Hotel/Hospitality Jobs – Want to ACTUALLY Find Work in Spanish Hotel 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.

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


  • 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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  1. pasupathy Rajasingam says:

    Greetings of the day
    My name is pasupathy, i am from india, presently living in Madrid, i have 15 years of experience in the Indian hospitality industry in food and beverage service .I have all the legal documents to work in Spain (including visa, work permit), I am ready to accept any job openings, My Spanish is an A2 level. for more info contact +34 604163403

  2. wayne watson says:

    I am Wayne Watson, Living in Palma de Mallorca. I am an experienced customer service representative with over 8 years experience within financial companies including Standard LIfe. I have also got hospitality experience working in Restaurants, Clubs and hotels as a commis chef. Educated to HND and above. I am looking for English speaking position preferably all year round.

    I have a competence crew certificate level 1

    Barber experience

    Barista experience

  3. Melanie Pudney says:

    Hi Guys ….
    I would just like to introduce my Husband and I.
    We recently holidayed in Benalmadena and have fallen in love with the place.
    My Husband and I have been very happily married for 6 years and together for 8, We have 4 grown up children which have all now grown up left the family home. So we now have no responsibilities.
    At 47 and 48 years young we’re looking for a change of lifestyle.
    We’re willing to work and have our C.V’s ready.
    We’re a very honest couple who just want the chance.
    My Husband is a non drinker and i sometimes may have a little Gin and Tonic, Ideally we would love a job that has property with it ( its only us 2 so a studio would be fine)
    I’m a receptionist / Customer care with 20 years experience and my Husband is an all rounder and could fit in anywhere he is currantly a contract cleaner for 1 of our largest Supermarkets.
    We don’t have alot and don’t require alot but we are humble, honest and ready for a challenge and change of lifestyle.
    So if anyone could give us any advice, tips or offers or advise about employment and accomodation we would both be so grateful
    Thank you all very much

  4. samson njuguna says:

    Dear sir Madam
    I am chef by professional have bin working in England for 9years and I am currently working as a chef in Ireland this will be my 9nth year too in Ireland. I am planning to move in Alicante Spain soon and I would like
    to get job soon as possible I am very hardworking man I am 35 years of age.

    Thank you’

  5. omar daajneh says:

    i am Omar daajneh from Bethlehem Palestine I am 51 years old looking to have work as cook
    I work as cook for long time in restaurant and hotels I can make salad Arabic food and oriental food
    hope I can find work so I can support my family

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