In General – a nice quiet, pleasantly furnished hotel which we enjoyed for 10 days and will return to in the future.
Location - can only be reached by climbing a very steep hill, but easy to find and right where we wanted it to be near to shops and bars with a 10 min or more walk to the sea front ideally situated us.
Beach – Sharp Shingles & Stones, Sea - not for non swimmers or any one not up to full body strength – the pleasure boats come right up onto the beach and there is a very steep drop in the sand (shingles) level in the shallows, which takes you completely by surprise when you suddenly submerge and start to drown (if you can’t swim like me) & the waves are ferocious and very strong. I went in paddling once only, got knocked flat (along with my partner) by the waves, picked up and flung on the beach – twice, before I could crawl out. I swallowed loads of salty sea water & my expensive sunglasses and a head band were gone for ever! Spent the rest of the holiday watching others brave it and come unstuck like us, although some small Spanish children were fine, swam like fish and seemed oblivious to the ferocious waves, but then again they were nearer the ground –maybe that helped a bit, but I watched them ready to call for help if needed. Spanish teenage boys had great fun running into the sea, diving into the strong oncoming waves and screaming with delight. Indeed my partner dived into the waves later on in the holiday, but it was a ‘no go area’ for me – in my partners own words “you will drown”! The ridiculous price of 15 Euros for 2 sun beds & 1 umbrella sent us straight to the shops to buy our own which we used for the rest of the holiday. We bought 2 lie lows with backs at 12 Euros each and 1 umbrella at 8 Euros, that’s only 2 days cost of hiring the sun beds & umbrella, so much better value for money and a lot more comfortable too. Also we deflated the lie lows and took them home with us for use next time. There were one set of toilets on the front which were clean and I saw one life guard on the beach.
Car Parking in Hotel Car Park - 10 Euros a day! (She may have said 12 actually) That’s going on for £100 for our 10 day stay, they must be joking! - we parked in neighbouring streets instead for free!! & so did every one else. Short sighted of the hotel as the tiny car park was almost always empty. Had it been under 5 Euros a day they could have made some money out of us for some of our stay any way.
Food - very limited choice, but all well cooked and edible so no complaints there. Would love some lean back bacon well cooked instead of ham type streaky bacon barely cooked for breakfast – but I ate it so I’m not complaining. Breakfast eggs correctly cooked which often isn’t the case in some hotels and nice baked beans (although they were mostly cold). Loved the hotpot and the pasta was ok in the evenings.
Service in Restaurant & Bar - good in hotel, but could be a bit sharp, hostile even, in some surrounding bars and restaurants’. But it’s the end of the season and they are probably sick of the tourists now.
Room – a nice little room with lovely views of the mountain and hillside villa’s. Rock hard beds that wouldn’t necessarily suit every one and did get a bit uncomfortable by the end of the holiday. Very little practical storage space. The very narrow wardrobe’s hanging space was not long enough to hang a short dress or even a longish top, so my dresses had to be accommodated any where/every where possible to hook a hanger over and only my partners shirts hang in the wardrobe, 2 on each hotel hanger!. I always pack all my own hangers, as hotels tend to think that 5 hangers or so between 2 of you for 10 or more nights is sufficient! But I don’t want to wear the same dress 4 evenings or more! And my partner has to have a clean shirt each night as he sweats. Wider wardrobes and sufficient hangers needed please. I yearn for the day when I feel confident enough to leave my hangers at home, think of the weight I would save at check in!
Room Entertainment – the TV only had CNN News, Euro Sport and BBC World News in English – so no curling up to watch a film on the rainy afternoons – pity because we were lost for some thing to do on those wet days. TV needs a channel showing English speaking films urgently!
Maids - I don’t think our maid cleaned our balcony very often during our stay, but the room and bathroom were fine and we always had clean towels (although these were threadbare) so again no real complaints.
Entertainment – we did go late in the season, they announced they were closing early on the 23rd September due to lack of bookings I’m told, & some friends staying longer were having to be moved to the Oasis Tossa. We only noticed 3 lots of entertainment during the whole 10 days (unless we missed one). We enjoyed the entertainment we saw, Flamenco and the same guy in two different guises on two separate nights. We were disappointed they cancelled the BBQ, we asked the head waiter about it as we had expected it and no notices were up saying it was cancelled, he said it was too cold for a BBQ, but there were hotel guests sitting around the BBQ? Who was it too cold for?
Suggestions to make the hotel even better! -
English speaking film channel on TV - urgent
Wider, wardrobe with room for & at least 15 hangers, vertically long enough to take women’s dresses - urgent
Better more comfy balcony seating, with a sun umbrella and a line to dry your swimwear
More padding on the bed mattresses for better comfort and support of joints, giving a more relaxing sleep - urgent
Lean well fried/grilled back bacon for breakfast, with hot baked beans
More choice of evening meal
More evening entertainment – the hotel would earn the fee back from the sale of drinks from the bar
A much reduced hotel parking charge, its better to earn lots of a little than none of a lot
All in all, this hotel suited us down to the ground and is now our favourite hotel in Tossa – I am sure we will be returning in the future and would recommend it to friends.
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- GHT Hotel Neptuno Tossa De Mar, Costa Brava, Spain