On a small, quiet plaza in the old Jewish quarter of Castelló d’Empúries. The narrow, cobbled streets on your doorstep are full of restaurants, bars and shops. Cadaques and Figueres are both less than an hour's drive away, and the nearby Golf de Roses stretch of the coast has some of the most gorgeous coves and beaches on the Costa Brava.
The rooms in the Hotel de la Moneda are so enormous, I always feel this is more like a kind of modern-day version of, Gothic loft living - albeit in wonderfully Mediterranean colours. The 21 super-spacious rooms all have warm-toned wood floors, lofty, vaulted ceilings and are done up in sunny royal blues and rich reds, with gilt-edged arches and grand reproduction antiques. For the best views of the cathedral, go for the rooms on the higher floors. The Junior Suite 104 has a balcony overlooking the plaza, while Suite 102 has a Jacuzzi bath. There’s a welcome gift of a bottle of cava in each room, as well as minibar, flat screen TV, air-conditioning and coffee and tea-making facilities. There’s also free WiFi throughout the hotel.
The spacious lounge area on the ground floor has comfy beige sofas, terracotta walls and the same arched stone, vaulted ceilings as throughout the hotel.
Eating and drinking
The buffet breakfast has a good selection of fruit, pastries, rolls, cold cuts etc, and is served in the ground floor lounge. There’s also a small bar which also serves light snacks and bocadillos or sandwiches at the front of the hotel.
There's a pool with sunloungers on a trellised roof terrace overlooking neighbouring rooftops.
Very friendly and helpful.
Who stays there
Couples and families – mostly from Spain and France but with some British and other nationalities too.
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Good location
- Large bedrooms
- Pool a little small