Travel 4 minutes 30 May 2024

Outstandingly Affordable Key Hotels in Spain

To gain a Key, hotels must represent outstanding quality in five categories. One of those? Value for price.

In Spain, MICHELIN Inspectors awarded Keys to 97 hotels across the country. Here, find 10 of the most affordable.

The new MICHELIN Key distinction is akin to the MICHELIN Star for restaurants — it denotes the best of the best. To gain even one Key, a hotel must demonstrate excellence in five factors: architecture and interior design, quality and consistency of service, overall personality and character, a significant contribution to the neighborhood or setting, and value for the price.

It's that last one we're focused on today. Some Key hotels sport a nightly price that can rise into the thousands of dollars. Other times, they’re not only affordable — considering their high quality, they're incredible deals.

Set in countrysides, vineyards, and major cities, the hotels below make trip planning simple. Decide what part of the country you want to visit, and these hotels, with their mix of impeccable hospitality and wonderful locations, will do much of the rest. Head to each hotel page to see exact prices. ¡Buen viaje!

Torre del Marques
Torre del Marques

Torre del Marqués Hotel, Winery & Spa

Distinction: Three Keys
Location: Ráfales, Teruel

In the Teruel region of Matarraña, almost on the edge of the Puertos de Beceite Natural Park, the Torre del Marqués is a beautifully restored 18th-century tower that stands between vineyards and olive groves. In this privileged place, which some call Aragonese Tuscany, the splendor of the Mediterranean is on full display. Lucky guests enjoy a unique landscape dotted with deer, hare, boar, and fox. The magnificent 18th century building hosts too an incredible spa, a sanctuary dedicated to relaxation and well-being with a wide variety of facilities (including hot springs, Turkish bath, and sauna). Some Three Key hotels costs thousands of dollars per night. At this one, you'll often find rooms under $300.

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Terra Dominicata - Hotel & Winery

Distinction: Three Keys
Location: Escaladei, Tarragona

A tad more expensive than the rest of entries on this list, Terra Dominicata is nonetheless incredibly affordable for a vaunted Three Key property. Located in the Montsant Natural Park in the province of Tarragona, its buildings are the rehabilitated farm structures of a 12th century monastery. Today, it’s a true haven of peace for nature lovers and oenophiles. The estate has its own winery and a spa — the latter immersed in the olive forest that surrounds the beautifully restored spaces.

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Casa Beatnik Hotel

Distinction: Two Keys
Location: Rías Baixas wine region

A monumental rural hotel just twenty minutes from Santiago de Compostela. Located in the prestigious Rías Baixas wine region, Casa Beatnik is surrounded by vineyards, wineries, and little picturesque villages. 13 suites and “luxury yurts” are scattered throughout a beautiful garden. Among its amenities: two Estonian-style igloo saunas, a heated saltwater pool, a tennis court, and a host of wellness and spa services. But, without a doubt, the best part of Casa Beatnik Hotel is the working winery on its premises.

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Pepe Vieira Hotel Relais & Châteaux

Distinction: Two Keys
Location: Pontevedra, Galicia

The first thing that surprises you about Pepe Vieira Restaurant & Hotel is the integration of the white cubes of the structure with the surrounding natural landscape. The next thing might not surprise you, because you’ve likely come at least in part to try it: the venue’s namesake restaurant has Two MICHELIN Stars (and a Green Star to boot).

The hotel property, spread over 12,000 square meters, offers a wonderful organic garden, an outdoor pool, and a cozy social room with a traditional lareira (Galician fireplace). In addition, guests might enjoy trying to spot wildlife during treks across the area’s hiking trails.

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Can Mascort Eco Hotel

Distinction: One Key
Location: Costa Brava

This model of sustainability is set inside a 17th century building in the historic center of the town of Palafrugell, just a couple miles from some of its most beautiful beaches. The building, with over three hundred years of history, still sports its wide walls and high ceilings — home now to just fifteen hotel rooms, each with its own identity and charm. Of particular note: the Roman bath-inspired caldarium, the hotel-facilitated picnics amidst nature, the healthy cooking workshops, and yoga and meditation offerings.

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Hotel Cristine Bedfor

Distinction: One Key
Location: Menorca

Set in the capital city of Menorca (the least tourist-heavy of the three biggest Balearic islands) is a boutique exceptional for its design. In a historic building in the center of Mahón, it’s the perfect setting for a hotel full of personality and care, a wonderful introduction to the what makes Menorca a must-visit destination, even outside the picturesque beaches. It’s such a special place, we had to interview the owner, here (scroll to the bottom for our tips on visiting Menorca).

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Hospes Palacio Del Bailío

Distinction: One Key
Location: Cordoba

The privileged location makes a more than convenient base from which to explore the white streets at the center of Córdoba. At the Palacio del Bailío, you’re just a fifteen minute walk from the Great Mosque, and at the doorstep of the historic Jewish Quarter. At the hotel itself, an outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by fruit trees and buffeted by indoor Roman baths. In the restaurant, enjoy local dishes within sight of ancient Roman ruins under glass.

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Hotel Cortijo del Marqués

Distinction: One Key
Location: Grenada

Although a half hour outside Granada, the Hotel Cortijo del Marqués feels perfectly remote. In fact, one of its best features is just how it manages to combine the tranquility of the countryside with proximity to a must-see city. Dating back to the 16th century, the structure haas been carefully restored and adapted from an Andalusian manor house. Today it’s a cozy, elegant atmosphere with panoramic views of olive trees and wheat fields.

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La Almunia del Valle

Distinction: One Key
Location: Grenada

Another country option not far from the historic center of Granada, Hotel La Almunia del Valle feels like paradise among the impressive mountains of the Sierra Nevada. With access to both the city and the mountains, and surrounded by mountain trails, it’s the perfect starting point for exploring the region. At the hotel, you’ll find stunning views from stone terraces, and an outdoor pool fed with water from the mountains beyond.

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Only You Hotel Atocha

Distinction: One Key
Location: Madrid

The perfect starting point from which to explore Madrid, Only You Hotel Atocha sits just a few steps from the gorgeous, green Retiro Park. Whether you’re interested in museums like the Prado and Reina Sofia, or the lively nightlife — Only You gives you an excellent base.

Meanwhile, the hotel itself combines a kind of classic elegance with contemporary and sophisticated interior design that feels like a quiet refuge among the bustling city. On the top floor is the Sép7ima rooftop, its impressive panoramic views are the perfect sunset caper to a day out and about.

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Imagen de cabecera: © Hotel Spa Relais & Chateux A Quinta da Auga


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