The Best Hotels in Zaragoza for Every Traveller

Immerse yourself in unique experiences on a stay in Zaragoza
Immerse yourself in unique experiences on a stay in Zaragoza | Courtesy of Aire de Bardenas Hotel / Expedia
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31 January 2021

Zaragoza – capital of the Aragón region and fifth-largest city in Spain – makes for a fantastic city break. Here, the ancient architecture of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar and the Palacio de la Aljafería sit alongside cultural musts such as the Goya Museum and Origami Museum. Base your endless days of exploration at one of these excellent hotels, which include design-forward retreats and traditional luxury stays.

Hotel Catalonia El Pilar

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 an elegant facade, covered in wrought iron balconies with graceful white embellishments surrounding the windows. The rooms are sleek and functional, decorated in muted tones with polished wooden floors. The hotel also offers a breakfast buffet of cold cuts, cheeses and baked treats, plus a bijou gym.

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Hotel Sauce

Hotel Sauce

Hotel Sauce is just 100m (330ft) from the grand Plaza del Pilar. The hotel itself may not be big or grand, but it more than makes up for that with bags of character, friendly service and stylish rooms. Communal areas add quirky touches – like a side table made from an upcycled suitcase and a recommissioned caravan in the breakfast room – while the bedrooms are comfortable and bright, dressed in shades of white and cream. The hotel offers a buffet breakfast, plus the attached cafe, Mi Habitación Favorita, is one of the best spots for breakfast in Zaragoza.

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Hotel Oriente

Hotel Oriente, Zaragoza

Hotel Oriente is right on the edge of the Casco Viejo district, within an easy walk of the Plaza del Pilar and Palacio de la Aljafería. It has an elegant feel, with a grand neoclassical facade and sleek marble decor in the lobby. The rooms are classic and comfortable, offering flat screen TVs, bathroom toiletries, wifi and a minibar. The hotel also serves a breakfast buffet to get your morning off to a good start.

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Hotel Reina Petronila

Hotel Reina Petronila

If you’re looking for design-led luxury in Zaragoza, look no further than Hotel Reina Petronila. 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. In-room comforts include rain showers, minibars, queen-sized beds and luxury bathrooms. There’s also a large business and service centre, plus a spa on the 11th floor which offers picture-worthy city views.

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Hotel Palafox

Hotel Palafox, Zaragoza

The chic Hotel Palafox stands just 800m from Zaragoza’s basilica. Inside, you’ll find urban glamour mixed with traditional Aragonese style – think bare-brick walls, large-scale handcrafted 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 gym, sauna and outdoor pool. Come dinner time, head to Restaurante Aragonia for exemplary local fare.

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Hotel NH Collection Gran Hotel de Zaragoza

Hotel NH Collection Gran Hotel de Zaragoza

One of the grandest hotels in Zaragoza, this establishment has beautiful high ceilings, glittering chandeliers, fine French mouldings, marble pillars and elegant staircases. The original hotel was designed by architect Antonio Rubio in 1929 and inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII. The rooms ooze contemporary style and sophisticated chic with pure white decor, while La Ontina restaurant offers gourmet cuisine based on seasonal produce.

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  • Zrooms

    Zrooms Suites Zaragoza

    If you’re looking for something a little different, you will certainly find it at Zrooms. It’s inspired by the boutique hotel concept that emerged from New York in the 1980s – the result is an intriguing environment that combines art installation, plush bespoke furnishings and an atmospheric vibe. Individually designed accommodation comprises just a couple of suites and loft-style apartments, offering home cinema projectors with Dolby surround sound. Plus, it’s just steps from the main city square, Plaza del Pilar.

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    Hotel Pilar Plaza

    Hotel Pilar Plaza
    In the Old Town and just across the square from the stunning baroque basilica, Hotel Pilar Plaza couldn’t have a better location. It’s part of a beautiful swathe of ornate 19th-century architecture, while inside the vibe shifts to crisp, contemporary whites and black damask details. While facilities are limited to a breakfast service, guest rooms more than pick up the slack – with many offering basilica views and some with big, in-room jacuzzis.
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    Hotel Diagonal Plaza

    Hotel Diagonal Plaza
    While the out-of-town Hotel Diagonal Plaza is unlikely to be the first choice of the average tourist visiting Zaragoza, there’s still many of reasons to stay here. From the uncompromising contemporary architecture to the meticulously modern interiors, lovers of clean-lined design will find plenty to appreciate. Goya Restaurant pays homage to the Spanish master, and offers a menu of Mediterranean favourites as well as a daily buffet breakfast. However, for many the proximity to Zaragoza Airport will be the main draw.
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    Aire de Bardenas Hotel

    Aire de Bardenas Hotel
    The Aire de Bardenas Hotel is located in the middle of a wheat field an hours’ drive outside Zaragoza, which may seem odd for a hotel. But the award-winning, sci-fi-style architecture offers a hotel experience that is a radical departure from the norm. Accommodation comes in the form of white cubes or inflatable bubbles, depending if you want views over the scenic plateau or the star-filled night sky. Giant saucer-like outdoor bathtubs add to the strange magic.
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    Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on January 31, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.