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Hotel Best Sol D'Or
Ranked #43 of 93 Hotels in Salou
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Great base hotel”
Reviewed October 10, 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed here 24th to 30th of September and it was brilliant! we booked it last min off teletext and I was a little wary as there didnt seem to be a website for the hotel but we loved it. The hotel was always clean and staff were friendly and helpful. We opted for all inclusive and the food was brilliant, always a huge choice and a live grill too. loads of drinks all day which was great as it was hot! The room was quite basic but we had two double beds so loads of room! the only problem was the heat, we didnt pay for air conditioning and so it was quite stuffy but we got used to it. Every night the hotel puts on entertainment from bingo to kareoke and magic shows. this was loads of fun but we a room right near the stage so the music was quite loud!! however we were close to the restaurant/bar/pool and reception so i guess every cloud! The beach is a 2 min walk away and its beautiful, huge and really soft sand. La Pineda was nice, not much to do, just the usual shops and restaurants, however we walked to the local water park (10/15 mins away) and this was a great day out and they have a dolphin show!
The hotel was a great base for this area as we managed to get the bus to Tarragona and PortAventura for about 2euros each per way. theres also loads of coach trips to barcalona and surrounding areas
I'd really recommend this hotel as it was basic but for what you need it for it was great. We went right at the end of their season which was great as it was quiet and not many people there

Room Tip: away from pool/stage area!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

Travelling was me (34)' my daughter (4)And my niece (16).
We booked this hotel, even though my sister and her kids had an unfortunate experience in setember 2010. When she arrived, she was told that there had been a problem with her room and was moved to a sister hotel in Cambrills. We arrived and guess what? We must have had the same room because there was a problem with our room and we had to move to a hotel up the road! Coincidence? I think not! We were told by a member of staff that they were shutting rooms down for the season, so 9 families that day were being moved to the same hotel as us.
The apartments we were given in the other hotel were amazing! A 4* hotel and almost brand new, we were lucky, but we had booked the sol d'or to be near family in the GOLDEN DONAIRE ( fab hotel) and had to walk up + down a hill 4 times a day at least, so this took it's toll on us. Also the prices on drinks were 2 euros a drink more in the new hotel, and no evening entertainment for my 4 year old.
By day 4 we asked to be moved back to the sol d'or and wished we hadn't bothered!
The rooms were basic, but cleaned daily. The restaurant was like a cattle Market, but food was nice and hot.
The worst part was in the evening when the entertainment was on you could hear everything in the room. They started a quiz at 11 pm and they might as well have been in the room with us.
The music was ok, except for one song they liked to play, even around the pool during the day that kept repeating a four letter word begining with f and sounds like pluck. I swear, but Theresa places it's not acceptable.
If you do book this hotel, try and get a room that hasn't got a pool view, especially if you have young children and want to sleep at some point during the holiday.
I always try to see the best in every situation and hate complaining, but that's all in seemed to do on this holiday.
If given the chance to go to La Pineda again, I would avoid this hotel at all costs, the GOLDEN DONAIRE across the road is far superior and it's on the beach! The entertainment is amazing for young children and adults alike, my parents have been going there for 4 years now and never complain.

Room Tip: Avoid pool view rooms, especially if you have young children and like to sleep.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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South Wales, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2011

La Pineda:-
Just returned from a lovely week's holiday in La Pineda, which I would highly recommend as a perfect location for a quiet and relaxing week away, with good range of bars, restaurants and shops, lovely beach, warm sunshine (and only 2 hour flight from UK).

Best Sol D'or Hotel:-
Could have been a excellent 3* hotel, as the hotel and rooms (although basic) were spotlessly clean; the staff and hotel facilities were really good and it is in an excellent location.

However, we felt really disappointed with the food. We stayed on an all inclusive basis, and although we knew it is 3* accommodation and didn't have high expectations, we were very unhappy with our dining experience. My hubby and I are by no means "fussy eaters" and have stayed at several places in the past where the food is not of a restaurant standard, but is perfectly acceptable and edible, and have always managed to find something to eat each day that we enjoyed.

However, our experience in this hotel, was of very poor quality food and where the "hot" food was served cold every day. We put it down to the fact that it was the last week of their season and they were running down their food stocks, as it was evident that some food was recycled for next meals (or even next days' meals). On the plus side, However, there was an abundance of fresh fruit available at each mealtime.

We ate out one evening early in the week as it was our anniversary and we wanted to have a nice meal, but on the evening before we left, just couldn't face eating the cold and uninviting food that was available, so again ate out at a local restaurant. Therefore, overall, the all inclusive experience did not work for us as we ended up spending a further 80 euros outside the hotel on food/drinks just for 2 eves.

On the whole we really enjoyed our week's holiday at La Pineda and would go back again, but not to this hotel (purely because of our dining experience).

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2011

My husband and i have just returned from a week in the sol dor, we found it to be very clean but basic (you get what you pay for) it was 2 minutes walk to the beach in pineda which was perfect for children and adults. They had entertainment on in the hotel every night, something for the children till 10pm and then from 10pm to 12 midnight for the adults which was really quiet good. The staff on reception we found to be very helpful but the biggest draw back was the restaurant, meal times was like a cattle market, it really was a free for all. One evening i put my handbag on a table with our room tkt went and got our food when we returned there was someone sitting at the table eating there dinner, when we asked them to move they completely ignored us. The food was excellent plenty of choice but im sad to say to many ignorant eastern europeans etc, but dont let this put you off just sharpen your elbows.

Room Tip: If you get a room facing the pool thats where the entertainment is and is very loud until midnight...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

-i returned from a holiday shorty with my oldest daughter Demi and Natalie who's. 12 and demi 16 the hotel was very clean the rooms were spotless,natalia one of the staff,was very rude and arogant,the food was great they had a snack bar and a restraunt with plenty of choice,there was a lot of british in the hotel my daughter who's 12 made friends,and we had a great.time I'd say you have to make,your own entertainment,as the kids disco replayed the same songs every night but it,entertainment was average,not much for older ones,the location was great there was shops a 5minute walk,to the beach aswell,this was a great holiday and I'm even thinking of booking back next year,the surroundings,was not to busy or or crowds,the beach was spotless,with also the waves were great!ignore the bad comments!about this hotel,its one of the best hotels for value I've stayed in!

  • Stayed August 2011
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Bucks, England
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2011

We had a fantastic time travelling with our 5 yr old son.On arrival the reception staff could not have been more friendly or helpful.
The hotel room was clean and well maintained by housekeeping,public areas could have been cleaner but the hotel was very busy during our stay.Our room was overlooking the pool and was noisy until midnight but the entertainment was amusing so it wasn't really a problem.The pool was cleaned daily ,sun loungers were draped in towels by 9.00am so get up early.The bar service was fairly good despite the large numbers.The restaurant was often busy but if you time it right you can avoid the ques.We have been AI many times and found the food to be of a fair standard.The mini club left a lot to be desired the entertainment team were more interested in hanging around the pool with teenagers.The hotel is in a perfect location for the beach ,salou is a brisk 45minute walk but a road train leaves from outside the hotel regularly.Tarragona old town is well worth a visit ( 2.00 euros on the bus from La Pineda beach front)We took a boat ride from Salou Harbour to Cambrils and had a lovely day (good restaurants)and look out for the fishing fleet docking in the harbour at 16.00hrs well worth watching.
All in all great value for money and we would consider returning to both the resort and the hotel. Quick note The Dubliner opposite the hotel does great value for money food if you fancy a break from the all inclusive.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Ireland
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2011

we went here as a family holiday with a baby and a toddler. The food selection was very poor, geared very much towards the european customers not the British. The food itself was very nice on two evenings kebab night and mexican night the rest was very greasy. The staff in hotel bar the cleaners were extremely rude and abrupt and onseveral occasions the waitresses took your plate from under you. The hotel has mainly europeans staying and the belief in queing for food and drink is non exsistent so its a pushing match to get your dinner with no please thank you or excuse me, would not recommend this hotel. Hated it!!!! The hotel is very noisy and the entertainment goes on till 12at night so its not for light sleepers or people like myself trying to get babies to sleep. Especially rooms surrounding the pool. The entertainment is poor and is all in Spanish.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Best Sol D'Or
Address: Cami del Raco s/n, 43840 Salou, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Tarragona > Costa Dorada > Salou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Salou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Best Sol D'Or 3*
Number of rooms: 325
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Best Sol D’Or is located only at 50 m. from Playa del Racó (La Pineda), at 300 m. from Aquopolis Water Park and 3 km from Port Aventura theme park. ... more   less 
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