Read many of the reviews on here and heart sank! Don't worry though.
Room was plenty big enough for 4 of us with huge double bed and also bunk beds. Beds were very comfortable and room very clean, quite modern and well maintained. Had a balcony although fairly small.
Restaurant (main one) was fine, don't expect anything too fancy, buffet style with the addition of plenty of fish & meats cooked whilst you wait. Kids found plenty to eat. Only downside was breakfast, queues were big, coffee/tea machines always breaking down-we didn't have 1 breakfast as a family as we were all in different queues at one time or another-gor a bit frustrating, especially with rude foreigners (mainly French). Other restaurants were a pool-side one, serving chips, burgers, salads, which was fine for wehat it was and the other pool-side bar which served really nice ice-creams as well as drinks etc.
Staff - reception very friendly, about half of the restaurant staff were very friendly, the other half a bit down-beat, a bit like staff in the UK.
Pool was excellent, very larger and not too deep, guards were great. They do blow their whistle quite a bit but only at kids mis-behaving. Our kids didn't get told off at all and they were having plenty of fun, the one's that were getting told off were the ones that had water pistols shooting random people in the face etc., so good!
Theme park was excellent, many of the rides on par or better than the likes of Alton Towers, just not quite so many. Tip-go at night, on some of the rides we didn't have to queue at all, in the day 1hour plus, usual theme park. Was really impressed with cleanliness of park, toilets etc were really clean, especially considering the number of visitors.
Water park-don't bother, really un-impressed, good job we only had to pay 1/2 price. Long queues for average slides. There's a park in Pineda that's mean t to be better.
Salou itself-a bit boring, typical 70s resort, quite nice beach though and usual shops.
Would I go again-yes I would, although we do like to go to different places each year I would have no problem returning.
Thomson as usual were excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just an hour from Barcelona, El Paso offers a "All Inclusive" designed for families, from which you can enjoy both the hotel and the park PortAventura. The hotel recreates a traditional Mexican hacienda with authentic Aztec decor. The spectacular gardens and the friendly treatment of its people will make you leave behind the stress of everyday life and delve into the beauty of colonial Mexico, just a few minutes from the gates of PortAventura Park.Tumbate really huge pool and relax in comfortable chairs while you impregnate all the excitement of the exotic and extreme comfort of Hotel El Paso. Your children will have fun playing in their pools.And nothing better for fun swimming around a sunken galleon in full pool! Structured in different buildings around a central gardens and crystal blue pools. In our restaurants, savor the best Mexican cuisine and will have espectaculos.Las colorful colonial-style rooms are ideal for a family stay, surrounded by gardens create an atmosphere of serenity and relaxation. Ideal for after hours fun dive into adventure at PortAventura Park break, as tickets are included in the price of your stay! 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:
- El Paso At Portaventura Hotel
- Hotel El Paso