Visiting #Sitges Hotel Estela, an #arthotel

Hi all:

I wanted to give you a break from book reviews (don’t worry, more to come soon) and also share a place I visited last week that I really enjoyed. Those of you who have visited Barcelona might be familiar with Sitges, a town on the coast, around half-an-hour distance from Barcelona. It is a lovely place, with three leisure ports, a beautiful church, some fabulous museums, good shopping, gorgeous beaches, and a well-known film-festival for those who love fantasy, among many other things. A group of writer friends, as a birthday present, had given me an activity box, and after checking what was on offer, I discovered a pretty special hotel in Sitges and decided to visit. The Hotel Estela is described as an art hotel, and the definition is perfect.

St. Bartholomew’s Church, Sitges

The hotel is like an art gallery, and all corners and spaces are enhanced by some work of art, from sculptures to collages, or paintings. There is a sculpture of Sant Jordi (Saint George, also the patron saint of Catalonia, in case you wonder) by Salvador Dalí outside of the hotel, the name of the hotel is also a sculpture by Josep María Subirachs (if you have visited the Sagrada Família, he was the sculptor responsible for the Passion Façade), and works by many others, including Josep Puigmartí’s, the artist in residence, who has lived at the hotel for over twenty years. The car park is also decorated and, if you fancy a really special experience, there are 16 rooms decorated by artists, each one in a different style.

I love this feature designed by Josep Maria Subirachs

The hotel offers you a free tour of the art, that I enjoyed with my mother, who accompanied me on the trip, and we were lucky enough to be able to visit a couple of the artists’ rooms, including the suite of love, decorated by Josep María Subirachs, a true wonder. Ah, and if you go for the tour, they also give you as a present a print signed by Josep Puigmartí. They do sell some of the artwork, including some pretty iconic pieces, by artists featured throughout the hotel and others, like the wonderful sculptures by Lorenzo Quinn (Anthony Quinn’s son), who has strong links to the area.

This is part of the decor in one of the artists rooms

As there were too many images to share here, and for some reason, Microsoft offered to create a video as I uploaded them, I’m sharing the video here and a few of the images. Sorry, they are not great, but you know me and my pictures. I hope they give you a sense of the place. And, if you are thinking of visiting Barcelona and the area around it, and want a pretty special experience, it is well worth a visit. (We also enjoyed the visits to the museums and the town and you will find a few pics of the town itself too).


I hope you like it as well.

Thanks for watching, more than reading, today, and I hope you start the week on a high note.

Sorry about the flash, but I loved the sense of humour of this one…

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

14 replies on “Visiting #Sitges Hotel Estela, an #arthotel”

Olga, thanks so much for this post. I’m going to forward it to Irishman. We’ve talked about visiting Sitges and this hotel certainly inspires a visit. Fabulous art and sculpture, perfect

Thanks, Lottie. I’m sure you’d both love it there. It is a fabulous place (you can visit also Cau Ferrat, where Santiago Rusiñol lived and worked for many years. It is very well preserved and it is easy to see how inspiring he found it and what a great influence it had on his work and that of many other modernist painters). I have no talent for visual art and even I felt inspired! Good luck with the new house! I look forward to learning more about your new project. 🙂

Great to see the lovely hotel, Olga. I never got to Sitges, though I have been to Figueres and Roses, in my teens. We drove down from Perpignan in France, where we were staying at the time. It was in 1967, a lifetime ago! 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.

Thanks for sharing Olga. The closest I’ve got to Spain, lol. Loved the photos, and wondering how Microsoft asked if you wanted to make a video from your photos? I’d like to do that with some of mine. 🙂 x

Thanks, Debby. I hope you get to visit at some point. The Microsoft thing was a bit bizarre. It is probably something to do with their newest update, but when I plugged my phone into the computer to upload the pictures it located the new photos and it usually gives you a chance to make a slide-type of presentation, but this time it mentioned a video. I hadn’t thought about it, but realised that it was a good way to get many more pictures into one post, so I agreed. It just created a video with some music that I didn’t care for, but it gave me the option of changing it, so I did. The only issue was that although I normally use Movie Maker, and that allows you to change things around, once it was saved and I uploaded it to YouTube, you don’t have many options for changing or removing images. You can change the information attached to the video easily enough, but so far you have to either remove the video or enhance it, but not edit the images (there are other options for software, but it didn’t seem worth it here).
Movie Maker is pretty easy to use (it has to be if I can manage it!), and it just works as if you were making a powerpoint presentation. You can add titles or pictures and then introduce fancy effects if you want. But this was fast and required no work at all…
Have a great week.

Thanks so much for explaining the process Olga. Possibly it was from a new update. And quite possibly I never noticed the option because I don’t download photos from my phone, I just send them over to a folder direct through my phone so maybe that’s what’s different too. Thanks for this. <3 And happy week to you too. 🙂

Sitges is a place I have visited many times, Olga. The last time was in 2011, but in my younger days it was the place to party, so we were usually there the first two weeks in Sept every year. We usually stayed at the Calipolis. I don’t remember Hotel Estela, but we may have well passed it by when out and about in the town.

Thanks, Hugh. Oh, yes, it was and still is a place to party. This hotel is a bit out of the way and not right in the town centre. It is at the very edge of the Port d’Aiguadolça. Don’t forget to let me know if you come by for a visit! 😉

Good to hear it’s still a party town, Olga. These days, however, I’m much happier being in bed by 10pm and getting a good night’s sleep. I’ll certainly let you know if we do visit Sitges again. I’ve lots of happy memories of the town.

Thanks, Hugh. I know the feeling all too well. I’ve never been one for going off to sleep early but I prefer quiet evenings in reading a good book or watching some movie… Oh well… But please, do make sure to let me know. ♥

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