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“A trip down memory lane”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Ancora

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Hotel Ancora
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Palamos
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A trip down memory lane”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

This hotel was being built in 1974 which is when I last visited the lovely quiet village of La Fosca with my parents and my brothers. We were young boys at the time and all learned to snorkel on the beautiful safe, gently sloping La Fosca beach with its interesting rocky edges and coast path.

The hotel did not disappoint. Family run; the staff bent over backwards to accommodate our every wish and ensure my personal memories of the area were happy ones.

The hotel was spotless and the front rooms face the sea and the sunrise, although they can be a bit noisier with early morning deliveries. The back rooms overlook the lovely gardens but they do get the sunset. I cannot say which are better because it depends on your own preference.

Worth staying but I personally thought the on site restaurant was a little expensive compared with others in the area.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

What a little gem we found in Catalonia! This hotel is family run with an exceptionally friendly and helpful staff team. The hotel is spotlessly clean and serviced well by a competent and dedicated team. Our room was spacious and comfortable and we were grateful for the air conditioning and the balcony. The outdoor pool was also a great asset and lazy mornings could be spent playing tennis, ping pong, pool or a challenging round of mini golf. The hotel grounds are large, luscious, green and well maintained offering peace and shade. The breakfasts were fabulous, fresh and generous. The staff were so very friendly and helpful as we practised our Catalan on them. In future we will definately consider booking half board or full board rather than just bed and breakfast. We were visiting family who live locally so they were our local tour guides but it would have been easy to find our way around and amuse ourselves as the local people we met were all keen to be helpful and welcoming. The hotel appeared to have guests staying as couples, friends, families with young children/teenagers in groups of all sizes and they all seemed as happy with the hotel as we were. I have stayed in many small and large 5* UK city hotels and not felt so welcome nor been so pleased with everything about a hotel as I have been at the Hotel Ancora.

Room Tip: Our room was on the second floor over looking the restaurant terrace and we were very happy with the...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Blaricum, The Netherlands
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38 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel Ancora for a couple of nights during a hiking holiday and found it to our satisfaction. The rooms are clean with the bathrooms looking a bit dated. The staff are pleasant and helpful, the meals simple but nice and the pool, mini-golf and table-tennis a big hit with the children.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Penicuik
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

My name is Ron Thomson, i have lived in Catalonia for ten years and have stayed at the Ancora many times.
When i was going back to Spain after arranging the sale of my house in Calonge i stayed at the Ancora.
The hotel is run by a Husband and wife, son and daughter in law and a large staff.
The hotel is very comfortable the rooms are clean well equipped and tidy, they have been upgrading the rooms to make them more modern and i must say they are succeeding, the rooms to the back of the hotel overlook a courtyard for open air dining, the rooms to the front overlook the houses and onto the sea view.
The main road is at the front of the hotel which sees a bit of traffic but not to noisy there is a good bus service taking you into Palamos if you fancy a bit of entertainment the last bus returning at about 11pm.
The front of the hotel gets the sun in the morning till about 2pm and the back after that.
The rooms are all A/C ,Heated, Flat screen TV, telephone and hairdryer.
They have a laundry service available.
At the back of the hotel, there is a large swimming pool, a crazy golf and full size tennis court , there is also covered parking for about twenty cars and at the front of the just opposite is private parking for 40 more cars.
The restaurant has a good lunch menu and is used by both locals and visitors, the dinner menu is good very tasty and their sea food is superb.
Great place to stay quiet and relaxed with a very helpful staff.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Chives, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stayed here in 2011. A nice quiet hotel , as noted by a pervoius reviewer. Lovely restaurant. Clean and tidy family hotel.
Very friendly. They have a dog that walks around the ground floor area.
Nice views from the top floor rooms over Fosca beach.
Wonderful countryside . Parking on site or across a quiet road.
Too far way from Palamos to walk into town. Large choice of restaurants in Palamos.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Oppdal Municipality, Norway
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132 reviews
53 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Like last autumn we hiked on Costa Brava. On the hotel list from our norwegian tour operator was Hotel Ancora in La Fosca. The hotel was like last year clean, and the staff, most likely from the owner family, was kind and helpful.

But not so for the dinner. The menu was not expensive, but the hotel could have charged a few euros more and served a better meal. The waiter demonstrated with headshake and body language, when we left food uneaten on the plates. Next morning, the breakfast was scarce, and the lady resposible did not bother to refill the empty trays.

Last year dining and breakfast was quite different from this, and I wrote a very positive evaluation on tripadvisor.

For the hotels own sake I hope they have not lost the grip, and that this experience was a result of a bad day. It was monday, but still -

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012 via mobile

Like many others reviewing this hotel, we went as part of a walking holiday.

I won't dwell on the room - it was perfectly fine with a nice balcony with a couple if sun loungers. The pool at the back of the hotel was nice. The staff were very friendly. However the 'wow' was the food. Simply amongst the best we have eaten in Spain.

We tried sea cucumbers as a starter (with one of us having the clams). Wonderful! (a bit like grilled squid). And the arroz negra was amazingly good, as was the paella. The staff recommended some great Spanish wine which went with the food perfectly. Unfortunately we were too full for desert.

Do eat here. It is a lovely restaurant.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Property: Hotel Ancora
Address: Carrer de Josep Pla 43 | Platja de la Fosca, 17230 Palamos, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Palamos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Palamos
#6 Romantic Hotel in Palamos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ancora 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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