We used this hotel to go to the theme park for two days in a row. That was our main focus. The theme park was fabulous and I wish that I can sleep INSIDE the theme park! I would not have to walk to it! :)
My friend paid 350 euros (or similar) for 2 nights. So my expectations were high.
Now to the nitty gritty:
a) Rooms: The beds were lovey! I LOVED the long pillows which are suitable for people who like to sleep with pillows between their legs in the foetal position ( as well as pillows for their own heads!) I want to buy that pillow here at home and I will.
The decor was nice. The sofa bed was comfortable. I really cannot fault the interior design or the furniture of our standard room.
b) Bathroom: The bath itself and shower curtain were outdated. Really did not match the nice interior design of the bathroom. Towels can be a bit more luxurious. They were just standard white towels and nothing amazing about them. But you know that luxurious soft towels are just fabulous next to your skin, right? I liked the bathroom in whole. It just did not match the beauty of the whole hotel in whole.
c) Breakfast: They were very strict, asking for that 'breakfast card' the receptionist gives to you on arrival. I just find it strange handing over a breakfast card when I think it's perfectly alright to say your room number and name.
Lots of food variety. Breads, fruits, cakes, milk, cereal, blah the whole lot. You name it, they had it. However, bear in mind, for those who are into fitness and into healthy and 'clean' eating, there isn't much of any option. I didn't find any low fat yoghurt (full of proteins!). The nuts were all mixed together. I had to dig out the almonds. And they didn't taste that great either. The fried eggs were very fried! With oil dripping off them. I tried out the boiled eggs. It was difficult shelling the eggs and when I ate the eggs, I didn't like them. There was muesli (which I didn't have) but there was no porridge. The sausages were brilliant. I had to change what I eat for breakfast in order to fill myself up. The coffee - inadequate. I live in Cyprus and our coffees are top quality so I was disappointed with the hotel's coffee. Straight out of a machine. I've had coffees out of a machine in other places and they tasted so much better! The theme park's coffees? Much better!!
So, the breakfast buffet is fantastic for people in general. But not for those who are into fitness or healthy/clean eating - so that you are aware.
Entertainment - limited for adults but fantastic for children. Bring your laptop full of films and your time will pass by. I didn't bring my laptop. We had an Ipad. Epic fail. Or visit Salou. Hotel has an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym which I didn't use but they looked fabulous.
Swimming Pool - Amazing. I loved it. Full stop.
Restaurants in the hotel: I tried the buffet which cost 24 euros per person. Not worth it. The salad was the best part as it was full of flavour. The food itself, could have been cooked better and some could have been healthily cooked, not fried or sitting in fat.
We went to another restaurant (by the pool). Not a great selection of food. We had the tapas and the food was not very authentic. We had tapas in Barcelona so we know what tapas are supposed to be like. Only the chorizos tapas was actually Spanish. In total we paid 50 euros for a plate of bready canapes, chorizo tapas and one other I can't remember plus a bottle of water. We were not even full up. You are better off eating out in Salou or eating cheaper junk food in the theme park at 6.45pm before it closes at 7pm.
To summarise the whole review, I liked the bedroom, bathroom, the swimming pool and its amazing access to the theme park. The food and evening entertainment let me down. So if you go to the hotel prepared and with an open mind, you will love this hotel and have a fabulous time.
That's all from me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just an hour from Barcelona, come to an oasis of peace where you do not have to lift a finger for yourself, providing you with the opportunity to recover some of the adrenaline expended in PortAventura Park. Enjoy the serenity, white sands and freshwater of one of Europe's largest man-made beaches, surrounded by palms and exotic gardens that will transport you to a faraway tropical island. Become acquainted with this magnificent 4-star resort, a perfect combination of fun, sun, beach and tranquillity at the heart of the Costa Dorada. Complete the experience with an ample choice of gastronomic delights, unlimited access to the PortAventura theme park with admission included throughout your stay, and an extensive programme of sporting activities with special offers and rates available at associated golf courses. Visit the Wellness Centre & Spa, where you will be looked after and spoiled, making your holiday the ideal opportunity to restore energy and vitality. So what are you waiting for? Grab your sun lounger and dedicate your holidays to peaceful relaxation and enjoyment. Let yourself drift away and take it easy, with direct access to one of the best theme parks in Europe. In 2015 the 20th anniversary of the opening of doors PortAventura is met and to celebrate in style with family, friends or partner, we expect you to live unforgettable moments. This year PortAventura presents the new how will offer its Soleil Cirque in the Resort, Amaluna. Furthermore, in 2016 Ferrari Land will open in Europe PortAventura resot to offer a real race track, the highest and most rapid vertical accelerator in Europe and the first luxury hotel themed for the first time in the history of the Ferrari brand, including other surprises. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Caribe Resort
- Caribe Hotel Salou
- Hotel Caribe Salou