12 quai de l'Amirauté, Collioure, Occitania, 66190, France
Matisse, Maillol, Dalí, Picasso, and Dufy used to hang out here, and the current owner, the granddaughter of René Pous (the driving force behind Collioure's art colony), is proud to show off the 2,500-plus original works hanging from every nook and cranny of this celebrated inn and restaurant—universally considered the "soul" of Collioure. The bar itself is a work of art, curved like the hull of a skiff and ending with a wood sculpture of a mermaid suckling an infant sailor. Collioure exudes the spirit of French Catalonia, so the food here is mostly Catalan and usually excellent (try dishes that feature the town's fabled anchovies). Guest rooms overlooking the château are cozy, but be sure yours isn't in the annex.
- in the center of town
- short walk to beaches, shops, and restaurants
- on a pedestrian alley, so no access for cars
- noisy during the hustle and bustle of August
Rate Includes: Closed Jan. and last wk of Nov. No meals
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