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“Very close to perfect - We'll be back!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel la caleta de Tamariu
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   C/ Pescadores 13, 17212 Tamariu, Palafrugell, Spain   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Tamariu
London, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Very close to perfect - We'll be back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

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.

Room Tip: I think all rooms are front-facing, so much the same. Second floor rooms could well have a view of...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Great little hotel. Friendly and efficient service. Comfortable, spacious room with a terrace (we were upgraded on arrival). Nice complimentary breakfast with great coffee. Extremely quiet on a night - room had blackout curtains too so had a great night's sleep. Good location just set back from the restaurants on the beach. The rooftop terraced area was great with very comfortable sunbeds - boy was it hot up there! Would recommend.

  • Stayed August 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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Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

My hubby and I decided to visit Tamariu for 5 days. We were on a budget, and thus booked our stay at Hotel la Caleta. Remember this is Spain, (as an American, I can be very picky). I found the rooms to be a little bare, but nice sized. 2 twin beds pushed together (not ideal, but common in Europe)...a patio overlooking a cute garden. Girls, bring your own hair conditioner..heheh They have a nice relaxing area on their roof as well. It was a little loud at night, but overall good. What really made this hotel great were the staff. Frederico (the owner) and Andrea went far and above what I was expecting. They make you feel like old friends or family. Very nice, helpful, attentive. It helps that they also speak a ridiculous amount of languages.. Every-night we had the pleasure of sitting in the bar drinking Frederico's special mojito (order it, you will love it)... I have no doubt that his hotel will only become better and better. He is a visionary.. from the drinks, food to the hotel itself. I really can not say anything bad about this place and personally know I will be back, like so many others....

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Essex UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Delightful hotel and all staff were very friendly. Clean, value for money,and attentive. The owner Fredrick could not do enough to ensure a pleasant stay. Would definately stay again, all in a very enjoyable 4 day stay!!!!!
Thank you Fredrick!!

Sarah & Valerie 5-8th Aug 2013

Room Tip: room upgraded without asking
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Darmstadt, Germany
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

stayed there for a rather short time and had a very good time there!
the owners and staff is very nice and especially the salads in the restaurant are absolutely awesome! Of course also the rest of the food is very nice :)

  • Stayed August 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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6 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Lovely hotel in a lovely town. Run as a family concern. Very friendly staff. Place was really lovely. Rooms were more than adequate with lovley balcony. Lovely little town with good restaurants on the seafront.

Room Tip: there is no swimming pool or fitness centre
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arnside, United Kingdom
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

La Caleta is situated 8 minutes walk from the beach. In May Tamariu is a sleepy little resort but still has half a dozen decent restaurants (most overlooking the beach) to cater for the small numbers of tourists around. The rooms at La Caleta are fastidiously cleaned and prepared for guests each day. Most rooms have their own outside private area. The guys who run the place always have a smile on their faces and are keen and willing to help. The hotel's construction makes good use of tiling and thus keeps the room nice and cool. Unlike more modern hotels, this building does not absorb too much heat from the sun - earlier this week we stayed in a hotel in Barcelona that needed the air con on all the time for this reason. We didn't need even the fan at La Caleta. Good value for money. Only caveat: could do with a fridge in the room. This hotel deserves to success because of the dedication of the two guys managing it. Good luck !

Room Tip: The end rooms away from reception have larger balcony areas.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: C/ Pescadores 13, 17212 Tamariu, Palafrugell, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Costa Brava > Palafrugell > Tamariu
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Tamariu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel la caleta de Tamariu 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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