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We stayed at this aparthotel from 15 July - 26 July 2012, we had two rooms, 2 people in one and 3 people in another.
There were some large groups arriving as we were going, so some noise in hallways at like 3am, one night someone was slamming a door really loud every 5 minutes at 2am I could have killed them.
We arrived at around 12:00pm and were told one of the rooms were ready and that we had to wait until 5:00pm for the other room to be ready, this was expected as it is like this at most places! Although please note, if you do arrive early and have to wait a matter of hours then do not worry, there is a luggage room 1 floor below the main floor where you can ask for the key at reception, then put your suitcases in there and go straight to the Bistro (which is separate to the aparthotel) or by the Pool for drinks/snacks so no need to worry about stressfull long waits sitting down for hours.
Our room was room 225 which was literally almost by reception up the stairs and you're there, there's about 15 steps to each floor or you can take the lifts, there are a few around the hotel, very convenient. Our accommodation was perfect, we had two large beds, good sheets/pillows etc. 32 inch flat screen TV which had BBC 1, Sky News, BBC World News and ITV4, There is a large sofa which can be coverted into a sofa bed, and there is a parting you can pull across at any time to make the bed and toilet area separate from the sofa bed and kitchenette, perfect for sharing adults. The bathroom was literally spotless clean, we've never seen a bathroom so clean nice shower, no bath though this didn't bother us, separate room for toilet which had a bidat and nice sink area. The balcony was absolute perfection serious, we had a view which you could see the pool on the left side of us, the terrace below and straight ahead you couldn't beat, there were two apartment blocks either side but we had a view of the main beach and sea view (see pics I will add) it was gorgeous. The kitchenette is nice too, there was a mini breakfast bar, a toaster, a modern microwave although no oven in this room, nice fridge and small but good freezer bit for small bits such as ice cubes, suitable cultery, plates and glasses etc. nice sink.
We were here for a half-board basis and booked through a coach company so our Air-Con was included in the price, although I think you have to pay extra room only/self catering. Not sure but I think it was 11€ per night (this is approx.) Ours was VERY powerful, got nice and cold very quick, doesn't work (obviously) when balcony doors open but we left ours on whilst we were out and when we were sweating and boiling hot from walks at night we walked in, it was like heaven so nice and cold, you couldn't beat it. Wasn't loud either, couldn't hear it half the time.
Clean, plenty of sunbeds and here they get full up at around 10am not 7am like other hotels, plenty of time to get one but can get busy. Not a huge pool or area but adequate for amount of guests, the pool goes quite deep (to around 2 1/2 meters i think) and kids pool is around 0.5m deep.
4/5 - The aparthotel was in a great location, it is located literally 2 minute walk (if that!) from a small beach, just turn right outside the main doors and walk and its there. (See pic) Gets very quiet during late afternoon just to siestas, you can hire canopies and sunbeds on beach and there's some steel rods you can put your parasols in but I'm not sure if this is specific for the company who are charging for the beds etc.
Then if you walk from the bistro or to your left then left again outside the main doors from the hotel, you arrive at this little walkway you can walk down to a nice little quiet area with benches and you get panoramic views around Salou and the mountains (see pic) it is perfect, about 1 minute from the apartments. And there you can join a walkway which you can have a nice walk along the side of the cliffs (safe, not steep or high) and it gives you more sea and mountain views. Perfect, especially at sunset.
Walking to the main town takes around 10 - 15 mins depending on route etc. We took different routes on different days and some are very quick compared to others, we recommend walking down the route by Salou Park and down - takes minutes. The only problem for some people (wasn't for us) and mabye infirm or elderly is that the aparthotel you do have to negotiate the odd steep bank but if you take regular stops it isn't that bad honest.
TAXI (If you don't want to walk) is around 5,70€ from the taxi area from the fountains for max. 4 people. Train is 3€ each. So taxi cheaper, we did walk most nights because it's all part of the experience.
There is a variety of restaurants close to the albatros or there is the bistro.
BISTRO AT THE APARTHOTEL
This is called Al's Bistro, at these operate separate from the hotel, is is perfect for Self Catering guests. You can get a range of food from Burgers (these are gorgeous) to curries, toasties, light bites etc. Good prices too. A burger is 3,50€ (bargain) and you get salad too, or burger and chips is around 5€, perfect. There is a special offer on each day for around 5€ - 6€ a meal which is good. Staff good too. Drinks can be quite expensive though. 1,50€ for a coke, 4€ for a cider. There is a nice inside area with nice seating areas, opened up nice and cool or you can sit outside on the seats which are really comfy for something eat. Nice.
Unlike a hotel, there aren't all fancy shows every night but we really liked what was on offer, there was Bingo each night and sometimes Karaoke, then you had an act, we had some nice singers and it's relaxing just sitting there with a drink at night in the nice quiet area.
FOOD (BASED ON OUR HALF BOARD BASIS STAY) IN RESTAURANT:
Breakfast is served (08:00 - 10:30) / Dinner is (19:00 - 21:45)
At breakfast you get croissants, toast (Do it yourself), fruit, natural yoghurt in a bowl, cornflakes, small mini sausages, Spanish style bacon, eggs, potato things, orange and apple juice, water, milk.
At dinner it varies, there is always chips every night, we had meatballs, curries, fish, beef all on different nights, if you are used to huge hotel choice it is not like that here, there are around 3 main dishes and that is it, suitable for us though. Although one of our party had Gluten Free and sadly had to eat salad most nights which was a shame... There is plenty of salad, you pay extra for drinks and desserts are limited to ice cream and fruit that's it, no cakes or anything so yeah.
For those wanting Wi-Fi it is 4€ for 1 day, 9€ for 3 days or 18€ for 7 days. We had great accessibility from all places in the aparthotel including the room, high speed too. Just ask at reception and they give you a code.
This is exremely convenient, it is attatched to the hotel, you can access it from the bistro or from outside, fully stocked with some British food and brands too such as Heinz sauces and Cadbury chocolate etc. Perfect for the self catering once again. Daily newspapers too, Daily Mirror's are 2,20€ a day.
Staff were nice, reception etc. Spoke good English, Our maid was fantastic she was so kind too, we gave her a tip as a little extra.
Spotless clean everywhere, always saw someone cleaning too, we had our towels and sheets and cleaned everyday and our rubbish taken as we were on a Half-Board basis so we didn't have to pay any extra. Self catering have to remove rubbish theirselves and I don't think they get maid service as often, if at all but do check this with the hotel as we have no idea.
There is a restaurant around 200 - 250m down the road called The Guiness Tavern which has a separate menu which is all Gluten Free it included a Chicken Tikka curry and some fish etc.
The supermarket which is attatched has frankfurter style sausages, burgers, normal sausages all Gluten free, just look for the logo.
There is another supermarket not far away, I think it's up the road from Burger King (to the left) and you can find Gluten Free Baguettes, croissants, bread. Good.
They do some fantastic gluten free crisps (especially RISI company) taste no different, some Lay's (Walkers) are gluten free. Just look for the crossed out wheat logo.
MCDONALD's offers gluten free buns for their BigMac's and Hamburgers. Fantastic, use your card in the EasyOrder kiosks for quick and easy orders. Great.
We had a great stay, nice rooms, very clean, good staff, good supermarket, location, beach nearby. The only problem was the food on the Half-Board basis, even though we found something there wasn't a lot of choice, we would return again but only on a Self Catering basis as it seems better value.
It is in a nice quiet area, and you will get sleep thank god there are no nearby parties going on until 3 - 6am. Bistro closes at around 12 - 1am it depends. Beware though, as with everywhere if there are large groups there may be loud noises in the hallways or neighbours.
Stay: JUL 2012 / Review: AUG 2012
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