We booked here despite the bad reviews, and were glad we did - we had stayed in Salou itself before and visited Cap Salou, which we preferred because it was less of a 'Club 18-30' location.
The hotel was far better than we had been led to expect, and we really enjoyed our stay.
That's not to say there were'nt some down points, but I'll get to those shortly.
On the plus side -
The rooms were perfectly adequate, the beds fine and the rooms cleaned every day at a sensible time (with one exception).
Yes, you can hear some minor noise from other rooms, but we find that is the case with a lot of continental hotels - there was certainly not enough noise to keep us awake (and our room was immediately above the bar/lounge)
The food was OK, with a different selection of meats/fish each day (even if the salads etc were a bit samey) - breakfast was excellent. Only bit of fun we had was with the grill chef insisting that what was patently lamb was really turkey.
Bar was cheap and the happy hour even more so (2 for 1) - San Miguel at €2.30 for example at normal prices.
We found bar, restaurant and reception staff all very helpful (especially a chinese lady on reception who was exceptionally helpful with the one minor problem we had with our room card)
Good bus services to Reus, Tarragona, Salou, Cambrils, Barcelona within a 5 minute walk
The small cove below the hotel is very safe for children and non-swimmers, and there is a bar there as well - made a change from the pool...
Now the down sides -
The hotel could do with some renovation in parts (spa pool, general decor) and some might find the location at the bottom of the hill in Cap Salou an issue if they don't like hills, but it's not as bad as some have made out.
Seating in the restaurant can be a bit of lottery, especially at breakfast, but get in and find a seat first then go for your food - many people were getting food, then spending 5-10 minutes finding a table.
We were there mid-September and there was a change-round from the bar being down by the pool to upstairs in the main building, but the swap was done smoothly and efficiently with no real ill-effect to availability.
All-in-all, a perfectly good hotel, a very pleasant stay and excellent value for money
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just in front of the sea, in the tourist area of Cap Salou. Comfortable rooms with balcony, fully fitted bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, security door lock, heating, air conditioning and optional safedeposit box. Buffet restaurant with show cooking, national and international cuisine, pizzeria from June to September, bar and snack-bar. Swimming pool (for adults and children) gym and children’s area. Optional services: parking, spa, indoor swimming pool, massage, internet corner, gift shop, hairdresser´s, tennis court and ping-pong. ... more less
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