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Hotels in Spain range from indulgent old-world palaces to ultraminimalist boutique accommodations, from quaint bed-and-breakfasts to grand villas. For atmosphere, you can't beat the converted convents, castles, and manor houses that dot Spain's cities and countryside, including those run by the government's Parador Hotels (www.parador.es), with period decor, picturesque settings, and restaurants with an emphasis on regional cuisine. One of the most spectacular is the Parador de Granada, located in a 15th-century convent inside the Alhambra. City centers have their share of palaces-turned-hotels, too; Madrid's Hotel Orfila retains the opulent air of a 19th-century mansion.

Standard business-style hotels are giving way to smaller and more personalized boutique hotels in Spain. Whether sleek and packed with the latest technology, like Valencia's Chill Art Hotel Jardín Botanico, or humbler family-run affairs like Barcelona's Hostal L'Antic Espai, these character-filled hotels tend to favor central locations over spacious quarters. In the most elite, gastronomy is an essential part of the experience, but many of Spain's smaller hotels skip restaurants entirely. Another popular urban trend is the destination hotel, as in Barcelona's Hotel Omm, which brings locals and tourists together with a see-and-be-seen bar, café, restaurant, nightclub, and spa.

In the Spanish countryside, casas rurales, or rural houses, are the accommodation of choice. The abandonment of many farms and country estates over the past few decades has led to a boom in rural tourism and an increase in cozy bed-and-breakfasts. There's an enormous price and quality range out there, but the best B&Bslike San Joan de Binissaida in Menorcaare small and family-run, with large rooms, inviting common areas, sunny patios, and excellent kitchens serving hearty local cuisine.

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Hotel Lopez de Haro

This centrally located Bilbao hotel is just a five-minute walk to the Guggenheim (Frank Gehry stayed when he was working on his initial sketches for the...more

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Hotel Jazz, Barcelona

The location of this sleek property near Plaza Catalunya is "perfect because it's well away from the crowds and noise" but still a short walk from the Ramblas....more

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Hotel Iturregi, Getaria

Set atop a verdant hill 15 miles west of San Sebastián, this country retreat is a seductive reason to leave the Basque city behind. Outside, vineyards...more

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Hotel Hesperia, Madrid

The Hesperia's lobby is beautiful, done up in shades of warm orange with clean lattice work, lots of greenery, and wide-open spaces. You could sit for hours in...more

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Hotel Espléndido, Port de Sóller, Mallorca

Swedish hoteliers Johanna and Mikael Landström have bull's-eyed every detail in their reinvention of this 1954 vintage seaside property, with dimmers...more

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Hotel Embarcadero, Getxo, Spain

Situated just outside Bilbao in the town of Getxo, where the Nervión River meets the sea, Hotel Embarcadero is a 27-room property housed in a stately 1900...more

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Hotel Claude Marbella, Marbella

With only seven rooms in a handsome seventeenth-century house in the heart of the Casco Antiguo (Old Town), the intimate and friendly Hotel Claude is one of the...more

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Hotel Can Simoneta, Capdepera, Mallorca

Perched on the edge of rutilant cliffs and surrounded by 600 acres of farmland and pine forest, this small seaside hotel consists of Can Nofre, an old stone...more

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Hotel Bauzá, Madrid

The Bauzá is one of Virginia Figueras's two masterworks in Madrid; the other is the Hotel de las Letras. Located in hip Salamanca near the museums, the...more

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Hotel Atrio, Caceres

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...more

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