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ALEGRIA Maripins
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Malgrat de Mar
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 16, 2012

I'll start my review by telling you how difficult I am to please and wasn't expecting much from the first impressions of this hotel. For a start the entrance to the hotel is in between two shops, oh dear I thought, but how wrong could one be I found this a positive feature. (never judge a book by its cover) Once inside the foyer you are met by friendly and professional staff. The room was very clean and the balcony was quite large, we had a sea view which was a bonus. The food was fantastic with lots of choice. Best food I have had in Spain for a long time. Location is great as you are only 7 minutes from Malgrat train station and 15 minutes from Santa Suzanna. There is plenty of shops and bars on the front and a subway under the railway track to the beach. We have been to the Costa Brava for the last 3 years and this must be the best hotel we have stayed in. 9/10 .....

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Billy1919
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

I’m just back from another visit to this hotel.
This has always been one of my favourite hotels in Malgrat, but this time it seemed as if the staff had not properly got into top gear –they only opened that day. There was nothing badly wrong, just a lot of little things that niggled.
This hotel is situated on the main street, opposite the beach, with the railway line running between the road and the beach. It is in one of the best locations in Malgrat.
On arrival, at around 9.30am the check-in was very quick, the room was not ready but I was told to put my case in the baggage room –they have separate rooms for arrivals and departures- and return to get my room key at 12.00.
Beware. Sneak thieves are operating in the reception/baggage area and one guest was lucky enough to thwart a pickpockets attempt at pinching his wallet. There was a further attempt on a guest on the next arrival day for Ferris coaches but this was thwarted as well. Beware!
My room was very clean with a pool/sea view. TIP –request a pool view, proper seaview rooms are in short supply, and you will also be able to see the sea and get the sun in the afternoon/evening.
The TV (with BBC world news/CNN and a Kids channel), toilet and a/c all worked fine. There is a hairdryer in the rooms. Safe deposit box was €20 plus a €10 refundable deposit.
The hotel in general was kept very clean but I felt the rooms were not cleaned very thoroughly. Little things like the ashtray not being cleaned and the balcony not being swept rather let it down this time.
One of the best features of this hotel is the balcony up the steps from the pool where you can get the benefit of the sun for most of the day. There are a limited number of beds there. The pool is adequate for the hotel with plenty sunbeds, tables and chairs.
The food was well cooked and there was plenty of variety. They have a separate grill in the restaurant where they have a chef cooking various dishes fresh –except he was almost always finished cooking before I got to the restaurant and the “fresh cooked” dish was left to go cold!
They have a toastie machine at breakfast with ham and cheese available, and also garlic and tomatoes beside the normal toaster for Spanish toast.
They do have a drinks cart in the restaurant and the staff will go round with this selling soft drinks/water at a €2.10/ €1.60 and bottles of wine at very reasonable prices starting at less than €6.
There is an internet Pc in the reception area –no idea of cost.
There was no entertainment during the week of my stay, but I tend to avoid this anyway. During the season they do have the normal holiday entertainment.

I thought this was an excellent break in a very good hotel, and for the money paid it was great value.
I would definitely visit this hotel again as I am sure, from previous experience, that the little glitches I experienced were solely because it was just the opening week.

Room Tip: request a pool view room to get the sunshine in the afternoon/evening.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank jimd-f
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

The room was tiny, tv was so high on the wall it was unusable, dont move the furniture, loads of dust and crap underneath, including under the bed, hadnt been properly cleaned for months. Bed was changed every day though on the plus side, but thats all that was good. The room was incridibly noisy, above the bar, and the corridors echo, with every step and word from guests. You can hear every word from the next room, and even those opposite. Doors slam all night, and the tiled floors make everyones steps echo. Every morning the shutters go screaming up on the bar and the front gate. Its impossible to relax here unless you have ear plugs (very good ones) The food is acceptable, but prepare to que for ages. The staff are freindly enough, and make the effort, The resort is great, just choose your hotel carefully. I would not give this part of the maripins 2 stars. definitely not for the single traveller, unless very drunk.

Room Tip: Choose a room well away from bar pool and reception or you will regret it.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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3  Thank paul m
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

I am actually writing this review on behalf of my parents who stayed at this hotel in September 2011. I booked the hotel for them and they were very happy with the choice. At £19 per room half board, they said it was great value for money. The dinner and breakfast buffet was varied and the room was clean. Staff was friendly and they are already planning another trip for this year. By the way, this is a 3 star hotel, do not expect 5 star commodities

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Quijanotango
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

I can only repeat my 2010 review of this low cost high value for money hotel, once again we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in 2011 and are now about to book again for 2012.
Please remember this is not a Hilton 5 star hotel, but for the price we paid we could not complain in any way about the MariPins without appearing disingenuous.

Malgrat has been discribed by some as a little boring as there is not much nightlife for young people, perhaps thats true however conversely that does mean that a good nights sleep is more than possible for family's and and the not so young. We can't wait to relax in the sun again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank leosco
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

Stayed with my wife in september, staff were great food poor, roomwas ok , room not insured if you get broken into , so had to pay £36 for a safe , not a lot to do in malgrat in sept but weather was great

  • Stayed: September 2011
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4  Thank Smiggylad
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Had a lovely time at this hotel.room excellent and had two balconies.cleaners were superb as came everyday.all staff very friendly and location excellent.not far from the english pubs.legends a great pub..only problem we had was feeding our children which we paid for. There was no children buffet and we had to pay to feed them outside.one night they did mexican and everything was spicy.also no playground as stated everywhere on all brochure sites. Apart from that we had a fantastic time

  • Stayed: September 2011
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4  Thank davendawn07
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Additional Information about ALEGRIA Maripins

Address: Passeig Maritim 20 - 22, 08380 Malgrat de Mar, Spain (Formerly FERGUS Maripins)
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Malgrat de Mar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Malgrat de Mar
#3 Luxury Hotel in Malgrat de Mar
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Malgrat de Mar
#4 Family Hotel in Malgrat de Mar
#5 Romantic Hotel in Malgrat de Mar
Price Range: $48 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — ALEGRIA Maripins 4*
Number of rooms: 200
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Also Known As:
Hotel Maripins Serhs
Maripins Hotel
ALEGRIA Maripins Malgrat De Mar, Province Of Barcelona, Spain

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