We have just returned from a 7 night stay at the Gran Hotel Don Juan in Lloret de Mar and the hotel has some good and a few bad points. The hotel is very large and although it is not new is kept very clean. The staff were helpful if you asked for anything although their English is not great and they seem to be too busy for much chatting anyway. The lady who cleaned our room was always friendly. The food is mostly OK, especially if you like meat. During the week they served beef, chicken, pork and rabbit, all of which were well cooked although I thought that some of the food was a little bland. There was generally pasta and sauces, cold meats and cheese, although not much in the way of vegetables. There was always salad and a kids selection (chips, pizza, onion rings, sausages etc) which the adults were quite keen on as well. Basically, unless you are very fussy you should find things to enjoy but you have to remember what you are paying for the food. The cost of the buffet was advertised in the hotel as 10 euros. The breakfasts were the average hotel buffet.
We were on the all inclusive deal which again was good and bad. The wine and beer in the restaurant bar was served in glasses and the wine was good. The only other bar serving all inclusive customers is in the lounge area and the drinks are served in plastic "glasses". For this bar you are issued with tickets that you hand over when you get a drink and take back when you return the "glasses". They serve wine , beer, soft drinks and local spirits. The local version of Baileys is good as is the brandy and the measures are generous. There are snacks all day but the sandwiches and burgers are put out at 10.00am and there is a microwave to heat them up. There are also cakes and pastries, crisps, fruit and ice-creams. The all inclusive runs from 10.00 in the morning until 10.00 at night.
The main entertainment in the hotel is dance music, afternoon and evening, so if you enjoy Spanish ballroom dancing this is for you.
There are 2 outdoor pools and we used the main one. The pool area is not very large but there are plenty of sunbeds, chairs and tables, a few parasols and also shade under the trees. The pool is 1 metre deep at one end but most of it is 2.5 metres.
Our room was smallish with 3 single beds , adequate storage room, a TV, nice bathroom with bath and shower and a small balcony with 2 chairs. The beds and pillows were comfortable, there was always plenty of hot water and despite it being a busy hotel it was very quiet (obviously this may depend on where your room is). The air conditioning worked perfectly and the room was well cleaned every day. The TV is not much use as the only English channel is BBC news with bad reception - but we didn't really come to Spain to watch TV.
Lloret is a Spanish seaside town (think English seaside town with more sun and cheaper drinks) so there are lots of fast food and other restaurants, bars, clubs and souvenir shops. (Ask at the hotel reception for a street map.) The drinks and food seems to be reasonably priced and the souvenir shops are cheap. If you turn left as you go out of the hotel and cross the road there is a largish Spar supermarket. The beach is less than 10 minutes from the hotel - turn right outside and follow the road past the souvenir shops. If you turn left after the Londoner club there are streets and streets of different shops and restaurants. The beach is very clean but unless you are at the far ends slopes quite steeply into the sea. A sun bed and parasol is 6 euros a day. The beach at Fanals (10 - 15 minutes walk from the hotel - turn left out of the hotel and immediately left again and follow the road) is good, especially at the far end to the right. We found all of the beaches we visited in the area to be particularly clean.
There is a coastal path running from each end of Lloret beach with signposts and red and white stripes on trees and rocks. From the right end of the beach you can walk to St Joan's Castle and beyond. From the left end of the beach we walked as far as Calella d'en Tron which has a lovely small beach. If you pick up the path at the right end of Fenals beach you can walk to the Gardens of St Clothilde which are lovely Italianate gardens. Just beyond the Gardens is another nice beach.
If you want to go further afield the bus station is about 5 minutes from the hotel and the Spanish bus service is cheap and efficient. We went to Tossa de Mar - nice beaches and a mediaeval town and ruined castle to walk round and Blanes - not so attractive but the botanical gardens are worth a visit.
in short we had a very enjoyable and inexpensive stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gran Hotel Don Juan offers you the possibility to enjoy one of the most complete and best located hotels in Lloret the Mar for you family or couple holidays in Costa Brava. Enjoy an accommodation located a few metres away from the beach of this famous Catalan tourist locality. Swimming pools and heated pool (open during the Winter season), solarium, games room, TV room, WIFI (With extra charge), daily entertainment for all ages, live music and dancing every day of the year (afternoons and evenings)... The Don Juan Gran Hotel combines the best facilities with exclusive services specially designed to guarantee our guests some resting and leisure days at the shores of the Mediterranean. Enjoy with your family an emblematic accommodation in Costa Brava. Book today at the best price your 3-star hotel in Lloret de Mar with all type of commodities within your reach. Exclusively here, on the official website of Don Juan Hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Don Juan Center Hotel
- Don Juan Lloret De Mar
- Gran Hotel Don Juan Lloret De Mar, Costa Brava, Spain