A hotel doesn't have to be perfect to be excellent. This hotel has a few imperfections, but it is excellent and those imperfections shouldn't prevent one staying here. The pool is smaller than one expects from the website, but still lovely. The perimeter barrier around it - mandated by law in France - should be widened to take in the whole garden behind the pool. And the silly mini golf facility - which no one uses - should be replaced with more garden. But these issues aside, our stay in Le Cottage - two weeks in all - was great. And cost effective. THe hotel doesn't have a restaurant but we were allowed use teh mini bar fridge to stock up on food. We dined on roasted chickens at 7 euro each from the local fast food bar, salad and cheap but drinkable wine from the Lidl bottles of wine from the Lidl shop across the road. The view from our balcony (number 32) was lovely - the pool & gardens and mountains in the background. The beach is a pleasant 10 minute walk away with a 1 km strip of restaurants, shops and bars - a bit touristy but not excessively so. Some people have objected to children playing around the pool in the hotel. We thought they added colour and life to the pool and on the odd occassion when one got a little too loud, a quiet word with reception led to the matter being resolved with French diplomacy and courtesy and no one losing face. 3 minutes walk from the hotel in the opposite direction from the beach is a nice village with a market and more restaurants. Tourist attractions like Coullioure, Elna and Perpignan are all within quick train distance (or couple of hours healthy cycle through lovely countryside - bikes can be rented on the beach). The beach strip is touristy but not tacky, with nice markets. The mood is pleasant and easy going and not raucous and some of the bars have free music. The beach itself is great - a long lovely stretch of golden sand with a nice scenic backdrop of the Pyrenees. The staff at the hotel couldn't have been more helpful and the breakfasts and lunch are served in a nice patio area with a view over the pool. The whole location is peaceful and relaxing. Some have mentioned the small size of the toilets and this is definitely a major issue but one which affects many hotels in France and this hotel shouldn't be singled out for this problem. If you go to this hotel - and I would recommend it - try to get rooms 31, 32, 33, 34 or 35.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Cottage is a charming and quiet hotel between the village of Argeles and its wide sandy beach. Ideally situated for touring, close to Collioure and 28 km from the spanish border. This hotel is nicely decorated in a beautiful and large exotic park with a heated pool view on the Pyrenees... "Spa de Beaute" proposes many services such as body and face cares, steam room, sauna, hydrotherapy pool, chromotherapy shower, fitness area, relaxation room, solarium and private garden with whirlpool. Free private car park, games and leisure in the garden, breakfast at the buffet, bar, snack service at lunch time in summer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Cottage Hotel