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“Paradise, spectacular mid-century building and decor - but dinners weren't so great” 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
NYC
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“Paradise, spectacular mid-century building and decor - but dinners weren't so great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Just got back from a 6-night stay here. Spectacular setting, gorgeous building, an easy (for me--but maybe not for everybody) walk down a fairly steep, beautiful nature path to a lovely beach with 4 seasonal restaurants, some better than others. The only drawback has to do with the meals. When they're buffet style (as in the breakfasts), they're wonderful. But at dinner you had to choose from a menu and the service was slow and the food not so great. Drink me u was also very limited. If you want better service at non-buffet meals, get there early (when it opens, around 8 pm). But I would skip the parador's meal plan (except for breakfast) and go explore the area. Overall, aside from the dinners, I highly recommend this as a relaxing, easy place to spend a few days if you're looking for a side trip when you're in Barcelona.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I are on honeymoon and decided in Catalunya and stumbled across this hotel online and the 5 deal that Parador offers.

We would never have dreamt that for €105 a night we could f d up somewhere so beautiful, secluded, relaxing and picturesque.

The hotel is clean, well maintained and it seems every room has z sea view, ours, room 221 overlooks Aiguablava bay which is beautiful.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

We spent 6 nights in this lovely hotel. Everything about it was perfect. The location is wonderful, the rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff were friendly and helpful. The food in the hotel restaurant and the mar-i-vent restaurant on the beach was excellent but the beach restaurant is the more romantic option. We had a fabulous room on the second floor with a balcony and views out to sea. The rooms on the other side of the hotel overlook the very attractive cove below. The beach is lovely but it was very busy when we were there in August. We hired a canoe and paddled round the headland and into a cave which extends 150 metres into the cliffs -take a torch -it's very dark inside! There are several walking trails in the area -ask at reception for details and a map. You can walk to Playa Fonda (to the north) and Tamariu (south) in about 30 minutes. You will need to take drinks and snacks to Playa Fonda but Tamariu is a small typically Spanish resort with restaurants and cafes. Begur is also worth a visit.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We were a bit apprehensive about booking this hotel as we had some mixed reviews. We needn't have been worried, because it turned out to be great. The location is epic. The beach is a gorgeous although if you go in August like we did, make sure you get down there early and bag yourself a space on the waters edge.

The rooms seem to be allocated on a fairly straightforward basis. the best rooms (same price) are on the second floor and if you are English you don't get one of these. Our room on the 1st floor on the "bay / beach" side was still excellent. The rooms are big and if you turn up like we did to find a seperate childs bed in the rooms, just ask them to shift it.

The balcony was great. All rooms except a few in the hotel have a balcony. Make absolutely sure that you are getting a room with a balcony when you book.

The pool and terrace area is wonderful. The pool is however in the shade from late afternoon. In summer you have to go half board which is a bit of a rip off as it confines you to doing the same thing everyday. The choice is a buffet in the main hotel or the much better option of eating at the restaurant down on the beach. This beach restaurant whilst a bit pricey is really nice but make sure to book.

The breakfasts by the way are excellent with more choice than you can throw a stick at.

the hotel is quite quirky and retro, which adds to its character. It is the truly magnificent location that sets this hotel apart - everything else is just a bonus

Room Tip: Both sides of the hotel are excellent. The sun is on the "bay / beach" side in the late af...
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  • Stayed August 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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This hotel is all about the location...but for that reason only I would go back.
The quality of service is very average
The rooms are also very average
But the location makes it up ....this is heaven.
All of the rooms have sea view (one side ocean, one side creek)
there is a small beach within 3 minutes walk
Breakfast is worth very euro spent on it.
I would go back for sure, just to enjoy the view, tranquility of the place

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This was our fifth and last Parador and we were so disappointed.
The staff were indifferent (except the lovely lady at dinner and the chap who manned the café) - the chap who checked us in hardly said a word to us. The cleaning staff were more friendly, all saying Ola.
Our room was a good size, second from the end of a creaky corridor, on the first floor. Overlooking the sea, fortunately not the beach which we mistakenly understood was part of the site. The walk down to the beach was quite pleasant. Sadly the beach was a heaving mass of humanity - impossible to see the crystal clear waters.
We had room service on our terrace on our first night which was very expensive and disappointing. The second night we ate in the restaurant which was much better - a large buffet choice of starters followed by a smaller choice of a'la carte main courses completed with a smaller buffet selection of desserts. Charming waitress who did her very best to guide us, despite speaking very little English.
The oddest thing was the continual aircon which only turned off if the terrace door was open. Although it was very hot and therefore necessary, it would have been nice to turn down the fan at night.
Sound proofing between rooms isn't great as we discovered when our neighbours decided to watch TV at full volume at around 11pm!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Our introduction to the Paradores chain and we weren't disappointed. Filmstar location on a headland above Aiguablava, fabulous views all around from rooms, terraces, restaurant and bars. The decor is modern, minimal and bright with amazing modern art everywhere (Picasso on Reception, Miro down the hall ...). Our room was huge, the staff friendly but unobtrusive and the food delicious, especially the buffet breakfast Yes, it was expensive but it is a luxury hotel and worth it. By the way, if either occupant is over 55, ask when you book for the Reduced 'Golden Days' rate ...

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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