To say I was nervous about staying in this hotel is an understatement. After reading all the bad reviews I was very apprehensive. We booked a last minute deal through the teletext holidays website. The travel company was Sun4U and we paid £288 each for AI and transfers. For some reason we flew to Barcelona when Girona is much nearer. We had to go to the resort hoppa office and were taken to the coach. We had to wait about 45 minutes for other flights to arrive and were then driven to Lloret where we had to get off the coach and wait for a mini bus to take us to the hotel. This all went without a hitch. The reception was large and had plenty of seating areas. We had to leave a 5 euros deposit for safe key, (it said 15 euro on paperwork) and 3 euros a day charge. The room was large and clean, maybe somewhat dark. Bathroom was large, bright and clean with ample towels which were changed every day. Tv had eurosport and cnn which is usually the only english speaking channels hotels have.The first two nights it just seemed at the bar people just pushed there way in but after that they all started forming orderly queues, that was much better for us AND the bar staff, who were mostly all ok. We were allowed to get 2 drinks each. In the restaraunt you could sit where you wanted. The food was average for a Spanish hotel, I always managed to find something I liked. At breakfast the hot water for making tea and coffee wasn't very hot so we just zapped it in the microwave. The staff in there were very nice, especially a young man with dread locked hair. As said before in other reviews you didn't get a glass of wine, you got a bottle. And the Rose was lovely. You could take the bottle out with you and even pop back for another! The pool was freezing but thats because we went end of season. Some brave children went in and enjoyed it. The pool bar was closed, but every hotel I have been in late season close the pool bar. If I had paid more for this holiday I might have been miffed because that is where you got snacks, but there was a supermarket a few minutes away where you could buy crisps etc for snacks, so that wasn't a problem.The beach was warmer than the pool area, and the sea did drop quite suddenly but 2 minutes to the left was a super little cove. Much safer for children. It was absolutely gorgeous. Hubby saw an octopus in the rocks, it was brilliant for snorkelling. The walk both ways is lovely but especially the walk to the left, the views are spectacular, but not suitable for pushchairs and small children (danger, danger....). We went to the English bar, but got out as soon as we could, as the guy who owned it just moaned on about how awful it was there. And on the toilet wall there was graffiti saying caleta palace awful, this bar good. I suspect the owners did it, it was all dreadfully organised for graffitti! 96% of the guests at the hotel were English and we met some really lovely people who added to our lovely holiday. Its not for people who want English bars on every corner, there were hardly any tack shops, it was lovely. Maybe the staff were nicer to us as it was end of season and mostly full of Brits, I don't know, but we would go back again. We had a lovely time. You must ring the transfer people the day before you leave, even if your name is up on the list! Take your mobile.We were picked up by a Merc! from hotel, dropped off at Lloret again and picked up by coach. The Easyjet check in is in terminal B. You can go straight to gate, not like our airports. I want to go back, I miss it so much.
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- Also Known As:
- Caleta Palace Hotel Platja d`Aro
- Caleta Palace Platja d Aro
- H TOP Caleta Palace Costa Brava/Platja D'Aro, Spain