Hotel Imperial Terraco in Terragona is placed on a rise, facing the Mediterranean and an ancient Roman amphitheatre. On a diagonal, and close by, rises the old medieval city of Terragona, topped by a church, so the position of the hotel can hardly be faulted. My husband and I were there at the end of October, 2012, meeting up with a group of colleagues, who had ordered their rooms together. These rooms were often suites , beautifully appointed, plush chairs, settees, coffee tables. The corridors were tastefully done in whitewashed stucco (not sure of this), lighting graceful and discreet. That could sort of sum up the whole hotel, and that could be a bit overwhelming.
However, our room, while facing on to the sea and the amphitheatre, had some unanticipated elements, like a ripped thick drapery (inside the curtains, to keep out light and sun); first water run from the bath tap was brownish, the plug had no chain, the walls could have used a coat of paint...slightly tawdry, in other words.
But decent. Quiet enough - we were not bothered by other guests in the corridor or rooms, and the traffic died down late at night. The entrance, lobby, bar and restaurant smacked of a higher standard, more like the suites. The staff were OK. All in all, despite or because of its interesting contrasts, it was a good experience.
The two fairly certain negatives were a costly WiFi service (one computer) and only Spanish or Catalonian channels on the television (the latter is not all that important, but in a 3 or 4 star hotel - and this one makes claims to both - it is reasonable to expect at least one foreign language channel).
Jan Teeland, Gävle, Sweden
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