Pamplona Hotels and Accomodations: Everything to know before booking a Reservation
Finding Pamplona hotels during the Running of the Bulls® can be a daunting task. The best hotel rooms sell out between January and March, so expect to pay a premium, especially for hotels in Pamplona’s Casco Viejo (old city) and on the opening days of the San Fermin Festival. Pamplona has a wide variety of accommodations for this yearly fiesta, from apartments and budget hostels to elegant 5-star hotels. While many visitors assume that renting an apartment is more economical, most owners require bookings for the entire festival, or a 5-day minimum.
Hotels in Pamplona Spain
When it comes to San Fermin Festival lodging options, location is extremely important, as you can’t count on taxis or public transportation to get you to activities during peak hours. We suggest booking a hotel within walking distance, or go with one of our Host Hotels, which includes free roundtrip shuttle service to the festival events.
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We’ve worked with almost every hotel in Pamplona and can highly recommend the following options for a comfortable and convenient stay during the Running of the Bulls®.
Hotel Pamplona Catedral
This well-appointed hotel — a former convent — is situated in a quiet section of Casco Viejo, a short 5-minute stroll from the Plaza del Castillo. If you’re visiting Pamplona for the San Fermin Festival, you can’t beat the location. Hotel Pamplona Catedral features 59 spacious rooms refurbished with contemporary décor and modern amenities. This centrally located establishment is walking distance to restaurants, bars and other points of interest and is renowned for its outstanding customer service and gracious bilingual staff.
Amenities and Features:
- Free WiFi
- Digital TV
- Secure parking area
- 24-hour front desk
- Laundry facilities
- Coffee shop
- Room service
- On-site restaurant
- Common area with coffee/tea service
- Business center
- Airport shuttle available
Hotel Castillo de Gorraiz Golf & Spa
This posh boutique hotel is located less than 4.5 miles from Pamplona in the picturesque suburb of Gorraiz. Hotel Castillo de Gorraiz is surrounded by lush countryside and boasts an upscale spa and 18-hole golf course. If you’re looking for dramatic glamour, an Old World ambiance replete with Baroque chandeliers and heavy velvet curtains, this 5-star property does not disappoint. The hotel offers free transport to and from Pamplona during the San Fermin festivities and dazzles with its commanding views, extraordinary castle setting and lavish facilities.
Hotel Castillo highlights:
- 47 climate-controlled rooms
- Gourmet restaurant and bar
- Golf course
- Sauna and spa
- Steam Room/Turkish Bath
- Fitness center
- Tennis Court
- Gardens with trails
- TV lounge
- Handicap accessible
Hotel Blanca de Navarra
Hotel Blanca de Navarra is close to Pamplona’s historic city center, about ten minutes from the University of Navarra. Comfortable and reasonably-priced, this charming hotel is a great place to stay during the Running of the Bulls. The simple but airy rooms are immaculately kept and feature amazing city and mountain views. There is a bus stop right outside the hotel gate and guests are a 25-minute walk to the heart of Pamplona.
Hotel Blanca de Navarra features and services:
- Guarded private garage
- Standard rooms, suites and family rooms
- 24-hour reception
- Free Wi-Fi
- Fully equipped Business Center
- Café and restaurant
- Coffee Service
- Laundry and dry-cleaning services
- Satellite TV
- Climate controlled rooms
- Access for the disabled
The historic capital of Navarra has a number of diverse neighborhoods, each with their own ambience and character. From gothic cathedrals and medieval landmarks to modern high rises, Pamplona is a city of both deep-rooted traditions and modern innovation. These are some of the best locations in which to experience the sights, sounds and excitement of the San Fermin Festival.
Casco Viejo, or Old Town, is home to the unabashed revelry of the San Fermin Festival. The Old Quarter is brimming with winding cobbled roads, gorgeous architecture and many of Pamplona’s key tourist attractions including the Plaza de Castillo, where concerts and parties are staged during the 9-day fiesta. This highly walkable neighborhood is framed by the beautiful Pamplona city walls, built as a strategic defense between the 16th and 18th centuries. Beyond its historic landmarks and contemporary museums, Casco Viejo boasts incredible shopping, dining and nightlife. The area’s best bars and eateries can be found in Old Town’s “seven streets” of Somera, Carnicería Vieja, Artecalle, Belosticalle, Tendería, Barrencalle and Barrencalle Barrena. Be sure to visit the iconic Café Iruna – established in 1888 — a beloved hang-out of Ernest Hemingway.
Primer Ensanche is home to the famed Plaza del Toros, where the bulls make their frenzied dash during the San Fermin Festival. This district was created from 1890-1900 to accommodate Casco Viejo’s burgeoning population. Primer Ensanche, which means the “first expansion,” is located outside of the Old Citadel southeast of Casco Viejo and features some of Pamplona’s most coveted real estate. Here, visitors will discover beautiful residences, upscale shops, pubs and the emblematic Monumento al Encierro—an impressive life-size sculpture that captures the drama of the bull run.
Created in the mid 1960’s, the Pamplona neighborhood of San Juan is situated south of the Citadel, about five minutes from Casco Viejo. This cosmopolitan suburb is characterized by tony residential developments, plazas, pretty churches and government establishments like the Palace of Justice. One of the most notable attractions in San Juan is the Japanese-inspired Yamaguchi Park, which spans more than 85,000 square meters. Filled with ornamental ponds, bridges and oriental plant species, the park is symbolic of Pamplona’s twin city of Yamaguchi, Japan.