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“Beautiful rooms and excellent food. Lots of small things to be fixed.”
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Gran Palas Hotel
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in La Pineda
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful rooms and excellent food. Lots of small things to be fixed.”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

I've been staying at Gran Palas Hotel for a couple of days in 2 occasions for a business meetings. The rooms are huge and very nice, with a modern decoration. The quality of the food is above the standard for this category in Spain. Breakfast is excellent, with a variety of choice. I could not test the Spa or the swimming pool, but the water had a strong smell of chlorine.
To be improved : lots of things have to be fixed in the rooms. In my group, I 've heard about the heating system not working, or the curtains bloked in open position with the light of the terrace iluminating the room all night.. In my case, the shower temperature tap was blocked the last day on cold water.. My tip : check everything when you arrive and ask the reception to fix what's not working.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

a bit empty in wintertime, but beautiful hotel, real big rooms (i had sea view), nice and modern bathroom, and a real good breakfast (fresh fruit, all sorts of nuts, raisons, muesli, juices yoghurt,...) will go again if in the area!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2012

The hotel is situated almost on the beach yet close enough to see the ocean from a well positioned room. The grounds are nice, the rooms, we had a two floor suite which was really nice for stay a full week, was also very well appointed complete with remote controlled draperies. Nice touch. Everything about the "resort" was nice with exception to the staff... on occassions.

One minute they were nice, very nice, the next, very unprofessionally impolite. I'm going to go out on a limb and say they, due to it being the slow season, were really understaffed. Still no excuse to be contrite to us and other guests in my opinion. Had this not been a consistant theme observed over 7 days, I would have given them 4-5 stars respectfully.

Would I recommend it, sure, providing you just "had" to stay in this area. The outer-lying area/ The Strip, having no bearing on the hotel itself, reminded us of Daytona, Florida circa 1980 with all the shops selling cheap trinkets and inflatables.

So go, stay, enjoy yourself but go during the high-season! :)

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Orlando, Oklahoma
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

stayed for 2 nights. Rooms were nice but bathroom had the bad stench of a sewer smell in the toilets. No washclothes provided in bathrooms. No one to help with luggage upon arrival. Property needed some upkeep as there were water stains in various places on walls. Spa was very nice. Nicest thing about hotel. Location is not great. Breakfast was extremely limited. Service was just sufficient. Would not pick this hotel again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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liverpool
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2012

this hotel is a loverly hotel very chilled and relaxing the spa is great the nicest hotel in la pineda after staying 2 nights at the estival hotel up the road this hotel was a joy woul defo stay again

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Tavistock, Devon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2011

This is an excellent hotel with a truly exceptional spa area. We were on half board and the food was very good, especially in the evening; breakfast choice was a little limited but if you ask for a cooked breakfast they will do it for you. We were there over Christmas 2011 and arrived after dark. We were very impressed with the room and the view of twinkling lights across the bay. This brings us to the location of the hotel which is situated across the bay from an oil refinery (hence the twinkling lights).
As the heading says it was difficult to fault the hotel but where it is located is not good; unless you like oil refinerys.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2011

This is a fabulous hotel in many ways - the decor, spacious public rooms, elegant furnishings, contemporary design - and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. For us, the best thing about the hotel was the truly exceptional swimming pool and spa complex. There are two main outdoor pool areas with comfortable sun loungers and day beds, while the indoor area is a real treat. There are numerous jacuzzi/hot tubs, a sauna, steam room, fitness swimming area and a "relaxarium" which was a dimly lit room with mattresses and gentle music. Lovely! We didn't eat in the hotel itself, apart from breakfast, preferring to stroll into the main promenade of La Pineda in the evening which has numerous pubs, restaurants and cafes. There was a very good selection at breakfast, although mainly geared to Russian tastes; I would concur with the previous reviewer who noted that the hotel and the resort are dominated by Russian tourists.

The staff in the hotel were polite but not overly friendly. There was a mix-up in our booking when we first arrived, and they were fairly frosty until it was finally sorted out. A couple of minor issues in the room were very quickly and efficiently resolved, although these could have been overcome by ourselves if there had been sufficient information available in the room.

The hotel seems to be an anomaly within the resort, which is just a quieter version of Salou. The hotel next door is definitely a "party" hotel, and often there would be loud music and other noise audible in the outdoor areas. Overall, a wonderful luxury hotel which is a real oasis of calm in a rather down-market resort.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Gran Palas Hotel
Address: c/ de la Sequia Major, 5, 43480 La Pineda, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Tarragona > Costa Dorada > La Pineda
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in La Pineda
#4 Romantic Hotel in La Pineda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Gran Palas Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 102
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