On a narrow street in the old town, almost next to the ancient Town Hall, the hotel is only a couple of minutes walk from the beach and ten minutes into the centre of town. Most of the historic sites are within a few minutes walk, including the castle, glowering over the city, which can be reached by a lift.
I’ve never entered a hotel bedroom via the bathroom, and that’s the immediate sensation as you enter the rooms here. But a small entrance hall is separated from the white marble bathrooms by a glass wall and overall the arrangement is very attractive and effective, giving the appearance of extra space, although that’s not really necessary as the rooms are pretty big and splendidly high. Shades of soft grey and white are used in the decoration, with brighter touches added by a silk bed throw and matching cushions. There is a family room of two interconnecting bedrooms with separate bathrooms.
The towering marble-floored lobby has Salzone la Clave, an attractive lounge area of Lous XVI-style armchairs, painted white and distressed a la mode. A decking-floored roof-top chill-out zone with lounge beds and a bar is the perfect place to get a tan during summer months. It’s where the hotel also offers an occasional barbecue. On another part of the roof is the Bodyna Spa offering a range of treatments, with a separate relaxation area.
Eating and drinking
The hotel itself only offers breakfast, but the acclaimed Monastrell restaurant and the Monastrell bar (the latter offering tapas and light meals) are part of the same building. As they are under separate management meals cannot be added to the hotel bill. The lobby bar, which is open to the public, has a menu of teas, coffees and assorted pastries, or alcoholic and soft drinks.
A sauna and gym are included in the price of the room, as is the roof-top swimming pool (covered during winter months) and there are two roof-top terraces to enjoy. There is a small library on the mezzanine floor, but the English titles are mainly limited to spy novels and ‘bodice rippers’.
The young lady receptionist was very helpful when I arrived, but the male could do with a refresher course from the chapter on ‘How to welcome guests and be amenable’ of his training course.
Who stays there
All ages and all styles of the well-to-do.
The car parking is a whopping 25€ plus VAT per day. (There others within walking distance at half the price.) A large buffet breakfast is good, (you can ask for bacon and eggs) but a pretty hefty 18€.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Centrally situated
- Beautiful building and rooms
- Some of the reception staff could do with a bit of retraining