The Best Hotels in Gijón, Spain

Gijóns main beach, Playa de San Lorenzo, is one of the most stunning urban beaches in the north of Spain
Gijón's main beach, Playa de San Lorenzo, is one of the most stunning urban beaches in the north of Spain | Courtesy of Stelios Michael / Expedia
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The former fishing port of Gijón isn’t the most obvious contender for a must-visit destination. Much had to be rebuilt after the Civil War, while industrial roots continue to define large swathes of the city. However, this Spanish city has also since reinvented itself with lively cafes, pedestrianised shopping streets and a crowd-drawing summer beach scene. Tempted? Discover our guide to the best hotels in Gijón, bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Quinta Duro

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The rural exterior of Hotel Quinta Duro in Gijón, set in the centre of a lush park.
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Set in the lush Asturias countryside a 10-minute drive from the centre of Gijón, this gorgeous 19th-century country estate feels frozen in time. As well as a huge garden in which you could happily get lost, the hotel still has the same furnishings and period features from its life as a 1860s summer retreat. Common areas include a stately salon, library and dining room serving daily breakfast. All 11 guest rooms are similarly decked out and have big windows overlooking the magical grounds.

2. Hotel La Ermita de Deva

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The quaint, country house exterior of Hotel La Ermita de Deva in Gijón, Spain.
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Hotel La Ermita de Deva is named after the chapel still attached to the main house, built in the 18th century by a pair of monks. It’s set on a low hilltop and surrounded by an abundance of green fields and scenic Asturian landscape. Rooms vary from traditional to more modern in style; all come with coffee-pod machines, and most offer views over the pretty gardens. It’s all very quaint, peaceful and rural, but still just a 10-minute drive to central Gijón.

3. Casona de Cefontes

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The charming, rural exterior of Casona de Cefontes Hotel in Gijón.
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With rustic stone walls splashed with bougainvillea and grounds dotted with orange and lemon trees, Casona de Cefontes feels very much the rural hotel. It also backs onto a swathe of farmland with broad views over the verdant surrounds as far as central Gijón, a few kilometres away. Guest rooms and suites have a matching country-style charm, offering plenty of pleasant vistas with some opening directly onto the garden.

4. abba Playa Gijón Hotel

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Light-filled and spacious double room with impressive views of the beach at Abba Playa Gijón Hotel.
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The stylish abba Playa Gijón sits on San Lorenzo Beach, close to the centre of Gijón. It’s four star, elegant and contemporary and offers spectacular beach and sea views. The 80 rooms are modern and light, decorated in shades of beige, white and green with artwork featuring ships and beach scenes. The hotel has three restaurants, including the 37th Gastro Pub, an English-style venue serving brunch and fine beach views.

5. Hotel Begoña Park

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The exterior of Hotel Begoña Park in Gijón, Spain.
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Hotel Begoña Park sits just to the east of the centre of Gijón, close to Parque de El Rinconin and within walking distance of the end of San Lorenzo Beach. The house-like hotel is surrounded by greenery and flower gardens and offers a quiet respite from the city centre. It has a central courtyard surrounded by elegant pillars and balconies and cosy old-fashioned rooms filled with old lamps, vintage furniture and heavy drapes. There’s also a restaurant and lounge bar, breakfast room and free wifi throughout.

6. Hotel Hernán Cortés

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Spacious and warm twin room with an en suite bathroom Hotel Hernán Cortés in Gijón.
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Hotel Hernán Cortés is a grand getaway in the centre of Gijón, and is surrounded by theatres and shops. It has an impressive pink and white facade, both historic and elegant. In the lobby, you’ll find lots of shiny marble and soft seating, while the spacious rooms are filled with polished wood furniture and white and green furnishings. The hotel is also home to one of the best restaurants in the city: As de Picas, known for traditional Asturian cuisine.

7. Parador de Gijón

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The beautiful, historic exterior of Parador de Gijón, surrounded by lush foliage and green space.
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Spain’s Parador hotels, housed inside historic buildings such as former monasteries, palaces and castles, are a great option anywhere in the country, and Parador de Gijón is no different. This beautiful hotel is located inside an old mill in Isabel la Católica Park, surrounded by flower gardens, ponds and green spaces. Its 38 rooms are decorated in a regal, old-fashioned style with green soft furnishings and wooden four-posters. There’s also a restaurant, set in a lovely old dining room with wooden rafters on the ceiling.

8. AC Hotel by Marriott Gijón

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A bright and modern double room at AC Hotel by Marriott Gijón.
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The AC Hotel is located in a quiet residential area near the city centre. It’s also within easy reach of the Exhibition Centre and the train station. It offers 78 stylish and simple rooms decorated in black and white, along with a gym, Turkish bath and the AC Lounge restaurant, which serves traditional Asturian cuisine.

9. Hotel NH Gijón

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The outdoor pool and sun-lounging terrace at Hotel NH Gijón, offering impressive views of the beach.
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Hotel NH sits right next to San Lorenzo Beach and within 15 minutes’ walk of the historic centre of Gijón. The 64 rooms are modern and stylish, and many offer sea views. There’s also a rooftop swimming pool and a restaurant, Amares, serving cuisine inspired by the region.

10. Hotel Silken Ciudad Gijón

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Modern and light-filled double room at Hotel Silken Ciudad Gijon.
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The four-star Silken Ciudad is housed in a huge contemporary glass building on the edge of the city centre. It’s within walking distance of Playa de Poniente beach, the Aquarium and the Cerro de Santa Catalina hill. The rooms are businesslike and sophisticated, with polished wooden floors and black-and-white photos on the walls. The hotel also has two restaurants: the Gala, serving traditional Asturian cuisine, and a breakfast buffet room.

11. Hotel Principe de Asturias

Independent Hotel, Business Hotel

The restaurant at Hotel Principe de Asturias in Gijón, with ceiling-to-floor windows offering spectacular views of the ocean.
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The modern four-star Principe de Asturias sits right in front of San Lorenzo Beach, offering some of the best views in the city from its restaurant and most of the rooms, the latter of which are light and bright, featuring lots of polished wood and white soft furnishings. Other hotel facilities include lounges, a restaurant and a roof terrace.

12. Hotel Asturias

Independent Hotel

Spacious and modern double room with a desk, wall-mounted television and armchair at Hotel Asturias in Gijón.
Courtesy of Hotel Asturias / Expedia

Located in the city centre, right on Plaza Mayor, Hotel Asturias was featured in the first Spanish film to win an Oscar, Empezar a Volver (1983). It now has two room types, classic and modern: the classics with old-fashioned lamps, vintage furniture and elegant headboards, and the moderns in a clean and contemporary style with muted tones. Some even have jacuzzis.

13. TRYP Gijón Rey Pelayo Hotel

Business Hotel, Chain Hotel

The light-filled and contemporary lobby at TRYP Gijón Rey Pelayo Hotel, furnished with stylish decor including colourful plush seating and an elegant chandelier.
Courtesy of TRYP Gijón Rey Pelayo Hotel / Expedia

Located next to Isabel la Católica Park, the TRYP is a grand hotel dressed in marble, with contemporary chandeliers and modern, vibrant furnishings. It has spacious, stylish rooms in white and green with lots of polished wood. The day starts with an extensive breakfast buffet – think pastries and hot dishes, cheeses and cold meats – which should set you up for a day exploring the nearby attractions such as El Bibio Bullring and San Lorenzo Beach.

Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.

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