We travelled by road from London to Roses. Stunning scenery over the Millau Bridge and into the top eastern corner of Spain just over the French Border. This hotel was chosen rather randomly as was the resort. Roses is catering for French, Belgium, Netherlands, German and Spanish and is very clean, calm and controlled. Roses is a little like an apartment campus for retired people and sporty tourists. Fabulous water sports and scenery with a strong local area towards the marina and mountains.The Hotel Monterrey is neat, tidy and ordered.The rooms are very clean and the Hotel has many varied seating areas, a good size bar, music in the evening and an average selection for breakfast. Our room on the fifth floor faced the beautiful bay at Roses overlooking the pool area with sun in the mornings, gone by 1pm. Receptionists were extremely helpful, bar staff efficient, breakfast staff all polite. Rooms are a good size with good quality wood fittings, beds lovely and comfortable. We don't like eating late so cancelled our half board basis, dinner 8pm onwards. The change was done with no fuss or delay. Although if you do like eating early you will have a problem here as it is very Spanish from a dietary perspective. They eat simply and after 8 pm. Excellent all round space, service, prices and position and outstanding cleanliness and service. We borrowed the hotel bikes and had a lovely day cycling very slowly along the long,flat, clean seafront. A wonderful front with the best waves ever, you would never need a jacuzzi here, and the sandy golden shore running for at least two kilometres round the bay is incredibly clean.Views all round are stunning. Windy some days but warm all week, some cloudy days but the fresh clean air made up for the clouds and they usually cleared by noon. Why drive to the North on wet, narrow roads when you can drive here on wide scenic, relaxed French motorways? Unless you like Vikings, Kilts and Haggis of course! The Spanish have done an excellent job selling their climate to all us greyed out Brits at what is now correctly comparible British prices. However you will be in the minority if you are British here in Roses.Well at least in June. As Londoners we are used to a multicultural variety of everything, especially food, you cannot expect that here. Try the excellent Belgium Beers at the Cafe Minigolf along the front, the service and setting is lovely. We came for the warmth, fresh coastal air, Thalassa sea therapy and a place we could reach by a scenic driving route. The diesel and toll costs a whopping €360 approx..but worth it, also we wanted to clear our polluted nasal passages from London's gunky air. It worked. Thanks to the Monterrey Hotel. A very quiet understated place to stay right on the seafront a nice distance from the centre - exceptionally good value.
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- Located right on the Santa Margarida beach in Roses, the Hotel Monterrey has access directly onto the beach with a quiet, relaxed, family atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monterrey Hotel Roses
- Hotel Monterrey Roses By Pierre & Vacances Spain - Costa Brava