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Hotel Highlights

  • Colour-rich countryside and beautiful beaches
  • Golf courses, Dalí Triangle, horse riding and watersports to enjoy
  • Romantic, mediaeval village setting

Overview

Take two 18th-century Catalan farmhouses in a mediaeval village, merge and renovate the result, add in soft lighting, fresh flowers, countryside views and a restaurant built in an old theatre and, congratulations, you’ve conjured up Hotel del Teatre. This boutique hotel near the Costa Brava in Empordà is a romantic rural retreat, its seven whitewashed rooms kitted out with timber furniture and styled with simple sophistication.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Hotel del Teatre with us:

A bottle of local Catalan cava, chilling in an ice-bucket in your room upon arrival.

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hotel del Teatre

Mid-week offer: 20% off

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

11, including seven suites and two apartments.

Check–out

12pm. Check-in, 2pm. Reception is open 9am to 8pm, so if it looks like you'll arrive outside these times, let the hotel know in advance.

Rates

Double rooms from $182.41 (€141), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out and an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

The hotel provides umbrellas and pool towels, which you can take to the beach.

Hotel closed

3 November 2012 to 27 December 2013, and 1 January to 15 March 2013.

At the hotel

Gardens, DVD and CD library, mountain bikes available free, free parking. In rooms: TV with DVD player.

Our favourite rooms

For a dazzling view of the green-and-gold countryside, book up the Suite Senior. The arched windows in the lounge area (separated from the bedroom by five steps and a doorway) look out over the terracotta-tiled roof and rolling fields below. The bedroom is a soothing expanse of space, with pitched ceilings, exposed beams and tiny shutters adding rustic allure. Decor and furnishings (a timber shelf, cupboard, armchair and sofa bed) are decidedly fuss- and frill-free, letting the views do the talking. Suites Junior have large windows looking out over verdant vistas. They have a separate seating area and views of all Girona’s charms outside the window.

Poolside

Adjacent to the restaurant, there’s a lawn dotted with sun loungers leading up to the outdoor pool. There’s a phone close by, so you can call the hotel and order poolside sips.

Packing tips

Snorkeling gear for undersea sightseeing; golf clubs for the nearby courses; an appetite for seafood.

Also

The hotel is a no-pets and no-smoking zone.

Children

Mini-Smiths are welcome, with free cots available for babies, extra beds for older ones are €52 a night. There’s a children’s menu in the restaurant and babysitting can be booked four days beforehand, for €15 an hour.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The hotel cannily snapped up the village’s 19th-century theatre and turned it into an eatery, La Cuina del Teatre. The original layout has been retained and, as guests feast, old films are projected onto a screen at the back of the stage. Ingredients are sourced from the local markets, with fresh fish and meat the stars of the show. Dishes include duck confit with caramelised figs, watermelon soup with basil sorbet and potato parmentier with prawns and asparagus. The restaurant also boasts a modern glass addition, built onto the side of the theatre and equipped with tall sliding doors to let in the summer sun. There’s a separate cosy seating area, perfect for post-prandials. The restaurant is only open for dinner between March and June and in September, and closes altogether on Mondays and Tuesdays. In July and August, lunch and dinner are every day.

Hotel Bar

There's no bar as such but you can sip aperitifs or digestifs in the cosy lounge-style reception, on the squashy couches. If it’s a balmy night, sit out on the little terrace overlooking the garden.

Last orders

Feast between 8.30am–10.30am for breakfast; 1.30–3.30pm for lunch and dinner at a typically Mediterranean 8pm–10.30pm.

Room service

Breakfast can be brought up to your room and there’s a menu of snacks and meals available until 10pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Channel glam am dram: wear a flowing dress or ruffled shirt.

Top table

Sit beneath the vaulted ceiling in the original section by the stage and pretend you’re two star-crossed lovers.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Indulge in a few lazy days spent poolside, or in the upstairs reading room playing board or card games and watching DVDs. When you’re feeling more lively, ask the hotel to organise a hot-air-balloon trip, boat hire, a massage or a picnic and set out to explore the scenic surroundings. Borrow some of the hotel’s mountain bikes (thoughtfully equipped with GPS to prevent those head-scratching, heart-thumping ‘where are we?’ moments) or spend an afternoon perfecting your putt at one of the nine nearby golf courses. If you’re bored of merely frolicking in the sea, try out some watersports at Funtastic Empordà, a water sports centre with wind surfing, water-skiing and sailing facilities.

Local restaurants

Eat by the waves at Tragamar, a beachfront restaurant at Platja del Canadell, in Callele de Palafrugell (+34 97 261 4336). Another seaside eatery worth a visit is Sa Tuna (+34 97 262 2198) at Platja Sa Tuna, Begur. The restaurant sits cosily on the beach, with marine-themed decor and delicious fish feasts.

Local cafés

For plump pastries, potent coffees, fresh sandwiches and beer refreshment, visit La Tosta (+34 97 230 8716) café at 16 Dels Rajolers, Regencos.

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Rural Regencos’ oaks and fields

Hotel del Teatre

Plaça Major s/n, Regencós, Empordà - Girona, 17214

Planes

Ryanair flies from 11 UK airports to Girona-Costa Brava Airport. The hotel is a 40-minute drive from Girona airport.

Trains

Take the Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) from London to Paris mid-afternoon; then take the evening Barcelona-bound train (www.raileurope.co.uk) from Gare d’Austerlitz and wake up in Girona.

Automobiles

Exits 5 to 9 of the A-7 motorway access the region from Barcelona to the south, Perpignan to the north.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Richard Strange , Punk-pioneering composer

The day before Mrs Smith and I left for Emporda, we were at the wedding of two old friends. I had been persuaded to take on the role of Master of Ceremonies and, as we left the following day, love was still very much in the air. Every leg of the journey from London to Emporda was painless, and our hire car was waiting in a heat haze just outside Gerona airport. The 40-minute drive along vertigino…
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Hotel del Teatre

Anonymous review by Richard Strange, Punk-pioneering composer

The day before Mrs Smith and I left for Emporda, we were at the wedding of two old friends. I had been persuaded to take on the role of Master of Ceremonies and, as we left the following day, love was still very much in the air. Every leg of the journey from London to Emporda was painless, and our hire car was waiting in a heat haze just outside Gerona airport. The 40-minute drive along vertiginous mountain roads was an adventure in itself. Snatched glimpses of mediaeval churches were a frequent delight, and our anticipation grew with each passing kilometre. The region of Emporda is situated in Catalonia, between Barcelona and Dali country – Figueras and Cadaques – and beyond that, the Pyrenees and France.

So discreet is the Hotel del Teatre on the main square, Placa Major, in the charming village of Regencos that we managed to drive past it three times without noticing it was a hotel. No neon, no billboard. Nor even, it seemed, any people. When we stopped in the deserted street to check on the address, an athletic young man emerged and bounded across the road and, though he spoke no English, managed to communicate that we had indeed arrived at our destination, and insisted on carrying our luggage to the lobby, so we could enjoy the cool shade within. Within minutes the manageress Alicia had been summoned to facilitate a fuss-free check-in. Alicia proved to be a wonderful hostess, and a fathomless source of both local knowledge, all delivered in faultless English with an appealing Spanish lilt.

Our room, one of only seven, was a junior suite. Huge, light and airy, it had a vast four-postered bed in the centre of a tastefully decorated space. A polished concrete floor was refreshingly cool beneath our feet. The beams of the ceiling were lime-washed split tree trunks, which added a pleasingly rustic feel to an otherwise modernist environment. Timber furniture in the bedrooms has been lovingly fashioned by local craftsmen, while all the mod cons are present including a flatscreen TV with DVD player, a laptop computer already plumbed in for internet access, and a minibar – yet it still manages to feel uncluttered. Additionally it has a huge bathroom. The tub itself was like a white-painted cattle trough, and easily accommodated us both as we refreshed ourselves and made plans.

As we emerged restored and eager to explore, Alicia was on hand to help. She recommended the best beaches, historical towns and restaurants in the area. It was a Sunday, and the hotel’s own restaurant, La Cuina del Teatre, just across the road, would be open for dinner tonight, but not tomorrow. ‘The chef’s day off,’ she explained. We booked a table for 9pm and, as we left, she suggested, ‘Shall I put a few English-language DVDs in your room, in case you want to watch something?’ This consideration and attention to detail was to typify our stay at the hotel.

We drove the four miles to the secluded beach of Aigua Blava, a cove that could have been designed by an art director with too much budget to spend. Either side of a golden beach, pine-clad cliffs tumbled into an ultramarine sea, with whitewashed houses clinging for dear life to any flat surface. The beach was all ours, but for one French family who braved the early spring sea. Sinking into the soft sand, we agreed we were in heaven.

Back at our hotel, we enjoyed a sundowner on the tiny terrace that overlooked the narrow street. Dinner was a revelation. The restaurant is in what was the village theatre, built in stone in 1800. Handsome and muscular, it has a modern glass annex overlooking a terrace. Crisp white linen tablecloths, rattan chairs and gleaming glassware contribute to a Nineties’ feel. A small stage still exists at one end, and films are occasionally shown here at special events.

Although we were the only two guests dining that night, the entire menu was available – as well as a tapas selection – and the service, always attentive but never overbearing, was impeccable. Two vast gin and tonics arrived, each large enough for a claustrophobic goldfish to live in comfortably, as we perused an adventurous but unpretentious bill of fare.

Mrs Smith, a fish-eating vegetarian, was delighted by the choice available, and opted for white beans with clams, followed by tuna steaks. I went for the scallops cooked with mushrooms and peas, followed by oven-baked goat with potatoes. The chef, Eduardo Puig, relies on traditional dishes using only local seasonal produce of the highest quality. The fish, meat and vegetables were all first class, and the portions gargantuan. The waiter recommended a local white wine – don’t you love it when they surprise you with a little number from the lower end of the price range? And it was a perfect accompaniment.

We retired to our room, and found that Alicia had stacked a selection of DVDs for all tastes and moods on a coffeetable. We decided they could wait for another day. Collapsing into our bed was like falling into a meringue: we cracked the starched-white shell, fell into its softness, and drifted off into a sweet dream-filled sleep.

The remainder of our stay was filled with hugely enjoyable excursions, after taking our daily breakfast on the terrace of La Cuina del Teatre. Breakfast was a simpler affair, but no less delicious. Excellent breads, cheeses and hams, just-squeezed orange juice and great coffee were a perfect way to start each day. We listened to birdsong and decided that we had come at the most perfect time. Late April is warm, sunny and in full bloom, but it is also empty and quiet. An irresistibly romantic combination.

The walls of the nearby mediaeval towns of Begur, Madremanya, Monells and Pubols, were dripping with scented wisteria and lilac. The hilltop attraction of Els Àngels is well worth a visit, however brief your stay. Atop a 485m hill stand a church and a shrine, of uncertain origin, but which were certainly ravaged during the Spanish Civil War. A breath-stealing 360-degree panorama makes this a very special destination. A turn of the head takes in mountains, forests and the distant coastline.

Much loved by school parties and intrepid cyclists, Els Àngels is also where, in 1958, Salvador Dali married his beloved Gala, and it is easy to see why they were beguiled. It worked its same magic on us. I bought Mrs Smith a wedding band from the only shop while we waited for lunch, and put it on her finger. The next day, in the lovely town of La Bispal d’Emporda, we discussed our own wedding plans. This magical part of Spain had worked its spell.


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel del Teatre's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The lady at the desk was so helpful – attentive but not in our faces. There were lots of really good ideas for days out. It was so peaceful – it felt like no one else was in the hotel, so felt like we were at our private farmhouse with super service and delicious food in a wonderful location.

Rating: 8/10 stars