Hotel and Hospitality Jobs – Want to Work in a Hotel in Spain in 2017?

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.

hotel puerta americaWe have latest live job listings at the bottom of this page and if you are an employer we welcome your hotel job postings – it is free to list your vacancies.

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.

Hotel Employers – List your hospitality and hotel job vacancies in Spain below – for free.

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. Hi i am looking for a job in the hotel trade. I have 2 young children so i am looking for hours that work around my children. I have alot of office, retail and cleaning experiences. I am looking to move to spain with my 2 young daughters. I would like to give them a better life.

  2. Jess Mathewson says:

    me and my freind looking for a job i can work anything from working with children to waitressing im currently chef and have been for nearly 3 years im currently working in a 5*hotel..my friend can workwith children waitredding she is currently a bad maid .

  3. sayyed mudassr says:

    hi i am looking for night watchman job and waitress job for my wife thanks

  4. william martin ochieng says:

    HI i am a proffessional chef who can work in all areas of the kitchen and hoping to learn abit of the spanish way of service especially in marbella this year and look for summer jobs with accomodation please feel free to contact me am readilly available

  5. hi myself and my partner are hopeing to make a permanent movefrom Ireland to Spain this year, we will be living in the villamartin area of costa blanca and it would be great if we found employment in the area or surrounding areas as we both car owners… my partner is a self employed qualified painter/decorator of 28yrs and i am experienced in all areas of hospitality from working in hotels & B&B,s for 10 yrs, i also have 4 years floristry experience, we are both very hard working people, happy and very outgoing, energetic, non smokers, with a very good outlook on life, we both also enjoy meeting new people & learning about different cultures and other peoples experiences…..we would greatly appreciate any replys or further questions…. thank you..

  6. Steve Adams says:

    Hola ime looking for hotel maintenance work in any area of Spain. Live in uk have lots of years experience of all building and maintenance work over 30years. Hoping to move out to Spain as soon as I can find employment . Thank you steveadams57@googlemail.com mobile +447426057847

  7. Rach knight says:

    Hi I’m looking for any work from March time onwards my partner,daughter 6 yrs old and myself are moving to marbella area for partners job looking for day shifts Email address is Rach. Knight@Hotmail. Co.UK any help will be much appreciated, Rach 🙂

  8. hello,
    i’m french and live in London for almost two years now, i want to expend my career to Spain, to Valencia specially. I’ve been working 10 years in the hospitality industries and got very strong experiences and skill, i am currently a restaurant Supervisor in a 4 stars Hotel in the heart of london. i wish can get some experiences in Spain with your help.
    Thanks

  9. Lauren Kelly says:

    Hello. I am looking for work for 2013 in Tenerife. any bar/hotel or animation work would be fine. Thanks.

  10. Miguel caamano says:

    Hi my name is Miguel I’m a citizen of Spain looking for a job in Marbella or Puerto Banus. I’m a professional barber for many years. I had my own barber shop at home in Tucson Arizona. I am now living back in Spain looking to start cutting hair again. I also know how to remodel, paint, and tile work. Any suggestions please thank you.

  11. Hello i am Liam I AM LOOKING TO WORK ABROAD IN 2013 AND LOOKING FOR A JOB IN SPAIN. I AM WANTING EITHER BAR HOTEL WORK OR AND ENTERTANINER/ KIDS REP IF ANYONE COULD HELP PLEASE EMAIL ME

  12. hello..i would like to know is it possible to find job as a enternainer..i have already experience for 3 seasons on Crete in Iberostar hotel..and i would like to work in winter time..
    Thank U

  13. jacqui wilson says:

    hi my partner and i are looking for employment in the costa del sol region,i am a bar supervisor at the moment but will do any job in the pub,hotel trade. my partner holds a hgv class1&2 licence which hes held for many years and has never been out of work he also has his cics card, we would be very grateful for any information,contacts or to be considered for any suitable jobs that may arise. thanks

  14. Pauline Mckenzie says:

    Hi,
    I’m currently looking to move to Spain in the next year or so and am having trouble finding a suitable job. Preferably, I would like to either have a bar job, more so in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, (maybe working as a waitress,) or looking towards becoming a holiday rep as I’m very out-going and enjoy the excitement of meeting new and different people.
    I live in Scotland just now, working as a enhanced carer. I have several qualifications including ones for house-keeping and various other things.
    Many thanks.

  15. gary barham says:

    I am looking for hotel work on the costa blanca

  16. Andy Irvine says:

    Hi,

    I am a 19 year old from Renfrew who is looking for a summer job in Mallorca next year, preferably in the bar or hospitality trade.

    I know the island well, having holidayed ther for all of my life.

    I would ideally love to stay and work in Santa ponsa or Magaluf

  17. SÁPI VIRÁG says:

    Hi,

    I’m looking for a job in Spain, like animator or cleaner, housekeeper, kids club, or receptionist.
    I am a kindergarten teacher, and I was an au pair in UK last year, I was looking for a 2 kids, and housekeeping.
    My favourie country is Spain.
    I am communicative, hard-worker, optimist and really happy, independent girl. I would like to find a job with a good team, in good place, and I would like to learn spanish as well.

    Could you help me please?

    Have a nice day,

    Virág

  18. Hi I am looking for any hospitality jobs in spain as want to live there but dont know where to start please help anyone ,, Im 57 yrs old and am a qualified healthcare assistant . tnx,

  19. Jade fenton says:

    Hola I am looking for a seasonal hairdressing position in a resort , I have 12 years experience in all aspects of hairdressing and am currently managing a salon in Australia and have done for 6 years.

    • I am looking for any restaurant ,hotal jobs in Spain.I have more then10 years experance in restaurant field as italian pizzamaker,cooker,barman etc and living in Italy. I assure you, that if given opperunity I shall do my work most conscientiously. Thank you

  20. mangala ekanayake says:

    i am looking for culinary vacancy. i am pastry chef in jumeirah group.

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