“The hippest hideaway in town: think V for Vejer and Very spoiling”
Hotel V's 12 guest rooms fan out around the patio courtyard and are divided among 3 floors. The Classic rooms are smaller and have bathrooms with rain showers rather than bathtubs. We'd splash out and book a Superior room which, as well as a larger footprint, have their own wine coolers with a small selection of tempting coupages and mineral waters. Our favourite Superior rooms were rooms 2, 6 and 12, which all have views, room 10, which has a mezzanine chill-out area, and room 9 which also feels really sumptuous with its bathtub within the main bedroom.
The Exclusive room is top-of-the-league and has its own terrace with wraparound views of the old town: this would be the one to book if romance is part of the picture and you're feeling flush. It's possible to book the Exclusive in conjunction with a Superior, to create a Suite; enquire when booking.
Bedrooms have light-grey tiles which, together with natural coloured stucco walls and soft beige chenille curtains, provide an understated canvas for the darker decorative touches. There are antique Portuguese tables and writing desks of teak and rosewood, more of Laurent de Posson's black and white photographs (hung throughout the hotel) and eye-catching patterned fabrics on the padded headboards.
Beds are kingsize or queensize (doubles or twins) and come dressed in fine Egyptian cotton with Paisley throws - expect to find yours neatly turned back when you get in from dinner - whilst soft lighting pushes the 'love-in' quotient up an extra notch. Other treats include underfloor heating in the bedroom and bathroom, a flatscreen TV and DVD player, and a choice of half a dozen films streamed in from Hotel V's server. Ask the staff when you are shown to your room how the whole set up works if you're as non-techie as I am.
Bath and shower rooms are just as spoiling, many of them divided from the sleeping area by glass walls, which cleverly ups the light factor. All have the swishest of sinks and taps, piles of snowy white towels, cotton bathrobes and a big bunch of Karma ayurvedic bath products.
The 'where' and 'when' of breakfast at Hotel V is dictated by the weather and your own wishes. The top terrace would always be our first choice - space in the courtyard downstairs is limited and although tables can be laid up in the 'winter salon', it feels like an impromptu arrangement. A traditional Andalucian version is delivered to you on a tray (for a charge), and there's no rush as it's available until midday or later. Expect the best ham, scrummy local goat's cheese drizzled in olive oil and herbs, a fruit kebab, along with tomato and live oil so you can prepare a properly Andalucian tostada. And the coffee couldn't be better.
You’ll have to eat out for lunch and dinner. Vejer has a number of great cheap-and-cheerful tapas bars: be sure to check out Pedro Conejito and Peña El Caballo, and if you're in town on a Saturday night head for Peña Aguilar where you can listen to local flamenco in a converted chapel. We'd recommend eating at least one time in the delightful Plaza de España (preferably alfresco) at either Garimba or Trafalgar - both have tables spilling out into the square. ,And if fusion is your culinary thing, dip into Casa de Califa's beautiful courtyard restaurant for a real Arabian Nights vibe. And for finer dining, within a shake of Hotel V are 2 of Vejer's best eateries: the bistro-style Cuatro Gatas - think cuisine of the French-Basque kind - and Casa Varo where traditional Spanish dishes are ratcheted up a notch or 3 thanks to immaculate presentation and using only the freshest of base matter.
You may well be tempted to have a pre or post dinner tipple up on the roof terrace. There's a fully stocked honesty bar in the winter salon along with a wine list that showcases some superb Spanish wines and cavas, served by the bottle or glass.
Children are accepted although toddlers are not really encouraged because of all the steps. That said, children under 2 stay free of charge and cots are available. Three rooms are large enough for extra beds to be added, for an additional charge.
Babies (0-1 years)
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking