Just five minutes from the sandy beaches at Sitges, Hotel Palou is a typical "Americanos Style" house dating from the latter part of the 19th century. During the course of the conversion to a hotel, great care was taken to preserve the original features of the house, such as the colourful plaster ceiling mouldings, wrought iron balustrades and ceramic tiles. The distinctive architectural style of the house was then taken as further inspiration for the individual decoration of each of the guest rooms, six standard double rooms and four superior rooms. Three of the rooms have a hydromassage bath and one has a period bath-tub right in the room. They all have facilities like safe, minibar, hair dryer, air conditioning and so on.
There is a large swimming pool on the lawn, with lots of room for sunbathing and relaxing. Alongside there is a terrace where guests can take a coffee or aperitif at any time of day. Meanwhile, there is a large lounge downstairs where guests can also relax.
This is a great position for taking full advantage of the fabulous beaches of the Costa Dorada, as well as being very close to Barcelona, the Roman ruins at Tarragona and the Port Aventura theme park.
If you are looking for a relaxing stay close to beaches but just a little way away from the hustle and bustle, this could be the place. On a totally personal note, I have a bit of a thing about motor-racing history, and I was completely entranced by the old race circuit I found near Sitges. Last used in 1955 and still complete but now quietly crumbling into the fields, it is a fascinating and eerie place.
A Word from the Owner
Our friendly little hotel lets guests feel that they are at home, while enjoying the benefits of a three or four star hotel. Although we are only 5 minutes from Sitges and 20 minutes from Barcelona, our hotel is in a very tranquil setting.
Cocotero. With twin beds and shower.
Bananero. With double bed and bath.
Ron. With double bed, shower and balcony with view of the garden.
Palmeras. With twin beds and shower.
Cafetal. With double bed and bath.
Cacao. With double bed and shower.
Algodon. With double bed, hydromassage bath and balcony with view of the garden.
Dr Cuadras. With double bed and period bathtub.
Caña de Azucar. With double bed, hydromassage bath and balcony with views of the garden.
Tabaco. With double bed, hydromassage bath and balcony with view of the garden.
Breakfasts are served in the hotel's breakfast room, and a cafe-bar service is available throughout the hotel. Dinner is on request (notice required) and costs € 25.30 per person with water included.
Beaches. Just a few minutes from the beaches at Sitges, with all the watersports that it has to offer
Walking in the Parque Natural Garraf or around the vineyards of Penedes
Beaches. Almost deserted beaches, just 25 minutes away by car.
Places to visit:
Sitges. Not just for the beaches: visit the museums or see the well-preserved "Indiano" and "Americano" modernist houses.
La Plana Novella Buddhist monastery
Penedes region. One of the renowned wine regions of Spain.
Barcelona. Only 20 minutes away, and so much to see and do.
Tarragona. Founded by the Romans, Tarragona's ancient walls are an emblem of historic Mediterranean culture. The Roman ruins are a reflection of the importance of the city since time immemorial; the amphitheatre, the Roman circus, and the most beautiful sights of a city that embraces the sea.
Port Aventura. Enjoy the excitement of five different "worlds": Mediterranean, Polynesia, China, Mexico and the Wild West.
Reviews from Little Hotels Travellers:
"Recently spent 3 nights at this hotel, (Hotel Palou) and owners very welcoming, rooms interesting and very clean. Our only grumbles would be that towels not changed every day or even every other (and at this time of year, April, they don't dry in the day because weather not that warm) and the breakfast isn't great - no warm choices, no cereal choices or even fresh baked rolls or croissants. This isn't a cheap hotel and we feel that these things would be available at other comparable hotels we have stayed, in Spain."
"We really enjoyed our short stay at the hotel. It was very comfortable and Inma and Conchita made us feel most welcome.
The hotel is in a great location near Sitges but there are some good restaurants in Sant Pere de Ribes. We especially enjoyed ElSecreto - probably the best meal I have had in Spain.
We hope to return in the near future."
"The 3 day break at Hotel Palou was just lovely. Situated towards the end of the town and up a slight hill it was ideal for a tranquil break. The hosts were very kind and made you very welcome. The town itself is a lot bigger than I originally thought and not over crowded at all. The bus station, a ten minutes walk into the town, allowed access to Barcelona and also the Airport and was very cheap costing only 3 euros each way. You could also get into Sitges which was a 15 minute bus ride for the same amount."
"We enjoyed a fantastic stay in Hotel Palou. The hotel is very comfortable and retains a lot of character. I can definately recommend this hotel. It is close enough to Sitges ( only ten minutes by bus ) to visit and see the sights. We have also stayed in Sitges but this provided us with the an ideal base from which to explore. All of the staff at the hotel were very friendly and offered us great advice when we asked. "
"We returned yesterday from our break, firstly staying at the Hotel Palou in Sant Pere de Ribes, near Catalyuna.
Excellent service, family very welcoming and helpful, hotel accommodation (in superior room) very good. Pool area ok but could do with being tiled as wet feet meant mud due to the lack of grass in some areas, but that is only a minor niggle. Location ideal - several bars and good restaurants within walking distance, including a great cocktail bar, 10 minutes by bus to Sitges town and the great beach and shops there, 20/25 minutes by bus to Barcelona. Definitely recommend."
"Just back from a working trip to Spain, Catalunya-Barca, stayed at Sant Pere de Ribes at Hotel Palou near Sitges... very convenient location close to the motorway and handy for Sitges; the village/small town also charming in its own way and very adequate for bars, restaruants etc... drive to Barca takes only 20 mins to half hour. Was working at Montmelo and that took up to an hour depending on density of traffic via Ronda de Dalt etc... Hotel was fine, easy to find, simple, clean, very comfortable and excellent service and hospitality. Small and family run with very nice breakfasts and room was good. All polite people, quiet and relaxing. In room internet via cable, plus tv plus nice views... and not a rip-off. Have previously stayed Sitges many years, also Barca city and other small towns around Montmelo, Vic etc... this hotel was so nice I would go back for a holiday stop.. the family were particularly kind and generous. "
"We stayed at the Hotel Palou in Sant Peres de Ribes for the first two weeks in August.
The owners were v. friendly and the hotel was clean and quiet.
Restaurants in Sant Peres are not very good and the hotel would benefit from offering simple home-cooked Spanish food in the evenings for guests.
Although the owner's daughter speaks a little English the owner speaks none at all. This is fine but one day my son rang up from the UK - he had an urgent problem he needed to talk through with me. Unfortunately the owners couldn't understand that he wanted to speak to me and my son was rather distressed as a result, though we were able to sort everything out ok in the end. My Spanish is poor; on the other hand I'm not running a hotel!"
"Many thanks for the late change in our booking and getting us a room at Hotel Palou. Having explored most roads in Sant Pere de Ribes we spotted a sign post and found the Palou.
After three days of five star luxury in Barcelona we weren't quite sure what to expect but then holidays should be about exploring, finding out about people and places, etc.
The Hotel Palou - what a little gem - absolutely ideal for an English couple who speak about three words of Spanish! Couple this with Conchita and Rafael who have no English and you could end up with a potential disaster. But at the Palou there's no chance of this with someone like Conchita around. My wife inadvertantly dropped a photo of our grandson on the floor - that was it. Grandparents of the world unite immediately, especially as (english speaking) daughter Inma had her two boys at the hotel most afternoons. Much as we enjoyed talking with Inma about the village and Catalunya "conversations" with Conchita were the highspot every day as she is a super mime artist. Couple this with me being, to quote my wife, 'daft as a brush' I reckon that lack of a common language was no barrier and somehow we all understood about 90% of our 'conversations'. The world would be a sorry place without laughter - we got enough in five days to last us for the rest of the year! One evening we were going out to dinner and I made the fatal error of appearing in a shirt that identical in colour to Conchita's blouse - that was it. She was off - the gist of that evening's mime competition was 'leave your wife here with Rafael to watch TV - the two best dressed people in Ribes are going out on the town tonight!!'
We won't forget Hotel Palou in a hurry.
P.S. Restaurant Soligo round the corner is great with yet another character - 'mine host' learnt his English in Bombay and various ashrams [up country] back in the days when the Beatles and Co. were into the Mahreshi Mahesh Yogi. This man has a few stories to tell on a quiet night!"
Here's What Some People Have Written On Other Review Sites or in the Guestbook:
Tranquility, personality and above all, the charming service of the family. The hotel is delightful, and what's more, it is an ideal place to be close to Sitges without suffering the noise.
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In the hotel
- Cafe‑bar service
- Breakfast Room
- Meeting/party room
- Swimming pool
- Lawned garden
In your room
- Internet connection
- Writing desk
- En‑suite bathroom
- Private balcony (some rooms)
- Hydro‑massage bath (some rooms)
- Air‑conditioning and heating