Castell d’Empordà

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Address: Castell dEmpordà s/n, La Bisbal, 17115, Spain

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.8

Sumptuous luxury and romance in a medieval castle.

Several couples I know have had their weddings or honeymoons here and it’s easy to see why. This 800-year-old castle was originally the home of one of Columbus’s sea captains, and has spectacular views across the surrounding Empordá countryside – aka the Spanish Tuscany. It’s also unbelievably stylish, with Indian silks and Moroccan and Chinese antiques blended in with the bare stone walls in a way that’s contemporary but warm.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
4.6
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

The hotel has extensive grounds, so you’re in the midst of a hundred-year-old forest and olive groves. Girona is less than half an hour’s drive away and you’re also within easy reach of gorgeous Costa Brava beaches and coves, as well as the Dalí museums in Figueres, Cadaqués and Púbol.

Bedrooms

The 38 rooms have dreamy views of the surrounding countryside. They’re all done up with Indian silks and Italian, Moroccan and Chinese antiques that make it feel much more like five star luxury than four. My favourites are the ‘Castle’ rooms in the main building, which are a brilliant mix of Elle Decoration chic, Thousand-and-One-Nights romance and fairytale medieval castle, with latticed, Moroccan panels, bare-stone arched ceilings and decadent fabrics. The Garden Rooms are in the newly added part of the hotel and are more modern but equally sumptuous. Most of those have balconies. The vast Suite Pere Margarit is serious honeymoon territory. All the rooms have got flat screen TVs, CD & DVD players.

Public areas

There's a bar and lounge area in the old cellar under the bare-stone arches with chic beige sofas, as well as the pool area and grounds as described above.

Eating and drinking

The restaurant is under the arches of the old cellar and has a brilliant reputation in its own right (see separate review) for contemporary takes on traditional dishes, sourced from the hotel’s own kitchen garden and the best local farms and fishing villages. You can also have light lunches and snacks by the pool.

Leisure facilities

These include a chic, heated, outdoor infinity pool with sun loungers, and a small chapel for weddings.

Service

Helpful and efficient but very unstuffy. The service is one of my favourite things about this hotel.

Who stays there

Couples and families in the know from all over Europe, America and Canada.

Price advice

Discounts available for Sunday nights at certain times of the year, as well as special low season discounts.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Honeymooners
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • History

Pros & Cons

  • Sumptuous, stylish decor
  • Helpful but unstuffy service
  • Location
  • Coffee machine at breakfast buffet
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