Calle Mayor, 25; Torroja del Priorat; Tarragona
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Located in a sleepy but atmospheric little town, the Hotel Abadía del Priorat is one of those small Catalonian hotels which feels like an nice and intimate little base for exploring what’s on offer in the Priorat region – basically high quality and very quaffable wine, wonderful olive oils and a countryside peppered with natural parks and historic towns and villages with narrow, cobbled streets… just like the one the hotel is in. Tarragona and Delta de l’Ebre are also within reaching distance. Ideal for slow holidays and people who like to take time to get to know places.
Rooms are a bit of a surprise with more character than you might expect from a sleepy town hotel. But then again as it used to be an abbey, maybe it’s not so much of a surprise. Mine had a great little terrace with table and chairs, ideal for testing out the local vino on a summer eve, whilst a friend next door had a big four poster bed and arched windows. There is plenty of space to chill out after a long day exploring the area.
Rooms all have wifi access, hair-dryer, TV and are very, very comfortable.
Hotel Abadía del Priorat works best when used as a based as it doesn’t really have any facilities apart from a lounge. Also be prepared to look after yourself as there isn’t always someone about which can make it more like an upmarket B&B. Breakfast is limited but sufficient – a sort of Catalonian continental with orange juice, pastries, coffee, yoghurt, pan con tomate, chorizo and salami.
The town of Torroja del Priorat is quite atmospheric to have a stroll around with pretty little squares and a couple of restaurants near the hotel, one of which serves huge bocadillos (filled baguettes).
Rooms cost from around €90 for 2 people (breakfast included). Check here for offers.
Buzz Trips kicked off the boots and chilled out at Hotel Abadía del Priorat as a guest of Catalunya Tourist Board.
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