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“Well appointed, quiet hotel with good service”

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Hotel Princes de Catalogne
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Collioure
Reviewed 9 August 2009

This hotel is a great value for a high tourist town; convenient but quiet location in the town center; very helpful desk and housekeeping personnel. Stayed for 3 nights after spending one night in a horrible hotel nearby. Room are simply furnished but weil appointed and the bathrooms are very nice. Some first come first served free parking. Moderately priced.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2008

We spent 2 1/2 days in Collioure, FR, a small coastal town w/ a rich medieval & artistic history located between Banyuls & Porte-Vendres close to the border w/ Spain. It's home to many local artists, say the Laguna Beach of Cote Vermeille. We walked the town and drove out the coast until we crossed the border of Spain.

The hotel is in a tiny cul-de-sac 'rue', quiet & away fr all traffic. The room was basic, maybe a bit tired but clean. The view was to die for - the vineyards & rooftops; coincided w/ a full moon & it could not have been more romantic. The staff speaks very little English & we spoke little French. Between some French, English & Spanish we managed to get around.

Keep in mind many locations close in the pm & smoking is allowed on some premises. Breakfast (petit dejoneur) is just a continental treat - not breakfast as we may have it. Very few people either admit to or actually speak English so you will have to be creative when communicating & negotiating. Some menus have English & Spanish descriptions. Warning: there is a 19.6% tax that should be kept in mind when buying gifts to bring back. !!!

People were very kind & helpful: we were lost, the Police Officer spoke only Fr and Catalan, could not point us to the hotel. A young woman who didn't speak English either but knew of the Hotel showed us where to turn around as she walked down w/ us on Rue de la Republique practically to the lobby. Another couple helped us w/ a menu items, a lady at a local groceries helped me sort out words by showing me pictures on packages- quite creative and the woman at the castle who went out of the way to call a friend to talk to us in English about how to get allergy medicine (it was very windy & pollen was everywhere).

The seafood is fresh & wondeful. Anchovies are a must. We highly recommend 'Casa Leon" for dinner & order the Parrillada Royale!!!Oh, lobster, seabass, jumbo shrimp, calamari, scallops for 28 euros. Wines - all local and all were delicious. If you long an omellette for breakfast - go to the Internet Cafe before 10:30 am. If you care for pancakes BUT after 11am then go to the Brasserie down the boardwalk.

For coffee lovers: you will never have cafe au lait anywhere like this. .. and no Starbucks' thanks to heaven. You will be spoiled... but they are 3 euros a cup (no - no refills). Neither Starbucks', nor Pete's Coffee, Seatle Best', Saxby's etc etc etc will ever match the French au lait or the cafe con leche in Spain for that matter. The Farmers Market is on Weds ... try the local artisanal cheeses, they have fresh herbs, lavender, even rotisserie chicken! But the wine - is more expensive that in the local market on the other side by Rue de la Democracie. Just stroll around & compare.

Take time to visit the historical monunents - the area has so much history, the town has been around since the time of the Phoenicians.
We hope to return some day in the future. Sylvette & William

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Reviewed 12 August 2006

This small hotel is in a modern purpose built block, with the look of an older French building, near to the town centre, railway station and beach and is within walking distance of all main attractions, restaurants etc. For the price, the accommodation was very clean, and bright with fairly basic rooms with slight French design flair through the choice of colours, but nothing exceptional in terms of décor.

The rooms were air conditioned and the temperature inside was always comfortable, although the air conditioning did not allow for that aggressive (‘American’) degree of cooling which some people expect these days; there was a small television with French and Spanish channels, a minibar, telephone and safe. The bathroom was also clean and modern looking with good water pressure with the bath/shower – although there was no shower screen or curtain above the bath, so everything else in the room tended to get soaked. There were very few bathroom amenities (shower gel only), so bring your own bar soap, shampoo etc.

The room was quiet and there was no sound disturbance. We did not encounter any problems at the hotel during our stay, the staff seemed friendly enough and the (continental) breakfasts weren’t bad at all. This is a fairly basic, but more than adequate, place for a short stay in Collioure, and the air conditioning is a real plus.

Now a few notes about Collioure itself –

One gets the feeling that Collioure is completely saturated by visitors in summer high season and indeed the three tiny strips of beach have a hard time coping with the numbers of visitors. Don’t let the pictures in the brochures, guide books etc. fool you (which were probably taken at 6am in February!), you will have to battle to get your square millimetre of space on the one sandy beach (the others have stones on), and if you like calm, secluded beaches with lots of space and privacy this isn’t the place for you! Inevitably, the small beach wasn’t very clean either due to the high visitor numbers and lack of tide in the Mediterranean, and there were lots of cigarette ends everywhere.

We ate at an excellent restaurant called the Dali, which was round by the sandy beach and housed in a building painted red and blue, whilst I would warn – at all costs – against a dire restaurant called Le Pescadou, with awfully tacky Pacific Island themed interior (which doesn’t hit you until you’ve entered past the ‘ok’ looking front) and food which is completely overpriced and will leave you gagging for a stomach pump.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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Reviewed 13 June 2005

Nice hotel in back street off shopping street, close to main square (good market on Sunday morning), old town pedestrianised streets and sea frontages. Comfortable rooms, but no worthwhile views. Breakfast on trays in rooms or in breakfast room with no windows (nicely decorated). Good location for walking to Collioure's many pretty sites. Try Les Templiers for evening meal. Good for one or two nights.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed 29 May 2005

cheap in town accomodation great price and location hotel parking a bit tough sufficient if you want to save money. nice girl at desk right in town but quiet

Stayed: October 2004
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Additional Information about Hotel Princes de Catalogne

Address: impasse des Palmiers | For the Gps: 10 Rue de la Republique, 66190 Collioure, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Pyrenees-Orientales > Collioure
Amenities:
Beach Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Collioure
Price Range: €61 - €149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Princes de Catalogne 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel "Princes de Catalogne" offers you comfort in a trendy atmosphere in the heart of Catalan authenticity. You are welcome in our hotel, in Collioure. Wonderful small town between Mediterranean Sea and mountains, combining art, history and ancient traditions. Our hotel, ideally located in the heart of the village, offers 30 rooms 2 minutes from the sea. You will be warmly welcomed and advised throughout the year, for a stopover, holiday or business trip. ... more   less 
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