Did you ever visit some distant relative in another part of the country? They were so happy to see you and did everything so you would enjoy yourself seeing the sights? Well, this hotel is a bit like that.
From the moment the owners greeted us, Clara giving us kisses on both cheeks, European-style, I knew it would be a different experience. The house is a beautiful Cuban-style colonial mansion,
Built in the 19th century by a Begur native who spent time in the new world and returned. Bedrooms are large and decorated in a warm, neutral style. They seem designed to induce relaxation.
But it is in the public spaces where the fun begins. Clara collects old objects: suitcases, trunks, typewriters , globes, clocks, books.. Paintings ... To name a few... And arranges them in assemblages that are a treat to the eyes. The large courtyard of the house is partly glassed-in, partly open. This is the combination restaurant and lounge. Breakfast and dinner in the restaurant are excellent. A couple of 'honor bars' are available should you want a drink or snack at another time. A wonderful varied soundtrack of classic jazz and other music plays quietly in the lounge, setting a nice mood.
The best thing of all is that Clara and Joan will do anything for you. A brief question to Joan morphs into some wonderful help to make sure all goes well.
Oh ... And the town? It's a gem! Beautiful little plazas and cafes, nice small restaurants. Nearby are beaches, Greek and roman ruins, medieval towns, Salvador dali's castle-house to name a few sights. All in all, a wonderful un-hotel like experience!
- 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