Hotel Rector

Salamanca, Spain Book from Book from £146 per night

Quietly refined small hotel near the River Torme, minutes from the glorious World Heritage sites of Salamanca
A Renaissance palace transformed into a sophisticated hotel with immaculate rooms and discreet service, Hotel Rector ticks all the ‘boutique’ boxes. But although this handsome gem has been gathering accolades for 25 years, it doesn’t rest on its laurels – interiors behind its golden sandstone facade are redecorated regularly. A grand staircase sweeps up to 13 guest rooms, all cool cream walls and sleek blonde parquet floors. There’s embroidered linen on the beds, beautiful stained-glass in the vast lobby and an air of serenity everywhere. We're yet to visit in person but those who have are full of praise.

Staff are professional and attentive – pouring coffee at the excellent breakfast and G&Ts in the tranquil bar. For other food and drink desires, they give personal suggestions. On the edge of the old wall, the hotel is a short walk from the city’s must-sees, like the 2 cathedrals, the Old University and the exquisite Plaza Mayor. Indeed, for lovers of culture and architecture, Salamanca and this sublime hotel are a perfect pairing.

Highs

  • Salamanca itself: a Unesco site, with intricate gold sandstone palaces and plazas to explore, all magically floodlit at night
  • Excellent restaurants nearby, everything from tapas to fine dining
  • Just 13 peaceful rooms, with bathrobes and Nespressos
  • A superb collection of art and history books in the lobby
  • From birthday cakes to car washes, staff's sweet surprise gestures delight their guests

Lows

  • No restaurant for lunch/dinner, and the minibars are snack-free
  • Although families are welcome, it's not ideal for kids
  • No pool or gym

Best time to go

Hotel Rector is open all year and Salamanca is a year-round destination. Spring (April – May) is mild but there is often rain, so bring an umbrella. June and September are pleasantly warm; the summer months of July and August can get very hot (but there are fewer students about). October can be chilly but clear. Winter (November to March), the city is cold – it rarely snows but packing coats and cardies is a good idea.

Our top tips

For a break from Salamanca's surfeit of ancient monuments, head to the Museum of Automation - it houses a collection of more than 200 classic cars, including one owned by Franco.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 13
  • Breakfast included, restaurants nearby
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

It's hard to pick a favourite room at Hotel Rector – they all possess an air of understated elegance. Perhaps the dramatic Suite Deluxe has the edge, as it’s the most spacious, with an adjoining sofa lounge. Romantic couples will love the sumptuous bed, its velvet Chesterfield headboard set in fabulous wood panelling. Indeed, the beds are a big draw here – guests consistently rave about their superior comfort.

Classic and Deluxe rooms have small sitting areas within the bedroom – stuffed armchairs and mahogany desks. Classic rooms face the hotel's interior courtyard and may not be as bright as more expensive rooms but they are very quiet; Deluxe rooms have views of the old town. Throughout, windows are double-glazed with floor-length curtains so a peaceful night’s sleep is guaranteed.

Bathrooms are splendidly marbled affairs, with proper deep tubs and (aah!) underfloor heating. Bvlgari toiletries and fresh-cut flowers add a classy touch.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is a treat: tables are laid with white linen and silver; coffee, tea and fresh-pressed juice are brought to you by friendly servers. The buffet table is laden with cereal, yogurt, fruit and Spanish specialties like Iberico ham and custard tarts. Eggs can be cooked to order.

Like most Spanish cities now, Salamanca is a mix of old-school tapas joints and nueva cocina upstarts. Hotel staff are a mine of great restaurant recommendations, including lunch with the locals at Vinodiario tapas bar and the family-run Valencia near the Plaza Mayor. Be sure to dine at La Hoja21 one evening – it’s modern, minimalist and made for foodies.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
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Activity:

Activities

  • Stroll around the expansive 18th-Century Plaza Mayor. Shops and cafes line its beautiful sandstone Baroque buildings and it’s magically lit at night, with buskers creating a lively ambiance
  • Search for the Frog in the Skull, one of the arcane carvings of ‘plateresque’ that adorn the impressive 12th-Century Old University – it’s the third oldest in the world
  • Wander through the stellar collection of painting, sculpture and ceramics at Casa Lis, a palace transformed into the Museo Art Nouveau y Deco – the aquamarine glass facada is dazzling
  • Climb the stone towers of the Vejer y Nueva Cathedrals, a side-by-side blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture – the battlements have panoramic views over the city
  • Count the 300 stone shells that decorate the charming Casa de las Conchas, symbolising the years since the 1st-Century Roman Bridge was built to span the Tormes River

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Children are welcome, although the hotel is adult-oriented. There are 2 Classic rooms in a private corridor that can be connected for families.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available, Family Rooms

Kid Friendly:

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