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“Cheap, Cheerful, Friendly and Fun.”
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Hotel El Cid
Ranked #5 of 38 Hotels in Sitges
Certificate of Excellence
London
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Cheap, Cheerful, Friendly and Fun.”
Reviewed July 10, 2009

We booked to stay at the El Cid to try and get the most out of our annual pilgrimage to Sitges whilst keeping costs down. Whilst none of our group have particularly fancy tastes we do like to have a least a decent place to bed down for the night and the El Cid is simply perfect.
Like all reviews on tripadvisor the rooms are basic and some can be a litte small however for the price there is simply nothing better. In addition the breakfast area is large and the breakfast selection great - even the bottle of Cava at 10 in the morning was abused along with the meats, cheese and breads. Another great advantage is that El Cid has a pool - perfecyt for those days when the 5 minute walk to the beach is simply too much effort.
Finally, have to say what a joy the staff are at the hotel - always friendly, attentive and quietly go about their business. Antonio in particular is an excellent asset to the El Cid hotel.
The only qualm i would have is that the hotel bar doesn't seem to get used that much which is a shame as its not a bad little meeting place for a beer before heading into town - i think the music can be a little innapropriate for an early evening drink. Banging house!!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 10, 2009

I stayed at The El Cid Hotel for one week in June 09, The receptionists were very helpful and friendly. I was lucky enough to have stayed in a room overlooking the pool. The Hotel interior is a little dated, but very clean and well maintained for a one star. I have stayed at Hotels with higher ratings, and would give this Hotel a 5 stars just for the friendly service offered by the staff esspecially the cleaning ladies who were allways smilling and did a great job cleaning the room. Overall to sum it up i had a great time staying at this Hotel and the people who were there were good fun and sociable. I will be back soon. Breakfast is nice plenty of it put out. The only point i can think of raising is that i believe the Hotel does need air conditioning, esspecially the rooms facing the main road. I met people staying in those type of rooms and they said the rooms get stuffy because if the patio doors are left open the noise of traffic is too loud and it's difficult to get to sleep, so earplugs are a must.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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Morpeth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2009

Def 5 star at 1 star prices........ Staff excellent, especially pretty, blonde french girl at reception.
Rooms cleaned by marvellous 'girls'.
Tony the manager is helpfull,. Ask him if he can provide a fridge in the rooms and I bet he will tell you; 'I will ask the owner, but please write it on your comment sheet when you leave'.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank MorpethBuster
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belfast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2009

El Cid is a one star hotel with 5 star service!!!..........its a basic hotel with friendly staff Antonio on reception is charming man and very helpfull,the rooms are clean & simple.Towels are changed daily rooms are cleaned daily cofy beds and showers are powerfull .
Donot be like some people and expect 5 star at these prices.It is a busy hotel so is not the quietest in high season I am told,but in May I had a good nights sleep evey night!
The decor is really retro but interesting very spanish and a bit if fun really!....if your into boutique hotels walk on by!!! To um up theis hotel i would say clean basic and if you want a cheap hotel with a good buffet breakafast this is the one to try.I have done a few more exclusive hotels in Sitges but they have got greedy and can be a little stuffy in thier attitude and are less helpfull than reception at El Cid

Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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Dublin,ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2009

overall myself and my friend were not very impressed by this hotel. we changed rooms cos there was too much noise and the room was too hot to sleep in. The lack of air conditioning is a big problem in this hotel and it was really hard to sleep in the stuffy warm bedrooms. There are hardly any rooms with a view at all. First room we had was slightly below the swimming pool so you couldn't see anything, second room had no view at all, the small window just showed another side of teh hotel building. Rooms were very basic, if somewhat a bit dilapidated. It was cheap indeed but i wouldn't go back there again, i'd rather pay a bit more for a decent hotel with air conditioning. It was also impossible to get to use the pool as the loungers were always taken.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
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Exeter, Devon, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2008

The El Cid is an excellent value place to stay in pricey Sitges. The rooms are clean but basic - no fridge, air con or tv. The staff are friendly and helpful and the breakfast excellent. The main advice I'd give is that you make sure when you book that your room will NOT be facing the road. We changed rooms after the first night - after much flattery and buttering up of the receptionist - and got a cracking room with a huge sundeck overlooking the pool. Our experience would have been very different if we had had to stay in the first room however. It was dark, hot, noisy and smelt of diesel fumes from the garages below. The balcony was so small and exposed that it was impossible to sit out and feel safe!

So, take my advice - book the El Cid with a room facing the pool and you'll get real value for money and a relaxing holiday!

  • Liked — Friendly staff, great breakfast and room with a huge sundeck
  • Disliked — The room we had the first night which faced a main road
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 2, 2008

Just got back to the UK after a great stay in Sitges. We stayed at the EL Cid and it was great value.

Our room was cleaned every day with clean towels every day. All the staff were very friendly. There was plenty to choose from at breakfast and the pool area was clean and tidy.

Thank you to Antonio and all the staff, we will be back.

Great location for the beach, train station and bus stop and right in the heart of teh gay section.

Stayed September 2008
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Property: Hotel El Cid
Address: C/ San Jose 39, 08870 Sitges, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Sitges
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Sitges
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Sitges
#5 Family Hotel in Sitges
#8 Romantic Hotel in Sitges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel El Cid 1*
Number of rooms: 77
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