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Small hotels in central  SPAIN

If there is such a place as "the real Spain", then much of it must lie in the centre of this great country. This is Spanish Spain, the vast dry plateau and mountains of central Iberia known as the Meseta, the land of Don Quixote and Cervantes – and also the part (with the exception of Madrid) less frequented by foreign tourists. Central Spain is a great empty upland, dry and cool in winter, dry and hot in summer. It is a land dotted with hills and plains and a few cities, several of which are UNESCO world heritage sites. The historic heritage of cities such as Leon, Salamanca, Avila, Caceres, Toledo and others, is just part of the attraction of this quintessentially Spanish part of Spain..

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Castilla y Leon, Castilla la Mancha, Aragon, Extremadura    

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Castilla y Leon - North central Spain

  • Northern Castile, between Burgos and Santander
    The Posada Molino del Canto is a small ecological hotel  in the mountains of northern Castile. Complete peace and quiet in this rural location surrounded by natural park areas. Restaurant serving own and local produce. Birdwatching trips can be organized. 6 rooms. ECEAT Ecological and agricultural tourism label.
  • Miranda de Ebro, Castilla y Leon
    The Ospederia del Convento lies just outside the centre of the town of Miranda de Ebro, just to the west of the river. The hotel offers comfortable rooms, in the unusual setting of a former convent. Restaurant, free parking. A very pleasant quiet and relaxing place for stopover on the AP1 / A1 routes to Madrid or Portugal (Motorway map)
  • Segovia, Castile
    Hotel Infanta Isabel : *** This hotel  is located on the Plaza Mayor, a fabulous location  right in the centre of old Segovia. It is actually part of a small Spanish chain of urban hotels with character, but has the feel and qualities of an independent establishment. The 40 guest rooms are comfortable and clean. Much of central Segovia is traffic free, but  hotel access is permitted.
  • Salamanca, Castile    
    Hotel Room Mate Vega : *** In spite of the name, this is perhaps the best centrally located hotel in Salamanca in terms of value for money. Most reviews are very positive, though some complain of noise - but noise is inevitable on warm evenings in Spanish cities. Located in a modernised old building just off the famous Plaza Mayor, near the old university and the cathedral. Parking available.
  • Tiedra, near Tordesillas, Castile    
    Hotel Rural La Casona de Andrea : **** On the Castilian meseta, this is a recently built eco-hotel, attached to an equestrian centre and nearby farm school, in the heart of rural Spain. 16 en-suite rooms, friendly and welcoming staff. Restaurant offering local produce. 5 km from Spanish A6 motorway


  • Southern Aragon, south of Saragossa
    Hotel Rinc�n De Navarrete  This hotel is located in in a very quiet village in the hills of southern Aragon, half way between Saragossa and Valencia, and close to the A23 autovia. The hotel is housed in 17th century buildings, and offers an authentic Spanish experience. Wonderful countryside.

Castilla la Mancha - southern central Spain

  • Cuenca, historic quarter   
    The Posada de San José, housed in buildings that were once a monastic choir school, is located in a quiet part of the historic centre of this city 160 km east of Madrid. It has received a lot of good write-ups from independent travellers.
  • Alarcon, south of Cuenca
    The posada El Hidalgo de Alarcon is a beautiful family run Inn nestled in the mediaeval village of Alarcon, half way between Cuenca and Albacete.
  • Ruidera lakes, la Mancha 
    Hotel Albamanjon  built in the traditional regional style, stands in a rural setting  beside one of the Ruidera lakes in the valley of the upper Guadiana River, near the towns of Ossa de Montiel and Ruidera.

Extremadura - between Madrid and Portugal

  • Caceres, Extremadura    
    Hotel Don Carlos : this is a small and attractive ** hotel in a recently renovated historic building in the old centre of Caceres, Extremadura. Situated in a pedestrian area, but not far from street parking facilities, this hotel is in easy walking distance of the "monumental" area of Caceres, a UNESCO world heritage site.  
  • Nr Cabeza del Buey, southern Extremadura
    Hotel Rural Gran Maestre
    :   Wonderful small rural hotel (9 rooms) in an oasis of calm in the La Serena area of natural beauty. Saturdays often busy. The rooms are in a forrmer 14th century Templar monastery, adjoining the sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Belin.  Restaurant. The Serena area is noted for its wildlife, birdlife, and hiking trails. Almorchon train station 3 km.
The iHi SPAIN independent hotel guide comprises a carefully selected choice of small hotels and guest accommodation, offering local character in a calm and relaxing environment . In urban locations, preference is given to traditional hotels that are not on busy streets. The directory gives priority to hotels with good visitor reviews and offering good value for money
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 €  - Not expensive : good value for money.
€€€ Rooms generally over 100 € per night. Not for travellers looking for budget accommodation.
Hotels with no price marker are in between.
 Hotel with swimming pool.
 Environment-friendly green hotel - hôtel vert
 Hotel in a quite rural location
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The iHi SPAIN independent hotel guide lists small hotels with character, hotels and other guest accommodation offering a quiet and relaxing environment to travellers. In Spain, the iHi guide includes a variety of friendly and authentically Spanish hotels ranging from small "hostales" - generally offering great value for money - to  luxury boutique hotels, including some specifically ecofriendly or green hotels.
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Maximum size: 40 rooms, or slightly more in urban locations. Given the structure of the hotel industry in Spain, and the lack of truly independent character hotels in a number of historic city centres, the iHi Guide for Spain includes some hotels that belong to small chains specialising in distinctive urban hotels  . 
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