S’Agaró 1924 – 2024 The Tourism Spotlight

  • Hostal de La Gavina and S’Agaró Hotel
  • Summer 2024

In the interior of the Hostal de La Gavina and the S’Agaró Hotel, two authentic tourism spotlights, you can see the evolution and the story of these two emblematic hotels, and find out who the most illustrious visitors have been.

Hostal de La Gavina opened its doors for the first time, with 11 bedrooms, on the 2nd January 1932. This building formed part of the community of chalés, bordering the sea, that Josep Ensesa and Gubert were constructing along with the designs from the architect Rafael Masó i Valentí, prestigious advocate of Catalan noucentista architecture. This building defined the character of S’Agaró with porticos, towers, terraces and rooftops with low lines in order to create a space for people with an artistic sensibility.

Hostal de La Gavina has grown respecting the spirit of the original construction. Those first 11 bedrooms have now become 74, and the hotel has added to its facilities a spa, outdoor pool, restaurants and a meeting space, always staying true to the original style and without losing touch with its historical heritage.

The building was developed by Antoni Montseny, builder of the Palau de Montjuïc, as part of the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition. The architect was Pere Domènech i Roura, son of Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

The current S’Agaró Hotel was opened using the name Hotel Monumental and it became the first important hotel in the vicinity. At the time, beach tourism didn´t exist. Josep Ensesa bought it from the developer Narcís Masó, one of the brothers of Rafael Masó, who converted it into the S´Agaró school in 1935. During the war, it served as a hospital, and when it finished, Josep Ensesa opened it again as a hotel and changed the name to Hotel de la Playa. From the end of the 60s, it served, occasionally, as an annex to La Gavina. In the 80s, it underwent more great renovation and various expansions. It debuted as the S’Agaró Hotel in 1986. and today has 93 bedrooms.

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