The Best Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals in Toledo, Spain

The spired Alcázar, one of the top attractions in the city, stands sentinel over Toledo
The spired Alcázar, one of the top attractions in the city, stands sentinel over Toledo | © Wiliam Perry / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Leon Beckenham
26 November 2018

With a beguiling mix of Moorish, Jewish and Christian heritage, few places capture the storied past of Spain quite like Toledo. It was painted tirelessly by adoptive son El Greco, too, imbuing the city with a rich artistic streak. What’s more, a spectacular hilltop setting gives countless dramatic vantage points over the surrounding plains. It’s popular with day trippers, but to really get under its skin linger a little longer in these apartment-style stays, bookable on Culture Trip.

A modern lookout in the centre

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If you’re travelling to Toledo in a large group, these three-bedroom apartments accommodate up to eight guests. While set in the heart of the old town, updated interiors are bright and modern, with furnishings and facilities to match. Kitchenettes mean you won’t have to pop out for meals – though, you should, since the city’s multicultural past reveals melting-pot restaurants today. Premium bedding and blackout blinds aid a good night’s sleep. Head upstairs to the shared rooftop terrace for panoramas of the surrounding cityscape.

A characterful old town casa

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This two-bedroom city centre apartment brims with character, from the exposed stone walls and wood-beam ceilings to the colourful tiling and quirky mezzanine layout. It comfortably sleeps up to seven people, as well as having a spacious lounge-cum-dining room and kitchenette. You step out directly onto the narrow cobbled lanes of Toledo’s old town, with everything from the cathedral to the iconic Alcázar (the city’s dramatic hilltop castle) within easy walkable distance.

La Casa del Lirón by Toledo AP

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Set in a charming centuries-old building in the middle of Toledo, this two-level apartment artfully combines ancient architecture with a smart contemporary makeover. Its two bedrooms plus lounge can sleep up to six, with a kitchen-bar area that’s perfect for quick meals. Stay here and you’re also just steps from the cathedral’s spectacular Puerta de los Leones (Gate of the Lions) and a few minutes’ stroll from the imposing Alcázar.

Apartments with a roof terrace

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These apartments are tucked away at the end of a cobbled alleyway, just beyond Toledo’s 10th-century Puerta de Bisagra city gate. They offer one to three bedrooms for groups of up to eight, plus separate kitchens and sitting rooms. Decorative wall art and fresh contemporary interiors give a breezy and upbeat feel, plus all open to private or shared terraces. It’s about a 10-minute walk into the heart of Toledo old town, passing a timeline of historical landmarks en route.

A modern art-lined loft

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For 21st-century chic in Toledo’s medieval heart, look no further than this swish mezzanine apartment, whose lounge opens onto a small open-air terrace. Its two double bedrooms comfortably sleep four guests, while a top-quality kitchen comes with plenty of cooking gadgetry. For exploring the city, you could hardly be more central, just one block from Plaza Mayor and minutes’ stroll from the impressive cathedral.

Studios with shopping on the doorstep

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On a quaint shopping lane in the old town’s centre, these studio apartments are perfect for couples who want the best of Toledo within easy walking distance. The compact lodgings have been elegantly updated and have modern kitchens that include espresso machines for your morning caffeine hit. Pillow-topped beds and Egyptian cotton sheets make for extra comfy beds when you turn in.

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  • Countryside views from the ramparts

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    Overlooking the city’s steep ramparts means some fabulous views over the surrounding countryside from these bright and modern apartments. City centre attractions are still within easy walking distance, with the Alcázar de Toledo less than 10 minutes on foot. Flats have one or two bedrooms, sleeping up to four or six, plus open-plan kitchen-lounges. Some also open onto balconies so you can enjoy the rather special views to the fullest.

    Stay in the Cave of Toledo

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    This centrally located apartment is not really a cave, but in fact the remains of a medieval vault, also featuring parts of Roman columns and Moorish-style bricks. It has been restored and transformed into a luxury two-bedroom apartment, sleeping four on one double and a sofa bed. The apartment is both cosy and stylish, with exposed brick walls and arched ceilings.

    A Renaissance palace rich in history

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    Set just 50m (164ft) from Toledo Cathedral, this Airbnb is housed in a former palace from 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.

    A quirky casa in the Jewish Quarter

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    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 suit-wearing chair to a side-table made from giant books. It’s light and open plan with two double bedrooms and all the latest mod cons.

    Esme Fox contributed additional reporting to this article.

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