Toledo in central Spain is packed with historic buildings, with some now being rented as Airbnbs. Choose between a Medieval vault, a former palace built in the 16th century, or an apartment filled with exotic, Moorish designs.
Toledo’s fascinating mix of Arab, Jewish and Gothic architecture means this charming city offers an amazing array of buildings, some of which have been turned into Airbnbs. From cosy attics to romantic boltholes, here’s our pick of the seven best Airbnbs in Toledo.
This centrally-located apartment is not really a cave, but in fact the unique archaeological remains of a Medieval vault, also featuring parts of Roman columns and Moorish-style bricks. It has been lovingly restored and transformed into a luxury two-bedroom apartment, sleeping four in a double bed and on a sofa bed. The apartment is both cosy and stylish, with exposed brick walls and arched ceilings. It’s located right in the historic centre of the city.
The name for this lovely little apartment translates as ‘Toledo with charm’, and for good reason. Set just 50 metres from Toledo Cathedral, it’s housed in a former palace that dates back to the 16th century. It features high ceilings, bare stone walls, Moorish architectural elements and a gorgeous courtyard with a fountain. It can sleep four guests in a double bedroom and a sofa bed in the lounge. It’s small yet cosy, with everything you need for a comfortable stay. There’s even a four-poster bed.
This stylish Airbnb is located in the heart of Toledo’s old Jewish Quarter and is housed in a historic building from the 16th century. Inside is filled with quirky furniture, from a cube lamp suspended from the ceiling and a chair wearing a suit to a side-table made from giant books. It’s light and open plan with two double bedrooms and all the latest mod cons.
Set around a stunningly restored old courtyard and built in the 16th century, this delightful Airbnb makes for the perfect bolthole for two, with just one double room. It’s located right in the historic centre, just a short walk from the cathedral as well as many bars and restaurants. Staying here feels like living in a furniture design shop, packed with unique items such as an Indonesian-style side table, a Chinese TV cabinet and luxurious mirrors.
‘Penthouse full of light in the centre’ is the how the owners describe this sweet little Airbnb. It may be small and compact, but it’s a great space for two. Inside is colourful and retro, but the highlight is the private roof terrace that offers spectacular views across the city skyline. You have to be fit though, as this place is located on the fourth floor of a building without a lift. The owners even offer a free breakfast of tea, coffee, magdalenas and juice.
This amazing Airbnb is not merely an apartment, but a whole house – a very rare find in Toledo. It’s spacious and open plan and sleeps just two. Recently renovated, it’s light and stylish, with beautifully-carved wooden kitchen units and wooden pitched ceiling. Everywhere you look there are Moorish touches in the star-shaped lattice woodwork, Arabic-shaped archways and patterned tiles.
This quirky and modish one-bed apartment can be found in Toledo’s Casco Historico. It was fully reformed by a team of architects and interior designers, and was inspired by an old-fashioned English style. The walls are painted in a dramatic navy blue and there are interesting touches, such as a futuristic fireplace, a luxurious green velvet sofa and patterned wallpaper. There’s also a small but modern kitchen and spacious green-tiled bathroom. Breakfast is included, too.