St. Miguel, 2, Begur, Girona, Spain, 17255
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Singles, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance
Best for Value for money - Expert review of Aiguaclara
Imagine having a friend with quirky but exquisite taste who’s updated their 19th-century Spanish mansion and invited you to stay - and you’ve got an idea of Aiguaclara. The antithesis of the chain hotel ethos, it’s a gorgeous mix of colonial grandeur, 50s and 60s retro and contemporary chic. Think 10 foot high ceilings, terracotta walls and decorative Spanish floor tiles, ornately carved wooden doors and wrought-iron railings dotted with Habitat lighting, modern art and vintage suitcases.
Step out of the door on to Begur’s medieval cobbled lanes and you’re seconds away from tapas bars, restaurants and the main plaza. It’s a five-minute drive to some of the best, unspoilt beaches on the Costa Brava like Sa Riera. In the summer months, there’s a half-hourly bus which stops minutes away from the hotel.
The ten simple but elegant, individually decorated rooms look out to Begur’s medieval hilltop and castle. All have original 19th-century floor tiles, crisp white cotton bedding, satellite TV, WiFi and air-con, and contemporary, en-suite bathrooms with shower. The ‘Junior Suites’ also have baths. The drifting-back-in-time ambience does also, however, include nearby church bells, which ring quite loudly on the quarter hour. If in doubt, close the windows and turn on the air-con.
On the ground floor, there’s a cosy reading and games room with decorative tiling, a well-stocked honesty bar, Smeg fridge, board games and toys. The Kasbah-style ‘Chill Out’ room in the basement has another honesty bar and opens out onto a tranquil patio garden.
Waking up to freshly baked croissants, jamon Serrano and freshly-squeezed juice and coffee – what more could you ask? The restaurant has a great reputation in its own right too, with excellent Catalan and Mediterranean contemporary cuisine (the mojito sorbet is a particular speciality) and some superb local wines.
Games room, as above.
Nothing is too much trouble for the delightful owners Joan and Clara, and their staff, and they go out of their way to make you feel at home.
A mix of couples on romantic breaks, families and international city hipsters.
Prices include breakfast. Go in low season and it's an absolute bargain.
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