Spain

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Spain offers some of the best accommodation values in Western Europe. Most places are government-regulated, with posted prices. While prices are low, street noise is high (Spaniards are notorious night owls).

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Always ask to see your room first. Check the price posted on the door, consider potential night-noise problems, ask for another room, or bargain down the price. You can ask con vista (with a view), or (quiet). In most cases, the view comes with street noise. Ask before accepting a room. Most of the year, prices are soft.

All rooms have sinks with hot and cold water. Rooms with private bathrooms are often bigger and renovated, while the cheaper rooms without bathrooms often will be dingier and/or on the top floor. Any room without a bathroom has access to a bathroom on the corridor. Towels aren’t routinely replaced every day, so you should drip-dry and conserve.                                                                                         Hotels in Spain

You can usually save time by paying your bill the evening before you live, instead of paying in the busy morning, when the reception desk is full with tourists who want to pay up, ask questions or check in.

Types of accommodation

Historic Inns: Spain also has luxurious, government-sponsored and historic inns. These are often renovated castles, palaces, or monasteries, many with great views and stately atmospheres. While full of Old World character they are usually run in a sterile, bureaucratic way. They are very good value especially for younger people (30 and under) and seniors (60 and over) who often get discounted rates.

Booking hotel in SpainPrivate accommodation units: Often located in touristy areas, where locals decide to open up a spare room and make a little money on the side, these rooms are usually as private as hotel rooms, often with separate entries. Especially in resort towns, the rooms might be in small apartments. They are cheap ($10-25 per bed without breakfast) and usually a good experience.

Hostels and Campgrounds: Spain has plenty of youth hostels and campgrounds. They are easy to find, inexpensive, and, when chosen properly, a fun part of the Spanish cultural experience. If you’re on a starvation budget or just prefer camping or staying in a hostel, plenty of information is available in the backpacker guidebooks, through the national and local tourist offices.

Hotels in Spain: Conveniently, expensive business-class hotels often drop their prices in July and August, just when the A/C comfort they offer is most important. Most hotel rooms with air conditioners come with control sticks (like a TV remote).

If you know exactly which dates you need and want a particular place, helpful tip would be to reserve well in advance before you leave home. Hotels are officially prohibited from using central heating before November 1 and after April 1 (unless it’s usually cold), therefore prepare for cold evenings if you travel in spring and fall. Summer is usually extremely hot in Spain. Consider air conditioning, fans and noise (since you’ll want your window open), and don’t be shy about asking for ice at the fancier hotels. Many rooms come with mini refrigerators.

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