We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Calm but no special”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Vendrell
Certificate of Excellence
Level Contributor
29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Calm but no special”
Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

We stayed three days and the room's floor was whole time dirty and dust was all over the place. Once we called services twice but no one picked up.
The food was in good quality and the staff was kind and helpfull.
The location is isolated so be aware if you expect smtg else.. It is a place to rest and catch calm..

  • Stayed January 2013
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank MikoyanGuryevich
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LMRA, Director General at Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Thank you very much for your recent comments on your stay at Le Meridien RA.
We are glad you appreciated our unique and tranquil location and most of our services
We pride ourselves on a professional and attentive staff.
Your observations have our attention and form part of our continuous efforts towards improvement.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Le Meridien Ra on a future occasion.

Cordially,
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

793 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    382
    259
    90
    38
    24
See reviews for
169
414
13
83
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (84)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London
Level Contributor
14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed at Le Meridien Ra back in September and it was a great place to stay. On arrival our bags were taken in hand, we were given a glass of Cava, and were booked into a sea view room - spacious, with a good bathroom, with a sizeable balcony. This is a hotel that is really all about relaxing next to the sea.

It's an attractive hotel that blends an old building with modern extensions that have been done tastefully. It's not the easiest place to get to, but you can get a train from Barcelona directly to the station and it's a short cab from there (not always cabs waiting).

The spa facilities are excellent - there are a choice of two pools, one is a sea water thalassotherapy pool and it really is a great experience. The beach is semi private, with chairs and parasols and there is a member of staff to make sure that there is always somewhere for you on the beach at any time. He is on the beach all day and looks after the guests very well and is a credit to the hotel. Also on the beach is a small hut where you can get drinks/snacks.

The main restaurant is of a good standard, and there is a buffet offering as well where the breakfast (very extensive) is served.

The nearby town is a fairly average, you can walk along the sea front (or borrow a bike from the hotel) and there are a couple of nice places to eat or drink or buy small souveniers. The coast in general along here has been mostly spoiled by excessive developments of boring looking holiday flats, but it isn't as spoiled as many other parts of Spain. The guests were mostly French or German couples, with a range of ages.

Standards of service and politeness were positive across the board. A conference happened while we stayed but it was delivered without impacting on our stay.

There are no organised activities such as jet skis motorboats etc etc. I'd recommend this hotel if you want to relax for a few days on the beach, and don't want to have to worry about anything. You're never more than a few steps away from the sea, the pool or a nice drink. It's not full of noisy people or activities, the whole place is geared-up for relaxation, and we were able to enjoy a nice break stress-free.

Room Tip: Sea view is best but pretty much all rooms have a sea view at least in part
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank hmorgan883
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LMRA, General Manager at Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
It has been a pleasure welcoming you at Le Meridien Ra for your restful and relaxing vacation.
Thank you for your positive comments on our staff, services and unique beachfront location.

Should you travels ever bring you back to Spain, we´d hope to welcome you again here at Le Meridien Ra.

Cordially,
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2013

I stayed in this hotel for 5 days and it was a great vacation for me and my family.
We had a little problem at check-in. I booked the deluxe room with sea view but the girl from reception gave us a room with back side sea view. Her explanation was to try to solve my problem with booking.com...but came a manager Maria and gave us an amazing room.
If you want to travel it will be better to come with the car.
In the hotel you can get all information from cultural concierge. Excellent girl. She helped us s lot. Thanked to her we saw all Catalonia.
For sure we"ll come back again to this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank annaslu82
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
england
Level Contributor
62 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2012

This is in a typical Spanish seaside resort and I can recommend visiting slightly out of season, say early September when it is still warm, the sea is good for swimming and there aren't so many tourists. Having said that, there is a Rock-a-billy music festival which is on in Calafell in September (4-8th) which looks like good fun. That is away from the tranquility of this hotel though. There are private loungers on the beach front which are run by the most tanned man in the world. You can rent kayaks and surf boards further along the beach.There aren't many Brits abroad in the resort that the hotel is based beside, only local Spaniards holidaying and a few toffs in this hotel! We got a last minute deal which had the spa access which was lovely. The massage was good but pricey. The water in the main pool was quite salty, apparently rich in minerals which promote healing. It was, however, a bit cooler than I would like so I didn't do the massage jet bit as much as I would have liked. This hotel is full of little pockets where you could relax and lounge, like the sofas on the terrace overlooking the beach. The decor inside the atrium of the old TB sanatrium is a cross beteen Conran and Habitat. There was a piano player there one evening. There was a nice outdoor pool and bar area and there was a wedding party while we were there which looked very nice. There are sun pods and rattan outdoor swinging chairs that you can chill out on the terrace on and watch the sunset. Our room was a good size and we were brought a bottle of Cava on the first night which we saved as we were broken from out night in Barcelona the day before. The food and drinks there are expensive but the breakfast that was included was top notch. There was champagne on ice if you so wished for a liquid breakkie. The transfer to Reus airport we were quoted via the hotel was extortionate so we walked to the local taxi rank, next to the train station and booked one for half the price. The taxi can't come into the hotel itself but can wait outside. If you are coming to and from Barcelona airport you could get the train and get off at Calfell, then walk along the seafront until you get to the hotel (maybe 15 minutes) or get a cab in 5 minutes. We got a train to St Vincinte De Calders then a cab as there are only a few trains per day to Calafell. Here is the metro / train map from Barcelona:

http://www.gencat.cat/rodalies/doc/planol.pdf

There is private parking so you could definately hire a car. The lady in the tourist office in Calafell has all the bus and train timetables and was really helpful. I can recommend hiring bikes (either from the hotel or from the place across from the tourist office in Calafell) to explore the sea front. At night the Spanish families come out for a little promenade and it has a nice vibe.There are several fair to middling restaraunts on the front which aren't too far from the hotel. It is worth getting a 3 for 2 entry to the castle in the Medieval part of Calafell, Iberian ruins and the fishermans cottage. I think it would be worth staying longer as there are some good wineries and lots of other things to do in Tarragona. If you are skint there is a campsite down the road on the beach and I'm guessing you could pay for a day spa as a treat or come for one nights luxury!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank ukcat1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Huntsville, Alabama
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2012

My company held our annual European Sales Meeting in November. This resort is usually closed during this time of the year so that might have been related to some of the issues we had. First, the appearance of the resort is fabulous. This resort was once a tuberculosis sanitarium and now is a nice blend of modern and old styles. Rooms are spacious for European standards and bedding and amenities are very good. Bathrooms are huge! My room had both a standing shower and separate bath tube. My biggest complaint was rooms heating and cooling was awful. Being it was November and mildly cool, the rooms were still very WARM! I would hate to see what these would feel like in 80-90 degree weather in the summer. Many complained they could not get their rooms cool and would have to sleep with their balcony doors open - this led to a mosquito problem where many had severe bites on them. Another problem was the showers are all equipped with a waterfall like shower head. This was not at all pleasant!! It was likened to being beaten! The other issue we had was with irons and ironing boards - there are not in the rooms and for a large group there were in big demand.

As for the quality of the food service, we had pretty good experience. All meals were very fresh, flavorful and had a good variety. We only had one night where the food was average to poor and it was a tapas night. We were served a shrimp tapas that was horrible! The shrimp were overcooked and soaked in oil and had the consistency of mush. We also had a piaya that was very bad!

Overall this resort is a good place to stay and has a great location - beautiful surroundings. If the hotel would make some minor changes it would have been a great experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Prespilot68
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Boston, MA
Level Contributor
27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed here for 3 days as part of a two-week trip to Catalonia. We intended this leg to part beach stay, part base to explore Tarragona and the Cistercian monasteries. The beach stay part worked wonderfully. The rooms were well-appointed and comfortable, with modern furnishings. The beach is well-maintained and not very crowded for a resort of it's size. The hotel's restaurants were above-par.

However, the location made it a little tricky to get in and out and see places. Most of the other attractions in the area are at least 45 minutes away, and involve toll roads.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank mtailor
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ascot,
Level Contributor
278 reviews
107 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

The Meridien Ra is a cool hotel with cool architecture in a great spot right next to the beach. Comfortable and good sized rooms all have balconies and excellent facilities, though some bits and pieces are a bit tired and my shower was totally unreliable - scalding one moment and freezing the next. Every room gets sea views and there is plenty of space whether your trip is for business - as mine was - or pleasure. The Spa is simply stunning and thehealth centre is good is not outstanding. The staff are all friendly and helpful and the quality of food is top notch. Breakfastis excellent. Free wifi works everywhere and has good speed. No iPod docks, but the TV service has an excellent range of channels fo all languages and not just the usual news channels. If you choose the Meridien Ra for a Barcelona holiday youmight be disappointed by the fact that you have either a 40 minute drive or a 30 minute train ride to the city - but if you want to be out of the hustle and bustle then it is a great place to retire to! The surrounding town is delightfully quiet out of season and has some good, well-priced restaurants. Not a family hotel, I would suggest, but great for grown-ups!

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
Helpful?
3 Thank Sue-and-Steve-Ascot
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near El Vendrell
2.0 mi away
Hotel Balneario TermaEuropa Playa Coma-Ruga
21.8 mi away
Gran Palas Hotel
Gran Palas Hotel
#4 of 8 in La Pineda
378 reviews
22.5 mi away
H10 Mediterranean Village
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
10.3 mi away
Altafulla Mar Hotel
Altafulla Mar Hotel
#1 of 6 in Altafulla
323 reviews
2.5 mi away
Nuba Hotel Comarruga
Nuba Hotel Comarruga
#1 of 8 in Coma Ruga
552 reviews
1.0 mi away
Hotel Antiga
Hotel Antiga
#1 of 10 in Calafell
203 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa

Property: Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa
Address: Avenida del Sanatori, 1, 43880 El Vendrell, Spain
Phone Number:
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Tarragona > Costa Dorada > El Vendrell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Vendrell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa, inspiration is found in the hotel's open spaces. As guests arrive, senses are awakened by the vaulted ceilings of the original buildings "Capilla" juxtaposed with the light filled contemporary lobby. Outside, guests can discover beachside terraces, teak decks and peaceful gardens and orchards. The Beach Club, featuring a french inspired design, offers light Mediterranean cuisine and is a place for relaxation during the day and is ideal for enjoying sea side cocktails and local cava in the evening. Design touches throughout these spaces are reminiscent of modern classics: in the Hub, a modern interpretation of a Gaudi-esque chair is revealed and cartography is a feature of our meeting rooms. Our guest rooms feature high ceilings, terraces, patios or sea views, inviting guests to enjoy the ambience of their surroundings by the sea. The upcoming renovation on rooms by renowned designer Isabel Lopez, aims to reinforce the timeless awakening of senses and inspiration characteristic of Le Meridien Ra. Explore Spa by Le Meridien, the first in Europe, encourages rejuvenation by a variety of culturally inspired therapies from around the world to balance both the body and mind. Space to expand ideas is provided by our meeting facilities where successful events are hosted inside in our Discovery Meeting Rooms, or outside in our bamboo gardens, terraces or by the pool. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Orbitz, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Priceline, Travelocity, TripOnline SA and HotelQuickly so you can book your Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel El Vendrell
Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel And Spa
Meridien El Vendrell
Le Meridien El Vendrell
El Vendrell Le Meridien
Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa Spain/El Vendrell, Costa Dorada

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing