As one of the most dramatic stretches of the Pyrenees mountain range, the Aragonese Pyrenees encompass epic scenery, extreme outdoor sports and incredible natural diversity. After a long day exploring, there’s nothing better than settling in for the night at a cozy niche spot – here’s our pick of the best boutique hotels around.
This design-forward boutique hotel is as stylish as it is environmentally conscientious. The Hotel Terra Bonansa was built to work with nature to reduce its energy consumption by privileging natural materials such as wood and glass, and by using biofuels. The rooms all boast large bay windows which offer sweeping views of the Pyrenees and the verdant valleys. The hotel has its own restaurant offering dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, as well as a spa area opening up onto the garden.
Located in the town of Benasque, at the foot of the Cerler ski resort, the Hotel Selba d’Ansils is the perfect place for a long weekend or week-long stay in the mountains. There are just 13 rooms in the hotel, but the crème de la crème of these are the three suites which come with their own jacuzzi, gas-fire insets and private terrace. In the warmer months guests can appreciate the peace and quiet of the Pyrenees from the large outdoor garden with its sun loungers and outdoor pool.
This quirky boutique hotel was inspired by the travels of owners Jennifer and José Luis, who took their passion for outdoor sports across many parts of Asia and Africa before returning to Spain. Each of the rooms is themed on a different country or region, although those wanting to fully embrace being in the mountains will prefer the two Pyrenees-themed rooms. José Luis is a qualified mountain sports specialist and can advise on everything from cross-country skiing to canyoneering.
If you have a penchant for the kitsch then Hotel Almud will bring a smile to your face. From the rather rustic dining area with its patterned tablecloths, chunky wooden furniture and low-hanging ruched lampshades, to the period-inspired bedrooms with their matching bed covers and antique bed posts, the decor here is a delight. Hotel Almud is located in the Tena valley and is an ideal base point from which to enjoy the many outdoor activities the mountains offer, including the Formigal ski resort, considered one of the best in the country.
Located not far from the town of Jaca, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the Hotel Barosse is an adults-only hotel ideal for a romantic getaway. The rooms each have their own unique theme and décor, some of which come with large bathtubs in the room, while all come with the possibility of booking a private session in the jacuzzi and sauna. In the winter months you’ll be as snug as a bug thanks to the underfloor heating and the flickering open fire chimney.
A rather large, modern hotel, this place is the only four-star hotel in the Pyrenees of the region of Huesca. Convenience is the key word at Hotel Aneto, where the spacious, contemporary bedrooms are equipped with all modern conveniences including large-screen televisions and DVD players. The large indoor swimming pool with massage jets is ideal for winding down after a day on the slopes, and there’s a ski room as well as in-house ski services available on demand.
This family-run boutique chalet is located in the medieval town of Lárrede on the edges of a valley carved out by the River Gállego. The rooms strike the right balance between rustic charm and contemporary elegance, while the panoramic terrace offers breathtaking vistas of the valley and town framed by the surrounding mountain peaks. The hotel restaurant offers contemporary Spanish cuisine a cut above your average mountain fare, inspired by local flavours and produce.