Beautiful beaches, awe-inspiring architecture, and fantastic food. These details are just the start of the many reasons to visit Spain. It also has the world’s third-largest number of UNESCO Heritage Sites, was once the world’s first global empire, and is the only European country to have a physical border with Africa.
So, where to stay in Spain when you’re there exploring? While the country does have plenty of private rooms in homes and apartments, not to mention options to rent them out in their entirety, it also has some excellent hotel offerings — particularly among the options that opened within the last year.
From a hotel centred around the world-famous restaurant brand Nobu, to a boutique hotel with just 12 rooms housed in a carefully-preserved historical building, these are our picks for some of the best new hotels to open in Spain late last year or this year.
Nobu Hotel San Sebastian
Set to open July 2023, Nobu Hotel San Sebastián is centred around the iconic Nobu restaurant, located within it. The hotel and restaurant are set in San Sebastián, which is considered to be the capital of Spain’s gastronomic scene. It has 17 rooms and suites, many of them looking out over La Concha Bay, and is in walking distance to all the area’s main attractions.
Cavalta Boutique Hotel
The 12-room Cavalta Boutique Hotel in Seville is housed in a carefully preserved regionalist building from the beginning of the 20th century. The hotel aims to blend the hotel’s barrio (neighbourhood) into a stay. Dine or drink in the hotel’s Balbuena and Hertas restaurant or on the rooftop Alzali Garden Club, which has an outdoor pool. The property opened in April 2023.
Seda Club Hotel
Seda Club Hotel, which opened in February 2023, is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Located in Granada’s historical Plaza de la Trinidad, it blends old-world glamour with modern luxury, using rich woods, marble, and bronze, plus some opulent textiles, inspired by the 15th-century silk trade in Granada. Guests check-in in a lobby of emerald walls, velvet drapes, and antique mirrors. The hotel has 21 rooms across its three floors and a colourful rooftop Sky Lounge.
Hotel Boutique Maribel
Skiers and snowboarders will appreciate 29-room, adults-only Maribel, which opened in November 2022 at one of the most extensive ski areas in southern Europe in Sierra Nevada, Granada – 110km of slopes across 131 runs – with direct access to the Maribel and Auila slopes. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it’s an alpine chalet, with duplex suites, fitted with Finnish wood and leather furniture. After a day on the slopes, unwind under the stars in a Nordic-inspired spa.
Casa Palacio Paredes Saavedra by Atrio
Opened in March 2023, Casa Palacio Paredes Saavedra by Atrio is an architecturally stunning boutique hotel by the same owners of Atrio Relais&Châteaux, a five-star hotel with three Michelin-starred restaurant, the Extremadura. Located in Caceres, just a few metres from Atrio Relais & Châteaux, Casa Palacio Paredes-Saavedra has 11 suites filled with art, designer furniture, and some terraces. Explore nearby sights Santa María Church-Procathedral, Plaza Mayor Caceres, and Museo de Caceres.