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“Great activity holiday” 3 of 5 stars
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Giverola Resort
3.0 of 5 Apartment Hotel   |   Carretera Blanes a Sant Feliu, 194 | Apartado 330, 17320 Tossa de Mar, Spain (Formerly Club-Hotel Giverola)   |  
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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“Great activity holiday”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Lovely setting for a great active holiday. Lots of groups and sports to keep the whole family busy, and by the looks of the pensioner tennis group there was some pretty fierce competition on the courts!
The site is on a very steep hill, so this isn't the resort to come to if you're either disabled or want to push a buggy around. We did have a buggy for our youngest but we used a back pack to get her down to the beach. I'm partially mobility disabled, but I managed to get around fine, but any of the higher levels of ambulant disabled should probably avoid this spot.
There was a boat ride to the near by town of 'Tossa' (unfortunate / funny name for us Brits!) which was great fun as it stopped at the caves on the way back and the children could see all the beautiful fish through the bottom of the boat.
Other people have already talked about the food, but it's reasonable quality and you can easily fill up on the huge breakfast before heading out. One thing to watch out for is the large gangs of German pensioners, who certainly have sharp elbows at the restaurant. Ignore them as there is tons of food for all.
Staff are generally friendly, with the notable exception of the man who was renting the kayaks on the beach. Never smiled at me for the whole 7 days.....

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Figeac, France
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

If you want wonderful landscapes , enjoy the nature, ride a bike,just relax, play tennis, archery, canoeing..definitely go there through a "mountain road".It is at 3 km from Tossa de Mar downtown on a hill and to the same road to San Feliu de Guixols, a beautiful Catalan village. At Tossa de Mar possibility to visit a stunned castle, to lay down to the main beach and to eat some tapas, paella, el chorizo or plenty of other delicious Spanish specialities. An other point: it´s very well situated just one and half hour from Barcelona , easily to catch an express bus . The personal there is great, very nice and a delicious buffet is served every day, the prices are quite correct, they do not abuse the tourist. For families good place also because there is a Kids club opened every day during Summer period , a pool with a small slide. An entertainment team is operating from March to October and propose different type of activities. These informations are drawn from my own experience there as entertainer 5 years ago.
Enjoy your Spanish holidays!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

1. Reasonable place overall; very quiet, peaceful, and relaxing; the buildings and furnishings are a bit dated/ old
2. Dinner ($E23 adult $E13 child) and breakfast ($E12,5 and $E7,5) buffets with very good food, something for all including vegetarians and gluten-free
3. We stayed in one of the "apartments" with nice balcony and adequate kitchen (microwave, cook-top and refrigerator)
3A. There is a Caprabo grocery store in Tossa, immediately after the first Ronda/ round-a-bout, on the right, as you descend from the hotel; worth stocking up there
4. Beds were all singles/ twins (we are 2 adults, 2 kids), and no double bed (although we did see one room with a double bed, it was not evident how to request or reserve this feature)
5. Not new fixtures in the rooms (shower, for example, worked fair but not excellent/ difficult to set temperature and flow)
6. Nice and accessible beach; we played tennis; there's mini golf; bikes for rent
7. Indoor pool (heated) is very nice, but it closes at 7 PM all nights during the off-season, including the hot tub
8. Bring a swim cap: this is required for the indoor pool (I think it's a Catalunya spa requirement? - silly yet inflexible), or you can buy one for $E3
9. Depending on "full price" in the summer, this hotel would probably be worth it in particular if you wanted to enjoy all their activities and restaurants; if you were just sleeping here, there might be more approachable places to consider

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Arrived and queued to get into the reception. Unbelievably they had tickets in order for your 'turn'. Finally given keys to our 'villa' - which was little more than a dirty room joined onto another one with a 'kitchen' in a corner - and all this to sleep 5 !!!

I really could go on and on about how bad we felt about this place. Needless to say we checked out there and then and found ourselves a lovely four star hotel with two adjoining rooms - half board and less expensive.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We just spend a wonderful week in this hotel.

Before we left, we looked at all the review and all the features of the hotel and wondered why it was not rated 4 stars.
Well it's just that everything is a little outdated in the appartments. But it did not bother us at all. With a complete renovation they could completely change hotel category !

- It's a beautiful architecture that perfectly fits the surrounding nature.
- The houses are confortable and big (we had a two rooms appartement, with two bathrooms). The balcony was huge and well equiped. But, ok all a bit outdated except the big flat screen tv !
- The facilities are perfect : two outdoor swimmingpools, a big slide with it s own pool, plenty of chairs by the pool for all the guests, wonderful views, showers... You can plan mini golf, tennis, table tennis, pool, rent a bike, and all kind of sports from yoga to archery ! Almost all for free except tennis and pool/babyfoot.
- the beach is cute, and almost private, not too crowded and with fine sand but not so fine that it gets everywhere, just the perfect weight. Some stones in the sea though, so if you're very sensitive, bring water shoes. The water is clean and translucid.
- The inside pools are wonderful, clean and empty, with fantastic solarium to relax. BUT you must wear a bathing cap (3E)
- Two restaurants, one Comedor up near reception and one down by the beach that is a self for lunch and a la carte by night. Everywhere the food was delicious and the setting and the views wonderful. The buffet inthe Comedor was crowded at times though.
Beware : only the Comedor is included in "media pension" which is a shame because the beach restaurant is fantastic too and it's nice to be served at 50m of the sea in the evening. It's not even much more expensive than the buffet if you don't need to eat three servings of everything ;)
- There is decent entertainement in evening and even during the day
- There is a mini and a maxi club to keep your kids occupied, they are nice and competent and offer various activities
- There is a mini disco every night that my 3 y.o. loved and then they play cartoons.
- There is a game room with toys for 0-6yo near the reception wich is useful when you need to wait a while around there.
- If you want to be away from kids, there are plenty of quiet places too !
- supermarket is good and you get enough variety if you don't want to cook too many times.

All in all a near perfect stay, but we ll still list the
Bad points
- a lot of stairs everywhere. Not really a bad point but making it really painful with trolleys/young kids. There's nowhere to put your trolley if you don't want to take it up to your appartment. Many stairs to go to the Comedor, well you just can't avoid them...So either be fit and ready to cary your little ones either this hotel is NOT for you.
- no transfert arrangements possible + parking is 7E and there really are no other way than to pay it
- you get a chip to pay all you need to pay in the hotel without cash, but you're always asked for caution money when you want to have towels, rackets, minigolf gears and so on, a real pain since you usually don t take your wallet ! Kind of negates the point of the chip bracelet.
- pretend not to sell big bottles of water in any restaurant ... but the staff and big groups get them ! So you end up paying 2.5E per half litter which is already stealing but seeing all the groups and staff get the 1.5L bottles kind of pisses you off a bit !
- towels are 1.5 E per day even if you don't change them everyday they charge you the same amount for day...
- in the supermarket you can pay with chip all but ... stamps... same thing you end up running for your wallet just for that...

All in all only little things and that could so easily be arranged that it can be kind of frustrating.
But nothing to put you off from this wonderful relaxing place.

Room Tip: All seemed great to me. No AC but did not bother me.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Nice location with stunning views, rooms are clustered together in little groups making it a large complex but not an unsightly block. We had a nice view and decent room with a good sized balcony although the room was quite small. Signs of attempts to modernise (cushions/tv etc) but could do with an update, particularly the shower and fridge (which didnt actually shut). Good facilities: (with a gondola up/down the hill) busy sports programme/activities and plenty of sunbeds, but the outdoor pool was too cold (in June) and you needed a swimming cap to use the indoor one. Nice private (ish) beach area too and the coastal path to tossa de mar is lovely. We went self catering and would probably recommend cooking yourself. None of the restaurants we tried in tossa de mar were particularly nice. We tried the food in the hotel restaurant on one night, it's obviously not based on British tastes (no chips in sight), with profoundly German & Swiss dishes served, we found it all a bit random, nothing went very well together and there was a significant lack of vegetables on offer. It was fine but not worth the 100 euro it cost 4 of us. Would also recommend hiring a car to get to Tossa de mar, Gerona, Barcelona etc. Overall good hotel with great sports facilities.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bedlington, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This was our first trip to Spain and we stayed for 5 days from May-23 to May-28 at Club Hotel Giverola in Tossa de Mar. This hotel exceeded our expectations. The location is just outside Tossa de Mar (approx. 10 mins drive down one of the most scenic roads or you can take a 20 mins. boat trip to Tossa with a crystal bottom boat).The hotel accommodations are set up as self catering units. We travelled as a family of 3 adults and 2 children and stayed in a 2 bedroom unit with two bathrooms, a well set up kitchen, living room and a huge balcony with excellent views of the ocean and grounds. The unit was very spacious and fit our family well. The hotel has its own private beach. It is a great beach set in a beautiful bay, with turquoise water and an interesting cave taking you to another small bay. We thought the hotel beach was nicer than the one in Tossa. What really sets this hotel apart are the sports & entertainment facilities and activities the hotel offers. The outdoor grounds are huge and include several tennis courts, a mini-golf course, outdoor swimming pool (set up for laps), waterslide with kids pool, two playgrounds including a waterpark feature, archery, beach voleyball, soccer field, regular yoga/pilates/aerobics classes, kids mini-club, and too many other activities to mention. The hotel also rents both road and mountain bikes. We rented mountain bikes and had one of the best rides through the hundreds of trails running right from the hotel grounds. There are also organized bike tours that can be booked. I should mention the bikes are the best quality we seen from any rental place (we got Scott mountain bikes in excellent shape). There is also a heated salt-water indoor pool and two hot tubs, as well as a huge gym. All the activities are free with the exception of the tennis courts and bike rentals. Not sure of the mini-club, as we did not use it. There are many entertainment activities every night, from mini-disco to Flamenco shows, magic shows and many others. The quality of the shows we seen were excellent. The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, which you have to pay for separately. We eat both outside the hotel and at the hotel for all three meals. The quality of the food at the hotel is far better than what we were able to get in Tossa de Mar. Great buffet selections and a good combination of Spanish and German/Swiss cuisine (I believe the hotel is Swiss owned).The only negative we can say about the hotel is that is not well set up for people with disabilities. The lodging units are on a hill, which means there are lots of steps / hills to be walked. The hotel does have a great outdoor elevator / cable lift that takes you from the reception building down to the beach & outdoor sport grounds. This being said, we travelled with my mom who has great difficulties walking. The hotel manager was very kind and offered us the closest unit to the reception building & cable lift. It had the minimum amount of stairs and mom managed well. Thanks Club Hotel Giverola for a fantastic vacation in Spain! We are already looking forward to a return trip.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera Blanes a Sant Feliu, 194 | Apartado 330, 17320 Tossa de Mar, Spain (Formerly Club-Hotel Giverola)
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Costa Brava > Tossa de Mar
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Tossa de Mar
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Tossa de Mar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Giverola Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 211
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 km from Tossa de Mar, a very picturesque town in a beautiful setting. Residence with pool between sea and mountain. Anim’incluse and children's club (4-12 years). ... more   less 
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