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“Excellent value for family holiday in Calella (close to Barcelona)”
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Hotel Mar Blau
Ranked #5 of 43 Hotels in Calella
Certificate of Excellence
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent value for family holiday in Calella (close to Barcelona)”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

For the first time ever we went three star full-board this summer at this hotel. The second week of our holiday we were cruising out of Barcelona so full-board was a good way of keeping within our budget at the start of our holiday. I have to say that we are foodies - and one of the highlights of our holiday is always eating out - so I was apprehensive. We decided that if the food was poor we would eat out and as full board wasn't that expensive we wouldn't worry. I have to say that the food was very good - there was always a very good range of salads, fruit to eat as well as a range of main courses. The restaurant also had themed lunches and dinners during the week. The staff were extremely pleasant and worked very hard. The restaurant was kept very clean. When we got cabin fever we simply ate out (which wasn't very often) Our children really enjoyed the poolo area and although they didnt go to the kids club they did really enjoy the pool activities such as aquarobics and games for children. The entertainment staff were all really good with the kids. There was a Disney parade which came to the hotel with all the kids loved, a really good snake show and a parrot show. We didnt get involved with the evening entertainment as we preferred to go for a walk and an icecream. There is good crazy golf very close to the hotel. It was a very good base for a good value holiday - we spent as much on food in two days at the end of our holiday in Barcelona as we did on going full-board at this hotel. So it really was excellent value for money.

Room Tip: It depends what you like .. we had a room over the pool area which was nice but then it was also noi...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2012

The hotel was clean and the food was basic but good value. The rooms were clean with good air conditioning. The entertainment was adequate. The staff were friendly and helpful, especially the waiters and waitresses.

On a negative note, I would have preferred a list of pickup for airport on the wall in reception as the time was changed to 8:15 from 9:30. I ended up in a mad rush to get on the coach. One of the receptionists said that the times were faxed to the hotel and put under the door. As it was Sunday I was unable to ring the pickup company to confirm. All other hotels I've been to had clear indicators for return pickups. Make a point of asking a day before to check, as they do have a list.

Overall! I would recommend this hotel as a good 3 star choice. You will get what you pay for.

Room Tip: All the rooms stemmed to have a balcony with at least some part of the day with sunshine.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Paphos, Cyprus
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2012

We are a Mum & Daughter just back home in Cyprus after a nice holiday at the Mar Blau.
When we arrived, until the minute we left the staff where smart, professional, helpful and answered all our queries. Taxi's were booked for us from Girona Airport..cost Eu60 each way...40 minute drive. No Tea/Coffee facilities in the room. We up graded to 'Full Board' (called 'Full Pension') excluding drinks, for just Eu55 per person for the 10 days stay....this is great value considering the quality and amount of food, T & C available. For day trips out, if you're missing a meal ask at reception for a picnic box (order the day before). Gabi a tour rep comes to the hotel 3 times a week and is brill for all your trips out...ask at reception for her details. There's a room where the entertainment staff keep the kiddies occupied, daily one hour aquarobics, 5pm kiddies show, evening shows suitable for families....lovely atmosphere all round.
Try to book a room higher up and definitely with a pool view...take your own beach towels. Rooms, bedding, white towels exceptionally clean. Hairdrier, small bars of soap, shampoo, shower gel in bathroom. Shops (100's of them-Spanish tourist style!) are within easy walking distance. Train station 15 minute walk...Eu8.60 ticket to Barcelona. Bus station 2 minutes walk. Beach 10 mins walk.
Thanks to ALL the staff who helped to make our holiday very pleasant...
BTW it should be 4* hotel xx.

Room Tip: Higher up the better (pool side)...lifts a bit slow especially meal times...you get use to them or k...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Nice and quiet hotel not so far from the sea. Good for families with fine animation program. Food is very good and staff is friendly and helpfull. This hotel is a good chioce if you prfere good standard of 3 star hotels. Only one thing was negative. Daily room cleaning was made very fast and not precious. Under the bed was mess, furniture was bit dusty and our bedclothes was not changed whole week. Towels ok, they was changed every day. In general recomended.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2012

Absolutely delicious food, great service and atmosphere!

  • Stayed May 2012
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2 Thank AlexanderMat
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Tilburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2012

We stayed here in the summer of 2009 (August). It is a three star hotel, but a great one. Everything was like you would expect it to be. Clean rooms, good working airconditioning (which was silent too) and a nice swimming pool. The food was not great, but still really good for a three star hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2011

Just returned from 10 days at The Mar Blau, in our opinion it is the best hotel we have ever stayed in.We could not fault the food which was excellent and no we never had chips with everything.The staff are all very friendly.And the hotel very clean. Would recommend this hotel to anyone.Deserves more than 3 stars,We say 3 stars+

Room Tip: From room 525 you can see the sea, it over looks the pool and was fairly quiet
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Mar Blau
Address: C/ Valldebanador, 23-29, 08370 Calella, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Calella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Calella
#3 Family Hotel in Calella
#4 Best Value Hotel in Calella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mar Blau 3*
Number of rooms: 220
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This property is 6 minutes walk from the beach. Hotel Mar Blau is located 450 m from the beach in Calella, on the Maresme Coast. It offers 2 outdoor pools, a fitness centre and rooms with a private balcony. All rooms at the Mar Blau Hotel are air-conditioned and feature a private bathroom with hairdryer. They are also equipped with satellite TV. The Mar Blau’s buffet restaurant offers a variety of Mediterranean and international food. You can get a drink or a snack in the café-bar. The hotel has a games room with table tennis and pool tables as well as board games. There is also a sun terrace with loungers. Calella is easily accessible from the C-32 Motorway, which runs from Barcelona to Tordera. Couples particularly like the location. We speak your language! ... more   less 
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