Hotel Oriente, Zaragoza | Courtesy of Hotel Oriente, Zaragoza
The capital of the region of Aragón and Spain’s fifth-largest city – Zaragoza – makes for a fantastic city break, boasting fine architecture, Roman ruins, art museums and excellent restaurants. Here’s our pick of the best hotels to stay in while you’re here.
Hotel Catalonia El Pilar, Zaragoza
Hotel Catalonia El Pilar | Courtesy of Hotel Catalonia El Pilar
The Hotel Catalonia El Pilar is a four-star hotel situated a stone’s throw from the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. It has a beautifully-elegant facade covered in wrought iron balconies and graceful white embellishments surrounding the windows. The rooms are sleek and functional, decorated in muted tones with polished wooden floors. The hotel also offers the Gourmet Corner Bar restaurant, a breakfast buffet room and a small fitness centre.
The Hotel Sauce is situated 100 metres from Zaragoza’s grand Plaza del Pilar, home to the magnificent Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza. The hotel itself may not be big or grand, but it more than makes up for this with bags of character, friendly and personal service and stylish rooms. Communal areas add quirky touches, such as tables made from suitcases and old caravans in the breakfast room, while the bedrooms are comfortable and bright, dressed in lots of white and cream shades. The hotel offers a buffet breakfast, full of Spanish classics, as well as an attached cafe – Mi Habitación Favorita – which made our lists of ‘The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Zaragoza’ and ‘The Best Cafes and Coffeeshops in Zaragoza’.
The three-star Hotel Oriente is located right on the edge of the Casco Viejo district, within walking distance to many of Zaragoza’s major sights and museums. It offers guests an elegant feel with its grand neoclassical façade and sleek marble decor in the lobby. The rooms are classic and comfortable, offering everything you need from flat screen TVs to bathrooms sets, Wi-Fi and a mini bar. The hotel also features its own restaurant – the sophisticated Absinthium run by chef Jesús Solanas – as well as a sushi bar down in the basement.
Hotel Petronila, Zaragoza | Courtesy of Hotel Petronila, Zaragoza
If you’re looking for business-style luxury in Zaragoza, look no further than the huge five-star Hotel Reina Petronila, one of only two five-star hotels in the city. Sleek, glossy and sophisticated, the lobby features bright red statement furniture and staircases, while the rooms range from shades of white, and cobalt blue to burgundy red, pumpkin orange and mink. In-room comforts include rain showers, mini bars, queen-sized beds and luxury bathrooms. There’s also a large business and services centre, as well as a spa on the eleventh floor, offering picture-worthy city views.
Hotel Palafox, Zaragoza | Courtesy of Hotel Palafox, Zaragoza
The other of Zaragoza’s two five-star properties is the chic Hotel Palafox – a symbolic city hotel, which stands just 800 metres from the Pilar Basilica. Inside you’ll find urban glamour mixed with traditional Aragaonese style – think bare-brick walls, large-scale handcrafted pieces of furniture and chunky wood beams on the ceilings. The rooms are plush and sumptuous, decorated with warm tones and lots of soft furnishings. Highlights of the hotel include the rooftop featuring a gym, sauna and outdoor pool, as well as a spa. Besides the wellness and business facilities, guests will be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining, with three fine dining restaurants and two cafes on site.
NH Collection Gran Hotel de Zaragoza is about as grand and as iconic a hotel you can find in Zaragoza, with its beautiful high ceilings, glittering chandeliers, fine French mouldings, marble pillars and elegant staircases. The original hotel was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII and designed by the architect Antonio Rubio in 1929. Over the years the hotel has played host to the rich and the famous – Hollywood superstar Ava Gardener and the legendary Walt Disney have been two of its most illustrious guests. The rooms ooze contemporary style and sophisticated chic with their pure white decor and comfort, while La Ontina restaurant offers gourmet cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Enrique Martínez. Other services include a fitness centre, a breakfast room and meeting rooms.
Hip and trendy mini suites, situated right in between the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar and the Goya Museum. The suites have a New York-style loft vibe about them, featuring bare stone walls and bold colours in shades of red and black. It’s quirky, yet trendy with bold statement pieces of furniture, large lamps, funky artwork and brightly coloured lights in the showers. Rooms are split in two by a floating wall – a bed and bathroom on one side and a stylishly modern breakfast-bar-like kitchenette and cosy living room on the other. There’s also a small courtyard-like garden for guests’ use, decorated with old wooden palettes, fairy lights, plants and sofas.