Carbonar, 1, Castelló D’empúries, Spain, 17486
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing
Expert review of Palau Macelli
Tucked away on a narrow, cobbled street in the medieval town of Castelló d’Empúries, this is one of my favourite hotels on the Costa Brava. This 17th-century palau (the Catalan for ‘palace’) has belonged to the same family for 350 years, and it’s wonderfully grand, with original Louis XIV-style antiques and oil paintings of the ancestors.
The town’s restaurants, bars and shops are within a minute’s walk, whilst the beautiful beaches of the Golf de Roses are only a short drive away. Cadaqués, Figueres and Girona are similarly within easy reach.
As you’ve probably already gathered, this is about as far as you can get from a chain hotel. The six, light and airy, individually named rooms are all different, with decorative coloured floor tiles and dramatic damask curtains in deep reds, yellows and golds. Most of them have four-poster beds and look out onto the leafy, central cloistered courtyard. Two of the rooms are interconnecting and can be booked together for families or pairs of couples to form a double suite. If, like me, you have a weakness for freestanding, roll-top baths, go for the double room ‘Trino de Fontcuberta’.
The outdoor garden terrace has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, and there are open fires indoors in winter.
Breakfast is served either on the garden terrace or, in colder weather, in the small but stately dining room, complete with dark wood antiques, antique communal dining table and an amazingly Baroque chandelier. There’s also the terrace restaurant for great value menus of the day - click Palau Macelli for seperate review.
This feels more like a classy b&b than a hotel, and service is very personal.
Mostly international couples but this place is still an amazingly well-kept secret.
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