Tripadvisor always contribue to my decision to stay in a hotel so thought I'd share my experience. We went for a week in July bed and breakfast. We're a couple in our mid twenties but aren't into the whole clubbing scene so chose Salou for the theme park, restaurants and proximity to Barcelona.
The hotel is in a good location, just off one of the main streets in Salou which is good.5-10mins walk to the beach, a short walk from plenty of supermarkets, shops and restaurants.
We had a twin room facing the pool. Rooms were well equipped but the walls were very thin and so the hotel could be noisy. The doors to the rooms don't close easily,you nearly have to slam them shut so was woken up a lot by those around us. Unfortunately for us, we were unlucky with who we were placed beside. At the start of the week we were woken by a polish couple blasting dance music from their balcony at 3.30am. In the end my boyfriend had to go out and say to them. Then after they left, a few days later a British couple moved in next door and again played music from the balcony and chatted really loudly from 3-6am. By this stage we rang reception to complain, but after ringing twice, nothing was done about it. We were really disappointed with how the night staff handled or rather didn't handle the complaint. At 6am, the couple went out and we were left trying to get to sleep when the sun had came up! The following night wasn't quite as bad but as I said, you hear EVERYTHING through the walls... which isn't always what you want to hear!
We only paid for bed and breakfast and can only compare it to the 3* Oasis hotel in Salou where we stayed last time. There were a lot of breads, cereals, meats, cooked breakfast and fruit. There was a lot of choice but the quality of the food wasn't always great. Prepackaged croissants, no pain au chocolat, only warm milk for cereal. I know it's 3star but it didn't compare to the Oasis which had so much more to offer (they cook crepes and omelettes). However the staff in the dining hall were really efficient and helpful.
Entertainment and facilities:
We only stayed for 2 nights of the entertainment but enjoyed both nights and whilst we didn't have any kids, we could see that the mini club seemed to have a lot to offer children every day and had put in a lot of effort to create a program for them. There are pool tables, chess, games etc inside so the facilties were good.
The hotel is very clean and even when we left early in the morning, we hadn't realised but the cleaning staff completely take over the whole hotel and clean it before everyone gets up. The only thing that was a bit annoying was that since we weren't always getting a full nights sleep we sometimes put out the do not disturb sign after breakfast so we could go back to bed for an hour. Sometimes we left it on when we went out and when we came back we found that the cleaners had came in and cleaned anyway. This was ok but if we had been in the room sleeping or unwell, we may not have been too thrilled. Do not disturb should mean do not disturb but they did leave the room clean.
The Marinada is good value for money but I probably wouldn't stay here again. Salou isn't the quietest of places and attracts those who love to go clubbing which is fine but not when they bring the party back to the hotel. We were thrilled when we got a cheap deal for the Marinada but obviously others did too who were after a different type of holiday so whilst it was quite a good hotel, I think next time we'll be looking to spend a little extra for an apartment somewhere a bit quieter.
Tip: We went to Barcelona on a day trip and got our tickets from the Plana office, they do great deals.
Jacks restaurant down the road does proper chippy chips and is really great value for money.
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- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel Marinada Salou
- Aparthotel Marinada Hotel Salou