We read reviews before and after we booked the Dolce Sitges with interest – they vary widely!
We arrived having spent 3 nights in the mountain region of Priorat, staying in a rustic chic hotel, so were looking forward to a total contrast of the sleek, modern Dolce. We were not disappointed. We had read that people found check-in unfriendly, but ours couldn’t have been further from the truth. An extremely amiable, professional gentleman from the Netherlands welcomed us and we checked in quickly. The hotel lobby is stunning – vast and modern and everything the website depicts.
Our room was lovely, large and chic, with all mod cons and a super sea-view, which we had paid extra for. The bathroom was very stylish, with nice products, although there were tell-tale signs of grouting discolouration – why is this so common, even in exclusive hotels?!
The pool areas are gorgeous – this is a business-oriented hotel, so business clients are busy in conferences during the daytime, meaning the pool areas are so quiet and tranquil – perfect! There are bean bags, sunloungers and mattresses around the pool – very Ibiza-chic and lovely views over the golf course, across to the town of Sitges.
The bar area is deserted and we did dine in the hotel on the first evening, as we were tired – we were aware that restaurant prices were on the higher end, having read various reviews, which are spot on! Only one restaurant was open when we arrived (Thurs) and the restaurant is described as being less formal – starters at 19 euros and main courses at 30 – 35 euros each don’t class as informal in our world! We have been lucky enough to have dined in some very exclusive restaurants/hotels and are prepared to pay for amazing food – the food here unfortunately did not deliver for the prices. This is the only restaurant we have ever come across with a bottled water menu – the cheapest at 9.5 euros, rising to over 20 euros a bottle…….of water!! The hotel restaurant was barely occupied (no surprise at these prices) but service was not attentive – when our starters were brought out, they panicked as our aperitif plates had not been cleared – there were about 7 people in the restaurant, so they were hardly pushed. Bread was sadly cold and quite frankly, stale. Pay the 8 euros taxi price into town – the choice is incredible and of a much higher calibre.
Sitges itself is quite stunning – lovely architecture, very stylish and an abundance of classy and reasonable places for dinner, snacks, tapas etc. On our 2nd evening, we went into town and a bottle of cava, cocktails and dinner cost less than just starters and a bottle of wine in the Dolce Sitges – say no more!
We booked a deal which included the spa facilities, which are lovely – we visited one evening and the following morning, when we had the pool and Jacuzzi to ourselves, with amazing views over the town – superb!
Breakfast was phenomenal – probably the best buffet breakfast we have ever had – at least 10 choices of freshly prepared fruit, through to cheeses and cold meats and fish, pastries, cooked breakfast and cava – we can’t understand people complaining about the breakfast choice!
Book a deal, go and enjoy, but be prepared to travel into town for a far better dinner selection.
Our rating is 4/5 – only reduced from 5/5 because of the dining experience.
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