This will be the third time we've stayed at the Imperial Tarraco. I'm not too sure where the bad reviews come from for this hotel, but for the price, the overall standard is very good. I have family living in the area, who are native Catalans, who use this hotel for special events, and they are very, very fussy where they go, so that speaks for itself.
The rooms are clean and tidy. Bathrooms have a mixer type shower. Not ideal, but does the job OK. There is a shower curtain rather than screen and you do get a very wet floor afterwards. The view from the balcony is breathtaking. It is worth paying a little extra to get a sea view because the hotel overlooks the very well preserved Roman amphitheatre. However, the cheaper rooms do have a partial sea view if you are on a serious budget. OK, towels are a bit thin and the toiletries are a bit on the budget side, but if that's a big problem, pop up the road and buy some decent shower gel from the supermarket for a euro. Bed is comfortable and quite firm. The one pillow wasn't enough, so I phoned down for an extra one and learned a new Spanish word (almohida) in doing so. There is Wi-fi in the room, and it is very reliable and fast. I was happily streaming video without a problem. Our air conditioner wasn't working or sometimes decided to blow out hot air. While this wasn't a problem at Easter, I can see it would be a big issue in August, because it does get hot at that time of the year.
The restaurant menu is extensive and very cheap. The waiter was very helpful, and was very keen to practice his English on us so explained all the combinations of dishes in great detail (!). The quality was good, particularly the salmon and chicken filled with ham and cheese. They also do a 'pica pica' menu, which seems to be growing in popularity in the area. Basically it is tapas, and the idea is you order 4 or 5 and share it between the table. The breakfast is served until a sensible 10.30am on weekdays and was included in our tariff. On two of our days, the hotel was pretty empty, so it was very pleasant and leisurely. There is a good selection of ham, bread, cold meats, cakes, cereals with fresh croissants and excellent coffee. However, the downside was that there were only two coffee machines (the capsule nespresso type) and when the hotel was busy, it was a real pain having to queue for coffee and then wait when the capsule predictably got jammed in the machine.
The bar area is very pleasant. We spent a very nice afternoon having bought a big basket of strawberries from a nearby greengrocer and drank a couple of bottles of Cava in the hotel grounds in the sunshine. The outside area is great for lounging around after breakfast and reading a little before walking down the Rambla Nova.
On check-in, you get a pass to visit the casino, which is attached to the hotel, but popular with locals. You get free entrance, but take your passport because you need to be enrolled as a member, and a free drink. When you cash in chips, you get another free drink, so if you're lucky as we were, you get free drinks and win a bit of dosh. We had the best night in there! Blackjack tables have iPads on the desk which are loaded by the croupier when you hand over some Euros. This took a bit of getting used to, but we soon got the hang of it.
In short, the service is excellent. The hotel is perhaps lacking in luxuries you get at some 4* hotels, but for the price, really, this is very good value and I've stayed at some of the World's top hotels. Location is second to none, as is the view.
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Tarraco Hotel
- Imperial Tarraco Tarragona
- Husa Imperial Tarraco Tarragona, Spain - Costa Dorada