Long days out in the Spanish sunshine and feasting on numerous plates of tapas means that by the end of the day, you’ve earned yourself a drink. Instead of going out, head back to your hotel and sample one of Spain’s most popular hotel bars, according to global travellers.*
Catalonia Ronda in Ronda, Malaga
Grab a seat inside at the bar before heading to the panoramic terrace
While Ronda is a mountaintop city in itself, head to the roof of Catalonia Ronda to hit the real heights. Located just across from the iconic 18th-century bullring, Real Maestranza de Caballería, Catalonia Ronda rises above the raucous gladiatorial-style bullfighting ring and the hive of activity on the streets below. Its hotel bar and restaurant, Panorámico, looks out onto the ancient ochre bullring, which you can also see from the adjacent infinity pool and terrace. Grab yourself a sundowner pre or post dinner and soak up the views.
Olivia Plaza Hotel in Barcelona, Catalonia
The roof terrace is a leafy, industrial-style enclave
Just off the Placa de Catalunya and 100m from the heaving Las Ramblas, Olivia Plaza Hotel sits at the heart of Barcelona, but a trip to its hotel bar and restaurant feels far removed from the hubbub of the neighbourhood. With a surprisingly spacious terrace, exposed brick walls and glass coverings, you’ll want to linger in this leafy enclave while you sip on a well-deserved cocktail. Stay for when the sun goes down, and the terrace’s recessed lighting moves the space form carefree and sun-kissed, to ambient and atmospheric.
Hotel Delamar in Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava
Head to the Aftersun Lounge for a late night cocktail
Hotel Delamar has not one but four excellent bars. La Piscina Bar is a casual affair, with a range of simple tapas and suitably strong cocktails while McCallister Taco Surf Bar is for those craving a pre-dinner snack. La Libreria Bar is an intimate, but modern space, with contemporary floor-to-ceiling bookshelves where hushed chats and nightcaps are the order of the day. Upstairs is the other extreme – expect to be greeted with gorgeous coastal and countryside views from the Aftersun Lounge terrace, where you’ll be sipping on chilled drinks and mixed drinks ‘till the cows come home.
Yeah Barcelona Hostel in Barcelona, Catalonia
Bold pendant lighting and graffiti artwork reigns supreme here
The bar at Yeah Barcelona Hostel is built around a light-wooden island, complete with a marble-topped surface and under-counter lighting, while industrial pendant lamps hang overhead and bold graffiti patterns brighten up every wall. The staff are known for going out of their way to make guests feel right at home, so pull up a chair and soak up the good vibes, while they pour you a drink and regale you with stories from last night.
Gran Hotel Sol y Mar in Calpe, Alicante
Look out onto the towering Penyal d'Ifac while you sip on champagne
In beachy Calpe, the Gran Hotel Sol y Mar makes the most of its coastal location, with three different bars. For a casual drink, the Sports Bar is a laidback and roomy affair for travellers looking to catch up on (or commiserate over) their favourite team; while alternatively, Llum Bar, located in the lobby, is an altogether more refined affair where you can enjoy views of the Arenal beach. Arguably the hotel’s most unique and attractive bar is Dorée – a champagne bar that revels in its decadence. Complete with a balcony, Balinese beds and over 35 types of Champagne, the time spent sipping on bubbles as you look out onto the jutting rock of Penyal d'Ifac in the distance, will feel like your most luxurious experience yet.
Only YOU Hotel Atocha in Madrid
With 360 degree views of Madrid, you'll be hard-pushed to find a better spot
Destined to attract the fashionable crowds of Madrid, Only YOU Hotel Atocha keep things contemporary. With a lobby bar and restaurant that pairs industrial fixtures, such as interior crittall windows, with monochrome geometric flooring, mid century furniture and a towering central bookcase, it’s hard to know whether to focus on the drinks or the design. At the hotel’s rooftop bar, Sép7ima, you’re treated to a 360 degree terrace that looks out onto Madrid's southern neighbourhoods. It’s the perfect backdrop while you try one of the bar’s signature cocktails – the Don Draper is all whisky, smokey, chocolate goodness.
**The data scientists at Booking.com used internal data to uncover the top hotels with bars in Spain.