Art Boutique Hotel Chamarel

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Address: Calle Cavallers, 13, Dénia, 03700, Spain

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.7

A deliciously kitsch hotel beneath Dénia’s castle ramparts.

Kitsch, camp, call it what you will, but the Chamarel has it in spades. You can imagine Ingrid Bergman descending the marble staircase with a cigarette in a foot-long holder, her silk dress slipping from her shoulder. The hotel was once a grand family house of the late 19th century, and so much of the original house has been lovingly restored that you can get a good idea of how the other half lived at the time. But it’s the gorgeously decadent furniture that brings the hotel to life, coupled with the vivid paintings by Mila, one of the owners.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
4.1
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Ten minutes from both the port and the beach, in one of the warren of streets that make up Dénia’s old town.

Bedrooms

Every one is different, but each in its own decadent way. If you want to sleep in an antique four-poster bed ask for the dorsel, but Suite 201, tucked under the old polished roof beams, with its circular Japanese print headboard, sexy pink quilt and sunken bath is equally luscious, and Suite 104, with its ceiling-high windows, Regency furniture and enormous 30s bathroom is heavenly.

Public areas

The grand Modernista front doors take you into a large bar area of original diamond-laid black and white floor tiles, (matched with the mock-zebra skin upholstery of the chairs). A painting of a languid leopard cheek-to-cheek with a svelte young hunter runs the length of the deep mahogany marble-topped bar. Through the French windows at the back you can step out into a contrary way of life, a plant-filled ivy covered patio with a tinkling fountains that transports you to the country in an instant.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is included in the price and can be served in the cafetería (not open to the public until after breakfast is served), or on the patio during warm weather. No other meals are served, although Dénia has probably the highest density of excellent restaurants of all levels in the Costa Blanca, none more than about a ten-minute walk from the hotel

Leisure facilities

A bar, patio and small guest lounge are in the hotel, but the beach is only a few minutes' walk away, and there are boat trips up and down the coast.

Service

Service with a smile, but then you are largely left to your own devices.

Who stays there

Anyone who likes something out of the ordinary, with charm and a bit of visual nonsense thrown in.

Price advice

For the space and personality, well priced. Private parking is 12 euros per day.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Honeymooners
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Chilling out
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious rooms
  • Close to the centre of everything
  • Absolutely charming
  • No restaurant
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