I almost started off this review by echoing the review entitled "Nice hotel- shame about the town". However my daughter and her boyfriend (both 19) were with us and they liked the town better than we did, particularly the clothes shops and apparently the men’s shops were even better than the women’s! That said most of us (I think) don’t go on holiday for the shops so my husband and I experienced far more preferable places along that part of the coastline. Platja d'Aro was a good central base for visiting fabulous places like Llafranch, Begur, Pals and St. Marti D'Empuries.
On arrival in Platja d'Aro, we decided that during the 4 days we were there, we would be using the town as a base.
We took up the option of a car parking space through the hotel which was quite literally just around the corner...a minute away. There was an overspill car park a little further away. I strongly recommend you do this.
The hotel welcome was very disappointing, the receptionist gestured for me to wait while she was on the phone and we were given no information about the facilities and meal times of the hotel. This was in sharp contrast to reception at our hotel in Barcelona where the staff were extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful. The reception staff at La Terrassa seemed merely to be performing the minimal function but that might be the difference between a 3 star hotel and a 5 star hotel.....I don’t know.
When we arrived in our rooms 314 and 315, we were initially disappointed, the decor was very 70s, all orange and brown and old wooden furniture but the room was very clean, sheets and towels spotless, a plentiful supple replenished daily and the bathroom was clean with a good shower too though my family wish hotels would do away with shower curtains. In fairness some of the more expensive rooms looked better than ours with more up to date colour schemes.....you cant beat white.
The cleaning staff did a very good job each day and were a pleasant chirpy bunch singing away.
There is a good safe in the room which is free.
No tea/coffee facilities though there was a large fridge which was very useful
Our room had two balconies where you could enjoy some afternoon sun and look toward a pretty little church and hills in the distance. You could also see the car park but it is possible to ignore this and look beyond. The air conditioning needs a bit of an update so it can be adjusted to take account of those of us who like to be cooler.
The food was excellent and I think anyone would be able to find themselves a very adequate breakfast. There were all sorts of breads, bacon, eggs, meats, cheeses, pastries, fruit, juices and hot drinks. We also had the evening meal, again very good value for money, you must try the prawn bruchetta and the creme catalan.
The youngsters enjoyed the pool but it wasn’t the sort of pool it would be a pleasure to sit around reading a book. They also said the gym was as you would expect to find in a hotel.
Overall there were pluses and minuses to this hotel but the minuses weren’t major ones that distract from my family's judgment - this hotel is very good value for money. It is a more than adequate 3 star with great food.