Can Xiquet is a nice hotel in a lovely remote setting but it has a TERRIBLE RESTAURANT. Remote is the key word here because there is nothing nearby to see or do and the nearest town, La Jonquera, is basically a giant truck stop with a multitude of prostitutes working at every roundabout. We tried the Can Xiquet restaurant for dinner on the night we arrived and quickly realized that we made a big mistake. Practically everything on the menu was frozen which was confirmed by the buzzing microwave noise emanating from the kitchen. Even the bread is frozen because it arrived at the table still cold in the middle.
On the second day we asked at the reception desk for a recommendation for another restaurant and we were told “There is nothing nearby”. We did a quick internet search and found one restaurant, Els Fogans di Canadal, in the outskirts of La Jonquera. I asked the gentleman at reception about Els Fogans and he nervously told me “No, they are only open for lunch”. Not satisfied with his response I asked him if he could please call the restaurant to verify their hours. He fumbled with the telephone and made a rather pathetic attempt to pretend that the phone was out of order. Obviously the management does not want their guests to know about Els Fogans because as it turned out, it is a very good restaurant that serves fresh fish, seafood and meats.
Since we were hungry after a long day of driving we had no choice but to have dinner at Can Xiquet another time. This time we were seated not in the restaurant but in the “wine cellar” along with another table of diners. The other diners were loud (and rude) making the noise level in the tiny room unbearable. Our second meal turned out to be even worse than the first. The so-called veal steak was not only frozen but tough as shoe leather. We left the entire dish uneaten because it was disgusting. The next afternoon we decided to drive to Els Fogans and were warmly greeted by the owner who assured us that they are open for dinner every night. We made a reservation for that evening and had a wonderful meal.
Our room at Can Xiquet was a good size and offered a nice view of the mountains. However the mattresses were horrible and neither of us got a good night sleep during our stay. The bathroom has a glass wall that faces the sleeping area. For privacy there is a shade which when rolled down reveals a pattern composed of dead mosquitoes. Does this sound like a four star hotel? There is obviously a mosquito problem because we were devoured by them during the night. I asked for an electronic mosquito trap at the reception desk but was given instead an almost empty can of poisonous insecticide spray which we declined to use.
The management obviously thinks they can take advantage of their hotel guests by serving cheap, frozen food at outrageously high prices. If you do stay at Can Xiquet DO NOT EAT AT THE RESTAURANT. Instead go to Els Fogons de Canadal near La Jonquera. But I recommend passing by Can Xiquet and finding a hotel that has more restaurant options and a management that appreciates its guests.
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