Hotel Atrio, Caceres $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The Hotel Atrio is that happiest of travel discoveries: a hotel far more gorgeous than it needs to be in a town far more enchanting than its anonymity would suggest. Cáceres is one of the hidden jewels of Spain: a preserved Renaissance enclave where the ocher buildings and evening fog combine to create an air of romance. Its historical purity helps explain why locals at first objected to the Atrio projecta modern hotel next to the fifteenth-century Church of San Mateo. They needn't have worried since the stone exterior blends beautifully with the surrounding buildings. Admittedly, the interior is dramatic, divided by vertical slats that cast light from the garden onto pristine walls hung with contemporary art. White paint, dark floors, and light-wood furnishings impart a Scandinavian feel to the rooms, but the full-size iMac, the ample bathrooms with bath salts and lotions made specially for the hotel, and the occasional Warhol sketch keep things from feeling overly minimalist. So too does Atrio's restaurant, the only one in the Extremadura region with two Michelin stars. Its serenely elegant tables are filled with locals happily savoring chef Toño Perez's rich, flavorful dishes. 2011 Hot List
Which room to book: No. 201, for its spectacular picture window view of the cathedral.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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