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Hotel Merce
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Pineda de Mar
Tredegar, United Kingdom
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“great hotel, value for money, recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2009

We booked this as a mega cheapy and I cannot say how much we enjoyed this hotel! It was clean, with the maids coming in every day to make beds, empty bins, and sweep floor. The breakfast was fantastic with as much as you could eat with plenty of choice ranging from bacon and eggs to cereal and croissants.

The staff were brilliant with nothing too much trouble for them. They gave us so much help with day trips and taxi bookings. The bar staff were excellent in the night with great entertainment laid on every night! From flamenco dancing to singers and they got the audience involved as well. They also serve nice cocktails!!!!

The beach was about 10 minutes walk away through charming streets and the main square. It was spotless with plenty of loungers and parasols. We did have to pay for these but well worth it as beach is made of small pebbles rather than sand. However, we did get free use of kayaks, pedalos, pushbikes plus other stuff we didn't use through the hotel linking up with others in the town. We had one hour per day of each activity per day which is fantastic. The sea was calm-ish but in the afternoons it did get a bit choppier and there is a sharp drop at the beach edge.

The hotel is opposite the parish church which does ring every quarter of hour but stopped at midnight so not an issue. We took the train into Barcelona which was 7 euros each and took 1hr and 20 min approx. Well worth it. We also went to the Water Park and Lloret de Mar on the free bus. Great slides but not enough time there due to queues. Still worth a visit though. The hotel pool is clean with great staff in the bar there, serving nice food.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2009

like many others - having read the reviews - we did wonder ! - this is a first class hotel for the money you pay for accommodation and food. Our room was cleaned EVERY day - the food was acceptable - breakfasts very good - and dinner was ok - snack bar on roof terrace very good - the guy on the bar was great - the pool terrace was very busy so we didnt venture there - great location - all in all - would return here - we had no complaints whatsoever.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2009

We have just returned from a week at the Merce and had a lovely time. When we got to the hotel our travel company hadn't booked us in! The staff were very helpful and gave us a room which was cramped (as it was the last one) and we were able to change to a better room with a balcony the following day. Grrrr to Youtravel.com! The most striking thing about this hotel is it's staff. They are very friendly and really helpful, particularly the waiters and receptionists. They take an interest in everyone, asking polite questions, starting conversations and making you feel really welcome by always smiling and saying Hola! It is also very clean and on first entering the lobby it appears more than a two star hotel. The food is two star though. Breakfast is the best meal offered as there are a whole range of things available. Lunch and dinner are a random selection of meats, fish, vegetables and salads which were generally just warm. The pool bar serves the best food and the service there is excellent. Our room was clean although still a bit cramped for three of us. There wasn't air conditioning but that wasn't a big problem as it's fairly breezy even when hot, so we kept the balcony doors open the whole time and only had a couple of 'hot flushes' when we were getting ready in the evening. The church, as lovely as it is, was very noisy early in the morning but we knew that as we read the reviews and local deliveries start early too with very loud trucks and men shouting at one another, so we did come home a bit deprived of sleep. The cleaners did an ok job on the whole; the beds were always made and the bathroom clean. The hotel is a good 10 minute walk to the beach, which I didn't mind but the teenagers got a bit fed up with it. It is very near the shops and bars and the quiet nightlife available. Pineda is a lovely small town and the local community still dominate rather than the tourism industry. If you want a busier night life you can get to Malgrat/Susanna on the train for 2 Euro and a cab back costs around 12.
Overall, the Merce is friendly, clean and good value for money and as someone else said in their review - if you remember it is a two star hotel you will be very happy indeed.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2009

Okay so basically, Im a review freak and after reading the reviews for the hotel I was quite apprehensive as we didnt pay a lot yet still hoped for a reasonable holiday. Then I took into consideration the fact that usually people dont go onto right a review if its great, they simply highlight the negatives.

HOWEVER, I am here to write the truth about my stay and it was fantastic.

Hotel transfer was slightly long with stops on the way but if you have good flight times, you are more welcoming to the hour/hour and a half drive from Barcelona airport.

The hotel staff and reception were very very welcoming, even giving myself and my partner an option of two rooms. However, all rooms are VERY different, eg. some having air con and fans and some not having EITHER. We were very lucky. The maids came daily and cleaned and replaced everything you needed.

The church is lovely and if you get a good room, you dont get disturbed at all. Not a problem when you are sunbathing or relaxing by the pool or bar. They do ring every fifteen minutes though.

Pool bar fantastic and very reasonably priced. burgers lovely and staff very very friendly, making you feel extremely welcome. Entertainment at night good and bar relatively lively.

The town is quiet, no nightclubs but many bars and restaurants and other hotels with entertainment, and the beach is fantastic, again with many places to eat and drink.

JUST TO CLEAR UP-- BEACH IS TEN MINUTES AWAY! And a lovely walk, not a problem at all. Everyone who says it is longer clearly got very lost or just likes to WHINE.

Overall, fantastic, please dont be put off.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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arbroath
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2009

arrived late monday night no one there to check us in had to wait over 1 hour so it was a bad start reception was clean but room had no balcony which they said we would have sheets were not changed the whole week we were there and not cleaned at all about 2 days we had 2 young kids with us and the restaurant had nothing the kids would eat one night we got crisps for tea hotel was very noisey lots of young germans.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2009

after reading reviews on hotel merce we were a bit concerned. but we really enjoyed our stay there,we could not fault it. we are planing to go back next year

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2009

What a great hotel. After reading some of the reviews on this hotel, we were a little nervous about what we were going to get, we expected very little, as we didn't pay a lot, but still wanted a nice place.

We arrived at about 1.30on Saturday night to a very smiley and helpful receptionist, we were shown to our room and shown where the bar was as well as given a map and a brief outline of where everything else was.

When we walked into our room we were very happy, it's nothing special, but was very clean and had everythig you would expect, TV, clean towels, loo roll, extra blankets etc.

We headed don to the bar for a night cap before bed. Lovely air conditioned bar with a TV and some very friendly bar staff.

When we got up the next day we explored the hotel, found the pool an sun terrace along with the snack bar, all was clean and tidy.

The area itself does not have a lot, there are a few shops, bars and places to eat, but we tended to eat in the hotel, we were half board and the food was lovely. Something for all tastes every night. There was steaks, lamb shanks, half roats chickens, lovely roast pork and kebabs, along with pasta or pizza dishes, fish dishes, plenty of veggies and a full salad bar.

As much as the hotel was lovely, it was the fantastic staff that made our holiday what it was, there was Antonio in the snack bar by the pool, who looked after us during the day, always making sure we were happy with food and drinks and giving us different things to try each day and in the main hotel bar on an evening there was Diego, Louis and Tangee (excuse the spelling), who were just brillaint, funny chatty and never let our glasses empty....totally brilliant guy's.

We met lots of people who had been going back year after year and we hope to go abck again for a few day's later this year.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Merce
Address: c/ Antoni Doltra, 2, 08397 Pineda de Mar, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Pineda de Mar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Pineda de Mar
#5 Family Hotel in Pineda de Mar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Merce 3*
Number of rooms: 161
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Three stars family hotel located in Pineda de Mar, a tipycal quiet catalan coast village located in Costa de Barcelona, very near Barcelona and the Costa Brava beaches. Free Wi-fi in comoon rooms.Enjoy our panoramic swiming-pool. Daily night entertainment.During July and August free animation program (beach, canoes, children activities, etc.). All rooms with bath&shower, balcony, hair dryer and balcony. ... more   less 
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