Stayed at Gold River 2nd to 9th August 2013, (Family 43, 45, 19 & 14). We have stayed at the El Passo 7 years ago and the Port Aventura 4 years ago so this seemed a logical choice this time. In our opinion, this is the best hotel on the park and best located; don't be put off by the slightly boyish theme of the wild west as it works really well. The hotel is a couple of years old and feels modern; Wifi only available in the main reception building which is a bit of a let down in this day and age.
We travelled with Thomas Cook arriving for check in at 8-30 am; after a long(ish) wait we were told the rooms won't be available until 3pm - the reps response was 'it's in the small print!' not very helpfull Thomas Cook!
The room was good and furnished along with the theme; nice kitchenette and fridge which was very useful. Clean towels every day for the bathroom and a set of towels for the pool to last a week. English people are generally in the minority to Spanish, Russian and some French; hotel staff speak variable English but try some Spanish and they'll apperciate it in my experience.
Food caters for all at each meal time and you'll find something you should like every day; after seven days you get a bit tired of it however.
In the past access to the excellent and exclusive beach club as well as one entry to the water park at peak season was included - not any more! A barometer of the Spanish economy or profiteering by the park - either way, both are harsh cuts. Each now cost 20 Euro per adult per day and child age stops at 10 - very mean.
Typical for theme parks are the prices of food and drink - astranomical! Magnum ice creams, Fanta and coke run in at double UK prices; burgers and hot dogs are similarly priced. Best one is the price of water, around 3 Euro for a litre of just under 2 for half litre. Take a short trip to an off site supermarket (either in Salou of in the nearby 'Decathlon' buliding 15 mins walk) where 5 litres can be bought for 1 Euro - keep in the room fridge and decant into smaller bottles daily! Get some snacks while you're at it and save a small fortune; a family of four will need 60 Euro per day just to eat and drink modestly without alcohol - you have been warned!
The hotel were running an opinion poll while we stayed, one alarming question asked was 'how important is included access to the theme park in the pirce of your holiday?' Port Aventura...if you cut this out there's no point in your hotels.
The park and shows have changed little over the years but do provide a great opportunity to fill time and salami slice days between the pool and park to break up the days and nights. Make time for the firework display at 11-15pm but get there early to get a good spot. New rides added each time we've been, this time 'Shambala' roller coaster - good fun. Waiting times can be very long at peak times (we saw over 2 hrs); various fast passes are available at extra cost. Be warned the ride supervisors are strict about height limits - we saw some families waiting hours only to see a child refused to ride for being an inch short!
Overall, a week here works well for families and folks who like parks; avoid Salou town as it's a dump but a trip to Cambrilles for the Wednesday morning market for a bargain is worthwhile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just an hour from Barcelona, with direct access to the Far West area in PortAventura, this hotel is the perfect destination for family holidays. It recreates a Far West town in the grip of gold fever, where water is the protagonist with immense swimming pools simulating the twists and turns of a river. Journey back more than 200 years and visit Sullivan, the most flourishing city in the Far West, and enter 1803 when Lucy Callaghan found the gold nugget next to the Gold River. Designed to amaze visitors and provide them with a totally new experience, the exclusive facilities of Hotel Gold River combine history with cutting-edge technology, all aimed at maximum comfort for our guests. With unlimited admission to the park throughout the entire stay! The rooms, divided over different buildings, form a reconstruction of the most important parts of the town: Main Street with wooden bungalows on the outskirts, the main hotel The City Hall, abandoned railway wagons and Lucy's Mansion, a 5***** hotel inside Hotel Gold River itself. In 2015 the 20th anniversary of the opening of doors PortAventura is met and to celebrate in style with family, friends or partner, we expect you to live unforgettable moments. This year PortAventura presents the new how will offer its Soleil Cirque in the Resort, Amaluna. Furthermore, in 2016 Ferrari Land will open in Europe PortAventura resot to offer a real race track, the highest and most rapid vertical accelerator in Europe and the first luxury hotel themed for the first time in the history of the Ferrari brand, including other surprises. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gold River Hotel
- PortAventura Hotel Gold River Salou, Costa Dorada