First some problems (but this review will get positive pretty soon!): the room was quite small and the view (we were non square facing at the cheaper rate) was of a back alley and some scaffolding. Three of the four major national Spanish channels (the equivalent of BBC1, BBC2 and ITV) were missing from the TV and had been replaced by fortune telling premium phoneline channels, which was bizarre and disappointing as we enjoy watching Spanish TV when we are in Spain and even for English speakers, these are the channels where you are most likely to find something familiar to watch. Finally the air con only worked for four hours at a time so if we went to sleep with it on we would wake up sweating and have to get up and reset it.
However these were our only complaints. The room was not only cleaned and made up perfectly every day by very friendly cleaning staff but our things were tidied up! The staff were very friendly and helpful at all times.
The hotel is located right in one of the most busy and happening squares in Tarragona, with the imposing Ayuntamiento (town hall) at one end. It's a beautiful square, entirely pedestrianised, and the whole square is packed with restaurants with large terraces extending across the square. The square is packed with visitors, including families and children, long past midnight, so feels very safe. I've never stayed in a hotel so conveniently located for where I was.
The best thing is that the hotel's own restaurant is one of those with a terrace on the square. They do a reasonably priced and nice-tasting set menu although better, home-made food can be had elsewhere for the same price all around the square and beyond (the hotel's menu was exactly the same as one we found elsewhere in a Coca Cola sponsored café type place leading us to think they buy it in frozen/chilled and re-heat). We usually ate elsewhere, but after that it was a pleasure to come back to the hotel terrace for a drink (there was a selection of very nice wines served at the perfect temperature which was not a guarantee in Spain where we kept getting served ice cold red wine!) and not have to worry about having cash as everything could be added to the hotel tab - without the disadvantage of paying hotel prices (a glass of wine was around €2). The hotel would also give us a large bottle of water for €2 on our way out for the day and add that to our tab.
The free wifi does not extend to the rooms - this was stated in our booking confirmation so we had been warned, but we had been hoping to pick up a faint signal. However, in our room we could pick up a faint signal from the Tarragona tourist wifi and used that quite effectively in our room and out and about to google local restaurants, points of interest, etc.
In short even though there were definitely some ways in which the hotel could be improved, the location made it for us. Having our base in the placa de la font was not only convenient but a delight.
A note on choosing your room: we were given the impression that all rooms had a balcony and you paid the premium for one that was square-facing. However this was not the case. The cheaper rooms do NOT have a balcony at all. In the square facing rooms, the 'balcony' is actually just a railing with the ability to open the door and look out onto the square. It is not a balcony in the traditional sense on which you can sit out and have a drink. If you are drawn to the hotel by the balcony, bear these points in mind.
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- Also Known As:
- Placa De La Font Hotel
- Hotel Placa De La Font Tarragona, Spain - Costa Dorada