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Preserved history of Spain: long-standing and ancient hotels

Spain has a rich history. There is even a special concept - parador - in the tourism industry of the country. It stands for hotels set in ancient castles. One of the most famous examples is the Parador de Alarcon in the city of Cuenca. The hotel is located in an ancient Arab fortress of the 7th century; its interior has preserved medieval spirit. Another ancient hotel, Cap Rocat in the city of Palma on the island of Mallorca, is located in an ancient military fortress on the beach. The hotel offers a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean coast. For safety reasons, due to the peculiarities of the structure, it's prohibited to stay in the hotel with children under 15 years.
Photo of Santa Isabel La Real, Granada Santa Isabel La Real, Granada On the territory of the Old Town in one of the charming townhouses is located the Santa Isabel La Real . This romantic and charming hotel attracts travelers with its distinctive and relaxing atmosphere. The interior of this historic hotel has many small details: antique furniture and wonderful paintings in carved frames, miniature Andalusian-style mirrors, and vintage lamps, cute porcelain figurines as well as interior decorations made from natural wood.
Hotel Roca-Mar, Benidorm Travelers fascinated by the style of previous years should pay attention to Hotel Roca-Mar . It mixes modern decor with notable traditions of the past centuries, so interior of the lodge harmoniously combines antique pieces and modern fashion accessories. The ground floor houses a cozy lounge with a fireplace. The hall is furnished with posh leather sofas and armchairs and boasts a collection of ancient vases. Next to the lobby there is a nice restaurant designed in modern style. A library full of modern accessories and simple furnishings is also attention worth.
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Photo of Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla, Sevilla Casa 1800 Sevilla, Sevilla Do you want to indulge yourself in the atmosphere of historic charm? If so, consider staying at Casa 1800 Sevilla during your vacation in the city. This fabulous hotel is open in a 19th-century mansion with a charming inner yard. The hotel is located in the lively district of Santa Cruz. During reconstruction, the building has kept its original stone walls and high ceiling, as well as large rounded shape windows. The design of the hotel includes fantastic old furniture with cream textile upholstery. Beautiful chandeliers in medieval style add charm to public areas. In some guest rooms, there are large canopy beds in the colonial style, and in some, travelers will admire gorgeous wooden décor and priceless artworks.
Photo of Hotel Viverde Las Tirajanas, San Bartolomé de Tirajana Hotel Viverde Las Tirajanas, Gran Canaria In a picturesque mountainous area in the village of San Bartolome de Tirajana, there is a first-class accommodation option called Hotel Viverde Las Tirajanas . The hotel is located in an old stone house, which for hundreds of years, has managed to maintain its austere appearance and part of its interior decoration. In accordance with the traditions of past years, massive wooden beds designed with handmade carvings were installed in all rooms, while the most romantic room has a huge four-poster bed occupying its central place. Even the fabrics in the rooms and public areas of the hotel were selected in accordance with the traditions of past centuries.
Photo of Tryp Bilbao Arenal Hotel, Bilbao Tryp Bilbao Arenal Hotel, Bilbao A very beautiful historic building in the city center is occupied by Tryp Bilbao Arenal Hotel , which is just a few steps away from the Teatro Arriaga. One of the main features of the hotel is an aristocratic interior of its rooms. All of them have elegant antique furniture, being adorned with skillful wood carvings and paintings. In the center of each room, there is a luxurious king-size bed. Elegant chairs and tables on high legs, an abundance of snow-white light fabrics, large mirrors in wooden frames and windows offering panoramic views of the city sights - the atmosphere reigning here is truly inimitable.
Photo of Pensión Versalles, Alicante Pensión Versalles, Alicante Next to the Basilica of Santa Maria there is the unique hotel Pensión Versalles set in the lovely old villa. This historic building is literally immersed in an abundance of fragrant flowers and exotic plants. Each of the ten rooms is decorated in a unique style. Premises feature antique handmade wooden furniture and drapery of bright satin fabric in oriental style. This ancient villa has also preserved a charming patio. The walls here are tiled following tradition of previous years, tiled. Guests can enjoy hookah or have a dinner in the open air at the courtyard.
Photo of Apartamentos Piscis, Benidorm Apartamentos Piscis, Benidorm Another high-rise building houses Apartamentos Piscis . Each of hotel’s ten rooms is decorated according traditions of the past. Marble floor, huge vases with cut flowers, exquisite wooden finishing and plenty of amazing artworks make interior of the hotel unique. Rooms have smart marble and wooden accents. All apartments have a small private courtyard terrace.
Photo of Suites Murillo, Sevilla Suites Murillo, Sevilla The Suites Murillo apart-hotel is open in another fully restored historic building. Magnificent guest rooms with panoramic windows are also made in retro style. All guest rooms have colorful wallpapers with interesting patterns and soft furniture with lilac velvet upholstery. There are also genuine antique items in most rooms – wooden cabinets on tall carved legs, elegant tables with round-shaped tabletops, skillful wood carvings, and large crystal chandeliers. The façade of the historic building was kept as close to the original as possible and still has old frescos and ceramic tiles.
Photo of Relais & Châteaux Orfila, Madrid Relais & Châteaux Orfila, Madrid If you want to indulge yourself in the atmosphere of aristocratic luxury, book a room at Relais & Châteaux Orfila. This magnificent hotel is open in an eye-catching 19th-century palace. The décor of both guest rooms and public areas is based on genuine antique furniture and pricey old artworks. There are retro style ornaments and a giant bed with exclusive bed clothing in each room. In public areas, one will see old portraits of noble dukes and princes, including the portraits of the former owners of the palace. Besides the elegant design, the hotel is famous for its restaurant, El Jardin de Orfila, that offers delicious Spanish cuisine and has a romantic tearoom with a garden terrace.
Photo of Santa Catalina, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Santa Catalina, Gran Canaria One of the most renowned and prestigious hotels in Gran Canaria is Santa Catalina , located in Las Palmas. It occupies a unique old palace surrounded by a vast landscaped garden. The atmosphere of the hotel fully corresponds to its irresistible appearance; every detail of its interior is an invaluable antique exhibit. Luxurious furniture made from dark wood, large beds with high carved headboards, antique handmade carpets, and paintings in gilded frames, adorn all the rooms, bringing to mind the traditions of past centuries. During the reconstruction of the palace, its original decoration made from wood and marble were partially preserved. In some halls, tall columns and arched openings were restored too.
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Remarkable old hotels in the top cities of Spain

Barcelona
Catalonia Berna Hotel is a very beautiful historic building that was constructed by famous architect Josep Cerda. The building of the hotel is protected by the government as a historic landmark and is well-known because of spectacular frescos on the façade. Modern and elegant guestrooms of this absolutely stunning hotel are made to amaze and please their guests. Catalonia Berna will be a wonderful choice for both romantic leisure visitors and business travellers, who will never regret about … Read more
Madrid
If you want to indulge yourself in the atmosphere of aristocratic luxury, book a room at Relais & Châteaux Orfila. This magnificent hotel is open in an eye-catching 19th-century palace. The décor of both guest rooms and public areas is based on genuine antique furniture and pricey old artworks. There are retro style ornaments and a giant bed with exclusive bed clothing in each room. In public areas, one will see old portraits of noble dukes and princes, including the portraits of the former … Read more
Sevilla
The Suites Murillo apart-hotel is open in another fully restored historic building. Magnificent guest rooms with panoramic windows are also made in retro style. All guest rooms have colorful wallpapers with interesting patterns and soft furniture with lilac velvet upholstery. There are also genuine antique items in most rooms – wooden cabinets on tall carved legs, elegant tables with round-shaped tabletops, skillful wood carvings, and large crystal chandeliers. The façade of the historic … Read more
Benidorm
Another high-rise building houses Apartamentos Piscis. Each of hotel’s ten rooms is decorated according traditions of the past. Marble floor, huge vases with cut flowers, exquisite wooden finishing and plenty of amazing artworks make interior of the hotel unique. Rooms have smart marble and wooden accents. All apartments have a small private courtyard terrace. Travelers fascinated by the style of previous years should pay attention to Hotel Roca-Mar. It mixes modern decor with notable … Read more
Granada
Palacio de Santa Ines is a very unique historical attraction. Everyone who fancies the culture of past centuries would dream of visiting it at least once in their lifetime. The hotel is located in the Albayzin district and occupies a 16th-century chic building. Hundreds of years later the original architecture, as well as the unique frescoes, is still intact. Incredibly beautiful wooden ceilings were also restored in some rooms. The rooms were decorated with exclusive antique furniture and … Read more
Valencia
Those who prefer comfortable well-equipped apartments pay special attention to Apartamentos El Ventorro. During its historic building's renovation, the interior decoration has been preserved as much as possible. Beautiful stone arches, wooden beams under the ceiling and fragments of original stone masonry are present in each of the six modern apartments. The apartments' modern interior in soothing shades does not in the least violate this historic splendor. Casual Hostal Valencia is unique … Read more
Alicante
Next to the Basilica of Santa Maria there is the unique hotel Pensión Versalles set in the lovely old villa. This historic building is literally immersed in an abundance of fragrant flowers and exotic plants. Each of the ten rooms is decorated in a unique style. Premises feature antique handmade wooden furniture and drapery of bright satin fabric in oriental style. This ancient villa has also preserved a charming patio. The walls here are tiled following tradition of previous years, tiled. … Read more
Bilbao
A very beautiful historic building in the city center is occupied by Tryp Bilbao Arenal Hotel, which is just a few steps away from the Teatro Arriaga. One of the main features of the hotel is an aristocratic interior of its rooms. All of them have elegant antique furniture, being adorned with skillful wood carvings and paintings. In the center of each room, there is a luxurious king-size bed. Elegant chairs and tables on high legs, an abundance of snow-white light fabrics, large mirrors in … Read more

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