Well myself and my wife ( and inlaws) have just returned today from the San Diego hotel in salou.
We flew with BMI which are chartered by Thomas cook, to fly from Aberdeen to Reus. Overall good experience with BMI on the outgoing flight. No entertainment though but it is only a 3 hour flight so not to bad and the meals were nice to.
it also seems if you book online on thomas cook and dont opt for meals you still seem to get your meals from BMI ? so this could save you some money lol !!!
Arrived into the San Diego after a 20 minute transfer time and first impressions were " its nice" went into reception about 12-30pm and was prompty checked in by the friendly male receptionist who allocated our room 345 on the third floor and the inlaws on the 5th floor.
First impression of the Foyer was it was nice clean and cool which was nice as it was very hot outside.
Got the lifts up to the third and fifth floor. Granted that day the lifts did break down but this only happened once in our week there and it was quickly fixed.
First impressions of the room was that it was quite small for the two of us, but to be honest we have been spoiled by 4 or 5 star hotels over the last couple of years so it was an unfair comparison. After an hour of unpacking the room quickly seemed more than adequate and our first impression was unfair.
The room was clean the bathroom was clean, although i say clean it was clean towels and the floors were swept mopped etc but i dont really think they clean the miidew or dust of the bath and tv etc etc but och overall it was a clean room and nice balcony.
Our view wasnt fab was of the back of the hotel and we didnt really sit out there much so didnt affect us to much. But doesnt matter were you are located you can sit and people watch from your balcony hehe.
So overall room was good air conditioning very good ! that was a life saviour and wasnt loud like folk have previously said ?? unless they had a different system but were were more than happy with it.
The biggest complaint i could say about the room was the paper thin walls. Not something that really affected us but admitly at night time you could hear folk talking if they were drunk and not watching the noise level and you could easily hear folk walking past the outside of the door when heading to there rooms, so ye i can understand why some folk mark this on the review as the walls are thin.
The Tv didnt have any english channels but to be honest we rarely found a time to watch tv.
So you know as well there is no fridge in the room and no hair dryer :)
Went down to the bar and pool etc. overall experience was good. Was always able to get a sunbed and a parasol for me as i burn really easily and im a big moan in the heat !! the staff were also very smiley and friendly. But i find they respond in the manner you treat them ! i.e I smile at them, they smile at me ( for the most part) so do treat the staff with respect and friendliness and you should have no problems !
The pool was good although probably a bit small for the size of hotel, but was kept clean and the drinks kept flowing between 10am and 11pm :)
Went down for our 3 meals a day being all inclusive.
Breakfast mmmmmmmmmm pancakes made fresh in fromt of you were lovely
The show chef Marcelllo was fantastic and i think i made a good friend with him ! i always smiled and gave him a cheeky wink when going up to get my burger or chorizo etc and he would give you an enthusiastic smile and welcome. Fantastic guy !
The things he tended to have to cook from morning to evening were, burgers, hot dogs, tuna, calamari, chorizo, chicken breast, steak , pancakes, omlettes. And this is to name just a few ! Great choice !!
We found the choice for breakfast lunch and dinner to be fantastic. Ok sometimes it was samey but you have so much that you can easily avoid something you had the night before.
Foods offered were anything from soup to pasta to indian delicacys, to mexican to chips to veal etc etc.
They also had theme nights which was fab ! they had a mexican night and a night were the ladies got roses etc so nice wee touches.
overall fantastic array of food and was always well stocked and replenished.
The staff were also very friendly and would usually be quite quick in taking your drink order and being all inclusive it was fantastic having the lovely bottles of glass pepsi and a full bottle of red wine. Amongst other drinks :) all included !!
Helpful information about the hotel and area
Safety deposit box available - 29 euros for the week and you get 10 euros back.
Worth checking out the offers from the reps. Usually i never do this but they actually had a good deal were port aventura tickets was 2 days for the same price as 1 day ! so this was well worth booking. Holly the tour rep was lovely and always very helpful.
Internet is available at 2 euros for 20minutes.
Taxi price from hotel to Port aventura is about 8 euros
Recommend the Plana bus tour to barcelona ! Good trip for as little as 20 euros per person.
Nearby spar is just round the corner , we found this good to stock up on juice if we needed some over night etc and any other bits n bobs.
The small beach cove is just 3 minute walk away. fab wee beach and is lovely and warm and usually quieter than the main beach of salou about 10 minutes away.
I suggest you ask for a pool view. You get more of the sun ! and good to watch the entertainment from your room !
Overall we were happy with this hotel and would visit again.
We might though choose its neighbour the Oasis park which is run by the same company Best hotels.
It did seem a bit nicer looking but its just because we like to try different places.
This is a good 3 star hotel !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the tourist heart of Salou, only 200m. from Playa Levante and Capellans beaches. Comfortable rooms with fully fitted bathroom, balcony, telephone, satellite TV, security door lock, heating, air conditioning and optional safe-deposit box. Buffet restaurant with show cooking, national and international cuisine, bar-cafeteria with play area and TV lounge. Terrace with swimming pools (for adults and children) outdoor jacuzzi and children’s area. Day and night entertainment program. Optional services: parking, internet corner, gift shop and meeting room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best San Diego Hotel Salou
- Hotel Best San Diego Salou, Costa Dorada