Lloret de Mar is known for high-rise buildings that draw sunseekers from across Europe and beyond. They come for good reason. Discover everything the Costa Brava has to offer but avoid the tourist traps with a stay at one of our favourite hotels in Lloret de Mar.
If there’s one place on the Costa Brava the tourist boom hit hard, it’s Lloret de Mar. This former fishing village has been engulfed by high-rise developments catering to the sunseeking throngs that descend each summer. While countless bars host lively nightlife that draws younger crowds of hedonistic holidaymakers, that’s not the whole story. Away from the main drag is a quieter and more refined side in the form of elegant modernista architecture and rugged coastline ripe for exploring. Here are the top places to stay for every type of visitor to the Catalonian coast.
Set away from the busy beach, the 15th Boutique Hotel offers a more laid-back stay. Adherents to the ‘slow travel’ movement, guests are invited to click down a few gears and relax while basking in the hotel’s positive energy. There’s a saltwater pool to cool off in, and a healthy breakfast served until noon for sleepyheads. Combining wood floors with light airy interiors, the rooms themselves help you get in the mellow holiday mood. Don’t want to skip the party? Head here for a few days of recovery before jetting home.
Thanks to the historic connections of the family behind it, the vibe at Hotel Delamar is a distinctive cocktail of Cuban and Mediterranean flavours. Its adults-only environment ensures a laidback atmosphere, helped by the contemporary design throughout. Plonk yourself by the main pool for lunch, or head to the rooftop pool terrace with its buzzy bar and views out to Lloret de Mar’s main beach that’s a short walk away.
As the name suggests, Hostal Mary is a straightforward and no-frills place to rest your head when you’re not beaching or partying. The hostal (cheap hotel) is located on the corner of Sant Pere, one of the busiest shopping streets in the resort town as well as a short stroll from the nightlife epicentre. Unfussy rooms offer all the basic comforts, plus there’s a busy cafe that’s great for breakfast and snacks.
Located on Lloret de Mar’s main thoroughfare lined with bars and restaurants, the Gran Hotel Flamingo is certainly where the action is. But you don’t need to leave the hotel to have a good time, thanks to its Avana rooftop club complete with swimming pool, cocktail bar, and adults-only policy. There’s a second pool open to all on the ground floor, plus the resort’s main beach is just a couple minutes away.
Away from the high-rises and holiday hoards of the main resort, the Santa Marta Hotel sits serenely on a pine-covered clifftop overlooking an unspoilt stretch of coast. Bright, modern rooms either offer magical Mediterranean views or overlook the surrounding forest. For poolside lounging you have to descend to the hotel’s SantaMar Beach Club, which is also just steps from the sand. High-end spa facilities and fine dining seal the deal on these indisputably luxury lodgings.
It’s the covered heated swimming pool that really separates the Helios Lloret from the crowd, as well as making it one of the best year-round hotels in Lloret de Mar. There’s a spa, too, if the weather isn’t ideal. In the more likely event of a sunny day, Lloret de Mar’s main beach is just a couple minutes away on foot. The property’s location also means numerous bars and restaurants practically on your doorstep.
If you’d rather stay away from the noisier nightlife, but still be able to dip in when you want, the Hotel Santa Cristina is in just the right spot. Both the beach and town centre are within easy walking distance, or if you’d just rather recline on your circular lounger by the pool with a drink or two we wouldn’t blame you.
Set right on Lloret de Mar’s bustling beachfront promenade, Hotel Marsol certainly has what you would call a prime location. Ask for one of the higher floor rooms, and you’ll be treated to some pretty special views, or simply head to the heated rooftop pool for the 360-degree panorama. You’ll also find a large jacuzzi tub up there, and for even more relaxation options head to the swish onsite spa.
For an upscale experience with a touch of class, head to the Augusta Club Hotel & Spa. Located towards the outskirts of town, it wouldn’t be the top choice for beach bums or party animals, but here it’s all about relaxation. Rejuvenate with a thermal mud massage in the extensive spa zone, or quiet your mind with a tai-chi or meditation class and you might even return home feeling rested.