Andrea Hausold - Jan 24, 2023
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Staying in a modern hotel always surprises you with its avant-garde architecture, but have you ever tried staying in a historic hotel in Spain? You may think that these types of hotels have an antique look, but in reality they have a special charm. Above all, with the passage of time they have been able to adapt to new technologies, preserving their essence and originality. The old hotels will allow you to go back in time and know many stories of those who once stayed in their rooms. In addition, they offer you a luxurious lodging surrounded by authentic works of art, being this, its distinctive and commercial seal. Tourism Review introduces the five oldest hotels in Spain.

1. Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, Santiago de Compostela

Est.: 1482

This 15th-century lodging is the oldest in Spain and is located in the Cathedral of Santiago. The building retains many original elements such as vaulted ceilings, stone arches and tapestries. Strolling through these stone corridors is like stepping into history, as this parador was built by order of the Catholic Kings to provide shelter for those in need of medical attention at the end of the Camino de Santiago.

2. Posada del Peine, Madrid

Est.: 1610

It is located in the old part of the capital next to the Plaza Mayor of Madrid and is more than 400 years old. Its name is due to the fact that in every room there was a comb tied to a rope so that guests would not steal it. However, the inn remained closed between 1960 and 2006, where the Petit Palace chain was responsible for transforming it into a modern accommodation, but retaining much of its original exterior appearance.

3. Hotel Oriente, Barcelona

Est.: 1842

One oldest hotel is also Hotel Oriente located on the Ramblas at the gates of the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. The hotel was built to accommodate students of canons, theology and philosophy. Later, it was abandoned and was used as police quarters, until it was finally converted into a hotel.

After a bombardment of the city during the Civil War, the lodging suffered serious damage, but was rebuilt and recovered. Today, it retains part of its charm with its entrance door, protected by a canopy and it seems that no time has passed.

4. Gran Hotel La Perla, Pamplona

Est.: 1881

It is one of the most famous hotels in Pamplona and is located in the Plaza del Castillo. Throughout its history, it has hosted great personalities from all social, political and cultural spheres, such as Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin, Pablo Sarasate and Ernest Hemingway.

After many years of decadence, it was completely renovated in 2007, becoming one of the most luxurious accommodations in the city.

5. Hotel España, Barcelona

Est.: 1888

This hotel is considered a small jewel of Catalan Modernism and is located in the center of Barcelona, next to the Liceu Theater and La Boqueria market. Its structure combines the pieces, decoration and different atmospheres of yesteryear with arrangements and trends of the current century.

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