Hotel V

Vejer de la Frontera, Costa de la Luz, Spain Book from

The hippest hideaway in town: think V for Vejer and Very spoiling
When faced with the makeover of a 17th-century Vejer townhouse, Jean Van Gysel gave free rein to his love of eclectic interior design. Whilst many of the building's original features were kept in place - arches, beams, bannisters and wafer bricking - walls were rendered in eye-catching Venetian stucco, muted grey tiles laid in and out, state-of-the art bed and bathrooms created, and a Jacuzzi and pebbled foot-pool hoisted up onto the roof terrace. Aastroturf was laid in the courtyard, while indoors antiques from Goa sit alongside funky black and white photos on glass and PVC: this is a hotel that aims to surprise at every turn.

It's the roof terrace that gives this place that extra punch: the views across the city's roofscape are simply stunning and on a clear day you can see all the way across the glittering Atlantic waves to the Moroccan Rif. With genuinely friendly staff and the most creature-comfortable bedrooms in town, Hotel V more than earns its place in the boutique-is-beautiful rankings.


  • Beautiful hotel, beautiful town, close to beautiful beaches... what more could you ask for?
  • Evening drinks up on the roof terrace with the twinkling lights of Vejer spread beneath you is romantic with a capital R
  • V is an amazingly quiet retreat, particularly given that you're at the heart of the old town
  • Lovely staff who feel more like old friends: the service here was a highlight of our 2012 revisit
  • Vejer is fast becoming one of the foodie capitals of Andalucia with at least a dozen great restaurants within the walls of its delectable old town


  • A few of the rooms could be described as either 'small' or 'cosy', and only a few have views
  • The hotel can be hard to find when you first arrive. See our arrival recommendations
  • The location may not suit everyone, Vejer is a hilly town and can be difficult to get around (though that's true of much of the area and staff will assist you with your bags from the square if you call ahead)
  • The price tag is far from modest
  • Breakfast (a delicious event) feels an impromptu affair: space is at a premium with the courtyard and winter salon doubling up as dining area. So if things look crowded ask to breakfast in your room

Best time to go

Vejer is worth a visit at any time of year, and its proximity to the sea means that even in summer, it rarely gets unpleasantly hot. The beach season normally kicks off around mid May and extends until early October. The annual 2 week feria begins around 10 August when party people would be in their element.

Our top tips

If you're heading for the beach in July or August get going fairly early: the Spanish don't so you'll have much more space on the sand for the first part of the day. And you can then spend the later part of the day chilling up on Hotel V's roof terrace.

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 12
  • Breakfast only (walk to restaurants)
  • Allowed, but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • Head for the beach: 2 of the Atlantic coast's finest stretches of sand are a 10-20 minute drive from the hotel. Take a parasol and something to lie on as beach beds are rare

  • Explore the cobbled walkways of Vejer; this hilltop village is exceptionally pretty and walking around it will feel like stepping back in time

  • Drive a little further to the fabulous Bolonia beach and visit the Roman ruins and state-of-the-art museum, which are just back from the sea

  • Wander the old centre of Vejer at night, dipping into a few of its friendly tapas bars, and check at reception to see if there are any flamenco concerts on offer

  • Spend a day exploring Cádiz's ancient city centre or check out a bodega or 2 in Jerez

  • Keen golfers will be in their element, with world-class courses a short drive away at Montenmedio, Jerez and Arcos

  • Get going early and spend the day in Tangier: there are regular fast ferries from Tarifa, which whisk you over the Strait in less than an hour to a very different world of souks, minarets and muezzins

  • Chill out on the roof terrace on one of the loungers in the pebbled foot pool, soak away your time in the bubbling Jacuzzi, or ask for an ayurvedic treatment in the amazing subterranean aljibe. Manicures, pedicures and hairdressing can also be arranged

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing


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.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Our guests' ratings...


{{ review.firstName }}{{ review.countryName ? ', '+ review.countryName : '' }},
Feedback is only from guests who have booked and stayed through i-escape

Rates for Hotel V