I don't believe this hotel should have four stars, but there are some fantastic things about it!
Firstly - location. This is ideally positioned for portaventura, the beach, pubs and restuarants, but is also in a quieter location i.e. not surrounded by bars/pubs etc. All are within a 5 - 10 minute walk, although the hotel does run a bus.
Secondly - value. We were less than £15 per head per night for half board. Even if I hadn't eaten any of the food it would have been good value. The food was actually pretty good, and given that most of the pubs and bars in Salou are "roast dinner" british pubs the hotel food was better than most. All of us managed to eat well in the hotel for both breakfast and dinner.
Thirdly - cleanliness. Yes, some of the decor is a little tired/dated, but I don't think I have any seen any hotel cleaned quite so often. Whatever time of day you were around, somewhere was being cleaned. Our room was spotless and all cleaned thoroughly evey date.
What made it not 4 star? - the general decor and surroundings are a little dated. The outdoor pool was nice to look at but absolutely freezing. Thought the rule around no drinks to be taken from bar to restuarant and vice versa was odd! General facilities including room are nice but basic. Staff were mixed - some were exceptionally friendly (generally those in the dining room) but a few at reception were less than friendly.
Overall - if you want a base to spend a few days at Portaventura this is an excellent choice. Given that you won't be spending much of the time in the hotel, this gives you all you need at a great price. It also means that if the kids (and you!) are tired after a day of trailing the theme park, you can get a decent meal on your return to the hotel without having to watch eastenders or coronation street at the same time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sol by Melia presents Sol Costa Daurada. Is located in Salou, 12 minutes walk from the beach and just 700 m from the Port Aventura Theme Park. It features a spa and 2 outdoor swimming pools, surrounded by sun terraces. All of the spacious rooms have air conditioning and a balcony. They also have satellite TV, a safe and a private bathroom. Interconnecting rooms are available on request. Free WiFi is available throughout. The spa includes an indoor swimming pool and a range of massages are available. There is also a gym, sauna and hot tub. The buffet restaurant offers a selection of Mediterranean dishes. There is a snack bar close to the swimming pool, as well as an English pub. Apart from PortAventura, local attractions include Aquopolis water park, hiking and quad excursions. Reus Airport is less than 10 km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Costa Daurada Salou, Costa Dorada
- Hotel Sol Costa Daurada