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“Third yet final time at the Calipolis” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Calipolis
Ranked #7 of 40 Hotels in Sitges
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Third yet final time at the Calipolis”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

I just spent a 5-day break in Sitges at the Calipolis, where I've stayed twice before and even gave an excellent review last year. Unfortunately, my stay here this third time will be my last owing to the fact that I splurged for a suite and was given a room that distinctly smelled of sewage (627). The hotel clerks were aware of the problem ("It's because of the rain," they explained). I was shocked that they knowingly put guests in a room with a sewage problem, which wasn't the case in all rooms, including a friend's suite on another floor. I had put up with the smell until I lost patience, at which time they offered me a suite on a lower floor that reeked of smoke! ("Yes, it does" admitted one of the desk attendants who came to show us the room. Third try, we were put in a second floor suite with limited views. No problems here, though with partial beach views, it wasn't what I paid for.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

We have stayed at this hotel yearly for 10 years now. It has undergone major renovation and extensive modernisation over the years. It occupies the best location in Sitges opposite the beach, promenade and on the same street as some of the best restaurants facing the sea in Sitges like La Ninja, Santa Maria and my fave Fragata. We always spend a little extra and book a sea facing room and sometimes a junior suite. The hotel staff, have always been extremely friendly, polite and professional. However I believe as this is the best and the most expensive hotel in Sitges - the service should be impeccable and not just excellent. They did demonstrate this as we accidentally left our iPod Nano in the hotel room safe. The next day when we were in London they called us to say they found it and would mail it back. It's little touches like that this that we have come to appreciate about the Calipolis. The rooms are big but don't book room 425 as it's smaller than the others. We always need a double sink - there is nothing more fun than two people getting ready in the bathroom together before hitting Sitges town for the evening. The hotel bar is really relaxing. There is a dipping pool - which I have never used as the beach is across the street. The new Hotel Gym also looked good if you want to get a workout in. We have never stayed at any other hotel in Sitges apart from Calipolis. However I do believe they need to take their service up a notch as the other hotels are catching up. Sitges is a great little holiday destination. It has kept the charm of the old town – the church is beautiful. There are numerous restaurants, bars and cafes for different wallet sizes. The gay nightlife is excellent. The skybar at the Hotel Sofia next to the Calipolis is a must go to destination. Sitges Beach and the promenade are excellent. You can jog, walk, cycle or rollerblade along it. Most importantly Barcelona is a 30min air-conditioned train ride away. The shopping is OK – shops with tat, beach goods and designer stores like Antonio. The Calipolis always calls us to Sitges - it is where my partner proposed to me and so it is a very special place. Thanks for another amazing holiday.

Room Tip: Rooms 425, 525 etc are smaller than the others.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

I really don't think this hotel can be beaten on location. You just have to cross the street to be on the finest bit of beach that Sitges has to offer. It's also excellently placed for lots of restaurants and bars for day and night-time. We had a side seaview room but apart from the view there was nothing special about it. The whole place felt a little spartan and lacked those little extras one expects from a four-star property. Breakfast was good if a little pedestrian but certainly didn't leave you feeling hungry. I would stay here again if visiting Sitges because for a beach holiday it was great. But if you're after a romantic setting I'm not sure this is the best place to be.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013 via mobile

Very convenient to all amenities, including beach, restaurants and night life. Rooms are light, spacious and of a high standard, and are cleaned regularly. Superb breakfast. The outdoor bar is very pleasant in the evening, with ambient lighting and excellent service. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank krzystof
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

What really disappointed me was how quickly our holiday seemed to go. As someone who usually fixates on the negatives when it comes to hotels this is a very good sign.

The staff were nice, even if not 100% on the ball (we booked a double, got a twin and then had to ask reception to move three mornings in a row). Had they been totally on it I would have given this hotel a full rating of five.

Breakfast was delicious and was made even more so by the brilliant vistas from the second floor windows. The bar was damn near perfect with another great view, the perfect place to relax over a beer.

I would strongly recommend booking a room with a balcony as all of them get sun. If you can afford it then the suite is lovely and, whilst not huge, is worth the money for the extra balcony space alone.

Great holiday made great by a great hotel. Can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank flyingbutterwings
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Marlborough, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

Comfortable, clean and well situated close to the heart of Sitges. The desk and bar staff were really helpful, the breakfasts generous and varied, and the pool and bar area relaxing if you want a change from the beach just across the road. Would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: You can usually upgrade to a suite once there and the balcony rooms are lovely
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013 via mobile

Good location, nice room, good breakfast, however....
There are NO services Offered, not even 2-stars, never mind 4.
No iron in room, nor available to borrow... We were told, due to security concerns, no iron is provided, but I can use their iron-only service. 2.85 euro per shirt!

Also nocoffee or tea facilities in room, I expect more for a 4-star and 230 euro a night

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mark G
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Property: Hotel Calipolis
Address: Avenida Sofia 2-6 | Paseo Martimo s/n, 08870 Sitges, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Sitges
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Sitges
#4 Business Hotel in Sitges
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Sitges
#7 Family Hotel in Sitges
#11 Romantic Hotel in Sitges
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Calipolis 4*
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a stunning part of the Mediterranean, the Calipolis hotel boasts the best location in Sitges, with a full guarantee of quality and service. The Calipolis Hotel offers a total of 170 large, comfortable and well-lit rooms.All of them are equipped with air conditioning, heating, a desk, satellite television, mini bar, free safety deposit box, bathroom with hair dryer and toiletries, and FREE WI-FI. Rooms with a sea view, right on the beachfront, have a large private terrace with views of the Mediterranean. ... more   less 
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