What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast, a local appetizer on arrival and local sweets on departure
- Waking up to see a frothy green sea of pine trees at the end of the bed (from the Kube Rooms)
- Feasting on local produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Cozying up by a real wood fire in your room in winter
What To Know
- It’s a good two-and-a-half-hour drive to Barcelona
- There’s little in the way of restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity; head out for lunch, stay in for dinner
- In-room free WiFi is excellent so you won’t feel completely disconnected
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
On the site of a 14th-century hermitage and an ancient farmhouse in Spain’s history-rich but little-known Aragon region, Consolación is a cutting-edge crash pad. The architectural details are sublime, from the textured local sandstone to the lobby that wouldn’t look out of place in a Meat Packing District gallery with its metallic, cuboid help-yourself bar and voluptuous wall lights. The oxidized-steel paneled walls and acres of glass that frame the poured concrete floors of the dining room are pitch perfect.
Bed & Bath
There are two rooms in the main house, but it’s hard to resist the lure of the ‘kubes’ that dot the top of a shallow ridge. With a whole window wall and a narrow deck jutting into a densely forested valley, these are great indoor-outdoor spaces that work in any season. Cool slate floors, a cast iron hanging fireplace, a two-person sunken bath (complete with a rubber duck) and a big fat bed invite early nights and unnecessarily long lay-ins. Bathrooms are small, but perfectly formed with a walk-in rain shower and black slate bathtub.
A hearty farmhouse breakfast (regional hams, charcuterie, goat cheese and a delicious spiced pear jam) is dished up in the open-plan kitchen in the main house. Dinner is served in a gently-lit, romantic dining room with a focus on local dishes, and lunch (on the terrace or by the pool) comes in the form of mini lamb burgers and salads plucked from the hotel’s gardens. Lawns flecked with clover roll out in all directions, and little pathways lead off into the woods should you fancy a stroll, but if you just want to lounge by the pool and listen to the chirruping of birds and the bumbling of bees, that’s fine too.
In the Area
This is the land once roamed by dinosaurs, invaded by the Moors and watched over by monks, and there are vestiges of all three everywhere. A five-minute drive away it’s worth taking an evening stroll up to the Mirador de la Muela in Monroyo to see the medieval village on one side and the Arabic pozo (water tower) on the other. Further afield, La Fresneda has a lovely plaza engulfed by arcaded Moorish townhouses and narrow lanes. The Convento Las Claras is a good place for lunch (or to sneak off to the spa). Wild swimmers will love the Beceite Canyon, which reveals deep blue streams with plenty of swimming holes, and in the distance Els Ports beckons climbers, hikers and birdwatchers.
How to Get There
Using and old church (somehow ranks as a hermitage) as a base they build this hotel with some good ideas using the concept of separate modern isolated cabins in a cube design that unfortunately have more form than function. They are somewhat small, perhaps one more meter in any direction could suffice. The interior is too compressed with a large bed totally blocked on threes sides with only access in or out through a foot side crawl. The only chairs available were butterfly wings contractions (no backrest). Cute, but useless for resting with a book enjoying the otherwise tranquil and serene countryside, thus rendering the balcony impractical. Better luck encountered at the separate chair stations , strategically located on the extensive hotel grounds, where comfortable seating is available, but not in your room.
The compact bathroom is made complicated by the fact that the sink and mirror are at right angles and the overhead light over only one side, sink. Good if your are and Egyptian art profile.
The hotel allow pets and when the owners leave them alone while taking any of the inviting hikes, they yelp constantly breaking the serenity of the site.
The location is outstanding and the solitude inviting for rest and hikes with birds chirping at night . After that a nice breakfast is included in the price, which is a good idea since the town is few miles away.
Personnel was discrete and helpful.
We spend three days and will only recommend it pointing out the problems with the cubes. (They have other rooms in the main building). This setting was born of a good good idea that is a poster child for what comes out when designers take over plans to make a point without much thought to practical outcomes for comfort of the guests, particularly if they want relaxation along with uniqueness.
Overall, good idea poorly implemented.
we stayed here for three nights and had a lovely time.We stayed in one of the pods which had a great view looking out to the mountains. It has a lovely balcony that you can sit out on and relax.they don't have a reception desk with staff here there is a little bell that you ring if you want the receptionist, it was a bit wierd at first as not used to not seeing anyone around. the swimming pool was FREEZING!
We had a fantastic meal here that highlighted the local produce through a contemporary prism. We selected a degustation menu, that led us through a panoply of flavours and textures, through vegetables, fish, meats and fruits and chocolate. The interior fitout highlights the impressive history of the space and the service was warm and attentive from the beginning and we highly recommend the restaurant. Thank you Gloria and team for a lovely evening.
Everything from the beginning was amazing. The room is big, with a terrace facing the mountains. Bath coming out of the floor also slowing you to enjoy the views. Peace, quiet and lovely food. They even give you a home made cake before you leave!
This was our best hotel experience these last years. Reality is even more impressive than the pictures show it. The whole place is absolutely unique, a peace of art, building a bridge from its ancient times as an Hermitage to contemporary architecture. A peaceful oasis which makes you forget the world outside. Extremely quiet, well entertained and clean. And above all: very friendly and helpful people, taking care of everything. Besides the pool they have a table tennis and table soccer, there’s a library and a large room with an open fireplace. Dinner is excellent with a good selection of wines focusing on the region. Breakfast could hardly be better with homemade cakes, different types of coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice of course. During the day they offer a special menu with several light dishes that they serve at the pool. In its surroundings you can do some walking, hiking and mountainbiking above all. We made a daytrip to the coast, visiting the Papagayo Garden in Benicarlo amongst other things which we can really recommend if you travel with children.