I have high standards as I work in the travel industry and I'm used to staying in good hotels. We went to the hotel for Luxury and chill out and it didnt really tick either of those boxes.
We were looking for a unique spanish holiday experience away from the package holiday crowd so we booked into Castelldefels. When we saw that it was on the metro map and we how close it was to Barcelona we began to get worried but we needed have as although its near Barcelona it still have a resort real.
Following previous reviews we got off at Castelldefels the main station and got a cab to the hotel. It not a pretty drive up to the hotel is main roads and it just not what you expect when you are en route to a resort hotel. As previous reviews mentioned the guy on the reception has no interest in customer engagement he just wants you checked in and out of his way. The rooms are dissapointing, we were in the old part, although when I asked could I see one of the rooms in the new part they were really small so we decided to stay in the older part . We had just come from a trendy Barcelona hotel so it just took us a while to adjust to a more spanish old world hotel.
Food - We went to go to the restaurant but realised that its quite a snazzy restuarant and we were in shorts and just wanted something casual, also its was €35 a head plus drinks so we decided to head down to the beach instead for more casual and cheaper options. You are kind of stranded up at the hotel as there are no supermarkets nearby and the restaurants down at the beach are a good ten minute, not pretty or relaxing walk away or a taxi ride.
The pool area is a let down. The water is freezing, the grass is a bit mucky and they could have done so much with that area with beautiful landscaping but just cemented over most of it. There were two weddings on the day we were there and one of them took over nearly the whole pool area for a drinks reception and the minute that ended the hotel staff started setting up for a corporate event. Bear in mind that this is all going on while you are supposed to be chilling by the pool!
This was good but the room it was in was a let down.
The Hotel is a wedding and conference hotel and these clients will always get preference as they are bring in the big money. Besides the view and the fortress over the pool, which is used in all the imagery used to promote the hotel, this hotel is just average.
Is nice but not that much to see, no nice winding streets just a few nice restaurants on one road and a strip of bars, ice cream parlours and slot machines. You wont fine any English Chavs here as its a genuine Spanish resort although some of the Spanish crowd looked a bit dodgy. We didnt spend any time on the beach and the beach did look really nice. If you were to go here I would recommend staying in one of hotels down on the beach and use is a base to do beach and Barcelona. We found it to quite so cancelled out of this hotel (No drama gave 24 hours notice and as the payment wasnt being taking until check out that was ok with expedia and the hotel. Actually the guy on the reception seemed like he didnt give a dam. didnt even ask whey we were leaving.
We then moved onto the Melia Sitges, 4 star and got an unbelievably cheap rate of €60 per room per night!
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- Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime Castelldefels, Province Of Barcelona, Spain