Step out of the door on to Begur’s medieval cobbled lanes and you’re seconds away from tapas bars, restaurants and the main plaza. It’s a five-minute drive to some of the best, unspoilt beaches on the Costa Brava like Sa Riera. In the summer months, there’s a half-hourly bus which stops minutes away from the hotel.
The ten simple but elegant, individually decorated rooms look out to Begur’s medieval hilltop and castle. All have original 19th-century floor tiles, crisp white cotton bedding, satellite TV, WiFi and air-con, and contemporary, en-suite bathrooms with shower. The ‘Junior Suites’ also have baths. The drifting-back-in-time ambience does also, however, include nearby church bells, which ring quite loudly on the quarter hour. If in doubt, close the windows and turn on the air-con.
On the ground floor, there’s a cosy reading and games room with decorative tiling, a well-stocked honesty bar, Smeg fridge, board games and toys. The Kasbah-style ‘Chill Out’ room in the basement has another honesty bar and opens out onto a tranquil patio garden.
Eating and drinking
Waking up to freshly baked croissants, jamon Serrano and freshly-squeezed juice and coffee – what more could you ask? The restaurant has a great reputation in its own right too, with excellent Catalan and Mediterranean contemporary cuisine (the mojito sorbet is a particular speciality) and some superb local wines.
Games room, as above.
Nothing is too much trouble for the delightful owners Joan and Clara, and their staff, and they go out of their way to make you feel at home.
Who stays there
A mix of couples on romantic breaks, families and international city hipsters.
Prices include breakfast. Go in low season and it's an absolute bargain.
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Great value
- Central location
- Super-friendly hosts and staff
- Masses of character and quirky original features
- Noise from church bells