Dr. Bartomeus s/n, Cadaques, Costa Brava, Spain, 17488
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Sporty types, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Hotel Rocamar
This has a real sense of old-school, Spanish grandeur as befits a hotel opened in 1958. I love the way it still exudes a quietly classy air of unhurried elegance without feeling overly formal. The lofty, beamed ceilings and arched doorways give it an old Spanish hacienda feel, with dark wood antiques like the grandfather clock and sideboard in reception. But it’s also wonderfully light and airy throughout with the intense Cadaqués light bouncing off the white walls. Unlike many Costa Brava hotels, the Rocamar doesn’t close during the winter.
Up a steepish hill above the far end of the main harbour promenade, with the main village only a couple of minutes’ walk away. Dali’s House at Port Lligat is either a leisurely half-hour stroll along the beach or a five- to ten-minute drive away. Figueres, and the Dali Museum there, is about 45 minutes away in the car. The hotel runs a free minibus for guests to and from Cadaques bus station, but you need to book it at least 24 hours ahead.
Rooms are simply furnished with white walls, wooden headboards decorated with geometric wood carvings, wooden wardrobes and modern polished stone floors. There are also 19th-century style paintings of the village and harbour, which give you a sense of the village’s history. The ‘Superior Sea View’ rooms, have, as their name suggests, the best views and are very good value, particularly in low season. The ‘Sea View’ rooms are, however, almost as good, and balconies in both look out to the semi-circular curve of the bay with its white houses and sea dotted with fishing boats. Other rooms are ‘Mountain View’ and look out to the hills and mountains behind Cadaques. Two rooms have wheelchair access.
There are several communal lounge areas on the ground floor by the reception where you could happily while away a few hours chatting or reading or simply admiring the views. The largest is a peaceful, lounge area on the grand floor with high ceilings, chandeliers and a bay window looking out to the trees and sea below. Alongside it, there’s a smaller, lounge/coffee and bar area with black leather squidgy sofas, a ceramic tiled bar and an enormous original tiled fireplace. Outside, near the pool, there’s a series of terraces with tables and chairs that are perfect for taking in more of the views.
There’s an extensive buffet breakfast served in the dining room which has the bright and airy but grand feel of the rest of the hotel with simple white walls, white linen tablecloths with floor-to-ceiling picture windows letting in the view. At lunchtime, there’s a set-price menu del dia or menu of the day. The kitchen will also prepare lactose-free, sugar-free or gluten-free dishes on request.
Two pools, saunas and tennis courts, all with gorgeous views. The curved, heated pool in the basement is beautifully peaceful (I was on the only one in it the day I visited), with large bevelled glass windows looking out to the trees and greenery in the grounds outside. The four individual wooden sauna cabins hold up to three people each and the changing rooms have a lounge/relaxation area with comfortable armchairs if you’re waiting while someone has a swim or sauna or you just want to relax near the pool. There’s also a table-tennis room as well as a function room. Free WiFi throughout the hotel as well as two coin-operated computers on the ground floor.
Helpful, friendly service. For an extra charge, the hotel will place a bottle of cava in your room for your arrival.
Couples and families from all over Europe as well as some Americans.
Prices includes breakfast and parking. Special deals available Sunday to Thursday.
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- Dr. Bartomeus s/n, Cadaques, Costa Brava, Spain, 17488
- Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Pets Allowed, Business Centre, Parking