Hotel Review In Spain , Hotel Tamariu Tamariu, Costa Brava

This family-friendly building on the sandy bay of Tamariu has all the ingredients needed for a mellow beach vacation.

Rooms are simple, but clean and contemporary nonetheless, and there’s also an excellent restaurant serving delicious Catalan seafood dishes. The hotel is positioned right on Tamariu’s small seafront promenade, with the rough-sand beach about 30 seconds’ walk from the front door. The larger, sandier beaches of Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc are less than 20 minutes’ drive away, and it’s also within easy reach of medieval hilltop towns such as Begur and Pals.

The hotel may be the oldest in Tamariu and one of the oldest on the Costa Brava but the interiors have been tastefully decorated to feel fresh and contemporary. The bar, lounge, and restaurant are all bright and airy with beamed ceilings, nautical white and eau de nil walls, low leather poufs, and wicker lampshades. The hotel is run by two friendly sisters Susan and Anna – the fourth generation of the family to run the hotel. The other staff are young and helpful and can arrange kayaking, diving, and other local activities.

There’s a nice snug area near reception with books available to borrow but with the sea on the doorstep, guests tend to spend more time on the terrace, or on the beach itself. Most of the 17 rooms are of a decent size and have been kitted out with simple but stylish fittings. They’re bright and light; bed linen is crisp and spotlessly white, wardrobes are light wood toned wood and walls are in simple white or neutrals with tasteful, decorative fish-themed artwork. Bathrooms are also clean and new with contemporary walk-in showers. Some overlook Tamariu’s sidestreets, but it’s definitely worth going for the sea views if you can. The hotel restaurant El Clot dels Mussels opens directly out onto Tamariu’s seafront.

At breakfast, there’s a simple buffet with croissants, chocolate doughnuts, and Madalena muffins, hams, cheeses, yogurts, eggs (in one of those boil-your own gadgets) as well as pan con tomate (good local bread with fresh tomatoes, hams, and cheeses).

For lunch and dinner, there’s a choice of super-fresh Catalan fish specialties such as Arroz negre (inky black rice with cuttlefish), as well as gorgeously grilled lemon sole, calamares, someone (sand eels) and prawns. There are also meat options such as steak or duck. Doubles from €92 (£80) in low season; and from €134 (£117) in high, including breakfast and Wi-Fi. There are no specifically adapted rooms but there is lift or ramp access throughout the hotel and five rooms have walk/wheel-in showers rather than baths. The hotel is family-run, so there’s a laid-back, child-friendly feel throughout. Cots are free and extra beds for children are €35 (£30) per night including breakfast. There are also two interconnecting rooms on the sea-facing side of the hotel.

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