I have just returned from this hotel in Salou (5th - 17th August 2013) and to be honest I was very disappointed. The majority of the staff were very rude (especially the receptionists) with the exception of some lovely ladies that were very pleasant in the dining area. They made the effort to communicate in both English and Spanish and made a real fuss of my two girls aged 5 & 6.
The rooms are very small and basic, but they are cleaned daily and clean towels are replaced daily. I would definitely recommend that you hire a fridge on arrival. There are plenty of supermarkets and shops to purchase drinks at a fraction of the cost in the hotel or the local cafe's / bars. At one place (Robin Hood's - true to their name) I paid 10 Euros for five small diet Pepsi drinks!!
Entertainment was really poor and as I was also travelling with my two boys aged 15 & 17, it was hard to occupy all the children. With this in mind I bought a weekly pass for PortAventura. I bought this pass before I went from Attraction Tickets Direct and was much cheaper than buying direct from the Theme Park. We had 5 days in the theme park and 2 days in the Costa Caribe water park. Both parks are very good - but slightly disappointed with the height restrictions for some of the kiddie rides, as my 5 year old was unable to go on many of the rides both at the Theme Park and the Water Park.
The location of the hotel was why I chose to stay here and was perfect walking distance to both the Theme Park and the beach. Approx. 10 minutes to Theme Park and approx. 5 minutes to the beach. It is ideal for the many shops and restaurants and bars. Just down the road from the hotel is 'Linda's Family Bar' and this was where we went to purchase our drinks and the boys would play pool and access the internet. Very friendly and highly recommended.
I initially paid for Half Board, but due to their being five people in total, I upgraded to Full Board after a few days - however, It is very disappointing that you do not get any drinks with your meals (not even water) and these have to be paid for on top of the costs already incurred. I have always stayed All Inclusive prior to this holiday and this will be a priority when booking any future holiday.
Not many English people as guests, the majority were either Spanish or French. The entertainment schedule is therefore geared for the Spanish guests. My little girls were looking forward to the 'Mini Disco' but even this was a washout!! Overall the location of this hotel is the major selling point for this hotel and everything else leaves a lot to be desired. Not a place I will be visiting again anytime soon.
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- Also Known As:
- California Garden Hotel Salou
- California Garden Salou, Costa Dorada