Ciudad Real Capital was my home for eight and a half months. It is a city-turned small town. Ciudad Real isn’t exactly aesthetically appealing and there’s not a lot to do, but it allows for cheap relaxing living and vacation. It is also in the heart of Spain, in the region of Castile La-Mancha, which means you can easily travel to different major cities by bus or train. The Renfe high-speed trains are about five minutes from the center city and the transportation system is extremely efficient. If planned well in advance, it’s possible to visit different cities by train in one day.
Where to stay in Ciudad Real?
The city has a small range of hostels and hotels. It can be hard finding people who speak English in Ciudad Real. Though, if visiting a country where the native language is different from yours, I’d suggest learning at least the basics before the trip! Anyway, people in Spanish little towns like Ciudad Real tend to be friendly, especially once you exchange a few words with them.
These are some of the top five hotels in Ciudad Real. They’re all located within walking distance from the center, where the “fun” is. (The city’s outskirts are desolate and quiet—or quieter). I never stayed at any of them, but I did visit the restaurant and bar at Hotel Alfonso X, the lobby at Hotel Santa Cecilia, and I used to walk (and ride) by the rest of these almost every day. As far as I could see, they looked really nice!
1. Hotel Silken Alfonso X
Probably the most centrally located hotel in Ciudad Real, it’s at Carlos Vázquez 8, Ciudad Real 13001, Spain. “The beautiful nineteenth century building that houses the Hotel Alfonso X has kept its original façade, integrating it completely into the historic center city, next to the Plaza Mayor and the City Hall.”
The hotel interior has been refurbished with contemporary furniture. It offers free Wi-Fi, a private parking lot, smoking floor, handicap-accessible rooms, and exclusive junior suites with terrace.
The restaurant is on the second floor of the hotel and it offers a daily and a traditional menu with typical dishes of La-Mancha. (I can confirm that the food and service are really good.)
Popular and fine Spanish shopping stores are within steps from the hotel.
2. Hotel Doña Carlota
Located at Ronda de Toledo 21, Ciudad Real 13003, Spain
It is practically next to the University of Castile La-Mancha, Ciudad Real Campus, and close to the train station. The Plaza Mayor, restaurants and bars, and shopping stores are within a 15-minute walking distance.
Hotel Doña Carlota is a luxury hotel in the inside. It’s one of the largest in Ciudad Real: 161 rooms, of which 16 are fully furnished apartments with all the essential amenities included.
It is also easily accessible by bus, taxi, or by foot and it’s close to the shopping stores.
3. Hotel Santa Cecilia
Located at Calle del Tinte 3, 13001 Ciudad Real, Spain, next to Plaza del Pilar. The Hotel was renovated in May 2011. It has 70 elegant and modern rooms.
The hotel has a restaurant, “Guijas de la Mancha,” which offers La Mancha’s typical cuisine. The hotel also features several halls for conventions and conferences, banquets, weddings, a typical Manchego patio with natural light, an outdoor swimming pool and private parking.
4. NH Ciudad Real
Located at Avenida Alarcos 25, Ciudad Real 13001, Spain
From the well-known chain NH Hotels, the NH Ciudad Real is near all main attractions in center city. It is within a few steps from the big park Parque de Gasset and about 500 meters from the beautiful, almost-too-modern-for-this-small-town public library of Ciudad Real.
NH Ciudad Real is a big and basic modern hotel, with just the right amenities for a comfortable stay. It’s perfect for business stays.
5. Hotel Cumbria
Located on Carretera de Toledo, 26 13005 Ciudad Real, Spain
Cumbria is very new and it’s not just a hotel, but it also hosts businesses and recreational activities for the community. It’s a “unique contemporary building” in Ciudad Real. It is about 20-minute walk to the center (five minute-drive), but it’s located in one of the main access roads to the center of Ciudad Real which makes it easily accessible. This hotel offers all amenities necessary for a comfortable stay.
There is a big pool, a tennis court, a gym and full spa. The pool and gym aren’t completely private; residents of Ciudad Real who hold a membership can swim and exercise here.
On the outside, the building looks huge and round. (I thought it was a mini-stadium at first.) It features large rooms fitted to host any kind of event and a playroom with a playground for any kids in the house.
In terms of location, even though two or three hotels are more centrally located than others, anywhere you choose to stay in Ciudad Real (capital) is relatively near to everything.