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Cool and unusual Spanish hotels

Forget the bland and characterless hotels of the 'costa fortune' and take a look at some of these ultra-modern and ultra-chic hotels on the Iberian peninsula. Not simply places to stay en route, they become part of the sight-seeing tour and destinations in themselves.

How do you fancy sleeping in a tree top? In a red stone fortress? Under the stars? In a converted cinema? Or in a traditional Bedouin haymah? These original hotels appeal to the deepest emotions, the sense of adventure – at times, even to the sense of humour. Journalist David Revelles has joined forces with photographer Oscar Elias to compile a book of the most unusual hotels in Spain and Portugal. The book (published by Jonglez) includes 50 of these ground-breaking architectural novelties. Here we give you a glimpse of just a few of them:

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Astoria 7, San Sebastian, Spain
The San Sebastian Film Festival inextricably links the city with cinema; the Astoria 7, a new incarnation of the mythical Astoria cinema, is a movie-themed hotel guaranteed to delight any film buff 

Barcelo Formentor, Mallorca
Among the illustrious guests who have stayed at the iconic Barcelo Formentor, in one of the most beautiful parts of the island of Mallorca, none has left such a mark as Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco, who stayed in suite 322 during their honeymoon 

Cabanes Als Arbres, Catalonia
The accommodation at the Cabanes Als Arbres in the heart of the Sierra del Montseny in Catalonia, provides an adult take on one of the most common childhood dreams: perfect tree house nests, with balconies, accessed via ladders and suspended bridges 

Cap Rocat, Palma de Mallorca
South of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca, on a dramatic cliff top, the red stones of the former fortress which houses the Cap Rocat hotel are softened by curved arches and the fluid forms of white awnings and textiles. With more than two miles of shoreline at their disposal, guests enjoy a priceless piece of the Mediterranean 

EME Catedral Hotel, Seville
Urban luxury rubs shoulders with Spanish heritage: from the rooftop terrace of the state-of-the-art EME Catedral in Seville you feel you can almost reach out and touch the city's landmark Giralda tower 

Grandvalira Igloo Hotel, Andorra
Set in the largest ski area in the Pyrenees, the Grandvalira Igloo Hotel boasts two original igloos with jacuzzi whose open roofs allow you to lie back and watch the stars while relaxing 

Tagomago island
Tagomago, one of the few private islands in the Med is also one of the most beautiful; just half a mile from the busy island of Ibiza, it offers tranquility, natural beauty and complete privacy 

Les Cols Hotel and restaurant, Girona
The five steel and glass pavilions of the hotel Les Cols, located in the town of Olot, Girona, alongside the twelfth-century farmhouse that houses the futuristic restaurant of the same name (two Michelin stars), offer a unique sensory experience 

Marques de Riscal Hotel, Spain
Since the spectacular Frank O. Gehry-designed Hotel Marques de Riscal opened its doors in the village of Elciego, in the heart of the Spanish La Rioja wine region, the hotel has won a reputation as one of the world's most sophisticated 

Refugio Marnes, Alicante, Spain
Located at the foot of the Sierra de Berne, inland from the Costa Blanca, the Refugio Marnes is a real haven from the noise and bustle of the city and modern life. A luxurious haymah tent is just one of the accommodation options 

Sunborn Barcelona, luxury yacht hotel
Due to open in 2012, the Sunborn Barcelona is an exclusive luxury yacht hotel looking out over the Mediterranean from the brand new Port Forum Marina 

El Bulli Hacianda Benazuza hotel
Ferran Adria's pioneering El Bulli restaurant is no more, so if you want to sample the maestro's avant-garde cuisine you should head for Hacienda Benazuza, a beautiful tenth century Moorish farmhouse transformed into a five-star deluxe hotel in the southern city of Seville 

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