Aiguaclara

St. Miguel, 2, Begur, Girona, Spain, 17255

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By Eddi Fiegel, your Begur expert

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#1 of 10
expert-rated hotels in Begur
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4.6
4.6
Leisure facilities:
3.5
3.5
Service:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Singles, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance

Best for Value for money - Expert review of Aiguaclara

Colonial grandeur meets retro chic in one of my favourite Costa Brava hideaways.

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.

Location: 

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.

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

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.

Eating and drinking: 

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.

Leisure facilities: 

Games room, as above.

Service: 

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.

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Who stays there: 

A mix of couples on romantic breaks, families and international city hipsters.

Price advice: 

Prices include breakfast. Go in low season and it's an absolute bargain.

Pros: 
Masses of character and quirky original features
Super-friendly hosts and staff
Central location
Great value
Cons: 
Noise from church bells

More information on Aiguaclara:

Price from:
£72
Type:
Hotel
Address:
St. Miguel, 2, Begur, Girona, Spain, 17255
Neighbourhood:
Begur

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