We chose this hotel due to its close proximity to the beach. When we arrived we were given a warm welcome by the receptionist, she was very helpful. We arrived at 11am and we were told we could not check in until 2pm. We were shown to the luggage room. The receptionist then caught up with us to tell us that we could have our room in 30 mins. Fantastic room with a sea view balcony. The rooms are very clean, but they are in need of redecorating. They are quite tired. We then headed out to explore. The resort is lovely, the beach is amazing and the seafront is clean.
The first night we decided to go down early and get a drink at the bar, only it was closed. Dinner was a lovely spread of buffet - if you eat meat. I am vegetarian and I struggled to find something I could eat. I ate salad virtually every night. We were not able to get a hot drink. The reception team told us that we could get one at the bar. We asked when it would open and were told once the restaurant closed - which was over an hour away. We walked off and were met half way down the corridor by one of the waiters who made us a cup of tea. This is another example of how good the reception team are - they had called the restaurant and asked them to assist us.
Breakfast was really good. Most enjoyable meal of the day. The pool area is very clean - however 11 loungers is not enough. There is nowhere to get a drink during the day. We popped to the supermarket- which is about 5 mins away. There are plenty of bars along the seafront.
The final night we had a menu instead of buffet. There was nothing vegetarian apart from fish of which I am not a fan. The waiter was very kind and tried to understand what I was saying. I was given a nice salad with cheese and some chips - which was pretty much what I had been getting from the buffet every night. The waiter was very good and even got me some brown bread - they tend to serve white rolls in the evening.
This is not a 4* resort - it might of been years ago, but it is not now. If that kind of thing bothers you then dont go. It is a good 2*. But it is very clean and the staff are very helpful, it is just a tired hotel that needs a lick of paint. It is also not the best resort to go to out of season - which is why I think most things were closed. We struggled to find another Brit, it was mainly Spanish, French and German - this is not a bad thing if you want to get away from it all like we did!
Just to finish - take earplugs, the walls are paper thin. We were woken up at 3am by our neighbours every day of our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right on the sea, on the boardwalk of Playa de Aro, one of the top tourist hubs on the Costa Brava, the Hotel Columbus offers you everything you could want for a vacation with your partner or loved ones: beach, swimming pool, sunlight, balcony over the blue Costa Brava, shopping, daytime fun for the kids, nightspots nearby, full-service restaurant in the hotel and the peace and quiet that you deserve on your vacation.The Hotel Columbus has a spectacular garden measuring almost 3,000 square metres, the home to the swimming pool, sunroom, terraces and snack bar. The hotel also has other facilities like tennis courts, ping-pong tables, billiards, a kids pool, monitors for kids, private parking and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Columbus Hotel Platja d Aro
- Columbus Hotel Costa Brava/Platja D'Aro, Spain