The Best Boutique Hotels in Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain
Located not far from the provincial capital Barcelona, the small town of Vilafranca del Penedès is famous for being the centre of the Cava wine-making industry
. Home to some of the most prestigious local wineries, the town is also popular for its outdoor market on Saturdays and its charming old town plazas. Here are some of the best places to stay in and round Vilafranca del Penedès for a rural retreat wth plenty of sparkle.
Mercer Casa Torner i Güell, Vilafranca del Penedès
This four star hotel is housed in a stunning 20th century Modernist house in the town centre of Vilafranca del Penedès. On the inside though you’ll find the hotel has been fully updated and boasts modern furnishings and a sophisticated interior. The spacious rooms offer large, comfortable beds and big windows letting in plenty of natural light. The in-house restaurant serves contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in a glass-walled dining room surrounded by old stone walls and foliage.
Cava & Hotel Mastinell, Villafranca del Penedés
Surrounded by vineyards, the Cava & Hotel Mastinell is a luxury boutique hotel not quite like anything you’ve ever seen thanks to its unique design inspired by the work of local architect Antoni Gaudí. Each of the 13 rooms overlook either the vineyards or the winery and come with spacious bath tubs and rainforest showers as well as a complimentary bottle of the estate’s own Cava. The En Rima Culinary Space is a gourmet restaurant which attracts both hotel guests and those from outside with its gastronomic tasting menu which changes on a monthly basis.
Cal Tòfol, Sant Martí Sarroca
This exclusive boutique hotel has just three rooms available, each with their own original theme: the Chardonnay Suite, the Oriental Suite and the Relax Azul Suite. Each of the luxury rooms at Cal Tòfol comes with its own private jacuzzi and a range of conveniences such as iPod docking stations, large plasma televisions and their own mini-bar. The hotel also features an outdoor pool which was recently updated and a cozy lounge area with a billiards table and an open-fire chimney.
MASÍA CAN TRABAL, Can Trabal
Bed and Breakfast
This historic farmhouse dates back to 1840 and is located in the small town of Sant Miquel d’Olèrdola, some 8km (5 miles) from Vilafranca del Penedès. Combining the rustic charm of an old country home, with its open fires and shady terrace, with the comfort of a modern outdoor pool and chill-out area, the Masia Can Trabal is ideal for a countryside retreat in Cava country from Spring right through until Fall.
Hotel Castell de Gimenelles, Sant Jaume dels Domenys
Perched on top of a hill in the middle of the Catalan countryside, the Hostel del Castell Gimenelles is a former manor house or ‘castle’ which has managed to retain much of its original charm. The décor and furnishings are traditional and uncomplicated but rooms are comfortable, spacious and offer a peaceful night’s sleep thanks to the hotel’s remote location. Common areas include an outdoor swimming pool, a large lounge and dinning room which functions as a restaurant in the evenings when guests can try traditional local fare.
Cal Ruget Hotel Rural, Vilobí del Penedès
An old rural house renovated to offer comfortable rooms with plenty of natural light and comfortable beds, the Cal Ruget Hotel is located in the small hamlet of La Rovira Roja inland from Vilafranca del Penedès. Many of the rooms boats stylish wood floors and all of them offer splendid views of either the nearby mountains, the vineyards or the garden. The hotel restaurant offers seasonal dishes made with ingredients mostly sourced within 100km (62 miles) of the property and mostly from organic producers. During the winter, the calçot menu – a special type of sweet onion which is adored by locals – is both reasonably priced and good fun.
Masia Sumidors, Sant Pere de Ribes
Surrounded by fragrant fig trees and date palms, the Masia Sumidors is a traditional Catalan rural house or ‘masia’ furnished with an eclectic mix of traditional furniture and quirky modern additions. Tucked away on a sunny hillside, the hotel has an outdoor pool and in the summer dinner is served on the outdoor terrace overlooking the garden. Rooms are a far cry from your standard chain hotel, each boasting their own unique décor with furniture by local company Valentí. The owners are also happy to organise wine tours of the local estates and recommend local wineries and restaurants.