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Hotels in Spain are scattered throughout the major cities, including Madrid, the capital city, Barcelona, Seville, Malaga, Bilbao, Valencia and Zaragoza. They are equally plentiful along the Costa Almeria, Costa Blanca, Costa Brava, Costa Dorada and Costa del Sol and on the Balearic and Canary Islands, including Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. All of the major Spanish and international hotel chains, including Abba, Barcelo, Hesperia, Marriot, Holiday Inn, AC Hoteles, NH Hoteles, Tyrp, Viva, Sirenis, Riu, H10, Sheraton and Sol Melia, are represented.
In Spain, hotels are by no means limited to chains. The Spanish government operates what are known as "Paradores de Turismo", or tourist hotels, which are located in converted castles, monasteries, palaces and other buildings of historical significance. All these hotels offer at least three-star accommodation, with an emphasis on local character and cuisine.
There is no national classification system for hotels in Spain, but, although each regional government has its own legislation, there is typically not much difference from region to region. A three-star hotel room must typically be of a certain size - eight square metres for a single room and 16 square metres for a double - with a bathroom, air conditioning, central heating and a telephone.