Mas Salvi was the second stop on a gastronomic walking holiday organised by Inntravel. The hotel is only a short distance outside the village of Pals and is set in wonderful, well kept grounds.
It is a restored manor house. I believe that there are bedrooms in the maina building but we had a junior suite in a block in the garden. The block was not particularly attractive to look at but the rooms belied the outside appearance. They were a good size, plenty of space to lay our suitcases on the floor without falling over them. As I have said we were on a walking tour moving to a different location every couple of days, and as such, did not unpack our cases and we appreciated the extra space. (Believe me, being able to access the cases easily is a big bonus!) The bathroom was superb. Very big with a double bath and a very efficient thermostatic shower and good quality toiletries.
The grounds are amazing and very well kept. The heated indoor pool is available 24/7 and has a jacuzzi and sauna. We didn't use these as we prefered to laze by the pool on our 'day off'. There is a small snack bar by the pool which served lunches at lunchtime but was open for drinks for most of the day. A very pleasant place to relax. There were several bars as well, little nooks to enjoy pre-dinner drinks although we had to go and look for the bar staff to serve us!
We were staying at Mas Salvi for two nights. When we checked in we were told that it was usual to have the set menu on the first evening and the a la carte (at no extra charge) on the second evening. The set menu which was a limited version of the a la carte menu. The choice was good and we enjoyed our meal but did feel that some of the dishes did not come up to 'gastronomic' standard. The general standard of service was quite poor as well. The restaurant was full but was serviced by one waiter and waitress. In fact, the pressure seemed to be affecting the waiter as he became increasingly offhand. Service slowed down alarmingly. Our wine bottle was kept on a separate table and our glasses topped up by the waiter when he could spare the time. Finally we had to ask for our wine and the poor man was so distracted that he picked up the wrong bottle and proceeded to pour a different wine into our glasses! Our first evenings meal was less than satisfactory.
There were six in our group and we debated about whether to mention our experiences to the hotel management. In the end we decided that it was a good idea because if things are going wrong and they are not told, then they do not have an opportunity to put things right. They took our comments very seriously and glad that we had told them. Dinner on the second evening was a totally different experience and as recompense the hotel did not charge us for our wine which was a nice gesture.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mas Salvi
- Mas Salvi Hotel Pals, Costa Brava, Spain