El Palauet is a small luxury hotel offering six spacious suites with contemporary elements from designers like Arne Jacobson and Philippe Starck.
How would you describe Consolación in a nutshell?
Consolación is a luxurious, small design hotel that is hidden away in a mostly undiscovered region of Spain, the Matarraña in Teruel which is part of Aragon in northeastern Spain. Its unique spaces, surrounded by amazing nature are something you will want to experience. The hotel has twelve rooms, ten of which are modern wooden Kubes that are set right onto the edge of the bluff. The other two are part of the old hermitage.
What was your inspiration to open a small hotel?
Our inspiration comes from our own travel experiences and from one of the architects, Craig Ellwood. He prefers simplicity and we, therefore, used simple materials like concrete, wood, and glass to create a very geometric design. Tanizaki was another influence as well as the simplicity of Japanese architecture.
What is the atmosphere like at Consolación?
The landscape that Consolación is set into is amazing in the sense that it’s all-natural and authentic. We wanted to use an architecture that creates an experience as if you are living outdoors. Staying at Consolación, and especially in the Kubes, is like being in a very sophisticated tent in the middle of nature.
Please tell us about the history and the renovation.
The land is owned by the town, and the church, which is from the 16th century, belongs to the Bishop of Santa Rosa.
The church has a house attached to it that holds Consolación’s common rooms such as the restaurant, library, kitchen, and dining room. We wanted to make sure that the church, as well as the house, would be well-integrated into the overall project which took us about five years to complete.
What is so special about staying at Consolación?
A lot of time, energy, money, and headache were put into the project and after five years we were truly exhausted. However, we thought out every single detail of the design, the food, etc., which made it an all-together amazing experience. We are very proud of the project and how it has turned out.
Consolación is the perfect place for a solitary and very personal yet luxurious experience. There are writers, for example, who have visited just for the solace of writing. It’s a calm place but also a great place to share with someone, to experience nature together and watch the stars.
Please tell us about the food.
In Consolacion’s kitchen team we feel a true passion for our environment. We are in love with Matarraña, and fascinated by Maestrazgo. That’s why we get all of our supplies from what this area offers. Ecological vegetables from Ráfales, “Ternasco de Teruel” lamb from Torrecilla de Alcañiz, Monroyo truffles, Teruel’s ham, shepherd's cheese from Peñarroya de Tastavins… it’s a never-ending list! That’s how we create our offer, with all respect and humility and in close cooperation with our suppliers. We hope we can communicate all the passion that all of us put in every course.