carefully chosen independent customer-led
selection of good value hotels with character
hotel selection is quite
: and listing with iHi is not
open to all independent hotels - far from it.
Unlike most directories,
just pay to be listed or featured with
only independent small hotels - and in the case of Spain - some hotels
small chains that respect the individuality of each hotel. To be
listed, all hotels must meet a range of
and price criteria
, good quality good value
hotels for independent travellers.
lists come hotels belonging to small independent chains, for
simple reason that in quite a few Spanish towns, we do not know of any
independent hotels meeting our criteria; and rather than offer
travellers no hotels at all in these towns, iHi considers it to be more
useful to list the small hotels that come nearest to meeting our
even if they are not independent.
sought out wherever possible hotels in attractive
from noisy main roads. There are country hotels and town
most of the latter in side streets or on roads with little night-time
traffic. Though a word of warning here; Spanish towns and cities are,
almost by definition, noisy places on warm evenings. At the end of day,
when work is over, Spain lives outdoors - and in cities, that means in
the street, where the noise of voices continues to echo off the walls
until - sometimes - the small hours.
most of the small hotels in the iHi
independent hotel directory are in period buildings, converted farms or
haciendas, old inns, or classic town houses.
A few modern hotels are included, when these are the best options
available for a given location or area.
editors have read through thousands of hotel reviews, to include only
hotels where many travellers have reported friendly, helpful and
has selected hotels offering good value for money. Good value hotels
are not necessarily cheap hotels; they are hotels whose prices
competitive or low compared to other hotels of similar standing in the
same area. iHi includes a number of "hostales" as well as hotels.
To be listed on iHi , a hotel must rank well on at least three
the four above criteria.
book rooms, you will be directed either to a booking portal offering
the best rates avaialble, or in some cases directly to the hotel's own
website. While most hotels now use booking portals, some do not - but
this is not a reason to be excluded from the iHi directory if quality
hotel with iHi -
strictly for independent hotels
See hotel listing information
information about Spanish
The Spanish hotel classification system
classification of Spanish hotels runs from five stars to no stars.
The Spanish, as a nation, enjoy good quality hotels, with the
result that even in small Spanish towns one may come across exuberant
four-star or even five-star hotels of the kind that one would not find
in many small towns in France or the UK.
are not hostels, but
small guest houses, with normally no more than ten rooms; in most
cases, they are run by live-in owners. Classifications for hostales
exist, but vary according from province to province. In some provinces
the classification of hostales runs from zero to three stars; in others
only to two stars. With some hostales, star ranking is inappropriate,
since it is based on amenities rather than on the unquantifiable
convivial qualities that can be more easily found in small
establishments than in big hotels..
More information on our FAQs