Plaza de España, 6, Tossa De Mar, Spain, 17320
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, Great views / scenery, Relaxation
Expert review of Hotel Diana
If, like me, you adore all things Art Nouveau and in particular, the Catalan version of the style - ‘Modernisme’ - you’ll love the Hotel Diana. Not only do you get an extraordinary building, but you get sea views and the main Tossa beach less than a minute away. The building was originally the Casa Sans Moré, a 1906 townhouse built by a follower of Gaudí. The ground floor lounges and conservatory have fabulous, ornate stained-glass windows, spectacularly elaborate fireplaces and patterned, beamed ceilings. There's even a grand piano. It's easily as striking as some of the finest Modernista houses in Barcelona.
The entrance is on a pedestrianised plaza right in the middle of Tossa but the other side of the hotel backs onto the main beachside promenade. The beach and the main centre of Tossa’s restaurants, bars and nightlife (both the new town and old town) are literally on your doorstep.
Most of the 20 rooms, particularly those with a sea-view balcony, have got the high ceilings, generous proportions and decorative tiled floors of the central areas. However, furnishings and rather dated-looking bedspreads can be a bit disappointing. The rooms are clean though, and all have flat-screen TV and minibar. The sea-view rooms are quieter than those overlooking the plaza, and it’s worth asking for a room with a balcony as these tend to be the larger rooms.
On the ground floor, there’s a series of interconnecting lounge rooms which are all decorated in original Modernista or Art Nouveau finery, with stained glass French windows and ornate ceramic tiles. There are also two lovely patios: one on the ground floor where you can have breakfast, and another higher up with views out to the beach and promenade. There’s even a Jacuzzi on the roof terrace, so you can de-stress your limbs after a hard day at the beach.
On the rare days when it’s raining, breakfast is served in the cafe bar/restaurant on the far side of the central patio, which is part of the hotel and has its own separate entrance on the beach promenade. The breakfast is one of the best I’ve seen for a hotel in this price range, with a brilliant selection of fruit, breads, rolls, pastries and churros - the long thin, Spanish doughnut-like pastries for dipping into hot chocolate - jams and extensive local sausages, cheeses, and quince jelly.
The restaurant is also open during the rest of the day for good snacks, sandwiches, tapas and a selection of larger, basic main meals eg meat/fish with chips or salad. It's nothing especially glamorous or smart but if you want something low key without leaving the hotel, it's more than adequate.
Hotel guests can use the pool at the nearby Hotel Windsor as well as the pool, snooker table and tennis courts at the Tossa Marina. If your limbs are feeling particularly weary or you just feel like some pampering, they can organise a massage in your room. There’s WiFi throughout the hotel.
Staff are very friendly and helpful and speak several languages including English.
Mostly couples of all ages with a lot of English, French and Australians.
More information on Hotel Diana:
- Plaza de España, 6, Tossa De Mar, Spain, 17320
- High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool