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.
- Also Known As:
- Les Caranques Collioure
- Les Caranques Hotel Collioure