Is the Costa del Azahar somewhere you want to holiday in 2019? Esteemed hotel reviewer Matthew Hirtes recently visited the Orange Blossom Coast on a press trip. Here’s what he thought of his sleepover at Peñiscola’s Hotel RH Boutique Portocristo.
Hotel RH Boutique Portocristo….on the beach and in the heart of one of Castellón’s major resorts, Peñiscola
As a mid-sized boutique hotel thanks to its 48 rooms, there’s an added bustle at this four-star Peñiscola establishment which you wouldn’t expect in more bijou counterparts. The modern design is striking rather than jarring. However, this is not the type of hotel you can imagine gracing fashion magazines which ensured a comfortable stay for your more-scruffy-than-smart reviewer.
Sure, you can hit the mini bar. But the summer-season chillout bar with fluorescent seating affords better views of Peñiscola’s celebrated castle and the magical Mediterranean. The aperitif of choice is here a vermouth, served with a slice of orange and olive of course.
As buffets go, RH Boutique Portocristo’s is small and perfectly formed judging from my ‘desayuno’ which came complimentary thanks to my staying on a bed-and-breakfast basis. There’s a full English with a selection of fresh fruit juices. I plumped for orange which hopefully was as fresh as it tasted, presumably sourced from citrus fruit from the nearby trees.
You’re within comfortable walking distance of Peñiscola’s two main beaches (North and South). The address on Papa Luna (Moon Pope) Avenue gives an idea of the rich vein of history running through the resort. You’re a 40-minute drive away from the nearest airport (Castellón).
Book doubles from 69€ a night. This is for the most basic bed-and-breakfast tariff. There’s a free gym and sauna along with pool and solarium.
Contact Hotel RH Boutique Portocristo
Website page: https://www.hotelrhportocristo.com/en/
Address: Avinguda del Papa Luna 2, 12598, Peñiscola
- Tlf: 964 48 07 18
Disclaimer: I was a guest at Hotel RH Boutique Portocristo on a Costa del Azahar press trip. My article will appear in the Holiday pages of The Mail on Sunday. I would happily pay to stay in future.
Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He’s travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.