I spent 2 weeks of my summer vacations in the Club Hotel Giverola 8 times since 2002 with my family and friends. Needless to say it is a place I enjoy.
There are many reasons to like Giverola:
An incredibly beautiful location between the mountains and the see, on a still un-constructed part of the Costa Brava, with direct access to the beach
Small buildings, each of them with a limited number of rooms, most rooms with see view, well integrated in the environment
Clean and reasonably well equipped rooms
A large choice of activities for the kids, the teenagers, the sport lovers and the hikers (I am in the hiker's category)
Proximity of Tossa de Mar and 80 kms away from Barcelona
A good choice of food for breakfast and dinner for those on half board
The vast majority of the staff is friendly, helpfull and making their best efforts to speak English, German or French. Many clients are coming from Switzerland, Germany, the Nederlands, the UK and France.
It should be kept in mind however that Giverola is located in a mountain environment and you should be prepared to walk up a down several times a day to move from your room to the swimming pool and the beach, and to the restaurant for breakfast and for dinner. Lunch can be conviently taken close to the swimming pool. Parents of young children must therefore be fit, and the place is not advisable for persons with reduced mobility.
Also, as a Giverola "old timer" I allow myself to make a few recommendations to the management in order to improve the "dark spots" and keep the place as enjoyable as it has always been:
Having been built 25 years ago, the rooms are aging. Although they are kept clean and functional, with some improvements such as the welcome addition of ceiling fans, it is time for a major refurbishing.
While quality of service has been maintained over the years, price has been going up significantly. I think price should be kept Under better control unless a major refurbishing and upgrading of the rooms allows the hotel to move from the current 3 stars to a higher category.
There are some deficiencies to correct at the restaurant for those on half board. Unfinished bottles of wine cannot be kept by the restaurant from one day to the next, and the restaurant does not propose half bottles, which is not acceptable for this category of hotel. It is also not acceptable in a family oriented place to offer only half bottles of water.
The internet service needs to be improved as one need to reconnect at every utilisation and connexion interruptions are frequent.
Overall, the place remains very enjoyable and I recommend Giverola for families who want to acheive the right balance between active vacation and "farniente"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5 Km from Tossa de Mar, a very picturesque town in a beautiful setting. Residence with pool between sea and mountain. Anim'incluse and children's club (4-12 years). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Giverola Resort Tossa De Mar, Costa Brava