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Parador de Aiguablava
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Platja d'Aiguablava, 17255 Begur, Spain   |  
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Ranked #6 of 13 hotels in Begur
Annapolis, Maryland
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12 hotel reviews
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“Another Great Parador”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Aigua Blava means blue water in the local dialect, and it certainly is! Set on a cliff overlooking the sea, it provides stunning views of the surrounding coast. Aside form Capo Rosso, this hotel has the best views of just about any I've had the pleasure of visiting. Stay here for the view if for no other reason.

Sitting high up on the hill, it does not have walk-out access to the beach, but you can hoof it a short walk down the hill to a nice protected cove that won't disappoint. One slight downside to the location is that you are not in the center of town, so if you're looking for shopping opportunities or nightlife, you'll have to get in the car.

Like most paradors, they provide good rooms, and good service at a reasonable price. This hotel could use a slight re-fresh as it is starting to show its age around the edges, but not excessively so.

Bar service was a bit on the slow side but not annoyingly so and the staff was always gracious and helpful. Dinner was solid if not exceptional. Good choice of local specialties and well prepared. Definitely up to parador standards, which are not low.

Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

Everything about the hotel is perfect apart from the evening dinner menu and food quality.

In contast the breakfasts were really good. Back to the evening menu which does not change or vary from one day to another. The food and the variety were about the worse we have ever had in Spain. We were booked in for half board but cancelled this half way through the stay as were were disgusted and hungry. No vegetables, meager portions of poor quity meats and fish. One time we went into the resturant at 8pm and did not see a menu until 8.30 and first course at 9.00pm which was sent back as it was hot on the outside and frozen solid on the inside (microwave food) finished meals at 10.30. Head waiter rough, spilt things took no notice of the clients. Worrying of all was at the breakfast times the chef came out of the kitchen to replenish the buffet breakfast table in fithy kitchen whites (or greys) and dirty trousers. YUC.

IN THE END WE DID GET A REFUND. If you go to this hotel book bed and breakfast and eat in the village of Begur.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Naperville, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

The hotel has a gorgeous setting on a steep cliff overlooking the meditarrenean. The rooms are spacious and well kept with nice balconies. Breakfast is very good but lunch and dinner menues less than specular. The seafood dishes all taste the same based on a rustic catalan fish stew, and the rest of the limited selections lack sophistication. Seems that the menue has not changed in 50 years.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ILKLEY
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for four nights and we felt as though we had been away for a month.
The location is excellent and the views over the coastline / beach and the sea are great.
There are some lovely sitting areas, by the pool and by the terrace overlooking the sea.
Breakfasts are simply superb with a range of foods that cater for every taste.
The standards of presentation and service are excellent, as is the cleanliness.
Well worth a visit and we will return !

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MK, UK
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

If you were a child when Thunderbirds was being screened on TV this may well be your ideal hotel. It was built during the 70's and has marvellously retro architectural styling and interior design. There are wide shallow wooden staircases, split-level open-plan lounges, stone floors and interior walls and a variety of unashamedly 70's furniture too diverse to list. From the outside The Parador de Aiguiblava has a white blocky low profile appearance reminiscent of those seen everywhere in Gerry Anderson's many puppet populated fantasies. What's more, it's perched on a long steep promontary all on its own, with sea and rocks on three sides. As you walk down from your room to dinner you half expect to find all the Tracy boys in the lounge and Tintin ready to serve a tray of Grandma's cookies.
As an added bonus for 70's fans, the many rocky tree-topped cliffs and ledges seen from the hotel bar could have been Roger Dean's inspiration for many a Yes album.
Our room was a generous size and most comfortable with a balcony overlooking the bay and great views across to the residential areas of Aiguablava and Fornells. It's only negative point being some decidely distasteful 'studies' by an artist called Alfonso (I think) who must have had quite a disturbed mind. One doesn't want to wake up to illustrations of intestines and excrement, and old men with baby's dummies in their mouths being comforted by scrawny bald women. I can only suppose that the hotel management ordered a job lot of 'art' and didn't check what arrived before having it mounted on the walls! Ask for room 115 if you would like to view this awesome spectacle of depravity.
As with the other two Paradores that we visited, Aiguablava has a superb selection of meats, diary, fish and fruit on the breakfast buffet, and a very pleasant and refined restaurant in which to enjoy it. If you are lucky enough to be there on a night when the dinner menu includes a buffet of starters and desserts you are in for a treat. The staff were friendly and struck a good balance between efficiency, flair and informality. Our fellow residents were a mix of Spanish, French, Brits, Americans and Germans in order of numbers.
A word of warning on finding the place: Find a good local map before you go. We didn't, and paid the price when it came to finding our way in and out of the neighbouring town of Parafrugell. It's a badly signed maze of narrow streets and roundabouts and you can enter with positive indications as to direction and emerge on any random trajectory.
The pool was small for a hotel of this size and functional rather than decorative. We didn't use it, mainly as the lovely local sandy beach is just at the foot of the hill, reached via a staircase directly from the hotel, but also because I was worried that the pool might suddenly start sliding underneath the hotel so that Thunderbird 1 could streak skyward from a cavern below!.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

This is the place to stay if you are visiting La Costa Brava and are willing to pay a little more. The money is really worth it and you won't regret a single cent you spent. Rooms are big, very confortable beds and very spacious bathrooms. The breakfast is the most amazing thing I've tasted in a years (breakfast-wise). The pool is fine, it can get crowded and difficult to get a sunbed!
I will surely be back to this place!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

This place is one of the bests we have ever been!The Parador is VERY,VERY well located.
Although our room were simple it has a wounderfull view,big enough and very clean.
The beach is terrific and the view from the swimming pool very nice.
The beaches around Begur are worth a visit.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Parador de Aiguablava

Address: Platja d'Aiguablava, 17255 Begur, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Costa Brava > Begur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Begur
#4 Family Hotel in Begur
#5 Romantic Hotel in Begur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Aiguablava 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Parador overlooking the sea surrounded by pine trees, on the "Punta d'es Munts" allows traveller to enjoy the sea and nature by peaceful walks in cliff-hangings gardens and wonderful views over hidden coves. The living rooms are a haven of peace, and the bedrooms present us with marvellous panoramic views over the sea. ... more   less 
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