We turned up in Tamariu on the last Saturday morning in August, with no reservation made (deliberately - to see what we could find). We'd never been to Tamariu before. First we tried the Hotel Tamariu: An apartment available for €157, which we thought quite expensive. Then tried (reluctantly after reading reviews here) Es Furio: €85 for a room which didn't look that clean and on the third floor, with no lift. The proprietor was hardly very jolly either. Then we tried La Caleta de Tamariu. It's not on the seafront, but is only a 2 minute walk from the beach. Price-wise, it's in between the two other hotels and good value. We chose a room on the first floor with a double bed (actually, it was two twins pushed together which was one of our very few minor criticisms), balcony overlooking the garden - with table, two chairs and a sunlounger. The room was spacious with a nice, clean and fairly sizeable bathroom. No Air Con, but the ceiling fan was remarkably effective despite outdoor temperatures being 28-30 during the day and low-mid 20s at night. TV/Hairdrier, etc. The room was cleaned daily to a very good standard. Breakfast was either in the dining room or on the garden veranda. Croissants, ham, cheese, jam, etc....tea or coffee served with a smile by Javier. What we didn't realise (until the last day of our stay) was that they offer a daily dinner menu which is tremendous - a choice of four starters, four mains, dessert and a bottle of very decent wine for €15!! Astonishing value and great quality, cooked brilliantly by Adriana. They don't make a big deal of advertising their restaurant - which we were not alone in advising they really should! The garden/terrace is a lovely setting and, whilst without a sea view, has a small lawn, tasteful furniture and lighting, a water feature...quite beautiful, with some appropriately chilled music. There's also a rooftop chill-out bar with sun loungers and parasols - we didn't use it as we spent almost all day on the beach, but it looks comfortable and fun. One of the other impressive things about the hotel is the artwork - mostly by a local artist called Vidal, quirky but very attractive. What's surprising is that the whole place is run by the joint-owner, Frederico (who also mixes fine cocktails and is a constantly-smiling face), Adriana (who runs reception and cooks), Javier (breakfast and bar duty) and one cleaner. They must work very hard, but are always cheerful. This hotel is a real find. Highly recommended. Many would call it 'boutique-y' I wouldn't be so pretentious, but you get the idea. We'll be back at least twice in 2014 for sure.
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- Nestled in the small town of Costa Brava, Barcelona, known as one of the "Best Kept Secrets" in Cataluna, Hotel La Caleta De Tamariu has been completely renovated for guests to come, relax and enjoy all the beautiful town has to offer. The hotel which is under new ownership and management has been completely renovated and upgraded offering updated amenities, rooftop bar and solarium and restaurant. Careful attention has been placed on making sure every hotel guest feels welcome and has a wonderful stay. ... more less
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