Hotel La Madrugada

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Address: Partida Benimarraig 61b, Benissa, 03720, Spain

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.6

An intimate small hotel with beautiful views of the Mediterranean.

In some ways La Madrugada has a slight French chateau/Scottish lodge feel about it, with it’s grand staircase, hefty stone fireplace, stone walls and wooden panelling, but step out onto the large terrace, with its broad views of the Med and the great rock of the Peñon de Ifach, and you could only be in Spain. The house was once the holiday home of Sarah Brightman’s mum, but has been adapted beautifully to create a small, intimate hotel, although it’s a pretty spacious place, even as a small hotel, never mind a private home.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.2
90%
Leisure facilities
4.5
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

A few minutes drive outside Benissa, the hotel sits on a rise overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean.

Bedrooms

La Madrugada only has five bedrooms and one suite in the main house, with suite and a bedroom in the garden annexe. The main suite is the piece de resistance, with its Provencal elegance, delightful painted furniture of pale blue and off-white, rich drapes and bed coverings, and twirly-patterned wallpaper. The bathroom is a complete contrast, an eye-smacking design, as modern as modern can be, but beautifully done. The thick hand-made mattresses are so comfy that you sink right into them, and the beds so wide that it would take some rolling to fall out. (When I first stayed I was amused by Deco-style bathrooms, with their scales with an enormous dial, and a Bakerlite telephone.)
 

Public areas

There is a comfortable club-room style bar with beautiful games tables, copies of originals from Althorp Castle, and deep sofas and chairs. During summer months life is lived around the swimming pool, with it tents and thatched roof hideaways providing shade while reclining on elegant cane furniture.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is taken in the light-filled naya, a shaded patio that has glass doors that keep in the warmth without losing the beautiful view during the winter, or left open for summer breezes. Snacks and drinks are available, although no other full meals are served. The excellent Belgian/French restaurant Casa del Maco is only ten minutes drive away.

Leisure facilities

The pool and  a private tennis court, with spacious gardens for strolling in . Sailing, riding and other pursuits can be arranged by the hotel.

Service

Subdued but friendly.

Who stays there

All ages looking for elegance, comfort and quiet.

Amenities

  • Parking
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Deeply relaxing
  • Away from crowded beaches but with beautiful views of the seas
  • No restaurant
  • Definitely need a car
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