Spain Guide

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Zaragoza has a wide range of hotel accommodation as you'd expect in a city which hosts regular international trade fairs, attracting business travellers from all over the world. You'll find hotels of all standards and sizes, providing everything from five star facilities to the cheap and basic services of the city's numerous hostals and pensions. In the wider province of Zaragoza there are monasteries, convents and converted farmhouses offering rustic accommodation in beautiful, tranquil locations.

Hotel Palafox, in the commercial centre of town, is the only five star hotel here and offers an excellent range of facilities, especially for business people. There's a fully equipped business centre with broadband Internet connection, luxurious suites and VIP rooms, a swimming pool, sauna, solarium and fitness club. The hotel also has its own cinema and casino.

One of Zaragoza's most luxurious hotels is the futuristic Hotel Boston in Avenida de las Torres at the heart of the commercial zone. It's one of the tallest and most eye catching buildings in town, ultra modern in terms of both its design and facilities. Leading edge technology is used to regulate the temperature throughout the building and the huge entrance hall, with its glass lift shaft in the centre, looks like something out of a James Bond movie. The four star Melia in Avenida Cesar Augusto also ranks as one of the top hotels boasting all mod cons including Internet access, business facilities, air conditioning, a swimming pool and health and fitness suite.


If you prefer some old world style and elegance, head for the Gran Hotel in the Zona Centro one kilometre south of the cathedra. It's one of the most charming and historic hotels in the city, inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1929 and sympathetically modernised whilst retaining its original period feel. Ernest Hemingway and his friend and biographer A.E Hotchner are among the illustrious clientele to have bedded down here for the night.

Not all the city's historic hotels charge four and five star prices. La Posada de las Almas is a one star hotel in the "casco Viejo" old quarter near San Pablo Church and dates back to 1705. The facilities are fairly basic but the place oozes history from its ancient stone walls which once provided shelter to muleteers and merchants passing through the city.

The old town also has several hostals to choose from these are like English boarding houses where you can't always expect an en suite bathroom, air conditioning or an on site restaurant but most offer clean and comfortable accommodation at a very reasonable price. Hostal Ambos Mundos and Hostal Plaza, both located in the Plaza del Pilar, are among the most popular choices for visiting tourists travelling on a tight budget.

For students and budget conscious backpackers there's the Baltasar Gracian Albergue Juvenil youth hostel in the old quarter within easy reach of the university and train station. There are also several youth hostels in the villages and countryside of the wider province of Zaragoza and touring them is a popular way for young adventurers to discover this region of Spain.

The province also has a good selection of campsites including one on the outskirts of the city next to the Imperial Canal. Camping Casablanca, with 192 plots on seven square kilometres of land, offers good facilities including a swimming pool, washing machines, supermarket, restaurant, bar, lounge and children's play area. It's open from April to October.