Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Estela Catalonia

The Hotel Estela is a four star art hotel situated on the waterfront of Sitges, with views across the sea, beaches, and marina just a short drive from Barcelona. It effortlessly combines a seafront outlook with the feel of a modern city hotel. With each room individually decorated with either striking contemporary art, or the warm colours of traditional Spain, a stay at the Hotel Estela is a sensory experience. Long holidays can be spent exploring the cultural and artistic heritage of Barcelona, Sitges, and Tarragona, as well as developing your own artistic skills in one of the hotel's workshops. This is an excellent luxury holiday, suited to those well acquainted with the charms of Spanish art, as well as those looking to explore the surrounding area in a chic, modern setting.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Barcelona
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Estela. Sitges

Hotel Estela is a 4-star boutique hotel in a beautiful seafront location. Renowned for its contemporary art gallery, original artwork in the bedrooms and rotating art exhibitions mean that no two stays at this city hotel are the same.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is on the seafront in Sitges, opposite the beach and marina.

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Barcelona

Distance from airport The hotel is 20-minutes' drive from Barcelona Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Regular prestigious Art Exhibitions, Artistic Hall, Bar, Iris Gallery Restaurant, Reiki, Physiotherapeutic Massages, Art Workshops, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Guest Parking, Conference Room, Gardens.

Complimentary

WiFi.

Out and about nearby

Hotel Estela is situated right on the seafront, so Sitges marina and beaches are just a short walk away. A number of art museums, museums, and galleries surround Sitges and Barcelona, including the Museum Cau Ferrat, the Museum Marical, the Museum Romantic, and the Monasterio Budista de Garraf and Museum. On top of the other artistic spots in the centre of Barcelona, including the works of Gaudi, this area is a veritable haven for art-lovers. The area is also dotted with wineries, many of which are open for vineyard and cellar tours as well as wine tasting sessions. You may wish to spend a day rambling across the Garraf Nature Reserve, exploring nearby Tarragona, or experiencing the diversity of Barcelona's many districts.

Sports nearby

Cycling, Horse-riding, Sailing, Golf.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room with pool view for 7 nights

From about

£1,170 low season

£1,520 high season

Holiday Code EXH1841

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Estela. Sitges

The contemporary four star Hotel Estela, otherwise known as the Hotel Del Arte, has been designed with modern art and state-of-the-art furnishings in mind. Best-suited to art-lovers looking to explore this cultural area of Spain, the Hotel Estela offers an entirely unique art hotel setting for an intriguing and fulfilling city break. Embrace Spanish Art, or learn some of the skills for yourself, before venturing out to explore the artistic marks left on Sitges and Barcelona by famous designers such as Gaudi. The Hotel Estela is located on the waterfront, beside the Sitges marina and its beaches. This offers guests the chance to appreciate the artistry of the Spanish horizon inland, as well as across the sea. From the outside, the elegant building is unassuming, aside from the exceptional seafront position, with little extravagance beside the travertine marble sculpture which spells the hotel's name, a bronze sculpture by Dali, and a pink marble sculpture by Atchugarry. Yet, the interior is interspersed with bright, lively artworks, and calming modern sculptures. Beside the main staircase and along the hotel's corridors, guests can uncover more fascinating works by the likes of Dali, Subirachs, Josep Bofill, and Lorenzo Quinn. Rooms are individually decorated from floor to ceiling, with either glamorous monochromatic centrepieces, or colourful paintings that subtly hark back to a more traditional Spain. Art coexists with delicious cuisine in the Iris Gallery Restaurant, which serves seasonal, fresh Mediterranean food with a creative twist. In the summer months, guests can choose to either dine on the terrace or amidst the exhibitions of the dining room. The poolside and gardens are tranquil, with dynamic sculptures emerging from the manicured grass, allowing the sounds and views of the sea to come into their own. On top of this, the hotel offers Art Workshops which truly submerge guests in the culture of the hotel, Reiki relaxation, and Physiotherapeutic Massages which aim to revitalise guests after days exploring Sitges, Tarragona, and Barcelona. The unique atmosphere of this enchanting city hotel will attract guests with a keen eye for art, as well as those looking to explore cultural Spain, for long, revitalising city breaks.

Room descriptions

The Hotel Estela has 65 rooms equipped with terrace and sea views, air-conditioning, heating, flatscreen television, telephone, minibar, hairdryer, safe, and WiFi.

Standard Room with balcony and views over the pool
Deluxe Room with balcony
Artist Room with sea view specially painted by an individual artist
Stellar Room with sea views
Junior Suite with sea view and living area
Stellar Suite with sea views and living area
Artist Suite with sea views and living area
Stellar Grand Suite with two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, and large terrace or garden with sea views

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room with pool view for 7 nights

From about

£1,170 low season

£1,520 high season

Holiday Code EXH1841

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Estela. Sitges

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Hotel Estela Barcelona, Sitges, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Barcelona. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet, Jet2 and TUI for example. If you are combining this hotel with stays elsewhere, you may want to consider flying into one airport and out of another. We can arrange this for you. The hotel is about 25 minutes’ drive from the airport and we recommend that we book for you either a private car transfer or a hire-car, depending on the itinerary.

Additional information

Children: One child under the age of 10 stays free of charge on a bed and breakfast basis when sharing with parents. For children under the age of 10 there is a special children's menu and cots are provided free of charge.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room with pool view for 7 nights

From about

£1,170 low season

£1,520 high season

Holiday Code EXH1841

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Estela. Sitges

About Catalonia and Eastern Spain

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to eastern Spain feature some of the best four and five star hotels in Catalonia and Valencia, including luxury beach resorts on the Costa Brava, mountain retreats in the Catalan Pyrenees and city hotels in Barcelona and Valencia. Eastern Spain is a diverse area with buzzing cities and mediaeval towns, rugged coastline and sandy beaches, soaring mountains and lush river deltas. There is a great wealth of historical and cultural sights throughout Catalonia and the Valencian community, both within the main cities and hidden away in the countryside. Although Barcelona is the main draw for visitors to eastern Spain, the rest of the region is well worth visiting and offers tremendous diversity. During a holiday in eastern Spain, visitors can trek or partake in mountain sports, relax on the beach and visit historic towns and cities all within the space of a few days. Catalonia itself is a unique region which provided inspiration for a number of famous artists such as Dali and Picasso, and retains a strong regional identity which is evident in its language, distinctive cuisine and lively local festivals. In the north is Catalonia, whose capital is the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. With unique architecture and a rich culture, gourmet restaurants and lively bars, golden beaches and tranquil parks, it is not surprising that Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe. Away from the city there is an abundance of cultural and historical attractions as well as areas of stunning natural beauty. The entire region retains a strong regional identity, with its own commonly used language, distinctive cuisine and lively local festivals. Towns and cities including Girona, Tarragona, Vic and Lleida are home to a variety of highlights including mediaeval castles, cobbled old towns, ancient Roman ruins and modernist architecture. Stretching north towards the French border are the pretty coves, jagged cliffs and golden beaches of the Costa Brava, where you can still find wild and untouched stretches of coastline in between busy coastal towns. Meanwhile, inland are the snow-capped Pyrenees, a towering mountain range which forms the border with France and is dotted with remove villages, an ideal setting for trekking and partaking in mountain sports. Past the vineyards and rice fields of southern Catalonia is the Valencian Community, whose capital is Spain's third-largest city. Valencia has reinvented itself in recent years with futuristic architecture and a sophisticated port area which contrast with the historic buildings of the atmospheric old town. Further south are the sprawling beach resorts of the Costa Blanca, but if you head away from the Valencian coastline you will find craggy mountains, peaceful nature reserves, colourful citrus groves, traditional villages and ancient fortresses.

Highlights of Catalonia and Eastern Spain

Barcelona's Gothic quarter, a maze of narrow streets and plazas which is home to historic buildings including La Seu Cathedral. Modernist architecture throughout the region, particularly in Barcelona where Gaudí­ designed works including the Sagrada Familia church and Park Guell. Green spaces within Barcelona such as Montjuic, a fortress-topped hill, and Parc de la Ciutatella, a popular park with a zoo and several museums. The City of Arts and Sciences and the Fine Arts Museum in Valencia. Historic monuments within Valencia including a 15th century silk exchange and a Cathedral, home to a Holy Chalice which is said to be the Holy Grail. The Monastery of Montserrat, a religious complex in a spectacular setting atop craggy mountains with chapels, hermits' caves and numerous nature trails. Wineries in towns such as Sant Sadurní d'Anoia and Vilafranca del Penedès. Tarragona, a port city with fascinating Roman remains. The ancient walled city of Girona. Vic, a quintessentially Catalan town with an outstanding market. Cardona, a picturesque town with an impressive fortress. The renowned Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. Charming towns along the Costa Brava such as Cadaques, as well as those further inland such as the colourful town of Begur. Pretty villages in the Pyrenees, where visitors can also hike and partake in mountain activities. Wildlife in the wetlands of the Albufera Natural Park.

Festivals in Catalonia and Eastern Spain

March: Las Fallas festival of fire (Valencia), 23 April: Celebration of Catalonia's patron saint, April: Barcelona April Fair, May: Girona flower fair, 23 June: Midsummer's Eve Festival, July: Valencia July Fair, July/August: Begur Music Festival, August: La Tomatina tomato throwing festival (Buñol), 11 September: National day of Catalonia, September: Celebration of Barcelona's patron saint, September/October: Human tower festivals (near Tarragona).

Gastronomy in Catalonia and Eastern Spain

Cuisine in eastern Spain takes inspiration from both nearby France and from central Spain whilst making use of local ingredients available including seafood, fresh vegetables, meat and game. Paella, the rice dish which is known the world over originated in Valencia. Barcelona is home to some of Spain's best restaurants, with gastronomic chefs creating innovative cuisine and over 20 boasting at least one Michelin star. Typical dishes include unusual ‘sea and mountain' combinations which use both meat and seafood, ‘Pa amb tomàquet' (bread with tomato, oil and garlic), ‘Fideuá' (a variant of Paella with pasta), ‘Zarzuela' (a seafood stew), ‘Escudella’ (a stew containing vegetables, meat, rice and pasta) and ‘Crema Catalana' (a Catalan version of a Crème Brûlée).

Climate in Catalonia and Eastern Spain

Eastern Spain enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, although mountainous areas are somewhat cooler. Late spring and early autumn are great times to visit coastal areas as the weather is warm with temperatures of around 20 degrees centigrade, although some rainfall can be expected. Summer in the cities can be unbearably hot, but the coastline is cooled by sea breezes. Winter is generally mild with occasional rain and average temperatures of 10 degrees, whilst temperatures regularly drop below freezing in the Pyrenees and snow often falls.

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