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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore Design Through the Ages in Zaragoza

Zaha Hadid's serpentine footbridge for the International Expo is just the latest architectural wonder found in this 2,000-year-old Spanish city.


1. Where to Stay

Board a glass elevator via the geometric black-marble atrium at Hotel Silken Zentro Zaragoza (from $200). The year-old, design-savvy hotel has stylish rooms with private balconies and boutique amenities like a pillow menu, flat-screen TV, and deluxe linens. Request a junior suite for more space and check your e-mail under an enormous abstract painting in the ground-floor bar.

The stately, five-story NH Gran Hotel (from $169), opened by King Alfonso XIII in 1929, boasts a crown-molded rotunda looming over an elegant cocktail lounge. Upstairs, rooms are simple but large with polished-to-perfection hardwood floors and recently updated bathrooms. Just around the corner, go shopping on fashionable Paseo de la Independencia.

Hotel Palafox (from $135) earns its five stars with an indoor pool, gym, excellent restaurant, and 179 colorful, contemporary rooms. For the most space, book the 700-square-foot Pignatelli suite, which has two bedrooms with private living room. Indulge in a well-edited selection of whiskeys at the hotel bar or grab a drink at a nearby bar—you’re right in the city center.

Published on Jun 9, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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