Hostal les Monges Palace
Calle San Augustin 4 , Alicante, Alicante, Spain, 03002
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Honeymooners, Singles, Romance, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Hostal les Monges Palace
For lovers of minimalism, muted tones and artsy contemporary design, I promise you – Monges Palace is definitely not for you! This original early 20th-century casa señorial, (home of a wealthy or noble person) takes its name from the Convento de las Monjas de la Sangre (Convent of the Nuns of Blood) a historic monument that sits almost next door. The hostal has been an on-going work of art since 1983, and although it has been brought completely up-to-date in its services it retains much of the architectural delights it was originally adorned with when it was built in 1912. The gorgeously kitsch décor has been under the guiding eye of owner Pedro, who is usually there to welcome you to his amazingly idiosyncratic home. The sinuous reception desk, hand-made by an Italian sculpture, mirrors the design on the antique lamps hanging above.
In a narrow street in Alicante’s old town, close to the beach, town centre and all the historical points of interest.
From modern Japanese influences to belle epoque outrageous gilded mirrors, sparkling chandeliers, flouncy fabrics and bombe-fronted chests of drawers, the Monges Palace has almost every element of chi-chi antique you could wish for. I particular loved the room with the ancient Thai four-poster bed draped over in what appeared to be long embroidered table runners. The room also had an original hand-painted 19th-century Dutch wardrobe and a tiny French scroll-top desk. A number of rooms have four-posters (which for some reason people seem to find terribly romantic) and if you want one ask for a dorsel. A couple of the rooms have hydromassage/sauna cabins. You will need to ask for them and pay a supplement.
A cosy and attractive small dining room also doubles as a lounge once breakfast is cleared away.
A buffet breakfast at six euros is the only meal served, but Pedro can tell you all the best places to eat in the city at prices to suit all pockets.
Personal and helpful but not overly effisive.
Lovers of kitsch, camp, style and a warren of narrow passageways. Guests return time and time again to try the different rooms
The breakfast isn’t especially cheap when compared with cafes nearby, but the ambience helps make up for the couple of euros difference. The supplement of about forty euros for the hydromassage/sauna seems quite high. Various supplements for the rooms, but the basic forty-five euros during low season is pretty good for such a charming hotel.
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- Calle San Augustin 4 , Alicante, Alicante, Spain, 03002
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