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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sol Costa Daurada Salou
- Hotel Sol Costa Daurada