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“Excellent Hotel, Handy for PortAventura”
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Sol Costa Daurada
Ranked #22 of 94 Hotels in Salou
Dundee, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Hotel, Handy for PortAventura”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

LOCATION - The hotel is about 15 mins walk (at a slow, hot day amble) from the beach and from PortAventura in the other direction. A little tourist transport that looks like a mini steam train also runs at 3 euros a trip, but it was very easy to walk so we didn't try it. The hotel is well placed - no other hotel overlooks it. Some areas of Salou are built up, meaning your balcony has a view into another balcony, but this hotel has a clear view from either side of the building.

THE HOTEL - The hotel is modern, decorated with cool marble and with only five floors, it never feels too big and impersonal. It is kept spotlessly clean. The hotel is built almost in a V shape. The rooms inside the V overlook the pool. The rooms on the outside of the V overlook the road. While the pool view is probably nicer, entertainment goes on until midnight, so families with children should sacrifice the view for reduced noise. There is an indoor pool and fitness suite, which we did not try. Outside, there is a large free-form pool and a toddler pool. The sun terrace does not seem large, but we never saw it crowded (I suspect that a lot of the guests are here for PortAventura, and never venture to the pool). Ample sun-beds are provided and "booking" with towels does not seem to happen! There is a poolside bar, but at 5 euros for a vodka and coke, we only tried it once! Snacks can be bought here and you can also buy them from the little bar in the foyer. Catalonia has imposed a tourist tax payable in all tourist accommodation - be prepared to pay 1 euro each for each day of your stay (adults only).

THE ROOM - Our room was clean and fresh and the maids kept it this way. There was a very comfortable double bed and a double bed settee. All the rooms have a balcony. A hairdryer is provided, and it's a good one. There is a safe in the room, but it is 15 euros extra. I think this was my one niggle - 4 star hotels in Europe do not generally charge. There are no tea/coffee facilities. There is a fridge. The air-conditioning was great - and quiet - which meant you could sleep with it on.

THE ENTERTAINMENT - I didn't think I would be interested in the entertainment, but I was pleasantly surprised. My children have grown up, but I enjoyed watching the children mastering complicated dance routines and this seemed popular with the youngsters. While we were there, we saw a Beatles tribute act, Flamenco dancers, a Cuban music/dance duo and fire-eating acrobats. All the acts were excellent and the acrobatic act was so well done we couldn't believe we were watching it on a tiny hotel stage.

THE FOOD - When I travel abroad, I like to try something different and this hotel certainly provides it. The variety of food they provide is huge, and they change it every day. You would have to be the world's fussiest eater not to find something you enjoy. The food is buffet style, but there is a grill chef to the rear of the dining room, constantly preparing fresh food. For breakfast there is a variety of cereals, fresh fruit, breads and rolls of different types, pastries, cakes, cold meats, cheeses, potatoes, beans, grilled tomatoes, bacon, sausages and eggs. The grill chef prepares various things - omelettes, bacon and pancakes (our favourite - take at least 3!). I couldn't list what they prepare for dinner, as it would take all day! We especially enjoyed the freshly cooked steaks, pork fillets and chicken breasts. Fish fans will be in heaven, with a vast selection including fresh shrimps, grilled fish steaks and mussels. If you fancy trying something different, they served snails one night and rabbit another (don't worry -everything is clearly labelled). Local meat stews and paellas were also served. Pasta was always available with sauce to add, as was pork fried in breadcrumbs and chips. The salad bar had more choice than you could imagine. The desserts were good - cakes, gateaux, melon, fresh fruit, ice cream, creme caramel, baked apples etc. Our favourite was the pears poached in red wine with cinnamon. If you have an early flight, tell the staff. They will open the dining room just for you.

THE STAFF - The staff were great, being polite and friendly at all times. The restaurant staff Rosi, Marina and Soraya were especially good.

THE GUESTS - during our stay, several Spanish children's football teams were staying. They were well-behaved ( as were all the children there) and tried out their English on us when we met in the lifts. Most of the guests seemed to be Spanish, with some British, Swedish, French and Russian. After midnight, the hotel is very quiet and we slept well.

TO SUM UP - Clean and modern hotel in a great location for PortAventura. Food excellent, staff efficient and friendly. We would go back tomorrow!

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Me and my boyfriend stayed here in june it was without a doubt I would never stay again!
1st- Arrived late the guy checking us in was polite no complaints there but got to the room had asked for a pool view and this was not the case
2nd- The following day we asked to change the room which we could do and I did appreciate this but the blonde on reception was very ignorant
3rd- we had decided to go back to the room and have a few drinks on the balcony but this could not be enjoyed as all the lights on the balcony's were not working I asked at reception thinking maybe it was just ours and that it was something they could do and was told no they aren't working maybe next week or the week after and again two blondes on reception this time ignorant again
4th- The food was awful ( not for everyone all tastes are different I understand that) we went half board and it has put me off for life it was awful and none of the staff had English we went twice to see if the 2nd night was any better but it wasn't and I saw a pizza being brought out to someone and asked about this if maybe I could get one but not one member of staff could understand me
5th- we went for breakfast the day we were heading home and didn't realise the time and had to rush back to the room to grab our bags which meant not all of the breakfast was finished ther was 3 pieces of toast left on the plate and we put our plates on the trolleys provided and a small Spanish woman working there made a complete show of my partner shouting and screaming that it was bad that we were wasting food ( from the little amount of English she had this is what we could make out) this was so embarrassing
6th- on check out AGAIN two blonde women I handed in the keys and said id like to check out she did not lift her head just took the key card done a few things on the computer and said that's fine. how rude after spending a week there she didn't say thank you or how was your stay.
All in all it was a awful place to stay and I would not recommend it at all.
The only people who I could say done a great job were the cleaners they had the room spotless clean each day and were very polite and friendly also we went to the bar one night it is like an old tavern it was nice to have a drink there. The barman a thin , dark haired man was very nice he was really friendly. They are the only two nice things I took away from this hotel
Regards the area itself we went to the danny boy most nights would highly recommend it staff were great and so was the music. I would suggest for food the jack daniels bar near the hotel the food was extremely nice and great value staff friendly also

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thurles, Ireland
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Me and my bf stayed in this hotel for 2 weeks from 14/06 - 28/06 and enjoyed every minute of it.
The reception had good staff, although they didn't explained everything what we should know. Like for example that if we wanted towels to use in the swimming pool we could take them from the spa giving one deposit of €20 and returning the towel you could get your money back. They also couldn't explain much about the attractions in Salou, they had a brochure giving the option to book it but they couldn't really say anything about the experiences.

Anyway, we enjoyed the swimming pool area, recommend to get sunbeds not so close to the pool due to the noise of the speakers. We brought biscuits/fruits from the supermarket to nibble while in the swiming pool area because when we ordered burgers from the bar we didn't like the taste, for sure it was from the sausages leftover from the breakfast.

We had breakfast and dinner included so, no complaints about it, huge selection of food, don't know why people complain about the food, all the british/irish food is there, meat/chicken and chips, pasta and always two types of sauce to choose for, loads of fish, rice, veggies, eggs....i really don't know what people would want more..... The only downside was that if you want to drink anything has to be from the restaurant, they wouldn't bring tap water. A bottle 1,5l of water €2,25 and 200ml of coca cola €2,25 .Selection of desserts always nice, sponge cakes with cream, puddings, ice creams, fruits.....
We used the wi-fi in the reception and swimming pool area with the ipad, a bit slow but as more people was using as well it was understandable.

One thing I didn't know about Salou is that there there is a great number of Russians, they live, work and have holiday apartments, they are really not smiley and happy like people, the hotel was full of them and the ones in the reception had the same vibe, I think maybe is from their nature.

The hotel doesn't have sunbeds with reclining back rest and that's is a pity, but the other ones do the job as nicely. The swimming pool has great depth and the swimming pools rules are not so severe like it is in Ireland, we enjoyed jumping, diving and loads of kids and some adults had inflatables, we all enjoyed the pool together no problems at all.

The entertainment staff is very hard work, try with not much props to do a good show, it was nice to seat in the open air after dinner and watch them. Entretainment is loud and up to midnight so rooms facing swimming pool have to handle with that.

Indoor swimming pool good, bring your own swimming caps, no problem whatsoever.
We chose a bedroom on the portaventura side (opposite of the swimming pool) it was very quiet and cooler, air conditioner worked perfectly. Didn't hear any noise from the corridor either. We were on the 4th floor far from the lifts, it was just fine. PortAventura has fireworks every night from 23:20h its lovely.

We enjoyed doing outdoor activities such as renting bikes in the front of the hotel at the reception, Greenway Downhill bikes, quads, renting electric scooters and doing the tour with the segway. Recommend all of them.
Don't miss the show of lights in the fountain, it is on only on fridays, saturdays and bank holidays from 22:20hs, arrive a bit early to get a good spot, the show is on for 20min and is very pleasant.

We really didn't eat much out of the hotel as it was already paid for. Didn't go for irish/british food either as we were on holiday and love to try local/different food. I enjoyed a lot all the sea food.
We wanted to go to a water park but the reviews were not great so we spend our money in something else. We didn't bothered going to PortAventura either.
We also went to Barcelona with the train. The train station is 5min from the hotel what was great. Train and bus fares really similar. Barcelona is incredible, totally worth to see it.
Another important thing, bring double (multiple) adaptor for the room as there is only one plug so if you want to use the socket to charge different things you might get stuck.
No need to bring hair dryer, they have in the bathroom, I brought mine and it was a waste of space in my bag.

Another very important thing, if you like to be on the safe side as I do, bring a small padlock, once you leave the room for the day put your valuables in your suitcase, and lock it, bring the key with you or put it in a secret place in your toiletries. We didn't have any troubles about missing stuff, and this tip is not only for this hotel but for all hotels in general, remember, What is not seen it's not desired.

On the day of us to leave, we left our bedroom early as we wanted to enjoy our last day, left the luggage in the bag room and later coming back went for a shower in the spa, they loaned towels and were very friendly.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2013

we stayed here for a week from 29th june to 6th july the hotel its self was really nice lovely and clean nice pool and nice rooms and friendly staff but the downside was the food it was absolutly disgusting the hotel was full of spanish holiday makers who were very rude and ignorant stealing your sunbeds if you got off them to go in the pool spanish kids running riot wetting everyone through and the parents said nothing to them i would not stay here again nor would i recomend it

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pools could be a bit noisier than rooms to the front.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed here for 6 days, hotel room, pool, reception area and restaurant very clean. Enjoyed the food in restaurant. Friendly staff. The hotel location is fab and easy access to the heart of Salou.
All in all good 4* hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2013

I thought this hotel was fantastic! We stayed for a week (2/7/13-9/7/13) and loved it. The hotel is spotlessly clean, the staff were very friendly and the food was great.
We went half-board and both the breakfast and dinner buffets were good. There was a massive selection of foods. For breakfast there was a selection of cold meats, cereals, pastrys, bacon, eggs, potatoes and breads for toasting. For dinner, we enjoyed a huge selection of salads, cold meats, stews and casseroles, pastas vegetables, fresh fruit, cakes, pastrys, jelly, ice cream, angel delight etc. Our favourite part of the meals was the chef who fried food fresh for eating. At breakfast he made bacon, fried eggs, omelettes and pancakes. At dinner, he made steaks, roast meats, ingredients for making fajitas, burgers and a huge selection of fish.

The staff were all very friendly and happy to help. The pool was always clean and there were lots of sun loungers available through the day. The pool was never too busy, despite school and footballing parties. The only downside was that the pool was only open til 7.30pm.

The evening entertainment was mostly excellent. We saw a Beatles tribute band, a Cuban musicican, Flamenco dancers, a snake man and African fire swallowers. All the rooms have a balcony, and ours was directly above the performance area. There is a mini disco from 9pm, which the children seemed to love, and was adorable to watch.

The hotel is about 15 mins walk from the beach, and about the same from Port Aventura. All in all a great hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Sol Costa Daurada
Address: Avenida Paisos Catalans s/n, 43840 Salou, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Tarragona > Costa Dorada > Salou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Salou
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Salou
#14 Luxury Hotel in Salou
#15 Family Hotel in Salou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sol Costa Daurada 4*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
the hotel has located in salou, with easy access to Port Aventura and the finest beaches on the Mediterranean Coast. The hotel has sunny outdoor swimming pools for adults and a separate children´s pool with free sun longer, towel service and a snack Bar. There is also a full, profesionally-run entertainment programme incluiding live music and shows. Mini club for children, games room, etc.Our four star hotel has 300 rooms with terrace, fully equipped bathroom, hairdryer, airconditioning, heating, desk, safe, satellite television.You can enjoy moments of rest and relaxation in our indoor swimming pool and spa centre with gym, jacuzzi, sauna Turkish Bath, Uva rays and massages. ... more   less 
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