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Vila de Tossa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Av Costa Brava 25 | C/ Giverola 4, 17320 Tossa de Mar, Spain   |  
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Ranked #28 of 43 Hotels in Tossa de Mar
Sacramento, California
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“Not Sure What Constitutes a 4 Star Resort”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We made a last minute weekend booking in August and this property was the best available. This is a nice although dated property in the heart of the awesome Costa Brava town of Tossa de Mar. It is conveniently located with easy walks to the beach, castle, shops and restaurants. I don’t know how the Spanish system ranks it a four star as it doesn’t have a pool, isn’t on the beach and the rooms are basic, even dated as other TA reviewers have mentioned. Service was very good. They gave us a nice wine basket the morning after a teenage guest across the hall stayed up vomiting all night from too much partying. Seems more like a nice but basic 2 or 3 star. I would look elsewhere first but satisfied enough that I would go back in a pinch.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Durham
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26 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

The Vila de Tossa looks more like a business hotel from the outside, with its quite formal and imposing reception area. The hotel is modern and looks high quality, the bedrooms are large and well furnished, the bathrooms very well finished. Some of the bedrooms have balconies at the back of the hotel, we had one of these, which meant that the balcony didn't receive much sunlight and didn't have an attractive an aspect. However, there is a sun terrace with loungers on the roof of the hotel which easily compensates.
Being in the centre of Tossa de Mar, the hotel is right in the middle of the shopping area, and for example has a small supermarket directly across the road which was helpful.
We didn't eat dinner in the hotel, but did have breakfast which was very good indeed - very Spanish and exceptionally well presented, with good juice, coffee, fruits, meats, cheeses, breads, etc. In fact, we can find no reason to criticise breakfast at all.
Staff service was good at reception and in the dining room; everyone was courteous and welcoming and highly professional.
The lack of a pool and not being seafront may put some people off, but we would say it is well worth a look and suited us very well indeed.

Room Tip: Try to ask for a room which is on the road rather than at the back if you want a sunnier balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

We stayed for 10 days and had a lovely relaxing holiday. The reception staff were polite and friendly Andrea particularly so, she spoke very good English and always ready to help. Check-in was quick and efficient, we had paid to upgrade and had a fantastic room on the 4th floor. It was a lovely clean spacious room, with a seating area and desk, the room was thoroughly cleaned every day. The cleaning ladies did a great job they were always around cleaning somewhere. There was loads of storage space with a wardrobe with plenty of hangers plus a large set of drawers as well. The beds were very comfortable as were the pillows with spares in the wardrobe, we had clean sheets and fresh towels every day we were also given fresh shampoo and conditioner most days, the hair dryer was good too. We had a huge terrace over looking the tree lined road with a lovely view of lighthouse. The room contained a free safe and small fridge which was great to store drinks in, the air con worked really well and we certainly needed it, the daytime temperatures never went below 30. In the evening the terrace were fantastic to sit on and watch the world go by. It was festival time and there was a funfare up the road but we couldn't hear it once we closed the patio doors. The roof terrace was superb very clean with great comfortable sun loungers and a shower, the view from here were even better than our terrace we had it to ourselves most of the time.
We can't understand why this hotel doesn't get better reviews, we've stayed in the Delfin and this is better, it was very quiet in the week and only got busy on Saturday nights. We wouldn't have taken children here it's more for adults, children need entertainment go to the Bahia or Oasis Tossa. We really couldn't find any fault with this hotel the location is great near to shops, bars and restaurants yet lovely and quiet inside the rooms and less than five minutes to the beach. We shall certainly be back before the end of the season!!

Room Tip: Upgrade to a terrace room if you can it's well worth it. If you want somewhere nice to have a d...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

We arrived at the Vila de Tossa after a very long, slow transfer from Barcelona airport to find that we only had one room reserved instead of the 3 we’d booked and paid for. The young woman on the front desk spoke very little English, but fortunately one of our party was a Spanish speaker so it was sorted out fairly quickly. The only slight quibble was that I had requested a double bed in one of the rooms but we were given twin beds, even though I later saw unoccupied rooms which would have been suitable.
The rooms were a good size, with free wi-fi, fridge, safe and aircon – all of which we’ve paid extra for in other hotels. They were thoroughly cleaned every day, as were the very efficient lifts and public areas.
We stayed on a half board basis. Breakfast was excellent, dinner a bit variable, with similar dishes offered every evening and not always what we’d ordered. The food was very Spanish, which we appreciated, and it was nice having waiter service instead of the boring buffets we’ve had in many hotels. The house wine was really good; a bargain at 7.5 euros a bottle. My husband is vegetarian and he ended up with 2 starters most days – fine once the waiter remembered that ham and tuna are not vegetables!
The hotel is in a very good position on a main shopping street, 5 minutes walk to the beach and 10 mins to the old town.
We had a great day trip to Barcelona, with Juan Carlos (www.taxitossademar.com) who spoke good English and took us on a fab tour of all the famous sights of the city, stopping so that we could look round at our own pace. It cost about the same as a bus tour – 300 euros for 6 people for 9 hours with comfortable taxi and lovely guide. Well worth it!

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter, especially at weekends
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2009

The hotel was clean and smart, the rooms large and well equipped. We had two rooms with large terrace areas which were on the same floor as the jacuzzi (15 euros per half hour) and sun terrace, where you could sunbathe peacefully.

The hotel was right for us as we didn't require a swimming pool and the beach was just a few minutes walk away. There was a handy supermarket opposite the hotel and shops and restaurants all around.

Breakfast was very nice, buffet style with hot options available on request. Hotel staff were polite and friendly. There was no downside to this hotel in our opinion. And we loved the resort of Tossa de Mar as it had absolutely everything we required.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2008

We stayed at the Vila de Tossa in September 2007. It is very central and is right across the road from a great supermarket. We did not experience any noise from the main road. The room was clean and comfortable. No pool but a roof terrace from which the views are wonderful. The staff were courteous but not over friendly. What lets this hotel down is the food. Breakfast ok-ish, but the evening meal, what a let down that was. It wasnt a buffet, but waiter service, so if you didnt like it, too bad. I am not such a picky eater, but the food was awful. We ended up eating out most nights after having paid for half board.
We left very early on the morning of our departure, and the night porter laid on a lovely breakfast for us, I know he was told to, but he was such a nice guy and very helpful.
Tossa itself is a lovely place, dont miss the Vila Vela.

  • Liked — central location
  • Disliked — food
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2008

I didn't get to see the inside of other hotels but on the outside, Vila de Tossa was a lot fancier looking than the others. I absolutely loved my stay there. Our room was absolutely gigantic: a little "foyer" at the entrance, a huge room, and even an extremely private terrace. In terms of service, the front desk people were adequately nice. I actually got served complimentary sangria while I waited for my room (you can't check in until 3 pm, essentially, but they will hold your bags for you. I have found this everywhere I travelled in Catalunya). They seemed to be trying to be as nice as possible considering one American woman lost her mind on one of the receptionists because the room was not ready.

The complimentary breakfast was really, really nice. No eggs but they had hot items like weiners. Excellent selection and very satisfying.


My only complaint is that the hotel does not have a parking lot--there are roofless outdoor parking lots (basically just a dirt pit) a couple of blocks away, at the time we were there it cost about 18 euros for the day to park.

We LOVED Tossa though, we wish we could have spent more time there. Very relaxing atmosphere, lovely people, the beach was beautiful, the 12th century walled "old town" is worth spending a few hours at and possibly even eating there, there are glass bottomed boat tours and the surrounding area is luscious.

  • Liked — Proximity to the beach (a pleasant 7 minute walk), proximity to center (right in the center), clean, good breakfast
  • Disliked — No parking
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Vila de Tossa

Address: Av Costa Brava 25 | C/ Giverola 4, 17320 Tossa de Mar, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Costa Brava > Tossa de Mar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Tossa de Mar
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Tossa de Mar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila de Tossa 4*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Vila de Tossa is Tossa de Mar´s best kept secret. Our four star hotel brings traditional Spain to all our guests. Only for adults, it is perfect for romantic weekends, celebrations or as a gift. Also situated in the centre of Tossa de Mar, it is only five minutes walk from the beach and a short distance to all the local amenities. Vila de Tossa opened in 2001 and has 43 rooms, including Pandora, a honeymoon suite and a luxury suite, Mar Menuda, equipped with a hydro massage bath. This is a hotel with character and charm, noticeable in every detail. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Vila De Tossa Mar
Vila De Tossa Tossa De Mar, Costa Brava, Spain

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