemic ups and downs and their inevitable consequences on the hotel sector, the 10 hotels (all of them Spanish) that have achieved the best score in weekly reviews from our expert, Fernando Gallardo. All of them proposals that ensure, yes, rest and pleasure.

Santa Catalina, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (9 out of 10)

This historic hotel, through which great personalities of the 20th century have passed (Winston Churchill, Maria Callas, Agatha Christie …), combines its stately demeanor with a modern offer gastro on the island of Gran Canaria. The Balinese beds on its roof are the best.

El Toro, in Pamplona (8)

This classic hotel in the capital of Navarra, whose masonry and ashlar stone (from 1607) was moved, stone by stone, to its current location centuries later, invites you to experience shabby in its 62 rooms, almost always curled around a tree and overlooking a patch of green.

Arbaso, in San Sebastián (8.5)

Aesthetic and functional refinement prevails in this 50-room accommodation, installed in an original 19th-century building five minutes from San Sebastian’s La Concha beach.

Solecio Palace, in Malaga (8.5)

Recently refurbished, this hotel occupies an original Andalusian palace from the 18th century which, from then on, preserves the façade, the wrought iron balconies and the baroque paintings of its interiors.

The Brotherhood of Villalba, in Villalba de los Barros (8)

A splendidly built house that belonged to a noble family since the 17th century, converted into an austere rural accommodation in the tranquility of the Tierra de Barros region, in Badajoz, where the vineyard, the olive grove and the pottery shape the landscape.

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Hotel Arima, in San Sebastián (8)

Surrounded by the San Sebastian grove of Miramón, it boasts sustainability certified by the Passivhaus seal, which guarantees everything from smart ventilation to the use of less polluting materials to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals.

Vincci Selección Posada del Patio, in Malaga (8)

An accommodation with careful interior design, signed by Alejandra Pombo and inspired by the dream of the Moorish patios, and which towards the outside offers views of the tower of the Malaga cathedral from the roof terrace.

Villa Magalean, in Hondarribia (8)

Installed in a mansion in the town of Gipuzkoa, in this accommodation with just eight rooms and spa the decorative care translates into a simple delicacy that accompanies the guest throughout their stay.

Luz de Alba, in Argamasilla de Alba (8)

Ecosensory pleasures in the middle of La Mancha await the guest of this oleic complex with its own oil mill and six villas scattered in a sea of ​​olive groves in the province of Ciudad Real.

Monastery of San Zoilo, in Carrión de los Condes (8)

Pilgrims, walkers and guests who are eager to admire its Renaissance Gothic cloister, projected in 1537, now parade through the enormous rooms of this monastery consecrated to Saint John the Baptist in the year 948, on the Camino de Santiago as it passes through Palencia.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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