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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Stella Maris

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Hotel Stella Maris
Ranked #7 of 21 Hotels in Blanes
Hampshire
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Really smart hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

First impressions were above expectations, clean, modern - more modern than the pictures depict. The receptionist was very friendly and knowledgeable. We stayed in the hotel (not self catering apartments) on a B&B basis. Lovely room on the 5th floor over the pool with views of sea and mountains. We had read that there were no kettles in the room so brought our own. The catering staff were excellent we were permitted to borrow cups for our room. I have a dairy allergy and although they did not provide Soya milk at breakfast they did allow me to buy some and keep it a fridge that I could access myself. Breakfast was a varying continental buffet with hot and cold items, usually egg, chorizo and beans, cereal, pastries, cold meats and cheese. On Sunday they had Cava, Churros and hot chocolate! We had to pay extra to use the safe otherwise no hidden costs - free air con.
The resort itself was frequented mostly by locals evenings and weekends - a really good sign, nothing like Tossa or Lloret - no tacky English bars. The town of Blanes was good for shopping. Transport was good, we got the bus to Girona one day and the train to Barcelona for a day trip. We also spent a day at Water World which was excellent. The beach and sea were perfect. Lots of restaurants and tapas bars, lovely Cava.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Stayed here for a short break 22 June - 26 June. Hotel spotlessly clean, our room was quite small but comfortable for our short stay ( possibly why we were allocated this room ) All the staff were pleasant and friendly. We stayed on a half board basis and the food in the restaurant was good and well presented with a good selection to choose from. The pool area is quite small and spartan but the beach is only about 200M away.
Blanes is beautiful low key resort frequented by many Spanish tourists, great if you are looking for a chill out time in the sun with picturesque surroundings.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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271 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

Convenient for the beach literally 2 minutes walk. We had 2 apartments (6 pax each) 711 and 712, first floor. Although located next to the street, it wasn't too bad as it was off season. The noise mainly came from the rubbish collection truck at around 1am :-(. I would like to commend all staff we met for their excellent customer service skills. Joanna (receptionist) for the smooth check-in and for showing us the apartments, Antonio for making us feel welcomed and showing us our reserved dining tables, Ana and Juan Carlos for keeping the dining experience exceptionally pleasant, Alvaro (night receptionist) for the accurate description and instructions on how to get to Barcelona safe and sound using public transport and of course the cleaners for the spotless rooms. The two 2-bedroom apartments exceeded our expectations in terms of cleanliness and overall quality. The pool was small and most of the pool area was under the shade of the building but hey, the beach is a short walk. The kids had a great time in the esplanade with their skateboards. The final verdict is .... yes, this is a 3 star hotel but with 5 stars service, sure winner! Would definitely recommend, no hesitations whatsoever!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank TheMomentHumansBlink
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

Stayed at the Stella Maris for 3 nights on a half board basis in April. Wonderful time to go, as hotel and resort not crowded. Rooms were spotless, well serviced and very functional. Certain extras like a safe in the room had to be paid for, but it was extraordinary good value, with a buffet style dinner included which was limited but quite tasty. Is close to the camping areas so would imagine in season is very crowded and noisy, but lovely at this time of year.

  • Stayed April 2013
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2 Thank Lawrence G
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Kiev, Ukraine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

We (a couple with a child) spent there two weeks in September. We choosed this hotel due to the good reviews on tripadvisor. At that we should admit that overall the rating is quite overstated. We rented a car during our stay and free parking was not an issue (at least in September).

There is a nice beach near the hotel, however, we did not use it since it was overcrowded. There are few nice lagoons near Blanes which are definitely recommended for a visit and are much picturesque then the beach in Blanes (Cola Giverola, Santa Cristina, Santa Marta)

Pro:
- the hotel is realy clean and
- has a not bad location (the sea is 5 min walk), however, the main promenade is 15-20 min
walk;
- personnel is helpful and friendly;
Cons:
- our room had a road view and it was very noisy (therefore we wold recomend to ask for a yard looking rooms);
- furtniture in the room was rather outdated (but again clean);
- there was a poor choice of dishes for breakfast (even no becon) and awful powder juices;
- dinner was better, but only few types of simple fruits not of a good quality (apples, grape or peaches).
- nearby bars and restaurants close to early in the evening and we had to go to the main strip;
So given the price we paid for 2 weeks at half board basis (600Euro) we were not dissapointed.
But I really do not understand excited reviews since nothing special in this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank Kseniya K
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

My partner and I stayed here for 5 nights in September this year. The hotel was in fab location! Blanes is a really lovely seaside town, with the hotel being situated a few minutes walk from the beach. The hotel itself was clean, with daily cleaning from the staff. We had a little balcony overlooking the town below which was lovely. The pool is a decent size although we only went it in once as the beach was so close! Food was what you would expect, decent buffet food although I can imagine would be hard if you are a vegetarian as most of the food is meat. Staff were friendly and provided information when asked. I'm use to staying in 4 start hotels back in London and thought this place was decent... nothing to complain about! I would say don't stay in Loret de Mar. We went over to there on the boat and unless you are going away on a lads/girls holiday the place is over crowded, dirty beach and miles more expensive than Blanes. Blanes was lovely, would recommend!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank kirstyjem
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Kelso, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

My wife and I have just spent 9 days in September at the Stella Maris and we had a wonderful time. We were met my the night porter who explained everything to us when we arrived very clearly and was very friendly. There were two wonderful girls on the desk during the day who were very polite and helpful . Any info we required they were very happy to help, any issues with our room was dealt with immediately.
Room was cleaned every morning when we were out, and towels changed when needed. ( There's a notice in the room and the Bathroom about towel changing) The head waiter kept the dining room running very smoothly, he also was willing to help with any details or use of the utensils. I am a very fussy eater and I always came out of there full.
Nice pool and just a few mins from the beach, Lots of tourist shops outside.
I cannot understand why people complain about this place ( as I have read on this web page ) For what we paid we got very good service and we were very well looked after. I would very happily recomend this Hotel to any of my friends and family.
Surely if you want five star then pay for five star.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank wallwok
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Property: Hotel Stella Maris
Address: Av Vila de Madrid 18, 17300 Blanes, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Costa Brava > Blanes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Blanes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Stella Maris 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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