Francesc Estrabau, 40, Calella De Palafrugell, Girona, Spain, 17210
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Honeymooners, Sporty types, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance, Trendiness
Expert review of Hotel Mediterrani
There’s nothing hurried about the Hotel Mediterrani – and I mean that in a good way. It’s very much in keeping with Calella de Palafrugell itself which may be one of the largest resorts on this stretch of the Costa Brava, but still has a decidedly laid-back and quietly classy vibe. This is one of the two grander hotels at the end of the beach, and has been owned by the same family since it opened 75 years ago. The 38 rooms have been recently refurbished and wouldn’t look out of place in the chicest of urban boutique hotels.
The Mediterrani is towards the end of the main seaside promenade as it begins to slope up towards the hill above. It's far enough from the middle of town to be peaceful but still within about a minute’s walk from Calella’s restaurants, bars and shops. The rough sand beach is just down below you and the gorgeous beaches of Llafranc, Tamariu and the small coves around them are just a short drive away. The medieval hilltop towns of Begur and Pals are within easy reach, as are golf courses.
The bedrooms have all been beautifully refurbished quite recently with smart, contemporary designs in chic, muted shades of grey and white with decorative leaf motifs. All the rooms are decorated more or less identically but sixteen of the 38 rooms have fabulous sea views, some with balcony and some with a terrace. You’re just close enough to the beach to enjoy the views but far enough away from it to feel peaceful. Interior rooms are nevertheless the quietest, but even those looking out to the seafront aren’t noisy as nightlife in Calella tends to close down early.
The dining room, cafe and bar areas are all on the ground floor, with picture windows looking out to the sea. Unlike the newly revamped bedrooms though, these parts have got more of a 50s feel, but there’s something quaintly retro and unspoilt about them, and the views are wonderful.
The buffet breakfast in the dining room is an extensive affair, with fruit, cereals, freshly-made tortilla – Spanish omelette, yoghurts and local butifarra (the local white-pudding style Catalan sausage).
There's also a coffee shop and bar for drinks or light snacks.
Staff are very friendly and helpful.
Mostly couples and a lot of returning guests who come every year. Very popular with Catalans, but also French and British.
More information on Hotel Mediterrani:
- Francesc Estrabau, 40, Calella De Palafrugell, Girona, Spain, 17210