Ignore the negative reviews of this hotel as we have just arrived back from 2 fabulous weeks at the Golden Bahia and there is very little to criticise.
Firstly the flight both ways from Manchester with Thomson were prompt on a very clean 737-800 with a flight time of less than 2 hours both out and inbound.
Transfer to the hotel takes around 45 minutes along a twisty hilly road but the time goes by very quickly.
Check in was quick and efficient and the rooms were ready on arrival, our only gripe was we had requested a low floor due to us having a 3 year old and the rooms allocated were on the 4th floor however as the rooms were clean we decided not to request a change.
Location could be better but its a short walk into town which itself is lovely with a great selection of shops catering for everyone and some good bars and restaurants too. My only gripe is that some of the shopkeepers were decidedly anti-british with one swearing at my wife and saying 'english go home'. So if you want to avoid this then bypass the Atlantis group of shops and take you business elsewhere like we did. Most however were friendly and helpful as were the traders on the local market which is held on a thursday. Tossa itself is probably the safest place I have ever visited and not once did we see an unsavoury incident.
The hotel itself is very clean and modern however our bed linen was only changed twice in 2 weeks and that was only after complaining to reception.
Food was excellent the first week but average the second. Too much fish and poultry for my liking especially as I have an allergy to both, but it was always hot and the breakfasts were pretty good too with plenty of choice. My biggest gripe however was that some of the staff were too quick to whip your plate from under you even when you hadn't finished eating.
The pool area is really good catering from the very young to the experienced swimmer and our kids loved them. There is however a problem in that the areas surrounding the pools are very slippery and we saw several nasty falls. It should be pretty easy to remedy this and I hope the hotel take this comment on board before someone suffers a serious injury.
Nightime entertainment consisted of a mini disco which was conducted mainly in spanish and french followed by bingo and an act. The quality of the acts was pretty poor except for the 'Soulhunters' who were definately worth a listen.
The bar staff were very friendly and efficient but prices of drinks were expensive, however there is a fridge in your room and a well stocked supermarket nearby.
A mention must go to the Thomson representative Simon, who is very efficient at his job and spends a lot of time at the hotel. Makes a refreshing change from the usually anonymous reps you usually get.
To summarise, a great family hotel that warrants its 4 star rating but if you don't want to be surrounded by children enjoying themselves then Thomson do a good selection of child free hotels as I did hear one old couple complaining to reception about the number of children in the hotel.
Already considering returning next year.
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Bahia De Tossa Hotel Tossa De Mar
- Golden Bahia De Tossa Mar
- Golden Bahia Tossa Hotel
- Golden Bahia De Tossa Tossa De Mar, Costa Brava, Spain