“Vibrant, laid-back Cuban-style mansion in the centre of Begur, close to beaches, castles and Catalan cuisine”
The hotel has 10 rooms, 6 of which are Standard/Superior Doubles and 2 of which are Junior Suites. There's also a Double Room with Terrace and a Junior Double. I was gobsmacked with the space I had in a Standard Double - easily twice what I'd expect, so don't feel you need to upgrade. In terms of décor, each room is different, and they are spread over the ground and first floor, some with terraces or balconies.
My room, Sa Lucanna, contained a queensize bed, a big TV plus a DVD player, a 1950s-style writing desk, a French-style armoire and shuttered windows in true Cuban style. The wall was hung with a large modern print and a mirror bedecked with floral fairy lights. The compact tadelakt bathroom had a giant rain shower with shower gel, a sink and toilet, plus unusual bathroom items including a dental kit, razors and a bath sponge. There was also a mini balcony.
The sheer size was delightful, and this, added to the extensive communal areas in the hotel, made me think I could easily stay for a week-10 days with my family. Standard Doubles can add an extra bed or baby cot with ease; Junior Suites sleep up to 4 in a kingsize bed, sofabed/daybed and rollaway bed, and have showers/tubs in their bathrooms. The Double Room with Terrace is handy for drying beach gear and can sleep 2 adults, a child and a baby.
Since our visit, they've added a spacious Apartment next door to the hotel. There's no kitchen, but you do get a terrace, lounge and dining area, a double bedroom and a twin - perfect for families who want extra space to relax.
'Fet amb love' is a motto throughout the hotel - 'made with love' - and the restaurant is no different. In it you'll be served a breakfast buffet (all the usuals plus some Spanish touches including mini portions of tortilla) and dinner on various nights. Lunch is not served - it's presumed that you'll eat out and there are numerous places to choose in Begur and beyond.
Dinner is great value for a set menu or individual dishes. I had baked sea bream served with sweet juicy celery, tomato and aubergine, preceded by a spicy curry and pumpkin soup. The bistro-style food is far better than the casual yet funky décor suggests, and the wine and coffee are of great quality.
Dinner is served Tuesday to Saturday in the summer and Wednesday to Saturday in the winter. However, with some of the region's best restaurants in town, this is hardly a problem. Rostei, a Catalan restaurant in Begur, is highly recommended, along with the stunning Sa Rascassa, another Catalan restaurant a short drive down the hill on the beach at Aiguaclara. There are also great tapas joints and seafood restaurants in town; reception can advise.
The hotel doesn't have a bar but does have 2 honesty bar stations, one downstairs in the lounge and one by the restaurant. The restaurant has jazz nights on summer evenings from 10 to midnight.
This hotel is fantastic for families - not only are rooms spacious, but you're also within walking distance of cafés in Begur, and the castle, and the beaches nearby are great. The office is papered with pictures drawn by children on their holidays; Joan and Clara are parents themselves, though their children have well outgrown the crayon phase.
The Apartment is ideal for families with a double bedroom, a twin room and a large lounge and terrace. Of the rooms, the Standard Doubles are very roomy, although shower bathrooms are a little compact. Pick the Double Room with Terrace for more space and somewhere to dry your beach towels, or the spacious Junior Suites, which have baths as well as showers. Extra beds incur a small fee.
A baby monitor should work in the building from rooms to the restaurant, but it may depend on what floor your room is on and what brand you use. Request a first-floor room if possible.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A few child-pleasers are on the menu, including lasagne. The kitchen is happy to deal with any requests if made in good time. You may want to ask for an earlier dinner - the restaurant otherwise doesn't open until 7.30pm. There are plenty of places to eat in Begur.
There are no particular hazards.