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Spain is one of the major tourist destinations in Europe. Areas such as the Costa del Sol and the Costa Brava are filled with hotels of all shapes and sizes, ensuring that no matter what the budget for the holiday, there is a hotel to suit.

In Spain hotels are mainly non-smoking. Smoking is now illegal in all public places which are indoors, which includes hotel bars and restaurants. Those who are caught smoking in these areas can be fined and the local authorities are enforcing these laws strictly. Fines can be as much as €600 and if issued cannot be avoided.

If guests want to tip while staying in a hotel then there is no set amount. Tips are generally given to porters or bellboys if they carry luggage for guests, the maid who cleans the room and the receptionist for helpful and friendly service. Waiters in the restaurants of the hotels will be expecting to be tipped and this is usually between 10 and 15%.

In Spain hotels are legally obliged to take and register the details of all guests' passports. This is done on check-in and is done for security reasons. It is not advised to leave the passport with the staff, but to wait while they register the information. Alternatively guests can take along a copy of the passport which can be left with staff to save waiting.

Most hotel staff will have a good understanding of the English language, particularly in the main tourist areas, but learning a phrase or two in Spanish is always helpful. This is especially important for those who want to stay in a rural area where knowledge of English may not be as common. In these rural areas of Spain hotels will be a little more rustic and traditional but are usually much lower in price than the hotels found in the major cities.

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