First of all, thank you Trip Advisor for pointing me toward this great hotel. I don't even think it's fair to call it a hotel, because "hotel" implies something less than what you experience here. I think that "Inn" or "Bed and Breakfast" may be more befitting to this experience (though B&B's are often frumpy like someone's grandmother's house which this definitely is not...). Throughout the "Inn" are the words "fet amb love" which translates to "made with love" which is definitely evident as you visit the different rooms...you will find awesome collections of old luggage, cameras, typewriters, globes and other things that conjure up images of a better / simpler time and place which is something I find very appealing given that my normal life is spent drowning in technology and all things modern!
The food is great - both breakfast (included) and dinner (not included, but reasonable) - the pumpkin ravioli is to die for! They also have a DJ who plays on some nights spinning an eclectic mix of old-school vinyl, which is perfectly fitting and 'fet amb 'love.'
As for the rooms, my wife and I stayed in room 9 for 3 nights and room 4 for 1 night (we had a last-minute change of plans which is why we had to change rooms). They were both nice, but room 9 is a Jr. Suite and is therefore more spacious...though room 4 has a great little balcony with a nice view of the town. As others have mentioned the walls are a little thin - that's the nature of this old building and know that going in...it didn't bother my wife and I despite the fact that there were children next door; I highly recommend installing a noise making app on your phone (I use "Relax Melodies") which is invaluable when traveling, especially when your wife is a lite / sensitive sleeper. :)
One thing to note is that there is no elevator, and if you packed a large, heavy suitcase for a 2+ week trip as my wife and I did, note that staying on the third floor is going to mean quite an exhausting schlep to your room...twice in my case. This was the really the only less-than-positive experience here.
As for the town itself, it's a small medieval village with tons of charm and a good amount of restaurants and shops without feeling overly touristy. This is one of those places that you hope doesn't get too popular so as not to spoil it! It's worth pointing out that the hotel is not on the beach - you can take a nice 45 minute hike to get a beach, or you can drive ~10-15 minutes to get to a number of great beaches. For those of you looking for a relaxing beach holiday on Costa Brava, you can definitely get that here even though you are not right on the beach...my wife and I had a relaxing day on the beach at Augabrava and were happy to be able to spend the evening in an area removed from the beach that was both lively and charming.
Lastly, Joan i Clara are both very warm and welcoming, but very clearly focused on the task of delivering a great experience. It's inspiring to see a couple who moved from working for someone else in the "big city" (Barcelona) to pursue their dream of building a hotel of their own in Begur. Best wishes to them and long live Aiguaclara!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You'll feel like at home in this family hotel, wich is run by Clara and Joan, its owners. A 1866 Colonial mansion with 10 rooms, restaurant, bar, garden... Located in Begur centre, the best village to explore the Costa Brava. Close to the best beaches, 20 minutes from 5 golf courses, 45 minutes from Girona Airport and 1 hour and a half from Barcelona. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aiguaclara Hotel Begur, Spain - Costa Brava