Hostals and HosTEls in Andalucia
Hostals and hostels are a fantastic way to travel Andalucia on a budget. Despite their affordable prices, this doesn't mean to say that you have to compromise on quality, with many well known for their individual character and centralised location. Most hostals tend to offer free wifi, and hostels are more well known for providing computers so that you can stay in touch and remain connected whilst on your travels.
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Seville is a marvel. It’s a city of various diverse (and wildly beautiful) neighbourhoods: the narrow alleyways of the Barrio de Santa Cruz are lined with glorious old palaces and stunning plazas… the Alfalfa, Triana, the Macarena and Santa Catalina, meanwhile, all teem with life.
This super cool, laid back coastal resort boasts fascinating Moorish ruins, crystal clear waters, ample sporting opportunities and spectacular views across to Africa. Strong winds, coupled with vast, flat stretches of beach have given the town its' reputation for wind related sports.
Conil is a small, lively beach town to the south of Cadiz, and near inland Vejer de la Frontera. It has a great atmosphere in the evening, with plenty of good tapas bars and excellent nightlife. It is a pretty, well-maintained town which is as ideal for a family stroll among the old streets, as for young people on a night out.
Despite Marbella's glamourous reputation with high class hotels and luxury experiences, there's still a vast selection of accommodation on offer at affordable prices.
With quick and easy access from Malaga Airport, situated just outside the city, and a busy commercial port, it's no wonder that Malaga is a popular destinations for tourists and travelers alike. The city centre is located little more than 10 minutes walk from the coast.
With its' Moorish influences still prominent across the city, highly reasonable cost of living, an abundance of great tapas bars and seemingly no end to fun and excitement, Granada really is the ultimate destination for travelers and tourists looking to have a great experience.
Cordoba city makes up part of Andalucia's Golden Triangle due to its' world heritage status and stunning Moorish architecture, beautifully demonstrated through the spectacular Islamic Mezquita (mosque) of Cordoba.
Almeria city offers great opportunities for those wanting to explore Andalucian coastline or venture into the Sierra Nevada national park mountain range just over an hours' drive away.
Cadiz is a small city, interestingly located on a peninsula meaning it is surrounded by beautiful beaches and sea.
Estepona is a unique coastal destination full of character and a traditional feel.
A hostal (also know as a guest house) provides basic accommodation at a reasonable price and a private room. These are common in Spain and not hard to find, with many occupying a floor of an apartment block as opposed to a stand alone building. Rooms don't all come with en-suite facilities, however guests will usually have the option of this.
A hostel in Spain is that which you would expect to find in most parts of the world - the opportunity to stay in shared dorms at a low price. These are often social hubs among travelers, with common rooms and, at times, cheap bars making them excellent places to meet new people or find another travel companion. Many hostels also have private rooms available, as well as dorms.
What we think of as a hostal actually falls into two different official classifications in Andalucia; Hostales and Pensiones.
HOSTALES display a H with a small s sign at the door with one or two stars, are exempt from providing many of the facilities that a hotel must provide. They may occupy only part of a building, but must provide a cleaning, heating and air conditioning . There must be toilets (not bathrooms) in all rooms and a 2-star must also have public toilets and must have an elevator.
PENSIONS display a P sign at the door with no star classification. They as establishments that offer accommodation without need to offer any complimentary service, eg refreshments. Pensiones have lesser requirements than hostales. There is no elevator requirement. The toilets and bathrooms may be outside the bedroom but there must be one bathroom for every five bedrooms. They must still provide a cleaning service and heating but not air conditioning.