Hotel and Hospitality Jobs – Want to Work in a Hotel in Spain in 2018?

Spain is the fourth most visited country in the world after France, America and China with almost 60 million foreign tourists in 2010 (source World Tourism Organization).

All of these tourists naturally need accommodation and so there is a massive opportunity to find jobs in hotels in Spain servicing and looking after the needs of these travellers.

Advice on this page would also apply if you are looking for hostel jobs in Spain or accommodation jobs in Spain.

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Do you want to work in a hotel in Spain?

You can also use the comments box at the bottom of this page to list your details, hotel jobs wanted and your contact details.

Below we have a general guide towards hotel jobs which are classified under the hospitality industry.

Where Can I Find Spanish Hotel Jobs?

The Costa del Sol in the south of Spain is the most obvious place to find hotel work. The wonderful climate, weather, beaches and golf courses attract visitors from all over Europe.

This is home to many mass tourist resorts such as Marbella, Malaga, Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Benalmadena. There are many luxury complexes with five star hotels and golf courses.

job-spain-graphicThe Costa Blanca coast is another very popular tourist region with many possibilities to find hotel work in towns such as Alicante, Torrevieja and Benidorm.

You might have thought the Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia would have been good places to look at hotel jobs but actually this isn’t the case. This is because the major cities tend to empty in the summer months as the residents flock to the Spanish coasts and islands for their summer holidays.

Much better locations for work would be the popular Spanish islands of the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands. Working in a hotel in these locations will probably involve working six days a week but at least on your day off you get to enjoy the island and beaches and become a tourist for the day.

The best Spanish islands for hotel jobs are Mallorca, Ibiza, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.

Hotel & Hospitality Work in Spain

The good news for nationals of European Union countries is that no visa will be required to work in Spain.

As long as you are employed on an official working contract you will be entitled to free medical care under the Spanish health system.

Advantages of working in a hotel in Spain are that in most cases you receive live-in accommodation which will save you approximately at least €500 a month which you would have to pay elsewhere renting or sharing an apartment.

The most common hotel positions would be serving drinks behind the bar or waiting on tables as a waiter or waitress in the restaurants. These are the sort of hotel jobs for English speakers that you could expect to find. Even in these jobs some basic Spanish will definitely be required.

Only a very limited amount of reception and hotel front desk work is available. These positions tend to be full-time and you would need to be fluent in Spanish, English and German would be a definite advantage too.

Cleaning staff such as chambermaids are definitely required in the hotels although as you can imagine the wages are very much minimum wage of about four or five Euros an hour.

You may also be able to get a job as a holiday rep in Spain working in one of the major hotels looking after the English-speaking guests for the major tour operators who offer package holidays to the resorts. These jobs are not available in the resorts but must be obtained directly from the tour operators in advance.

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Major Spanish Hotel Chains

Types of Hotel Positions

  • Bellhop
  • Concierge
  • Checking guests in and out
  • Reservations staff
  • Scheduling shifts
  • Front desk clerk
  • Receptionist
  • General manager
  • Night watchman
  • Hotel management
  • Housekeeper
  • Valet parking
  • Hotel maintenance
  • Bar Jobs
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Kids Clubs
  • Entertainers
  • Animators
  • Singers
  • Dancers
  • Holiday Reps
  • Chambermaid
  • Cleaners
  • Security guard

Summary

  • Duration: Most hotel work is seasonal and of course most positions only available for three months in the summer months of June, July and August.
  • Apply: At least 3 months before your arrival Spain.
  • Wages/Pay/Salary: Depends on position, from four euros an hour for cleaners to managerial positions.
  • Visa: No visa is required for EU nationals.
  • Qualifications: Hospitality degrees and diplomas a definite advantage. Employers will expect some previous experience in the hotel industry.

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If you want a job working in a hotel in Spain, you can also fill in the comments box with your details, qualifications and the types of vacancies and job positions wanted.

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Comments

  1. I have more than 5 years experience working in hotel and tourism industry. I have dual French/British nationality. I currently work in Ireland. I am looking for a hotel position in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia. I speak English, French, Spanish and some Polish.

  2. Russell Rafferty says:

    Hi my name is Russell I have run a guest house here in Portstewart Northern Ireland for the last 12years Portstewart it’s near the famous gaints causeway I’m looking for a job in a guest house or bedbreakfast in Torremolinos or around that area thank you Russell

  3. Hi, my name is Javier. I was born in Mexico, but I grew up in America. I’ve worked as a waiter for the past 13 yrs and I would love to work in Spain! Please give me a chance!

  4. Hello my name is Natalia I am Polish but the last 14 years Im living in Ireland. I can speak Polish and English fluently.,but I know also Russian and basic Spanish. I have Diploma in hotel and Turist Managment. I have bar and waitressing experience. I was Duty Manager for 3years and now Im Food And Bevrege Manager almost 3 years. Both position was in 5 star hotel . I am hard working , very honest person.Im thinking to moove with my family to Sapin.
    Somewere in Costa blanca or Costa del sol. My husband is a builder with a lots of different qualifications.
    Kind regards
    Natalia

  5. Hi,
    My name is Lauren and i am moving to Benalmadena and i am looking for a job either in Concierge, Reservations, Front Desk, Reception or Rep. I also have Bar work experience.
    I have over 13 years experience in the Travel & Tourism industry.
    I currently only speak fluent English.
    I can send you my CV
    Thank you

  6. Daniela Mattingly says:

    Hi, I am a British undergraduate. I am seeking a three week hospitality job in Spain. I have experience working at a bar and as a waitress. I have worked in both bars and hotels.
    Thanks,
    Daniela

  7. My names Miroslav, a Bulgarian national currently looking for a security/Lifeguard liaison job abroad. I have lots of experiance in hotels . I have also worked for the Bulgaria Sunny beach and Goldsands resorts. Very hands on people person with a passion for excellent service.

  8. Christopher Hakim says:

    Hello,

    My names chris, a british national currently looking for a hotel management/customer liaison job abroad. I have lots of experiance managing bars and restaraunts. I have also worked for the Marriott hotel chain in Asia aswell as Destinations resorts. Very hands on people person with a passion for excellent service.

    C.V available on request

  9. Christopher Hakim says:

    Hello,

    My names chris, a british national currently looking for a hotel management/customer liaison job abroad. I have lots of experiance managing bars and restaraunts. I have also worked for the Marriott hotel chain in Asia aswell as Destinations resorts. Very hands on people person with a passion for excellent service.

    C.V available on request
    Can easily attend interviews at weeks notice.

  10. Hi, my name is Gemma I am currently living in England and seeking work abord I have experience in customer service base roles and also being a receptionist please contact me via email I’m looking for full time contracted work thank you.

  11. Cathrina says:

    Hello, I’m Cathrina. I’m here now in Bahrain, I’m working here in Ibis Hotel, two years working here. I will finish my contract this coming March 17, will go back to philippines on April. Hopefully you can help me to have a working visa there. I will provide what requirements I need. Thank you so much for your kind response.

  12. Julie Williams says:

    Hi,
    My name is Julie I am currently living in Los Bolcones near Los Altos. I am English speaking and have many years experience working as a Sales Administrator in England, I also have experience working in the Retail Sector.
    I am looking for employment either full time or part time in the Hotel Industry or a Cafe Bar or any other English speaking sector.
    I am middle aged with lot of work experience, I am very reliable, hard working, I have a proven track record for always being ready to start work on time.
    I already have my NIE number and I am an EU citizen ready to start work straight away.
    If you can help or if you know of anyone looking for work in my area then please contact me.

    Many thanks

    Julie

  13. Amy Rutherford says:

    Hi, my name is Amy Rutherford. I am a final year French and Spanish student at Queen’s University Belfast. I am a native English speaker and I have a high level in both French and Spanish. I am moving to Seville in June, and so I am hoping to find a teaching position or work related to my qualifications. I have experience working in Spain, Africa and Northern Ireland.

    Many Thanks,
    Amy.

  14. hello my name is tracy and i am looking for employment in benidorm for the forthcoming season mainly in hotel and catering
    i have good experience in hotel work and catering
    i class myself as friendly and outgoing and i look forward to hearing from you

  15. Shauna Feeny says:

    Hi,
    My name is Shauna I am coming to San Antonio, Ibiza in May 2018 for the summer.
    I am looking for hotel receptionist work or even waitressing/bar work preferably in San Antonio. I have many years of experience and I have also worked in an Indian restaurant waitressing back here in Ireland.
    Thanks,
    Shauna

  16. Lorraine johnston says:

    Hi

    I’ve been self employed for most of my career in publishing magazines and also in bistro houses. I’m now looking a new challenge. I’ve a very high standard of customer care and have a unique ability too not only offer a service but also interacting with the customer. I’m looking too work in Spain within the hospitality umbrella. If you would like a copy of my cv please get in touch. Many thanks

  17. Sophie Mizen says:

    Hi I’m looking for hotel work such as bar or waitress I have worked in hospitality for 3 years and would like to take a new challenge and join a new team in benidorm or something like that meeting new people and having a different experience.

    Thank you.

  18. Hi,
    My name is Jordan and I am studying at St. Olaf college in America and would love to spend a summer abroad in Spain and continue my spainish! I have spent 2 weeks in Ecuador and 1 month in Costa Rica praticing my Spanish. Thus I can speak English fluently and Spanish pretty well. I have been working at a restaurant waiting for over a year now and have worked at a cafe shop as a barista for over a year as well. I’m a easy going person and a hard worker.

  19. Hi, my name is Hannah and I am a British graduate currently working in a hotel. I have experience in bar work, waitressing and hotel duties. I am fluent in English and I can speak very basic Spanish, French and Italian. I am hard working, enthusiastic and outgoing. I think a season abroad will help shape who I am as a recent graduate.
    Kind Regards
    Hannah

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