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.

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. Arjun malla says:

    Hi it’s me arjun malla from Dubai holding Nepalese citizenship . I almost 5years stayed in uk during that period I have meet so many Spainish people they really kind and helpful person I love their culture and I am really impressed too and want to work in Spain as chef or related job because I have more than 7 years worked in hospitality field please just let me know by email or following contact number if there is any kind of job vaciences thank you .
    Contact mob: +971565358962

  2. Jyoti Fitter says:

    Hello,

    My name is Jyoti Fitter from India and am student at CETT University [Universtet de Barcelona] studying Masters in Hotel Management and looking for Part time job just for 2 months and then I can do full time internship work which I can start from January or February till September and as am studying Masters in Hotel and Tourism Management I want to experience work within this field,so please if their would be any good opportunity for me do reply and am fluent in English but don’t speak Spanish just understand and speak basic words but am learning Spanish too so will adapt to it sooner.
    Thanks

    Jyoti Fitter.

  3. Adeola Oluwadare Samson says:

    I am good experience hotelier. I have good experience in activities and I have also worked in several hotels in Nigeria and Ghana. I passed interpersonal qualities, know how best to motivate and treat guests very well. I always work hard in order to move the organization forward. I love Spain so much because I met Spanish people that told me, that spain is the best place to develop my hospitality career. So please I want to work in Spain so I can develop my hospitality career. Thanks for the support.

  4. Sanah bukhari says:

    Hi,
    My name is sanah bukhari and im 27 years old. I have recently moved to spain (Tarragona) from the UK, and have been looking for english jobs for a while now. Luckily ive adjusted myself quite well and comfortable as im enjoying the weather and the friendly atmosphere around me. Im desperately looking for a full time job near me im hoping somewhere in Reus, Salou or even Tarragona is great for me. I have got many years of experience in Customer Service and have worked in a International Airport in the UK. Im free to work straight away if the job is available il be very much thankful.

    Best Regards,
    Sanah Bukhari

  5. Helen A. Jennings (nee Cardovillis) says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am Kenyan and looking for a vacancy in the hotel industry. I have several years of experience as a Front House Manager as well as a Guest Relations & Operations Manager.. I am computer literate. Currently l am working as a Apartment Manager looking after diplomats.

    I am hoping that i will be able to find work in Spain. I am flexible to work in other departments as well.

    Thanks and regards

  6. Helen A. Jennings (nee Cardovillis) says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am Kenyan and looking for a vacancy in the hotel industry. I have several years of experience as a Front House Manager as well as a Guest Relations Manager. I am computer literate. Currently l am working a Apartment Manager looking after diplomats.

    I am hoping that i will be able to find work in Spain. I am flexible to work in other departments as well.

    Thanks and regards

  7. Michelle Tan says:

    Hi I am Michelle from Malaysia. Working as a Guest Relation Officer at The Venetian Resort Hotel at Macau. I looking an opportunity to working at Spain, as I know people in Spain is very friendly and always bring happiness to the guest. Keep my passion for customer service alive and as long as I set clear career goals for myself, I am sure going to go places and I will achieve the success that I truly deserve in the hospitality industry.I am the type of person who loves variety then this is the perfect job for me. I could be rotated to different tasks and responsibilities every now and then I never stop learning and growing.
    I think I can learn more in this lovely country. Spain is a country i always want to be there. I hope my dream come true for my 28 years old birthday gift for myself.

    Thank you .

  8. Marina wood says:

    My name is Marina I’m a retired English lady settled in Spain.
    I’m looking for a few hours cleaning job around the fuengorola area.
    I’m fit and heathy and cleaning I can do.
    I’ve lived here for nearly 5 years and have great friends network
    Because I’m retired the days are long so that’s why I need a little job to keep me going
    Please if anyone needs there house, apartment cleaning or shopping doing let me know and I’d more than happy to help.

  9. Jinkyeong Lim says:

    Hi:) I’m Jin from South Korea.
    Last year I went Spain for visiting then I just fall in love with that city so I’m going there again as a Language student.
    Since I’m a student I can work 20 hours per week and it’d be great if I worked in hospitality areas.
    My major is Geography however more like based on tourism.
    I’ll be there end of November so possibly I’ll be able to speak basic Spanish for conversation

    Thanks

  10. Jacklin Yousif says:

    Jacklin Y
    California, USA
    September,29,2017

    Dear Sir / Madam
    My Name is JACKLIN. I am American citizen, live in California state in USA
    I’m currently working as an Account Receivable in a Company called Generation Construction Inc.
    I do have the experience in this department since March of 2008.
    I also worked overseas in Hotels like Novotel , Melia, and Meridian . As a Receptionist / Front Desk,Reservation department. As a Sales representative in Sales department for more than 6 years.
    I would like to learn about different cultures in the world.
    I’m a fast learner and hopefully I’ll get the answer from you . Thank you for your time.

    Yours Faithfully
    Jacklin

  11. Hi,
    My name is Kinga and I have moved to Spain few months ago.
    I have worked in Ireland and United Kingdom for last 8 years in worldwide known brands of hotels. My field of preference is Food & Beverage departments ( restaurants, bars, room service, banquets, etc.), but easily can adopt to new roles.
    I love to travel and visit new places, hence why I can relocate to any place,where is chance for me to develop my career.
    Many thanks for time.
    Greetings to all of you.

  12. Marie Rivierez says:

    Good day,

    My name is Marie and I am currently living in Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. I’m a EU citizen and I would like to work in the hotel industry in Marbella. I have studied International Tourism Management in Sweden and would love an opportunity to live and work in Spain

  13. palllavi davda says:

    Hi, I am Pallavi I am Indian that currently working as a asst sales manager staff at the Resort in India. I love Spain so much , i met many spain people at vipasana meditation that came from spain and they are really nice that is why I was encouraged to look for a job in Spain and i found this. I like to learn new things and i hope that this opportunity helps me to fulfill my dreams. Hope to get a positive reply from you people

    Thanks & Regards

  14. RENYA SAITO says:

    Hi, I am Renya.I am japanese that currently working as a Receptionist ◾Reservations staff at the Hotel in Japan. I so love Spain, we have a lots of customers that came from spain and they are really nice that is why I was encouraged to look for a job in Spain and i found this. I like to learn new things and hoping that this opportunity helps me to fulfil my dreams. Hope to get a reply from you 🙂

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