We spent ten days here at this hotel and although I had concerns about going half board anywhere I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised about this style of holiday. The hotel itself is far enough away from the beach and crowded areas to be that bit more open and quiet rather than be located in cramped streets teeming with vendors wanting you to eat at their restaurants or go to their clubs. Another reason for us picking this hotel was its close proximity to Port Aventura, and in truth even though the hotel has a free courtesy bus that will take you there and back the walk is only 15minutes door to door.
The hotel is kept very clean and the staff are overall very helpful and in particular the restaurant staff are very friendly and chatty. You can hire a safe (in the room) which you get from the reception for an additional charge, currently €15 per 7 days and €3 per single days and also remember the government tourist tax which for us was an additional €14 for the duration of the stay.
The food was simply great and the choice was huge. In the middle of the dining room are two huge food counters set up buffet style. One holds all the cold food and the other the hot food. There is also a grill station at the end of the room where the chef does 2 or 3 different dishes at every sitting and we couldn't find fault with any of them.
The rooms are basic but are very well kept and are air conditioned which is a nice relief to the hot days. We went with one child and he was given a fold out bed which was comfortable enough and not too intrusive, space wise, in the room, although we couldn't understand how a fourth person could be accommodated (the brochure for the hotel states max occupants per room as 4). The cleaners are in everyday, sweeping the floor, making beds, cleaning the bathrooms and giving fresh towels.
The pool is very nice, with one half shallow and the other deeper although not really much deeper than 5'6" ish at the deepest point. A bridge bisects the pool and is a short cut to the pool bar and is open from 10.30am to 7.30pm but a lot of people ignored this in the morning and would be using the pool from anytime after 9am. I got the feeling the curfew was more to do with having life guards rather than any other reason. There is also a small paddling pool for very young kids.
The courtesy bus will take you to Port Aventura and the beach at set times, but be warned the driver doesn't hang about if you are running late! Better to be slightly early or he will be away before you get there.
The entertainment was ok but went on till around 1am and if your room overlooks the pools like ours then it can be a wee bit noisy but not too bad. After a few days we got to know some of the entertainment staff and joined in with the activities if we were around the pool and it was a good laugh, archery, air rifle shooting, darts etc.
There is also a spa available and for us was included in the price, but we never used it as the weather was so good so cannot comment on it.
Overall the hotel was great and we really enjoyed our time there. We would really recommend it to anyone thinking of going to Salou and are looking for a decent place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sol by Melia presents Sol Costa Daurada. Is located in Salou, 12 minutes walk from the beach and just 700 m from the Port Aventura Theme Park. It features a spa and 2 outdoor swimming pools, surrounded by sun terraces. All of the spacious rooms have air conditioning and a balcony. They also have satellite TV, a safe and a private bathroom. Interconnecting rooms are available on request. Free WiFi is available throughout. The spa includes an indoor swimming pool and a range of massages are available. There is also a gym, sauna and hot tub. The buffet restaurant offers a selection of Mediterranean dishes. There is a snack bar close to the swimming pool, as well as an English pub. Apart from PortAventura, local attractions include Aquopolis water park, hiking and quad excursions. Reus Airport is less than 10 km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Costa Daurada Salou
- Hotel Sol Costa Daurada