Spain Guide


Salamanca Accommodation

Salamanca may not boast the wealth of five star accommodation to be found in Madrid or Barcelona but the city has a good range of hotels including many lovely historic buildings which have been converted to meet the needs of the modern day tourist. There are modern hotels with facilities for business travellers and plenty of cheap hostals and pensions for the benefit of foreign students and tourists looking for budget accommodation.

Without doubt the grandest hotel in town is the Palacio de Castellanos built on the site of a 15th century palace in a prime location near the Plaza Mayor. The hotel combines sumptuous old world elegance with all mod cons and first class service (you even get to choose between firm and soft pillows for your bed.) The only remaining part of the original palace is the interior courtyard which has been beautifully restored.

The firm favourite of traditionalists, visiting matadors and the literati who are drawn to Spain's oldest university town is the four star Gran Hotel on the southeast corner of the Plaza Mayor. Like the Palacio de Castellanos, it retains a great deal of old style charm while providing modern facilities (it was completely renovated in 1994).

One of the most charming hotels in the city is the Rector, located just beyond the Puente Roman (Roman Bridge) by the old Citadel walls. This former private mansion looks as though it might have been built in the 19th century but was actually constructed in the 1940s. This is a classy hotel, beautifully furnished with parquet floors and some lovely stained glass windows in the lobby. It's fast gaining a reputation among discerning tourists as the top place to stay in Salamanca.

There's a government owned Parador hotel in a wonderful location at Teso de la Feria, on a hill on the left bank of the River Tormes. Nearly all the bedrooms have panoramic views of the city and cathedral in this elegant four star hotel. The restaurant specialises in the regional dishes of Castilla Leon including the famous hornazo meat pie, roast suckling pig and the farinato white sausage from Ciudad Rodrigo.

You'll find plenty of hotels in the three and four star category including a couple of modern Melia hotels. There's also a good selection of cheap and cheerful hostals and pensions in the old quarter around the Plaza Mayor. You won't get the full range of facilities to be found in the big modern hotels but most offer rooms with en suite baths these days and the better ones are exceptionally good value. One of the best is the Hostal Plaza Mayor which, as its name suggests, is in one of the best spots in town opposite the church of San Martin in the central plaza.

The Salamanca Youth Hostel at the end of Gran Via, next to the Seminario de Calatrava, offers cheap dormitory style accommodation to visiting students. You'll also find several campsites in the countryside surrounding the city.

In the mountain villages of the wider province of Salamanca there are some lovely "casas rurales" ancient farms and country houses which have been sympathetically restored to provide select self catering holiday accommodation. You'll find plenty of them near the historic town of Bejar in the mountain range to the south of the city.