As many of you do, I read the reviews here before I booked my single room at El Xalet in June 2008. And after finishing my stay at this hotel I really wanted to post a good word about the place. Not only because the building is amazing and my room was quite all right (basic but clean and airconditioned), but also because of the great sense of good taste, one can experience here.
The first impression of the place may not be quite "luxury", however, when you feel the specific atmosphere of the green garden and taste the dinner menu served by the pool accompanied by soft chillout music, everithing changes. Yes, the place is not flashy at all, but I cannot think of another hotel in SItges with such pleasant atmosphere. This is what worth to be felt here.
And the staff: As you can see from the comments below, the hotel is operated by a Spanish family (a mother and two sons). Although you will notice that they are not the typical "How can we help you" team, indeed they are doing quite a good job to keep the good taste in the site. Yes, they speak English as good as most of us speak Spanish (as one of the comments below reads), however even this fact can help you better feel the local spirit (you are wrong if you expect any standartized McDonalds approach here). If you like Spain as I do, you will probably agree with me that the more you try to understand it, the more you will love it.
And a special word about a special person I met in El Xalet - Yvonne - the lady at the reception (English). I have been to many hotels across Europe and US, but this is the first receptionist, who was not only extremely helpful and nice (she let me keep my bike in the hotel's warehouse), but also become a friend of mine, although I spent there only four days. Yvonne is a realy nice and openhearted person and her positive and friendly attitude and nice sense of humor are loved by the guests and pefectly fit to the artistic atmosphere of the site.
I recommend experiencing El Xalet with no reservation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in an impressive 19th-century building, Hotel El Xalet maintains original features such as floral stained-glass windows and mosaic floors. It offers an outdoor pool, cocktail bar and free Wi-Fi. Rooms at Hotel El Xalet are decorated with antique furniture. They include a private bathroom and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. El Xalet Restaurant serves traditional Spanish cuisine and an extensive wine list is also available. During summer guests can dine beside the pool. The beach in Sitges is less than 10 minutes' walk from the hotel. Barcelona is 40 minutes away by train. ... more less
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