Just returned from a 4 night break. The family (3 adults and 4 kids ranging 13 to 4) stayed in two family rooms which were in the main building (city hall). This was not our first time in Portaventura but was our first time staying on site.
What's great: The quality of the hotel and surrounding area is very high. The theme is well done - not tacky and you genuinely feel you are in the scene of a Western! For the size of it I expected to see a lot more people but the pools were quiet and only breakfast was busy - as a result the hotel had a laid back feel. Room was clean and reasonably sized and great that they provide pool towels in your room for use during the stay. We ate breakfast only and the food and variety was very good with plenty of fresh fruit as well as the usual cooked, continental and cereal options. Churros and pancakes were a nice treat! The side access to the park is very quick and really makes you feel you're getting ahead of the crowds!
What's not so great: Check in is slow despite the queue being short and there being plenty of staff. Our only real gripe though was the arrangements for the waterpark. Firstly you have to pay though there is a 30% discount, but you must use the tickets whilst you are a guest - i.e. you cannot come back at a later date (we were heading to another resort and the children didn't want to forego a day at the theme park for a day at the waterpark - and neither did we as we had effectively paid for the theme park in the cost of the stay already!) Why not let guests have the discount and return at a later date to use the tickets - seems greedy to us.
Be aware of: We couldn't find any English channels on the TV (not that we were in the room much!) The rides all open at various times - some 2 hours after the park has opened at 10, so although you get into the park quickly, you don't really gain an advantage queueing for those rides - which all seem to be at the back of the park where hotel guests have quicker access. The restaurants in the park close at 4 and re open around 8pm - so you need to plan ahead on eating times (we were caught out on the first night with 4 hungry children in tow!)
Nice touches: Being able to pay in the theme park with your room card is very very handy!
Overall: Excellent hotel in its own right but as our kids said 'amazing to have a theme park in your back garden too!'
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just an hour from Barcelona, with direct access to the Far West area in PortAventura, this hotel is the perfect destination for family holidays. It recreates a Far West town in the grip of gold fever, where water is the protagonist with immense swimming pools simulating the twists and turns of a river. Journey back more than 200 years and visit Sullivan, the most flourishing city in the Far West, and enter 1803 when Lucy Callaghan found the gold nugget next to the Gold River. Designed to amaze visitors and provide them with a totally new experience, the exclusive facilities of Hotel Gold River combine history with cutting-edge technology, all aimed at maximum comfort for our guests. With unlimited admission to the park throughout the entire stay! The rooms, divided over different buildings, form a reconstruction of the most important parts of the town: Main Street with wooden bungalows on the outskirts, the main hotel The City Hall, abandoned railway wagons and Lucy's Mansion, a 5***** hotel inside Hotel Gold River itself. In 2015 the 20th anniversary of the opening of doors PortAventura is met and to celebrate in style with family, friends or partner, we expect you to live unforgettable moments. This year PortAventura presents the new how will offer its Soleil Cirque in the Resort, Amaluna. Furthermore, in 2016 Ferrari Land will open in Europe PortAventura resot to offer a real race track, the highest and most rapid vertical accelerator in Europe and the first luxury hotel themed for the first time in the history of the Ferrari brand, including other surprises. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gold River Hotel