Les Cols Pavellons
(34) 69 – 981 3817
Avinguda de les Cols, 2
17800 Olot, Girona, Spain
About an hour and a half north of Barcelona is the Garrotxa, an area full of small volcanoes, nature reserves, and picturesque little towns. One of these is Olot, and nestled towards the back of a 13th century farm house is the anachronistic Le Cols Pavellons hotel.
In the Pavellons, all rooms are built out of glass; floating over petrified lava. The ceiling is metal and glass, and the rooms are separated from each other by front and back zen gardens. Each is isolated in vision and sound – and it is hard imagine where you are in the world whilst inside your private world.
above photo © Miquel Guifré
As noted, the rooms, or pavellons, are very private being made out of several layers of opaque / translucent green glasses. Blackout shades, the same color tone as the glass, are remote-controlled via a minimalist panel that also controls ambient lighting.
The bathroom has a a floor level plunge tub that fills with soothing volcanic thermal spring water. The amenities are likewise enjoyable – including the lovely, and very warm, slippers.
Breakfast is planed a day ahead and is left outside your door. A tray of bread, orange juice, yogurt, fruits, hard boiled eggs, honey and preserves, butter and tomatoes along with thermoses filled with hot coffee and cold milk. This is such a lovely way to start the day; my words are just failing to describe the happiness this breakfast brings.
At checkout time, we were given a picnic bag with bread, olive oil, sausage, a round of cheese, salad, mineral water and a lovely bottle of wine. A loving touch was a collection of postcards depicting watercolors of local attractions – and on the backs were hand drawn road maps of how to get to each one. We took up the conceit and enjoyed a lovely day of site seeing and picnics!
The Pavellons at Les Cols is not the hotel for everyone; we recommend reading other reviews before booking. For us it was a dream location, painful to leave and first in our hearts to return!