El Far Hotel-Restaurant

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Address: Muntanya de Sant Sebastia, Llafranc, 17211, Spain

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.4

Classy mountain-top hotel in converted 18th-century convent, with spectacular sea views.

El Far is named after the 19th-century lighthouse which is its close neighbour. The most striking thing about it is its stunning location, high on a cliff top above the dazzling Mediterranean. This part of the Costa Brava is awash with medieval villages and grandiose palazzos as well as, of course, a stunning, rugged, coastline, but you don’t often get to combine the high, vaulted ceilings of an 18th-century convent and inn with the panoramic sea views of a lighthouse’s mountain-top hideaway. What I really like about this hotel is that it’s got a classy, boutique sophistication about it, but also manages to carry off a laid-back, seaside, ‘who-cares-if-you-spend-all-afternoon-over lunch?’ vibe. If you like history, you’ll also love it, as just yards outside the hotel there are the excavated remains of a 6th-century Iberian settlement as well as a small, 18th-century chapel, complete with stained-glass window.

Location
4
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Eating/drinking
4
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Leisure facilities
3.8
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Service
3.8
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Value for money
4.2
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Bedrooms
4.5
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Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

The lighthouse is just a short stroll below and has its own viewing point. You’re got the beaches of Calella de Palafrugell, Llafranc and Tamariu within a short drive (or a wonderfully scenic coastal walk), as well as hilltop villages like Begur and Pals. Cadaques and Figueres with their Dali museums are also within easy reach. You’re also in the midst of the Costa Brava’s lush, wine-growing Empordá region with gorgeous surrounding countryside.

Bedrooms

Six of the nine rooms, including the hotel’s one suite, have sea views and four have a terrace. The others look out over the hill and car park by the Iberian settlement ruins. The decor is smart nautical, with lots of sky blues, striped bedspreads and boat paintings on the walls, along with other comforts you’d expect such as TV, air-conditioning, safes, hairdryers etc. I would happily have settled into the suite for a small lifetime. It’s brilliantly designed so that you can see the sea through the French windows opening out to the balcony, without leaving your very expansive double bed.

Public areas

The terrace has spectacular, panoramic sea views out to the sea and the beaches at Llafranc, Tamariu and Calella de Palafrugell, and there's also a shady interior courtyard.

Eating and drinking

The hotel's restaurant - click on [node:172224] for separate review - is well known in its own right and has a lovely conservatory looking out to the sea below. It's classy Catalan fayre and there's a themed menu which varies depending on the season as well as a la carte and menus of the day with a good choice of fresh fish, meat or 'mar i muntanya' as they call surf and turf round here.

Breakfast meanwhile is an extensive, classy buffet served in the restaurant and is included in the room price. includes

 

Service

Can be slightly erratic, but as you’d expect from a hotel which belongs to the same group as the five star deluxe Mas Torrent nearby, most of the time, it’s very attentive.

Who stays there

Mainly couples but a few families with a high proportion of Catalans as well as other nationalities.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Great views
  • Tranquility
  • Tricky without a car
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