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Aqua Hotel Promenade
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Pineda de Mar
Certificate of Excellence
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good for a relaxing break”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Just returned from a week at the Aqua Hotel and it lived up to its reviews. One word of warning - we had a family room for 3 and the double bedroom and bathroom were up a steep flight of marble stairs, with the single room at the bottom of the stairs. No problem for us as our son is a teenager, but if you have a younger child (who may need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night) you may want to check which room you have been allocated. We had a side view of the sea and a full view of the pedestrianised shopping street, so plenty of interest to watch! We could have done with a third chair on the balcony though!

We were impressed with the free activities provided via the hotel - 30 minutes each day free bike, kayaking and a couple of other things. One thing we were slightly disappointed in was the beach - sounds crazy, as it is large and sandy, but the sand is gritty (I understand it is the same all over the Costa Brava) which makes walking quite difficult, especially near the water's edge - and no good for making sandcastles! Most people obviously didn't agree with us as the beach was always busy whereas the pool area was surprisingly quiet, given that it is so small. We found a "top deck" which was nearly always empty (loads of sunbeds) and got the sun all day.

We got the train from Barcelona airport, only 4.55 euros single all the way to the hotel. It takes between 1.5 and 2 hours, with one change, but it is straightforward and the trains are regular (every half an hour) and comfortable.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I have spent 6 great relaxing days in Pineda de Mar at Aqua Hotel Promenade after spending 4 really busy days in Barcelona. I arrived by train from Barcelona and reached the hotel very easily since it is located 3 minutes away from the train station. The journey to/from Barcelona takes about 70 minutes and it costs 5.50 euros. If at the end of your stay you leave directly to the Barcelona airport you do not need another ticket, you simply need to change train & platform at Estacio Sants in Barcelona.
The staff are very polite and friendly, they provide their guests with maps, advices, trip bookings ( to Montserrat, Girona, Figueres etc). The hotel offers other useful services like in room-safe, early breakfast, late check out.
The superior rooms are quite spacious and with beautiful sea view. The hotel offers all 3 meals with self service buffet. I had only half board, breakfast and dinner, it was more than enough. The food was very diverse, plenty of choices (fish, seafood, chicken, pork etc) , plenty of vegetables and salads, fruit and desserts. The drinks were not included but the prices were decent.
The hotel is 30 ms away from the beach, you simply need to walk through the underground passage located just in front of the hotel and in 20 seconds you are at the beach.
The beach is large, sandy, clean. There are sunbeds available but one may use own towel to lay in the sun. There are showers and toilets on the beach and several bars and snack bars. The sea waters are blue and clean and a pleasure to swim in.
Pineda de Mar is a small and quiet ressort, I really enjoyed it. Young peope might find it too quiet, though I spotted several groups of young tourists who seemed to really enjoy themselves in the beach bars.
In a nutshell, I would recommend this hotel to people over 40 looking for relaxation and rest, like myself. It is also good for the families and the couples with children. For the active people, there are plenty of sport activities and it would be a good place to start exploring the coast.
To conclude, I enjoyed a lot my stay with Aqua Hotel Promenade in Pineda de Mar and I am seriously thinking of a longer visit next year.

Room Tip: book a superior room, with sea view. it is really worthing the extra cost.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

My wife and I have stayed here every year for the past 6 years and keep coming back. The hotel is perfectly situated in Pineda de Mar very close to the beach with a swimming pool to the rear. This year we stayed in a superior room which had the best air conditioning I had ever experienced at any hotel. The staff are really friendly and helpful throughout the hotel and the cleaning staff do a superb job every day but never seem to bother you when you are in the room. The restaurant has recently been refurbished and now includes an outside dining terrace which is a great place to sit and eat. The breakfast each morning has so much choice of delicious items to choose from so you will be spoilt for choice. If you are going to be staying in Pineda de Mar then look no further, the Aqua Promenade will not dissapoint!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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southend
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

A medium sized hotel, right opposite the beach (just a quiet road and railway with underpass in-between). Good food and nightly entertainment at 21.45. Reception staff, Entertainment staff, and Dining-Room staff all speak English and are friendly and helpful. Some of the older children were playing a boisterous game of chase around the grounds of the Hotel from time to time - their parents and the staff should keep an eye on them as many of the guests are either very young children, or older people who prefer a calmer atmosphere. The railway opposite can take you to Barcelona or Girona (change at Messanes for Girona). There is a good market in the road outside the Hotel every Friday. Little Road-Train (XINO-XANO) charges three-euros-forty for a round trip around Pineda de Mar. There is a medium sized supermarket on the corner of C.Jaume Balmes and C.Moragas I Barret, less than 10 Minutes walk from the Hotel.
We would be very happy to holiday at this Hotel again. Pineda de Mar is a medium sized resort with many small shops, it is nice and flat (no hills to climb). In order to attract the more discerning visitor I hope the graffiti is cleaned off regularly and all the litter is cleared away daily.

Room Tip: Away from the lifts
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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warfield
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We have just returned from Aqua Promenade after a 6 night stay.We had a family room that had two bedrooms and was spacious.The hotel is in a great location,yards from the beach.The train line is adjacent but does not cause any disturbance day or night. One thing I would point out is that we had a non sea facing room overlooking the pool.This means that you are facing a couple of apartment blocks and not much else.The pool is quite small and deep and requires constant vigilance if like us you have kids.The reception staff are very attentive and friendly and speak many languages.
The food is good overall,we found enough to eat on half board and believe most would be happy with the choice.
The Animation team were fantastic with the kids,very enthusiastic and trustworthy.Mini Disco most nights then entertainment for adults,singers,dancers etc.
I must say that this is one of the cleanest hotels I have stayed in anywhere,staff always cleaning public areas etc.
Would I recommend staying here ? Absolutely if you want a clean friendly hotel in a quiet safe resort near to Barcelona.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Visited the aqua hotel promenade in may 2013 and found the hotel to be very good. Rooms where spacious ( we had a premier room) and very clean, maids service every day with fresh towels. The food was nice with good selections at every meal & the staff where lovely, very helpful with advice and nothing is to much trouble. The only down side I would feel that the pool area would be to small in peak season and this hotel is not really catered for small children. If you are situated at the front of the hotel with sea views then you have to contend with train and traffic noise as the hotel is situated on the road. We found the hotel to be mainly German holiday makers who were all pleasant. Over all this hotel is very good and we have no complaints about our stay there.

Now on to the area of pineda de mar.
In short we did not like it, Its very tired although the Spanish authority's try very hard to keep it looking clean and tidy it does not distract from the fact that there is graffiti every where.
There are a few shops and bars, one to recommend is the Buccaneers on the main front.
We found there is not a lot to do in pineda de mar and we are not night clubbers by any means. The beach is only a stones throw away (just across the road) which is clean.
The train track to Barcelona which takes one hour from this location runs along the coast alongside the main road and is very regular and reliable with clean carriages but can be very busy in the morning before ten o clock.

On summing up our holiday, great hotel shame about pineda de mar.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We had not been on a family holiday for years. Read the reviews for this hotel on here and decided to "go for it!. Well I am so pleased we did!! Pineda is a lovely little town, on a lovely beach...with a train station just over the road, for the necessary trip to Barcelona. We were there in March. It was not cold but not hot either....ever got my cossy on (thank heavens the locals were saved the horror of that!!) but I still got a tan (not allover, before you ask!). We walked for miles down the prom to Callella and Santa Susanna. So many people use the promenade for exercise! Pineda is small but had everything you need. My 14 year old, fashion conscious daughter, found a shop she adored (don't know how many times she talked us into going there, but it was loads!). The hotel is amazing, superb staff, very friendly, rooms spotless, as was the hotel. We were in room 434 and wait for it......we had 3 balconies! Really. Loved looking down on the market that stretched for miles, also loved partaking of the stalls on the superbly huge market (never seen veggies as huge as I did that day). The food in Aqua is good and kept us fed. AI have to say that glass of cava on a morning goes down well ! 9just the one, no more). The users of the hotel are older therefore it is a quiet place. There is entertainment every night......I would class it as Butlins early 1970's, not mindblowing, but very entertaining! I adored the Mini Disco and the lovely, happy lady that ran this every night. She was amazing and can speak every language going. She entertains the little kids wonderfully and gives info to us older people, without even asking her. I regret never asking her name, but she is wonderful!. This is a quiet hotel and quiet resort. My son managed to get in the pool for 30seconds (it was freezing and he never gave up trying). I can honestly say my 14 and 11 yr old want to return to this hotel, as do we! I thought the kids would have wanted a more buzzing place, but I found that they adore Pineda and this hotel and will no doubt take their families there in the future. We were so relaxed after our 7 days there. Thank you Aqua Hotel Promenade and everyone that works there....you are all totally amazing! Can't wait to return!

Room Tip: Corner rooms 134,234.334.434.534 have the 3 balconies. Rooms are big too.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Aqua Hotel Promenade
Address: Passeig Maritim 7, 08397 Pineda de Mar, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Pineda de Mar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Pineda de Mar
#2 Family Hotel in Pineda de Mar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Aqua Hotel Promenade 4*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located by the beach on the promenade of Pineda de Mar in a central location. The hotel is cozy and in an ideal emplacement to enjoy what Pineda de Mar has to offer. This is the welcoming, relaxing hotel you have been looking for where our staff are both caring and professional which allows you to enjoy the hotel's facilities with ease. Our younger guests will enjoy an action packed holiday both inside the hotel with the miniclub's daily animation program as well as activities which are ran outside of the hotel including the summer beach parties where children can have fun with inflatables etc under the supervision of our entertainment team. In the mean time, you are free to relax and soak up the sun with the peace of mind that your children are being entertained and taken care of. The hotel has many facilities which our guests can enjoy: varied buffets in our pleasantly decorated dining room, a relaxing pool area, a children's playground and nightly entertainment shows. The hotel also has a gym and guests are free to relax in the renovated lounge bar and terrace. The hotel also has well equipped rooms with all the necessary facilities our guests could need for an enjoyable stay like wi-fi and indoor parking. You will undoubtedly enjoy an unforgettable stay at Aqua Hotel Promenade. ... more   less 
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