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“Beach, Cadaques and great food on your doorstep.” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Playa Sol
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Platja Pianc, 3, 17488 Cadaques, Spain   |  
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Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Cadaques
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“Beach, Cadaques and great food on your doorstep.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This hotel may be over fifty years old but thanks to its recent refresh, you could not tell. The hotel throughout is very tastefully modernised with a subtle nautical theme and everywhere seems very comfortable (from the bar through to the bedrooms), which feels like it's designed to keep guests warm and comfortable when the weather outside is dreadful. But this is not Ireland, it's sunny, hot Spain but I can imagine this comes in useful in the winter, cooler months.

When we visited it was around 20-24 degrees so we got to make the most of our balcony room on the first floor. The sun arrived on the balcony shortly after noon and stayed until early evening so there is plenty of opportunity to use it if you pay that little bit extra.

The bedrooms are very comfortable and ours had a bath and separate shower.

The hotel bends around a little cove with a beach on the hotel's doorstep and faces across the little bay to Cadaques, which is a very pleasant three minute walk around the bay. Whitewashed Cadaques is stock full of restaurants, a fair proportion of which are top class, and the town is busy enough all day and night.

We were there for three days, parked the car up and forgot about for three days as there is plenty to do just around Cadaques but if you wanted to see more of the area, there is plenty of interesting places around.

The only difficulty that we had in the hotel was accessing the free wireless internet which may have been due to an issue with the router in our room but we had similar issues downstairs on various devices. Maybe a one-off glitch but not the end of the world, given what was around us.

Breakfast was very good in the hotel including croquettes and churros!! And the breakfast room overlooked the little beach.

The hotel's amenities in April is not fully open as the pool, sauna and tennis courts etc were not open but we knew that beforehand as it is flagged on the website. Those facilities looked good and I can imagine would be full in the high season anyway.

Room Tip: Definitely, take a room with a view to the sea as the extra cost will be worth it. All but three ro...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Great location, south facing with wonderful views of the bay. Easy to walk everywhere. Decor very modern & attractive felt relaxing as soon as you walked in. Beautiful peaceful garden & pool to the rear. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Definitely choose a sea facing room the views are beautiful
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

When we visited Cadaques before, we were always accompanied with a dog or two, therefore the choice of hotels was narrowed to the one that would accept 'perros' or burros (donkeys) as I managed to ask one time. This time unencumbered by any four legged creatures, we were able to choose.
I had read excellent reviews for the Playa Sol and it was way out of our normal price bracket, but somehow we seemed to suddenly be standing in the reception asking if they had a room. The friendly reception woman said breakfast could be included in the price. I'm not sure if this was a special deal, or she was just feeling sorry for us in our obvious deep indecision, and non-designer clothing, but it did rather clinch it.
The hotel is tasteful: beige, cream, wood and expensive looking tiling, original paintings, and attractive lighting. Our room was lovely: simple, comfortable furnishings, very recently re-done I would think. I particularly liked the bathroom with 'Paris metro' style cream tiling and both bath and shower. Rather confusing bath taps/ pop-up waste system, but always good to stretch the brain a little.
Oh, the view . . . worth every cent of the room cost. Stunning uninterrupted vista across the bay to the main town with its clusters of white buildings stretching into the hills. We slept with the window open a little as it wasn't cold (March); it was wonderful to hear the waves and the seagulls.
Breakfast at 9.30, hyper late for us as Mark had done a hike around the bay to the lighthouse, but it's available from 8.30 to 10.30. Great selection of breads, croissants, cheese, fruit, ham, etc etc even churros! Ugh, but when in Spain . . .
All staff were very friendly and spoke in French, English, Spanish (yes . . .) and no doubt other languages too. Can't think of anything negative at all, voila.

Room Tip: Go for the sea view, however the garden facing, less expensive rooms looked lovely too.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We were looking for somewhere to say in Cadaques so we could get to the Compartir restarant for a dinner reservation. Thinking Costa Brava and Playa Sol we had visions of an out of season hotel full with senior citizens escaping the ravages of a cold winter. We were so wrong! This recently refurbished hotel was bright, clean, modern and the guests ranged across the complete spectrum.
We had a room with a view across the bay towards the centre of Cadeques (a 5 minute amble along the tidy well kept esplanade) and the windows opened up so far that we hardly missed not having a balcony.
WiFi had to be paid for and there were no tea/coffee facilities in the room but a small price for such a stunning view.
Cadaques is a maze of ancient alleys and streets that run up from the sea towards the hills and it is possible to find a different way to walk to and from the hotel to the centre each time. Turning left out of the hotel also leads to a coastal path that winds its way around numerous headlands offering great coastal views, a chance to sneak a peek into the gardens of some of the coast side properties that dot the landscape and ultimately find Dali's house.
We were there in off season but when the summer crowds descend guests may be grateful for the sizeable private outdoor pool that is at the rear of the hotel.

Room Tip: The sea virews are stunning book early and pay the supplements to get the best you can.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hartland, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Traveling with 4 other friends we booked 2 rooms and loved every minute. Location was a short walk to the center of town, or a longer walk to Dali's house. Water, Water and views. Just beautiful. The breakfast was more than adequate with lots of breads, meat, cheese, yogurt, cereal, juices and fruit. Lots of lovely spaces to sit and watch the water and the changing light. Hotel was quiet and staff was very helpful.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Booked three rooms for two couples and two singles and have no regrets-- this was the place to stay in Cadeques. Stayed three nights, a Sunday, Monday and Tues starting Sept. 30. Though booking almost four months in advance was only able to secure one seaview room with a balcony. As all of us come from the midwestern US, initially I booked two rooms across the bay so that we all could view the sea--the point of coming to Cadeques-- but later decided it was better that we all stay together so booked what was left at Playa: a seaview room without a balcony and a garden room.. This was not ideal but worked--all the rooms were fine and the seaview without balcony had one large window the width of the room which opened and allowed one to at least feel the seabreeze, though the sill was too high to look out of from the bed (these rooms were significantly cheaper, however),

The staff was superb. We followed their restaurant recommendations which proved lucky as one of us left a backpack with passport etc., at the first place we dined. We had told the restaruranter why we had tried his place and he saw that the person who recommended the restaurant delivered the bag on his mobilette (the restaurant by the way was accomadating to our group and did in fact have great food at value).

The breakfast was lovely; the pool area was still serving drinks and food in Oct; we were able to swim both in front of the hotel and at the pool; garage parking which was welcome, given parking issues in Cadeques and at a fair price. There was a wonderful solarium/bar with the cleanest windows I have ever not seen--through which to view the sea. The one balcony was large enough for the whole group to gather and socialize. The hotel fit nicely into the coastline and there were fine walks along the shore. We also had great weather!

Why four stars not five? Perhaps value and personal taste--felt just a bit soulless. I acknowledge that may have been because two of the rooms didn't have the seaview with the balcony!

Room Tip: Book very early and get a seaview room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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France
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Spotless. Lovely views. Friendly staff. Comfortable rooms. Less than five minutes walk from the centre of cadaques. Parking ( important in cadaques). What more can i say? This 200 word limit is very annoying.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Platja Pianc, 3, 17488 Cadaques, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Costa Brava > Cadaques
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Cadaques
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cadaques
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cadaques
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Playa Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have been renovating during this last winter two thousend then and eleven quite all of our rooms. Quite all rooms have been completely rebuilt and redecorated changing distributions, creating a complete new atmosphere in our brand new rooms. We have double rooms, rooms for three people, family rooms for four people and also communicating rooms for five to six people. We also offer a brand new Jacuzzi suite and junior suite. All rooms with Internet access Hotspot one hour free.With the beach in front and spectacular views to the village the hotel is well situated in town. The large garden with pool area, invites you also for lunch beside the pool from June to end of September. The hotel offers you two bars, a large open-air swimming pool with Jacuzzi, Hammam and hydrotherapy shower. Sport activities like basket, ping-pong, petanque, kayak rentals, mountain-bikes rentals, tennis-court (paddle size)are free of charge. The hotel offers also surveyed garage places. Hotel closed from middle December to middle February. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Playa Sol Hotel
Playa Sol Cadaques

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