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“Sunset boulevard - washed up!”

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Hotel Medium Romantic
Ranked #18 of 41 Hotels in Sitges
London, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Sunset boulevard - washed up!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2012

last minute booking, used to go late 90's - we flew from Amsterdam for sunny break
great architecture
lovely environnment
lovely older people working there, younger ones less interested
slightly more expensive than other nearby hotels; no pool, no air con, shocking breakfast
staff have changed, family run, bad manic service at breakfast, stale food
overpriced cocktails that are awful and use pre-mixed elements
this year bar and garden dead at night
rooms cramped, sweaty, old, could be called romantic if being generous
feels like Sunset Boulevard film set. decaying, dated, and over the hill.
used to be a big favourite but in 15 years the service is worse, breakfast the same, and i think the son or nephew of the family running it clearly sees it as a money spinner without investment.
our shower kept runnig hot and cold and some nights no hot water at all; when asked about it the young guy Junior(?) said "it is a busy night for you boys in the hotel"
dust under the beds
terrible beds, plastic lined, hot and OLD!

Room Tip: not street facing. cheap rooms you share a bathroom and loo. what is this 1950?
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2012

Good spot in town but can be noisy, but this is Sitges! The hotel has a great atmosphere with lovely outdoor breakfast in the garden. The three buildings are stunning with lovely ground floor reception and bar area. However that's where the romance stops.
Terrible old beds, flaking paint off ceilings and walls, broken shower attachments, cracked tiles, exposed wires and nylon pillows covered in ripped and badly fitting pillow cases. Plastic mattress protectors are excusable but mattresses covered in historic stains aren't. No air con except some top floor rooms but I'm not a big fan of a/c anyway but some nights would be useful!
Breakfast is processed square meats, cheap cheese and non branded cheap cereals. Along with UHT milk, and rolls in packets with dates on amounts to a poor breakfast.
Ask for fresh crusty bread and you will get some! Unlimited coffee is good but it's poor powdered coffee.
All in all a tired 'institution' of Sitges but with year on year price rises and deteriorating accommodation, this really isn't a great stay anymore. Other local hotels are upping their game with upgrade of facilities, all this hotel has got is new lampshades, seat covers and signage.
Could be amazing, as some of the staff are adorable, the buildings stunning and nice surroundings and building. But that's it.

Room Tip: Only one with ensuite bathroom, and ideally garden facing at the rear as these are slightly less noi...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2011

Decent place to stay, good value & in a great location in the town. Staff were friendly & helpful. The only downside is the lack of air con - so it all depends if that is something you want or not. Having breakfast in the lovely garden every morning was nice.

Room Tip: Try and get a room overlooking the garden
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ealing West London
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2011

Standards have dropped since my first stay in 1993.
The current management is living off a reputation established by a different team who did know something about hospitality.
The hotel is mismanaged by a family who are quick to tell you that they know best what their paying guests want from the hotel but who never invite comments from their guests.
Employing kith and kin is a recipe for disaster in the hospitality sector - the employees run the hotel to suit themselves, none seem to have had formal hospitality training and it shows.
If they could upgrade their breakfast offer it might go some way to restore consumer confidence.
The breakfast team will bring a basket of cheap stale bread to your table as you sit down. You won't want to eat the cup cakes sweating in their plastic packaging, stamped with a six month sell by date, full of preservatives and fake colourants to make them look somewhat appetising.
The yoghurts are similarly fortified with preservatives. The fresh fruit cocktail is from a tin - in sunny Spain, imagine serving tinned fruit in a country considered the fresh fruit basket of Europe.
The orange juice is a disgusting concentrate from the cheapest local food store. Fresh squeezed juice can be purchased at the bar, along with decent fresh coffee, these should be standard offers at breakfast.
The staff are friendly. The breakfast team work very hard in bringing bad coffee to your table. I'd prefer to see them work smarter.
The management should install a self service coffee machine for guests to go grab a coffee when they are ready for it rather than having bad coffee going cold whilst you eat the meager breakfast offer.
Fools and their money are easily parted - don't spend your cash here unless you want to be treated like one. It's my seventh stay but alas my last time to visit Hotel Romantic.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2011

Have just returned from a two-week stay at the Romantic. Absolutely enjoyable and relaxing.

I have been to Sitges many times, but had not stayed at this hotel for many years. If you are looking for a hotel with air conditioning and flat-screen tvs (or any tv!) this is not for you. If, on the other hand, you appreciate being in historic buildings lovingly and personally restored, with extensive and eclectic collections of art and artefacts you may love it.

My room was simple, but very good: facing the entrance street, and very quiet at night and with very high ceiling and comfortable large bed. Room was kept spotlessly clean by excellent cleaning team.

One of the high points of this hotel is its garden, where breakfast is served. It's a wonderfully relaxing place to start the day, and enjoy the very nice breakfast buffet.

The staff are gracious and welcoming (thank you Manuel, Miguel, Jose, .....).

The bar is a beautiful area serving drinks at very reasonable prices - it's a pity more people don't seem to have discovered as it must be one of the "gems" of Sitges. The sister hotel Renaixenca, just across the road, also has a great little bar operated during the summer months. James can organise a superb Bloody Mary!

And, by the way, putting on my technophile hat, the Romantic has excellent and free wi-fi throughout the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Sandy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2011

This lovely old hotel is the perfect place to meet friends for a glass of Cava. Friendly bar staff, nice environment and you are never rushed. Well worth a visit. Sadly rooms do not have air con......just fans which is the only downside.

Room Tip: try rooms in the annexe
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

The staff are friendly and helpful, and the hotel has a nice atmosphere. However, the most important part of any stay has to be the room, and ours was cramped and entirely charmless. Very little space, hardly any surfaces, no TV, inadequate lighting, only one socket. One consequence of the lack of space was that you kept banging into window handles and window frames, which opened inwards - these were difficult to avoid as you squeezed between the bed and the wall. The bathroom is a contortionist's dream. On our final day, we returned to find that our room had not been locked by the cleaner. Anyone can make a mistake of course, but the locks are of the kind where you have to physically turn the key to lock the door, as opposed to simply pulling it shut, as is the case with modern locks (the kind that use key cards). This is the kind of upgrade and investment that the hotel is in desperate need of.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Medium Romantic
Address: Sant Isidre, 33, 08870 Sitges, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Sitges
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 41 Hotels in Sitges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Medium Romantic 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel medium romantic occupies two modernist-style villas that preserve nineteenth-century decoration. In common areas and rooms it is possible to contemplate an extensive collection of artworks, consisting of paintings, ceramics and original sculptures. The garden is one of the most charming place of all Sitges: a dreamful space where to relax among palm trees, ivy and honeysuckle. The hotel is located in the historic center, five minutes from the beach, the entertainment centers and the train station. It has a bar and several lounges. It offers a delicious hot breakfast, served in one of the interior lounge or in the garden. The rooms are spacious and equipped with all facilities to live a comfortable stay. Some of them have a terrace overlooking the garden. ... more   less 
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Romantic La Renaixenca Sitges
Romantic La Renaixenca Hotel

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