Best luxury hotels in Galicia –
Its western cliffs were once considered the end of the world. Today, the autonomous Spanish region, with its own language, is a popular travel destination for those seeking culture, history and beauty. The famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route crosses Galicia and ends at its capital, Santiago de Compostela. Located on the Iberian Peninsula with coastal towns like La Coruña and Vigo, its pretty ports make it a frequent stopover for luxury cruise liners. But Galicia is also accessible by plane, train and road, with mountainous rural areas, inland forests and valleys to explore, as well as beaches and ports.
Santiago de Compostela
Hotel Palacio Del Carmen, autograph collection
100 years of tannery, then 100 more of a convent, this building near the historic center has had an illustrious past. This can be seen in some of the features, such as a chapel converted into a meeting space with a religious mural, arched windows and thick stone walls. Now it’s a five-star retreat, where guests can book outdoor massages, read or sunbathe in the gardens, and book a cathedral-view suite (located a 15-minute walk from the front door) . A contemporary restaurant, bar, saltwater swimming pool and fitness center are among the facilities at Hotel Palacio Del Carmen.
Hotel A Quinta Da Auga Relais & Chateaux
Formerly a paper mill, this traditional 18th century Galician building has plenty of character. The rooms overlook the pretty garden, with its water fountain, colorful planters, lawns and terrace. Guests can book a spa treatment from a menu of Eastern and Western rituals that use high-quality natural products, have a drink in the bistro-style bar, and dine in the excellent Filigrana restaurant. Family-run, the romantic hotel has 51 rooms and three suites, the latter comprising living areas, an office and a Jacuzzi, as well as a reading room and a social room.
Hospital Real De Santiago De Compostela
Converted from a hospital first built in 1499 and commissioned by King Ferdinand, it once served the walkers who came here on pilgrimage. The Real De Santiago De Compostela Hospital still welcomes visitors, but in the form of a luxury hotel – one of the oldest in the world. Conveniently located in Plaza do Obradoiro next to the cathedral, it immerses visitors in a bygone era. Cloisters, thick stone walls, an outdoor terrace overlooking the square, and a manicured inner garden help evoke the ancient atmosphere. The rooms are equipped with wifi, satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar, and there are two restaurants.
Hotel NH Collection Santiago De Compostela
A stylish resort for the modern era, this NH property is set in peaceful gardens, surrounded by parkland and near a lake. It is a striking feature of the landscape, designed by Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos. The land includes a swimming pool and a terrace. Inside there is another swimming pool (with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the outdoor pool), gym, sauna, Turkish bath, Abeiro restaurant with charming garden views and a bar in the lobby. lobby. Rooms are decorated in shades of white, chocolate, and apple green, with amenities including a pillow menu, high-quality mattresses, soundproofing, and Nespresso machines.
Hotel NH Collection La Coruña Finisterre
Next to the historic center and a few steps from the beach, this hotel combines classic and contemporary design. Each room at the NH Collection is equipped with a hydromassage bath and a minibar. Spacious family suites are available. Dinner at the hotel can be taken at La Terraza, accompanied by stunning views and live music, or at the Novo Restaurant, both offering vegetarian and child-friendly dishes. Guests staying here have access to several swimming pools, a gym and sports courts and you can also bring your dog during the stay, thanks to NH’s pet-friendly policy.
Noa Boutique Hotel
Very sleek and modern, with a touch of urban chic and a simple Scandi design influence, this elegant boutique hotel enjoys a location on the edge of Santa Cruz de Oleiros Bay, close to the center of La Coruña. It is fully committed to sustainability, with a strong environmental focus – geothermal energy is used everywhere. 32 spacious, open-plan rooms feature extra-long beds, blackout curtains, terraces, and floor-to-ceiling windows. NOA Gastro Lounge is its award-winning restaurant, complemented by the open-air NOA at the Taberna. Climb to the rooftop to experience the culmination of an Instagram-perfect infinity pool and Jacuzzi. Noa Boutique Hotel also offers in-room massages, a gym and a health club.
Hotel AC by Marriott Palacio Universal
Built in worked stone with pretty wrought iron balconies, this building dates from the 19th century. Overlooking the marina of the Ría de Vigo estuary, the four-star hotel is within walking distance of the city’s attractions and less than 15 minutes’ walk from the train station. 69 sleek, monochrome rooms come with minibars, satellite TV, designer toiletries, air-conditioning, free daily newspapers, laptop-friendly workspaces, and soundproofing. Facilities include a library, rooftop terrace, fitness facilities, lounge bar, business center and La Cuaderna restaurant serving buffet breakfast and à la carte Mediterranean cuisine.
Hotel NH Collection Vigo
Located on the city’s main boulevard surrounded by shops, the NH Collection Vigo is housed in a 20th-century building with a neoclassical façade, designed by French architect Michel Pacewicz. Accommodating 108 rooms including loft suites with jacuzzi, the four-star property accepts pets, families and business travelers. Guests have access to their own Nespresso machine, NH-branded toiletries, babysitting services, a choice of pillows, plush duvets and super-comfortable mattresses. Valet parking, a small gym, and an on-site restaurant — the stylish Irati — are all available. Plus, there’s a bar with a charming open-air terrace overlooking the church.
A little outside of Vigo, 30 minutes south on the coastal road to Pontevedra, is the fortified wall of Monte Real. Here, between the sea and a pine forest, is the majestic Parador de Baiona. A deeply distinguished property reminiscent of a bygone era, this Galician mansion boasts fantastic sea views, a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by manicured gardens and a fine seafood restaurant. Upon entering the entrance hall, guests are greeted by a majestic stone staircase, candelabra lighting and armour. Rooms have features like wood-beamed ceilings, four-poster beds, screened windows, polished stone walls, and dark-wood antique furniture.