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20 charming places to stay in Catalonia

Dream-like places to spend unforgettable nights

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If during your trip to Catalonia, as well as seeing wonderful sights and enjoying unique experiences, you want to stay in a charming location that you will also remember for many years, carry on reading this article. We've prepared a selection for you so that after a day of visits and outings you can relax in exceptional hotels; some occupy old country houses or castles, some are in the middle of places that take your breath away, while others are exquisitely decorated. Where do you want to sleep?

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Hotel Villa Retiro

A five-star hotel with a one-star Michelin restaurant located in a unique setting and it's barely ten years old. It is close to the River Ebre, in the south of Catalonia, and only has nine very well-appointed rooms. It also has a fully-equipped spa to complete the feeling of relaxation and well-being.

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Hotel Les Planes del Grau

In a country house with over 600 years of history, near the River Ter and amidst fields and mountains, this rural hotel provides rest, peace, direct contact with nature and comfort. It offers a family service and the possibility of enjoying many different activities in the surrounding area. It also has a swimming pool, bar-restaurant and a pleasant room for reading and relaxing.

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Le Meridien Ra Beach

We don't know everyone reading this but we would hazard a guess that few of you would be disappointed with a stay in this hotel & spa. Le Meridien de Sant Salvador is located on the seafront, with direct access to the beach and thalassotherapy treatments (using sea water). It is a five-star hotel that offers everything, in a beautiful building and with the Restaurant D.O., which only uses ingredients of local origin and with a quality certificate.

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Mas Mariassa

An idyllic spot, a gastronomic hotel in an old completely restored country house, where you can eat well and sleep like angels, surrounded by the mountains of the Serra de Llaberia and close to Pratdip. In summer you can bathe in the swimming pool or soak in a jacuzzi with warm water beneath the stars. But do book ahead if you want a room. It only has seven, all of them spacious, modern and with a balcony.

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Hotel El Far

It has a perfect courtyard for shooting a film and taking beautiful pictures. Framed by a large stone arch and with a staircase connecting both sides, the courtyard of the Hotel El Far is the place anyone would choose for important celebrations. The hotel was built on an old 18th century inn and is perched on a cliff. We invite you to look out of the windows at the back of the courtyard and marvel at the postcard views of the Costa Brava. The hotel restaurant is the legendary El Far Restaurant (next to the San Sebastià lighthouse), a Mecca for anyone looking for an unforgettable eating experience in L'Empordà.

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Hotel La Vella Farga

The refurbishment of the original country house, for which there are references dating back to the early 11th century, was completed in 2015, resulting in an exclusive hotel open to the four winds and surrounded by meadows, forests and silence. It has 13 luxury rooms, very luminous and in perfect harmony with its medieval architecture and antiques. It boasts a fine restaurant, offering creative cuisine.

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Castell de l'Oliver

This is one of the best-known hotels in the region, since practically everybody has been there to attend a wedding or other type of celebration. It’s also known because, as its name suggests, it occupies a 16th century fortified mansion house. It has eleven rooms and many of the packages it offers are golf-related, due to its proximity to the Sant Vicenç de Montalt golf couse.

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Melià Boutique Royal Tanau

Ideal especially if you are planning to ski on the prestigious slopes of Baqueira Beret, as the hotel is located 50 metres from the Esquirós ticket offices and ski lifts. But if this is not the case, it is still well worth a visit, with cosy, bright and spacious rooms, a spa area, a restaurant that serves both international and local dishes, and very complete breakfast buffets. 

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Hotel Can Cuch

It opened its doors as a hotel restaurant a few years ago, so despite being a house dating back to the 10th century, it still smells new. It oozes charm in every corner, with cosy well-appointed rooms, a chill out terrace with spectacular views of El Vallès region or a wine cellar in a natural rock cave. So just the thing if you want one of those unforgettable romantic getaways.

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Hotel La Freixera

A very charming four-star hotel located in the medieval heart of Solsona. The building is a 14th century house, of which some elements are still standing, such as the remains of capitals and semicircular arch windows and doors. Today, La Freixera is a modern elegant hotel that has just celebrated its tenth anniversary, with services such as parking, Wi-Fi, dining room, bar or the possibility of arranging activities and excursions.

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Hotel Trossos del Priorat

Exclusivity, privacy and some dreamy panoramic views. Trossos del Priorat is an oasis of peace amidst vineyards in the wine-producing region par excellence, with all due respect to El Penedès. It has six double rooms with balcony and views and a spectacular suite, and in the wine cellar you will be able to learn all about the world of the wines of El Priorat. Innovative and surprising breakfasts.

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Hotel La Malcontenta

A stone’s throw from one of the last virgin beaches of the Costa Brava, La Malcontenta is a luxury hotel with 14 charming rooms, some with private garden, a swimming pool, massage area and restaurant boasting one Michelin star. It is located in an old fortified country house and in outstanding natural surroundings.

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Hotel Museu Llegendes de Girona

The Hotel Museu Llegendes de Girona is located in a restored 18th century building, in the old quarter of Girona, 150 metres from the cathedral and the Arab baths. It offers rooms with flat screen TV, rain shower and free Wi-Fi. This designer hotel has sophisticated rooms individually decorated and equipped with air conditioning, safe, minibar and modern elegant bathroom with toiletries and slippers. It has views of Girona Cathedral and is 200 metres from the famous Jewish quarter.

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Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa

One of the greatest exponents of haute cuisine in the province of Girona is the restaurant Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa, near Pals. This small hotel is part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux network, which recognises the most charming hotels in the world. Presiding over the kitchen, as culinary consultant, is chef Fina Puigdevall, one of the great ladies of contemporary Catalan cuisine, who has two Michelin stars for her Les Cols, in Olot. She is the creator of fine traditional and seasonal cuisine, always innovative and enjoyable, complemented by a cellar boasting more than 400 references, some of them hidden gems from small wineries. A charming hotel where a visit to the dining room is a must.

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Mas la Boella

The Mas la Boella boutique hotel is a premier four-star hotel located in the centre of La Boella, a 12th century country house surrounded by olive trees and gardens. The landscape is completed by the 4.5 hectares of vineyards with which it produces its own wine, DO Tarragona. The hotel, located in a newly-constructed building, has 13 suites that include, among other services, iPod players and a selection of pillows. An elegant restaurant offering Mediterranean and local cuisine and top quality products.  

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Alva Park Costa Brava

The complex is located in the heart of the Costa Brava, in the tourist resort of Lloret de Mar, and specifically on Fenals beach. It has three restaurants, swimming pools, spa areas, gymnasium, sauna and whirlbath, among many other services. It has different kinds of rooms, very elegantly decorated, with carpet, cherry tree furniture and walls covered with fabrics of natural colours. Luxury by the sea!

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Relais & Châteaux El Castell de Ciutat

Hotel in a privileged location, surrounded by gardens, with views of the Pyrenees and the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, and on the outskirts of the town of La Seu d'Urgell. It has swimming pools, gymnasium, wellness centre, free parking... The food is equally impressive, as there are two restaurants, one serving creative dishes and the other traditional cuisine.

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Casa Granados Hotel Boutique

In the beautiful town of Tossa de Mar, on the Costa Brava, Casa Granados Boutique Hotel is a small charming hotel, with seven rooms, outside swimming pool and romantic gardens. Elegance, sophistication and intimacy are some of the adjectives that spring to mind. It also has a wellness area and an exquisite restaurant serving creative dishes.

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Es Portal Hotel

This small hotel, with eight rooms and a suite, occupies a typical 16th century Catalan country house, restored but conserving its charm and the elements of the Late Gothic. Very close to the medieval town of Pals, and also the beaches of the Costa Brava, its restaurant offers the best quality thanks to masterfully selected Km 0 products and a recipe book that expertly combines tradition and innovation.

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Cal Barber

Always a good choice, this hotel in Botarell has modern style room that contrast exquisitely with the original structure and stone walls of the house, which dates from 1798. It also has a spa zone that, while not huge, exudes charm, and it boasts a prime location at the foot of the mountains of the Baix Camp and an easy drive away from the region’s beaches.

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