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Ask a Local: Where To Stay In Zaragoza's Historic Center

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view of La Seo cathedral from plaza del pilar

Founded by Caesar Augustus, Zaragoza (or Saragossa) highlights the fusion of Moorish mudejar architecture and the Roman expansion across Europe. Chock full of Roman ruins, cathedrals and even a palace, Zaragoza's is a perfect place to plant roots for a few days of discovery.


Visit for day trips to wine country like Campo de Borja, Cariñena and Calatayud, or venture to see the ruins of the Spanish Civil War in ghost town Belchite. Visit for one of their many annual festivals like during Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) or the Fiesta del Pilar in October. Stay in Zaragoza's historic center (Casco Historico) for the impressive Goya Museum, the stunning Basilica del Pilar, La Seo's extraordinary fusion of architectural styles, or for El Tubo's endless alleyways of tapas.


Whatever the reason, Zaragoza's well located city, virtually equidistant by train between Madrid and Barcelona, is a worthy stop on any itinerary to Spain. Stay a few nights and discover what it's all about at one of these wonderful lodging options.


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About This List


Believe me or don't, but everything on this list averages $50-$120 per night, depending on the festivities happening in town or the time of year. Lodging is very inexpensive in Zaragoza! For exact prices for your dates, click on the links provided.


All the accommodations listed are in the Centro Historico, or historic center of Zaragoza. The locations chosen are ideal to all tourist attractions, restaurants, etc and are within areas that I believe are convenient, safe and comfortable to stay in.


the skyline of church spires with a stone bridge over a river
Zaragoza's historic center skyline

Why trust me? I live there! Part time, anyway. I have either personally stayed at these places, know people who have stayed, or these places meet my approval criteria for places I would stay myself.



Hotels


NH Hotels


NH could be compared to your Marriott's and Hilton Hotels of the world. They are the best quality on this list due to standardization of their hotel chain.


NH Gran

Joaquin Costa, 5, 50001 Zaragoza, Spain


Located near swanky and trendy Plaza de Los Sitios, this upscale hotel features a stunning marble foyer and grand staircase with opulent bedrooms. Just downstairs you can find dozens of hip restaurants for lunch or dinner, and a great little playground in the center of the square. During the holiday season, a quaint German Christmas market lines the plaza for trinket shopping and browsing.


a woman in a red coat browses a row of christmas market booths
Christmas Market near Plaza de los Sitios

NH Ciudad

Avenida César Augusto, 125, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain


Overlooking the Rio Ebro, this NH hotel offers views of the river and Puente de Santiago, a popular bridge for getting great photos of the Basilica del Pilar. Conveniently located just steps from the light rail and the Mercado Central, visitors staying here will enjoy proximity to the Plaza del Pilar and public transport, in addition to the grand hotel interiors and upscale rooms.


a pink sky illuminates an old plaza in Spain
Looking towards the NH Ciudad in the Plaza del Pilar

Silken Reino de Aragon

Coso, 80, 50001 Zaragoza, Spain


Calle Coso is a main artery running through Zaragoza's historic center. Easily reached on foot from the Plaza España light rail, this hotel also features a large underground parking structure for those traveling with a car. With an ornate lobby and comfortable rooms, this luxurious hotel combines form with function.


Only a few blocks away you'll find the popular El Tubo tapas streets, the shopping promenade along the Gran Via, and outdoor dining at Plaza España. The hotel is also located across the street from the historic Teatro Principal, where you can catch wonderful stage productions including musicals, operas and more.


a gold and white ornate old theater with red velvet seats
Teatro Principal


Hotel Pilar Plaza

Plaza Nuestra Señora del Pilar, 11, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain


You can't get much closer to the center of the action than this. Just downstairs you'll find souvenir shops, restaurants, breakfast places, and of course the Basilica del Pilar.



Hotel Sauce

Espoz y Mina, 33, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain


A common recommendation for our guests, Hotel Sauce is situated along popular Don Jaime street, one of the two parallel lanes for strolling to and from the Pilar Plaza. With boutique styling and a fair price tag, we love the location of this hotel and it's friendly, English-speaking front desk. Art lovers will be less than a block from the Goya Museum, not to mention the literally hundreds of options for dining and entertainment nearby.


People spill onto a sidewalk dining and drinking
El Tubo, a popular maze of tapas streets


Hotel Don Jaime 54

Don Jaime I 54 56, 50001 Zaragoza, Spain


Another one in the middle of everything Don Jaime street has to offer, Hotel Don Jaime features a breakfast bar and modern interiors for a very affordable price.


An alley off Don Jaime, leading to Plaza Santa Marta's popular tapas area
An alley off Don Jaime, leading to Plaza Santa Marta's popular tapas area

Catalonia el Pilar

Manifestación, 16, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain


Situated in Plaza del Justicia, this quiet area is not far from the Mercado Central and the light rail stop there. A block or two behind the Plaza del Pilar, you'll find that this modernly decorated turn of the century building offers a bit of peace from the busy streets of Calle Alfonso and Don Jaime.


the interior of a central market with diners, shoppers and booths
Mercado Central, Zaragoza


Hotel Inca

Manifestación, 33, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain


Between Catalonia el Pilar and Calle Alfonso you will find hip Hotel Inca, a teal and white-washed haven for trendy visitors. Clean, comfortable and modern, this hotel is well located to the pedestrian Calle Alfonso, so entertainment and eats are not far away.



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Apartment Rentals


Apartamentos Sabinas


Walking around my neighborhood one day I spotted these apartments, literally steps from Don Jamie and the Plaza del Pilar. In some conglomeration with Hotel Sauce (above) they have managed to put together some really cute and highly rated rental units. Here's two to consider!

A five story apartment complex with a restaurant down below

Apartamentos Sabinas El Pilar

Francisco Bayeu, 4, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain

Comfortable, modern and clean, it even comes with a washing machine for longer stays.


Apartamentos Sabinas Don Jaime

Don Jaime I, 48, 50001 Zaragoza, Spain

Simple and well located, you can't go wrong with this modern and clean apartment.



a domed cathedral sits mighty at the end of a pedestrian street
Calle Alfonso

Apartamentos Almada

Calle Alfonso I, n. 41, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain


On Calle Alfonso, the main pedestrian strip, this apartment is touted as exceptional, and it's easy to see why. With a 9.6 rating on Booking.com, this property is loaded with Spanish charm from it's timbered ceilings to its exposed brick walls. If you want wow factor, look no further.


For more options, do an Apartment Search on VRBO or directly through the search widget on Booking.com above.


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