Hostal de la Gavina
Plaza de la Rosaleda, s/n, S'agaro, Spain, 17248
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Travellers with pets, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Hostal de la Gavina
Tell anyone over 40 in Catalonia that you’ve stayed at the Hostal de la Gavina and they’ll be phenomenally impressed. This was the Royals’ and A-listers’ hangout in the jet-set days of Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles, and it’s still as luxurious as it was then.
In a gated community high up on a promontory overlooking two gorgeous bays, with the glimmering blue Mediterranean down below. You’re about an hour’s drive away from Barcelona or Girona, and you’ve got some of the Costa Brava’s best beaches, walks and golf courses within easy reach. The small town of S’Agaró is also just down the hill.
Old-school Spanish grandeur - as you might expect from a grand hotel of this kind. The 57 rooms and 17 suites are huge, furnished with large, seriously solid antiques, damask wall coverings and parquet floors, and are wonderfully atmospheric. It’s worth paying extra for the sea view rooms though, as the views are magnificent. (I still dream of breakfast on my balcony here).
Very very grand throughout. We’re talking high, domed ceilings, marble inlaid floors, impressive floral arrangements, antiques and Murano glass chandeliers. The rooftop pool area is probably my favourite though - this is serious, old-school, Hollywood-style glamour, with white porticos around the edges and neo-Grecian statues. In these kind of surroundings, flopped on a sunlounger, drink in hand, it’s easy to imagine you’re Ava Gardner or Frank Sinatra for the day.
Three restaurants and bars – a formal restaurant for candlelit, fine dining under domed ceilings, the ‘Garbi’ for lighter, poolside lunches, a choice of two restaurant areas for breakfast, and a snack bar ‘El Barco’. All the restaurants cater for an international clientele so you'll get club sandwiches by the pool rather than Spanish baguette-style boccadillos and in the restaurants there's a good choice of international as well as Catalan dishes. Wherever you're eating here though, don't expect any bargains. You're paying for the location and the kudos of being here as much as anything else and you'll notice.
A salt-water infinity pool on the rooftop, a spa with heated pool, gym and Jacuzzi as well as spa treatments, and four tennis courts (two paddle and two clay). If you’re in need of a shopping fix, there are also some small boutiques under the portico.
Very efficient and prompt, but can be a bit stiff and overly formal. There is 24-hour room service as well as transfers (at extra charge) to Barcelona, Girona or Perpignan airports, and a heliport nearby.
International families, couples, business folk and the odd royal.
Breakfast is not included in the room rate, and as you might guess, doesn't come cheap.
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- Plaza de la Rosaleda, s/n, S'agaro, Spain, 17248
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool