Peniscola, famous for its castle overlooking a long strip of sandy beach on the Costa del Azahar, is a popular beach getaway for Spaniards as well as overseas visitors. There are plenty of large hotels here, but look a little closer and you can also find some boutique gems with a more personal touch. Here’s our round-up of the best.
Hotel Boutique La Mar
Located within the walls of the castle with stunning views out to sea, there’s a lot to like about this small hotel. Enjoy a drink on the roof terrace or relax in the Jacuzzi, and enjoy homemade food using quality produce. Modern, minimal décor, attentive staff and a quiet, homely atmosphere make it the perfect spot for chilling out.
Hotel RH Boutique PortoCristo
Located next to the old town and castle, this cosy stay offers comfortable rooms with balconies, some with sea views, with tasteful décor and all the facilities you’d expect including coffee machine in the room. The hotel also has a small but welcoming spa area with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Friendly staff speak good English and breakfast is fresh and well-cooked.
Hotel Tio Pepe
Just a short stroll to the beach, this small but modern and comfortable hotel has wifi, air conditioning and LCD TV in every room. It’s a friendly and clean place to relax after sightseeing or sunbathing, with a simple breakfast provided in the café bar. The hotel is best known for its restaurant, a popular local spot for typical Valencian rice and seafood dishes, such as rice with red prawns and clams.
Casa Nikita’s owners give a warm welcome and provide flawless accommodation at their small but stylish hotel situated in a quiet part of town. Breakfast is generous and views are spectacular. The comfortable beds, peaceful atmosphere and outdoor pool will leave you feeling completely relaxed.
Dios Esta Bien
Find a home away from home in Peniscola at this small hotel with Swiss hospitality plus plenty of old-town charm and personal touches. Cosy rooms feature original stone walls and contemporary decor, and bathrooms are modern and spotlessly clean. The breakfast, which includes freshly roasted coffee, is generous. Don’t forget the roof terrace with its incredible panoramic views out to sea.
Hotel Muva Beach
If you’re looking for a bright, stylish hotel full of modern features, Muva Beach has got it all covered. The hotel’s ten rooms feature everything from air conditioning to soundproofing, plus modern décor with large art prints, textured walls and mood lighting. The on-site restaurant offers discounts for hotel guests, and the central location near the castle is hard to beat.
For a laid-back beachfront stay in a quiet location, this unassuming, family-run hotel is a great option. Rooms are simple but comfortable and of a good size, many featuring a balcony with sea views. The buffet breakfast is varied and generous, and the hotel’s own bar and restaurant offers good-value lunch and dinner options with a sea view. It’s a pleasant 20-minute walk into the Old Town along the promenade. The friendly owners can help you organise bike rental, and there’s free parking on site.