Palacio de la Serna

Hotel in Ciudad Real

Just a 20-minute drive south of Ciudad Real in the sleepy village of Ballesteros de Calatrava, this superb hotel feels a world away. Set around a courtyard, it combines rural comfort with appealing design; the owner's evocative modern sculptures feature heavily. Rooms are a slick and modern with lots of mirrors, spot lighting, bright colours and edgy contemporary paintings.

There's also a spa, complete with flotation tank (€30 per session), and a good on-site restaurant.