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
- 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
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.
This is a truly unique place to relax, enjoy nature and experience a beautiful blend of modern architecture with tradition and history. It is also a perfect place for a romantic break.
We stayed for 5 days in January in one of the cubes. The cubes are fantastic. You wake up and see the marvelous views in front of you and you have a fireplace that is perfect to relax after a day's hike. The bed / tatami is very confortable and the bathroom is spacious and well-equipped with nice toiletries. There is WIFI and everything is clean and carefully designed. On the downside, the blinds are not very thick so they do let quite a lot of light get in in the morning, so if you are a light sleeper, do bring a sleeping mask.
The rooms are so nice and confortable that you can stay there all day long, but there are other very nice places within the hotel: there's a very confortable library, a great restaurant, a super cool living room with a big fireplace and many sofas where you can be alone or with friends and have a drink, a chapel where you can spend some moments of silence or you can sit in one of the confortable outdoor chairs to contemplate nature. (There's also a beautiful pool but we went there in the winter so didn't use it).
There's literally nothing around the hotel, so you need to bring a car. There are wonderful places to hike nearby (20KM) - go to Beceite and try "la ruta del Parrizal" it's very much worth the while. The hotel restaurant is very good so you can eat there every day, but if you want to try something different you'll need to drive some miles.
Service is excellent and very warm. Don't expect a cold and extremely obliging typical luxury-hotel service. The staff at Consolación are professional indeed and they are incredibly nice and helpful, but they are not servants, they own the property and they are warm, close and down to earth. There is no room service and you need to bring your luggage to your cabin, but of course they clean your room everyday and leave it impecable.
I very much recommend this place. It's indeed a unique experience.
After staying in Barcelona for 4 days this hotel was an a welcome retreat. The first thing you might notice after settling in after being in the city is how complete the silence is.
The rooms had slate floors, but they provide slippers if you didn't bring any. An in-floor bath is present. A separate shower is located in the bathroom. Beds are floor level, but comfortable. The cube has a balcony and two seats you can enjoy the view with. While the rooms come with AC/heat, there is also a fire place inside.
I would highly recommend getting dinner there - the tasting menu is a good choice. Breakfast in the morning was buffet style with cured meats/cheese/yogurt - typical food.
Also check out the common room adjoining the main hotel building - its a casual place to enjoy a wine or drink.
I was initially under the impression there wasn't much to do around here - but after visiting I regret not booking a longer stay as we found you could probably spend a few days there. A few notable activities:
If you enjoy outdoor activities, Beceite is about an hours drive away. Getting down into the canyons can take about 2 hours on foot if you park at the last parking lot (8 euros to park). We were surprised to see a mountain goat lounging on one of the hills there.
If walking around old walled cities is more your thing murella is a short (20 minutes) drive away in in the Valencian Community. The smoked/cured meats here were excellent.
Hotel Consolacion is an excellent hotel for relaxing and enjoying the surrounding landscape.