Hotel la Serena

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Address: Calle Alba 10, Altea, 03590, Spain

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.6

A tucked-away delight in a corner of Altea.

When I arrived at La Serena I thought that whoever had done the restoration of a historic casa señorial, a nobleman’s house, had done a pretty good job. When the massive old wooden doors opened and I saw the totally contemporary interior of glass, cement, bare wood and antiques I was amazed at how beautifully the interior had been transformed. It turned out I was totally wrong, because until 2005 there was nothing where the hotel stands except a vacant piece of land. But the designers and buildings did an incredible job.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Tucked in narrow street in Altea’s old town.

Bedrooms

The open-plan bedrooms are one big open space, with the bathroom forming part of the bedroom (although the toilet is tucked discreetly away). Bright and airy, with creams, whites and touches of grey complimenting the un-plastered cement that forms the arches and some of the bed heads. Recessed lighting casts warm pools in the bathroom area and the whole effect is of lightness and relaxation. Black chairs and desk furniture and contemporary images on the walls add a contrast that gives life to the rooms. Two of the superior rooms have coffee machines and a terrace, and one has direct access to a side street so you can come and go in privacy. Each bedroom has free WiFi and a CD music system and, much to my delight, no television.

Public areas

A salon with an open fire and a chimney that takes up almost a whole wall is simply but beautifully furnished, with original nineteenth-century floor tiles contrasting beautifully with the modern sofa and chairs. A large pool terrace is also open to the public for drinks.

Eating and drinking

Elia Albert, the owner, is an expert in nutrition, and all the food served is part of a balanced diet. The wonderful breakfast is almost totally ecological, and all the bread, biscuits and cakes are made in the hotel’s kitchens, with most of the other produce bought from local ecological suppliers. Lunch and dinner have to be ordered a day in advance, so that Elia can discuss your requirements and buy absolutely fresh produce on the day. During quiet times you could find yourself dining in your own private dining room, with the chef and waitress totally at your command.

Leisure facilities

A swimming pool with a large terrace is a major draw during summer months, but the piece de resistance is the basement hammam, a beautiful Turkish-style bath copied from one in Istanbul. Its terraced marble seating is the place to stretch out, sweat, and thoroughly relax. Massages can be arranged.

Service

Very personal and friendly without being obtrusive.

Who stays there

Romantics, modernists, and anyone who loves the ‘wow’ factor or the idea of having use of a wonderful hammam.

Price advice

Secure basement parking is very good value at eleven euros per day.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Honeymooners
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • The hammam
  • Spacious and beautifully designed
  • Tricky to access by car if you don’t know the way
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