We've made five trips to Collioure over the last 10 years, always staying at Les Caranques, but I haven't written a review since the renovations and new ownership a few years ago.
We love Collioure and we love Les Caranques still.
The website does an accurate job of showing viewers what the hotel and location are like, but nothing can really capture how special it is. The view is, simply, breathtaking.
From the balcony of each room, from the breakfast room, but most of all from all of the different terraces with their cushioned lounges, chairs, and sunbeds.
It is always possible to find a private terrace for sunbathing, reading under an umbrella, or a glass of wine before walking down to the village for dinner, with the sea and the village spreading out before you.
And then, when you want to swim, the Mediterranean is right at the bottom of the cliff. Nothing in all our travels can compete as a place to collapse.
The ordinary rooms are just fine, with lovely new bathrooms and excellent beds. But the balcony is all that really matters. We always have at least one market lunch that we bring back from the village and eat there, but we also found ourselves having tapas lunches this time down on the sun terrace.
We did notice the lack of air conditioning when we were there this time during a 100 degree heat wave, but we still happily traded that off for everything else about the hotel at its terrific price point. And most of the time, the sea breeze would be enough to make the rooms comfortable.
We were delighted with the bar-- the service, the prices, and the tapas and wine (which is why we started a new tradition of lunch on the terrace)-- and the service in general was consistently friendly, respectful, and helpful. Breakfast was also well done, although I hope they will add a less expensive coffee and bread alternative to the full buffet. Maybe they will before our next visit.
Combining the private location of the hotel with its 10 minute walk to the village restaurants, market, shops, excursions, and other beaches, Les Caranques is just pure heaven.
- Also Known As:
- Les Caranques Collioure
- Les Caranques Hotel Collioure