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“Yes, that view!”
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Les Caranques
Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Collioure
Certificate of Excellence
Lyon, France
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14 reviews
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“Yes, that view!”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

Les Caranques has a wonderful cliffside setting, affording fantastic views over the sea, the harbour, the town, and the hills behind.

The only room I can comment on is a junior suite, where we stayed in early August. At 220 euros it may seem pricey, but it was worth it, in my opinion.

It's newly renovated, has air conditioning, and is spacious and bright. There are cupboards and wardrobes all along one wall; there's a separate toilet. Minibar, coffee machine, safe, free wi-fi with a code provided at the front desk. Decor, a minimalist modern style, all white with touches of purple--the chairs are purple plastic, for example--comfortable and practical. From the king-size bed you look out over the sea! Big glass doors open onto a balcony with two loungers, two chairs and a table; here you can enjoy the incredible view over sea, harbour, and town in privacy (unless the guests next door should go to the very end of their balcony, which is all you can glimpse of it, and crane backwards!)

The bathroom is large, all newly re-done, tiled in white mother-of-pearl, with an oversized bath (from which you can see the sea through a window the owner said she placed just for that purpose!), a separate "rainshower" type shower, and two basins. Plenty of space; bathrobes, slippers, and toiletries provided. In a drawer, the hairdryer, and extras like a disposable razor.

A tiny glitch, and I only mention it because for this price you expect every detail to be right, was that one of the light-blocking curtains on the bedroom's large window was meant for the small one, and so didn't provide full coverage--management was very gracious when I mentioned this and said they would fix it.

Breakfast (10 euros) is fine--coffee, pastries, bread, butter, jam, yogurts, fruit purees, fruit juices, cold meats, cheeses. I asked for hot milk for café-au-lait and it was willingly provided. You can eat in the breakfast room or outside, always with that marvellous view.

If you don't mind the ten-minute walk and flight of stairs to the town centre, the distance can be an advantage; you may, as we did, spend at least one quiet evening on one of the hotel terraces with tapas and wine from the bar, listening to the sea on the rocks below, instead of fighting the crowds in town for a dinner table.

Although the hotel was full, we heard no noise from other guests. Owners and staff were all very kind, helpful, and friendly. A very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed two nights in June. There is a very small place to park your car before you see the Hotel sign going up the hill. Most people miss the Hotel and have to turn back. The main car park has a barrier arm and you can talk to reception on the intercom but you need a wee bit of French.
The two small rooms are good value with stunning views but do not have air con. There could be a problem with mossies (mosquitoes) on hot nights with the balcony door open. There is a steepish access path to the rocks below where you can swim in the sea.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Helen's Bay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

The small hotel has a great location on the cliffs. Basic rooms comfortable & clean and good value if travelling on a budget. I think mine was a standard room with full height opening patio windows and a small balcony with a table & couple of chairs. The breakfast, like many French hotels is fairly basic but the restaurant has a lovely view. There are several seculuded spots to sit and relax. Access to the sea is tricky down some steep steps and over the rock - easily negotiable with shoes. Staff very obliging.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2012

We have stayed Twice..Room 31 before refurbishment...excellent and again after upgrading to real luxury. Lying on the bed ,after a day in this exquisite town, listening to the sea lapping or crashing against the cliff below,,,,,,,a little piece of heaven! As for the Hotel.......it is clean with a caring and helpful staff and breakfasts on the terrace, worth every cent.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Montreal
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

We stayed two nights in this hotel built into the cliffside and overlooking the Mediterranean. We had a standard room with a private bathroom. As people have previously stated, the standard rooms are small, very basic, but also very clean... and the stunningly gorgeous view is superlative ! We had a small balcony with two chairs and a table, plus there are also six beautiful terraces with lounging chairs for the guests to use, all of them overlooking the bay and the utterly charming village/town of Collioure which is a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel on a path along the littoral (WOW!). The buffet breakfast (cereal, juices, yogourt, bread, pastries, ham, cheese, coffee, tea) is served ouside if you wish and weather permits, or in the airy dining room with huge windows also overlooking the Mediterranean. We found the staff very helpful and welcoming. When we arrived, we were greeted by a young lady with a huge smile saying “Oh! I’m glad you’re here, I was beginning to worry…”. Upon check-out, we were told that we could leave our car in the Parking, no problem... The night watchman, also very helpful, recommended a restaurant for supper, and we loved it so much that we went back the second night !
We slept very, very well the first night (a Thursday with few people around), however on the second one, we were woken up by the people "next door", as they were chatting and laughing on their balcony at 1:00 AM... This is not to say that they were in any way "at fault", as they weren't being overly noisy, just enjoying the cool night on their balcony (undestandably so !)... but the rooms are so very close together and have no air conditioning so we closed our shutters, and left our windows open...
All in all, the room itself would probably only merit a three star (small, basic, no air conditioning...), but the extraordinary view, the awesome location, and the pleasant staff make it a truly magical place.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

We booked this 2 star hotel as it seemed to have a good location with stunning views. We stayed here for eleven nights this September and these are my observations:
The room with ensuite was very very clean.
Our room had a little terrace with two chairs and a small table.(room 14)
The view was superb you can look towards Collioure or out to sea.
The breakfast was very good but a little pricey at 10 euros per person, however you could have a real feast and skip lunch!!
You could order wine and on many an afternoon we sat on one of the many beautiful terraces and ordered a bottle of lovely chilled rose wine at 15 euros a bottle.
The staff were lovely and friendly.
Reception was covered 24 hours a day but you can gain entrance around the back using a keypad. Good for when its 3am and you are a little bleary eyed !
Les Carranques is clean, basic,friendly and has some of the best views of any hotel.
It cost 110 euros a night which was expensive for a two star but it was far superior to other two star hotels in Collioure.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Launceston
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

Prices have gone up a lot here - you now pay 10 euros a day for parking because you have too. The town is so crowded, you are relieved to pay to leave your car somehwere! The hotel still wins on its views. You can be quite happy sitting on the shady terraces all day looking at the town across the bay. Rooms are basic, but hey, you only need a place to sleep! You'll be too busy wandering around the pretty town, eating their fabulous fish!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Les Caranques
Address: Rte. de Port-Vendres, 66190 Collioure, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Pyrenees-Orientales > Collioure
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Collioure
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Les Caranques Collioure
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