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“Would the floor have been softer than the Bed ?” 4 of 5 stars
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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
Balcombe, United Kingdom
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“Would the floor have been softer than the Bed ?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

It is not often that I start a review with comments about the bed so this is a first for me !
The Bed was wide and inviting and as the Superior Room was excellent in many respects, we did not pay too much attention to the Bed. It was only when we awoke the next morning that we realised that we both had aching backs and were stiff from the bed. On investigation, the double bed is made up of two complicated single tubular steel frameworks , somehow bolted together to form a base. A sheet of wood is then fixed to the base frame and a thin hard mattress is placed on top of that. For a property of this standard, it was a big problem for me.

The entrance to property is via a' Private' Barrier which allows access to main car Parking area of the Hotel. The initial sighting of the Hotel is not good as it looks like a huge white cube with a few windows. It is indeed an unusual looking Parador, but once you enter the Building it is not quite as bad as you first imagined it could be. The reception Staff were friendly and helpful, but in common with all of the understaffed Paradors that we recently visited, it is' DIY' luggage to reception then to your room.

We chose an upgraded room which was like a mini suite and included a Gym area with exercise bike and a circular Spa bath, I would add that the polished marble floor tiles are extremely slippery when exiting the bath or shower. The room had all of the expected facilities and fast free WiFi..

Over all, the Hotel is well managed with good food and facilities. The outside pool is clean and well positioned but since the property is stuck right on top of a Peninsular, it can be somewhat windy around the pool and the majority of guests using the Pool when we were there in June were wrapped up with towels.

The Restaurant was large but arranged in a manner that did not make it feel to vast. There are good sea views from most tabled in the restaurant. Breakfast is relatively expensive at €18.00 per person , but the choice of food and local specialities makes it seem worthwhile.

A good Hotel, with good views,but shame about the hard beds.

Room Tip: Push the Boat out and have a room wit an exercise bike and mini gym ! Plus you get a big double Spa...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

It is an amazing hotel with an amazing view from all the rooms on either sides of the hotel!!!the hotel is situated on a cliff..located a little on the outskirts of the province begun,costa brava!it was worth staying here....rooms are excellent...service is very good!!!one of the best places of costa brava..I must say

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Having previously stayed in other paradors and pousadas, my husband and I decided to celebrate my birthday (this year was a major milestone!) quietly but in style, at the lovely Parador de Aiguablava, on our way from the Pyrenees and Southern France to Barcelona. We could hardly have chosen a more appropriate and romantic setting to mark this momentous occasion! Our two-day stay in this lovely sea-side parador — a veritable haven, perched on a spur overlooking the Mediterranean, pink granite cliffs, lush vegetation and a small cove with a white sandy beach and multicoloured, turquoise-to-emerald water — was a dream come true. Our large room, with ceiling-to-floor windows and a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, was peaceful and beautiful, and the food, a real delight. We wish we could go to the Parador de Aiguablava more often!

Room Tip: We loved our sea-side room (and would choose that side again!), but others may prefer rooms that ove...
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  • Stayed June 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 June 9, 2013

I remembered the Parador at Aiguablava from trips to the beach opposite in the mid-70s and always wanted to stay there. I was not disappointed in any way. It retains much of the 70s style, whilst having been brought up to current standards.

The room was large and comfortable, with a balcony with stunning views of the Costa Brava facing Fornells. I believe from the location of the hotel all rooms should have sea views, but do check this in advance.

We had half-board, so ate dinner according to the daily menu in the main restaurant (the sea side Mar y Vent (?) was not yet open for the summer season) which provided choice of starters, main course and deserts. All was delicious and fresh produce. Breakfast was also a large buffet with some information on food intolerances such as "gluten-free" and nice coffee.

I would recommend this hotel with half board to all.

Room Tip: See comment above.
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  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We have been coming to the Parador for over 20 years. It is always a breathtaking experience.
The building is well maintained, the views from every room are beautiful and relaxing. The rooms are spotless and comfortable.

We found the staff very accommodating, both at the reception and room service.

Breakfast is wonderful, and, contrary to other comments, our dinner was very good.

The decor has changed over the years, from more of a local flavour to what I would call, functional, but that doesn't detract from the overall experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful stay in this fantastic parador set on a rocky peninsular overlooking the Mediterranean this hotel provide the perfect calm and tranquil break away from the hectic weeks work in France. We returned revived and restored and will hope to visit again soon.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Andover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The Aiguabrava Parador must have picked one of the most perfect locations on the Costa Brava, and perhaps in Europe, overlooking a dramatic rocky drop to the churning blue sea on one side and a more tranquil bay on the other. We turned up without booking (early April) and were offered Room 230; although more than we had intended to spend we recognised that we had got good value from the moment we opened the door. Spacious and comfortable with picture windows and large balcony with a sea view framed by pine trees. A touch of luxury in the twin Jacuzzi bath and mini gym. Overall it could scarcely have been more peaceful, relaxing and therapeutic. We tend to avoid hotel dinners and try to seek out local restaurants but midweek in early April is not a good time for this on the Costa Brava, with most restaurants if open at all only offering lunch and evening meals at the weekend; so after a long fruitless internet search we decided to stay with the hotel. It turned out to be a good decision: a welcoming ambience and food of a quality, taste and appearance, well above average hotel fare, served faultlessly. The only complaint about breakfast next morning being that the amazing selection of food made choice, and commitment to healthy eating, very taxing. Oh, and the coffee – there has to be a down side and that was the tepid hotel style beverage that was sadly out of keeping with everything else. Overall this Parador is not plush but stylish and comfortable with a good feel from check in to departure. This is one of those few hotels that we really look forward to revisiting.

Room Tip: The side of the hotel facing the sea would certainly be our choice Room 230 was excellent
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 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
#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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