We went as a family of 4 in August, and I have to say that we were pleasantly surprised with this hotel. The rooms were excellent, the staff were multilingual and always helpful, the pool was great and the food SUPERB. I have just read another review below from somebody who went the same month as me, who had nothing good to say about the place, but I have to say that I disagree with most of what that person says, as my experiences were very different.
Firstly the bedrooms - amazing, two double beds in each room, and free air conditioning. We had a 4th floor sea view room that was modern, clean and airy. Laminate floor throughout, and a lovely bathroom with bath, shower, toilet, sink and bidet, all marble tiled and very nice indeed. The maid came in every day and mopped the floors, made the beds and picked our clothes up. Towels were changed twice in 7 days. There was also a safe that cost money to use, but I can't remember what, we did use it, but we do that anywhere we go to be on the safe side (no pun intended).
We were half board and the food was EXCELLENT, I cannot understand anybody not liking it. Breakfasts were all buffet style and featured a choice of full English buffet (bacon, eggs etc), continental buffet, chips, bread, cereals, pancakes made in front of you, pastries, crepes, croissants, cakes, fruit juice, tea, coffee, chocolate....and best of all champagne (well Cava) all free.
Dinner was a mixture of Spanish, and more homogenous international fayre including burgers, hot dogs, roast meats, chips, seafood etc. Again this was buffet style, with desert included, and there really was something for everybody. It could get very busy in the evening, and we found it best to go early, i.e. nearer 7pm than 9pm.
The hotel entertainment was pretty basic, but in some ways was funny through it's 'Hi-De-Hi' nature. The waiting staff were rushed off their feet, so service could take a while, but if you give a little tip, then it doesn't always seem to take as long. If you throw the odd Spanish word in, they appreciate the effort and give you a smile and a nod - it all helps.
The people who were stopping at the hotel were roughly: 50% Spanish; 20% Russian; 20% British; and 10% French. The pool activities were in either Spanish, French or English depending on which of the entertainment team was on hand. It was lovely to see all the kids and teens mucking in together though irrelevant of where they were from. Even some of the parents did too. I was angered every day at the number of people who put towels on sunbeds at 9am and then just left for the day, and looking at those towels, including Football team ones, i have to say that a fair few were Brits - very poor I say. With that said on most days we still managed to find a place to sit.
The pool is crescent shaped, and stupidly closes at 7pm, but as soon as the 'pool man' finished stacking sunbeds at 8pm and left, the pool was full again, indeed there were people in there at all hours. The pool area has sun on it from around 10am until 8:30pm in August. Which also means that if you have a pool / sea view room that you'll need to keep your blinds CLOSED or you will come home to a greenhouse.
The hotel itself is built on a rocky outcrop and is directly on the Sea, you couldn't expect to be any closer. The beach is right next door and a 2 minute walk away, the sea was lovely and warm and shallow for a long way out. Many swimmers, snorkellers etc. If you go, take a snorkel and a disposable underwater camera as there were loads of fish.
The hotel reception is staffed 24 hours, and is also a free wi-fi zone, they give you a code behind reception. It did crash a few times but for free it was OK.
Over the road from the hotel is the Negresco 2, this is a more modern sister hotel, we went over some days for a change of pool and found that this pool was always quiet with ample spare sunbeds - little tip for you there.
At the top of the street are the bus stops for Salou, Cambrils, La Pineada, Tarragona, and Port Aventura. Most days there is a girl in a high vis vest on hand to help out, that is if she isn't being chatted up by one of the local coppers, very amusing to watch day-in-day-out i have to say.
Here's my lowdown on the surrounding areas:
Salou - first class dump, if you want to go to Spain and have 'a cup of Tetley Tea with 2 digestives for 2 Euro' then you're a pretty sad case as far as I'm concerned. Salou epitomises what's wrong with some of the Costa's. The beach is good, but the town and nightlife needs to change. And indeed it will, I predict within the next ten years that 70% of Brit owned businesses will have been bought by Russians, as this is the fastest growing international market in this area, and what many of the pubs are offering is well outdated, I for one don't want 'John Smiths', 'Tetleys' and 'Apple Pie with Custard'. Most of the pubs in Salou are trapped somewhere in-between 1960 and 1985 and consequently will go the same way as the Do-Do. In August peak season on a Saturday night....they were DEAD. That says something.
Cambrils - Altogether nicer than Salou, classier, and a better market and beach.
La Pineda - Lovely beach, waterpark that I didn't go to, but heard good things about.
Tarragona - The town Centre is a dump, but the dock area is interesting, and so are the ruins near the beach.
Portaventura - BRILLIANT. But get there for 9.30am and be the first on the big rides, go straight to the Wild West and Mexico areas for the wooden roller coasters. At 11am Dragon Khan opens. We did this and got on every ride, the queues seem to peak in the middle of the day and then die off gain in late afternoon. Dunno what it's like in the evening, but it's open until midnight. From Cap Salou if there are 4 of you, a taxi is the same price as the bus and a lot faster. The hotel staff will order you one if you ask.
That's all I have to say really, if you would like to look at a video of the Best Negresco 1 then I have uploaded one here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYgGpTFY2No
I have also uploaded videos for Portaventura: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtCx5v8McnY
Salou Beach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTp9JrqiEH4
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located facing the sea, at only 100m. from Playa Larga beach which is accessible through a new promenade. Comfortable rooms with balcony, fully fitted bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV, security door lock, heating, air conditioning fridge and optional safe-deposit box. Outdoor swimming pool for adults and children with a large terrace solarium and snack-bar. Gym, games area, children’s area and kid’s club. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Complejo Best Negresco Hotel Salou
- Negresco Princess Hotel
- Negresco Princess Salou