My main reason for writing this review is that I could only find one in english in TRIPADVISOR for this hotel when we were thinking of going, which surprised me, especially after staying there for a week. It does not appear to be used much by Irish or english people. Sandra, at reception, was pleasatly surprised to find out we were Irish and twelve of us (golfers) stayed here in April to play 5 top class golf courses in area. I think people should know about it so I hope this review helps.
We booked the hotel directly, following a recommendation from a friend in Ireland who had stayed there with a group on a couple of occasions and he highly recommended it. We were not disapointed. The staff in the hotel were very helpful and efficient when we were booking, which we did directly with the hotel, especially Sandra and Monica at reception.
We fley to Girona. Becaues it was Easter we had trouble booking transport so with only a couple of days to go we contacted hotel and it arranged all our transport for the 7 days which included trips to five golf courses. This was a big ask with golf gear for 12 golfers but they povided two minibusses at very short notice. The drivers were great, always on time, never rushing us after the game of golf and we didn't have to worry about how to find the courses. Just brilliant and took all the hassle of driving away from us. Not sure my golf was any better as a result!!
The hotel is rated 3 star and while the breakfast was basic the food in general was good. We arrived late at night and a lovely buffet was laid on for us at a very reasonable cost. While there is no pool with the hotel you are just on the beach and you can hear the water laping outside if you leave the bedroom window open. The views from the lounge or seating area are out onto the sea. There is a nice walk just off the beach also. Note that there is no lift to the bedrooms and the stairs is somewhat narrow. The bedrooms we had were all en-suite and most with a sea-view - a little easier to get in April I would say than in high-summer. While they were a little small they were comfortable and as we were all in single rooms the space was no problem.
The town is a very nice one and we were only three minutes walk from it and we went to it most evenings. We didn't find the restaurants any cheaper than Ireland if you wanted a nice meal. One drawback is that if you are a sports fan the Hotel does not have Sky Sports and the Heiniken Cup, with Munster and Leinster playing and the Masters (Golf) were on the week we were there. Wewould have liked to dine in the hotel and watch the matches and golf there but we had to seek out pubs that had it which caused a little problem as these were hard to find and the Spaniards were more interested in soccer. Amazingly they did not seem to have any interest in Golf- one wonders have they heard of Seve, Sergio or Jose Maria. The smoking in the pubs was dreadful and made us realise how good it is in Ireland with the smoking ban in such places.
There are some very good golf courses in the area (PGA Catralunya - and Emporda - both with two courses) and prices are not as expensive as the South of Spain or Vilamoura where we used to go. Le's hope this area does not follow suit and price itself out.
I believe the Hotel it is mostly occupied by Spaniards during the high season but we were all very pleased with it and fould it value for money and a gem as far as three star hotels go. If we go to that part of Spain in 2010 I expect we will be returning to this hotel
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