First of all, know that you're staying in Catalonia, not France and not Spain. Secondly, getting to the hotel is not difficult but it is tricky. Here's how you do it.
Coming down the hill into Collioure with the seaside on your right, you will see, at the bottom of the incline and on your right hand two o' clock position, Le Frégate hotel and restaurant. Once you've spotted this, look immediately to your left and you will spot an alley, in between two brasseries, that goes down to the dead end that is the Spanish style front of the Casa Païral. You will need to swing wide to make that turn and once you've gone down, you can only back up out again. That's fun if you like barging into the traffic like a drunken elephant having a love affair with a Marula tree, still, anything to aid the colonic digestion.
If you miss the turn, which you probably will, turn around somehow, up the road, and come back past the self same turn and enter the small municipal car park on the right just after the hotel. The establishment's own car park's entrance is from a boom directly off this public car park. Yu can double park while one of your number legs it into the hotel and gets the code for the boom.
Once you are established in your room it will all become tranquil and worthwhile. The place is an oasis of quiet in the touristified maelstrom that is Collioure in August. It's not cheap and the rooms do not represent great luxury for the money by northern European standards but this is the French beach where all the great French artists congregated to pay homage to Salvador Dali, too scared as they were to cross into Spain lest they die of typhus or be carried off as slaves to Tangier.
It's the place to stay in town!
I would only comment that, in common with many places, the towels, which spotless and abundant, were of the harsher type of material. A little more fluff would have been appreciated.
Ice cream fanatics will have a field day in town but don't stop at the first or second place you find on your walk down to the sea. Proceed along the walkway until the second or third turn on the left and work your way to the corner stall, on the four way pedestrian junction, where the best food of paradise is to be found.
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Pairal Collioure
- Casa Pairal Hotel Collioure