Just completed a 10 day holiday – 2 adults plus for ‘older’ children – aged 21, 18, 17, 14. In summary it’s an excellent hotel and Salou suited the needs of the children ideally. To be honest the hotel suits all age groups and as long as you are not looking for a cultural holiday then I would recommend the hotel to anyone. Quite a variety of nationalities, no stag or hen groups, quite a lot of middle to more senior aged couples, not a big number of families with young children. When we’ve been on other holidays we’ve tended to look at hotels we walk past that we are not staying at with envy – this time we felt we were at the one others wanted to be at. To be more detailed the rooms are fine, the cleaning regular, and the food is absolutely fine. We did half board and there was plenty of selection for both breakfast and dinner. I would strongly recommend going for the later sitting for dinner rather than joining the large troop that appear bang on 7pm for when it opens. You are likely to be allocated the 7 pm sitting but speak kindly to the Maitre d’ on the first evening and he’ll change your time. We didn’t do a package – we booked the rooms through Alpha rooms, and the flights direct with Ryanair, and I reckon it worked out a lot cheaper than packages and meant we could choose our dates rather than being stuck with a 7, 10 or 14 day package.
So the downsides of the hotel need to be put in to perspective of it overall being a good place to stay. The biggest downside is the temperature of the pool – as in too cold. We were expecting to have a balance between being poolside and being on the beach, but we ended up abandoning staying by the pool. Haven’t seen many other comments to mention this, but was expecting it to at least be comparable to the sea. The evening entertainment, as long as it’s not raining, is located at the end of the outside balcony area of the bar. It means that only the first few sets of seats can see much of what is going on. For instance for the Flamenco show you ideally need to see the dancers feet – that was not possible for most. And for the more popular shows there is very little seating. The level of helpfulness of the reception staff is very mixed and you end up waiting to make sure you get one of the better ones. Their knowledge of local facilities is very mixed, and the tour operators’ folders are fairly basic. The actual location of the hotel is excellent for the tourist end of the town and the beach, and bus stops for tours, Tarragona, and Barcelona are very nearby. One recommendation on airport transfers – if you have a large group like we had then don’t book in advance as a lot of the taxis seat more than 4 and are a lot cheaper than the online offerings. Takes about 20 minutes. Also from a time point of view it’s well worth doing taxi rather than Plana bus or your organized transfer. For 6 of us was 31euros one way. For return home we just went down to the main taxi rank which is near the hotel a few hours before departing and agreed with one of the taxis to come and pick up at our nominated time.
Can’t see any general entries for the resort so a couple of comments on that….. Live music was quite thin on the ground – but if the Wiley Boys are playing at Christy’s then you should have a great night. It’s ranked No. 1 for nightlife for good reason. Official Tourist office has to be one of the most unhelpful places ever. Do your research before leaving home. If you want a more traditional town then Tarragona is well worth visiting by bus, and much better restaurant selection than Salou. Get lost in the little lanes near the Cathedral, but don’t plan to use the beach. Hire bicycles in Salou and ride to Cambrils on the totally flat cycle path – read the restaurant reviews for Cambrils and choose one for lunch – we did Montserrat and was excellent. Don’t bother with train to Barcelona – buses are as quick. There are lots of Plana offices trying to sell you packages – they aren’t interested in just selling normal Plana bus tickets, but you just need the normal buses to go to Barcelona. The resort is very popular with Russians and a lot of Russians work in places like ticket offices and restaurants and speak little English. It’s not a problem, just an observation. Was amazed at the quality and variety of products in the shops in Salou – really awful. Tarrangona so much better. And some things are hard to find – decent toiletries, and there are no electrical goods like cameras. Most of these negatives are small niggles, and on balance Salou is a really safe choice for a good holiday, and Las Vegas is a good hotel.
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