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Magnolia Hotel
Ranked #19 of 94 Hotels in Salou
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely fine.”
Reviewed 29 October 2011

Pros

Good location
Adults only
Rooms clean and comfortable.
Excellent shower.
Staff pleasant
Breakfast ok

Cons

No bar area in October 22-29th, can buy drinks from reception apparently.
Boutique style hotel could be said to be bordering on youth hostel.
TV- only BBC World News and CNN (english) Which normally wouldn't be a problem as we are on our holidays but due to the poor weather and it being the end of season found ourselves having to spend long periods in our room.
No real view from balcony. Asked for sea view which we had from the side of our balcony although somewhat hidden by trees.
No hotel entertainment but plenty nearby.

Recommend

Plana bus trips, easily booked when at Salou. Great first visit to Barcelona.

The guide strongly suggested that she would take our orders for lunch before reaching Barcelona. Which mean't that we were ushered to a restaurant as soon as we got off the bus. The food arrived quickly so didn't have to waste valuable time. However I did not feel the chicken sandwhich with sml amount of chips, a sml veg pizza, tasteless ice cream and 2 soft drinks for 24 euros was worth it.

Next time we would find our own snack if we wanted any and there are plenty places in Barcelona.

Rose and Crown little pub near hotel friendly and we enjoyed the free quiz.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

We live in Barcelona and have visited Salou a few times just for a rest and change. The 4 star hotels here in Salou are normally fair to poor and thats being kind. Spanish hotels these days in heavily visited tourist towns and seasons (June to September) are pretty much you get what you get. Well here is something differant. This is a new(ish) and very well maintained adult only hotel adult that is minimilist in its style and pretty classy.´Great beds and choice of pillows. We paid 58 euros per room per night with www.yeego.com for 2 adults with half board and wow! were we impressed!. We had room 602 but all the rooms are the same. However 6th floor has great views of the town and hills and from the side the sea. The reception was very friendly and speaks many languages inc English to perfection. The staff in the restaurant couild not be kinder and the food for breakfast was excellantg...... fruit meats cheese sausage and eggs etc. Also great coffee. You can eat in the restaurant or eat on the terrace ourside in the sun in the morning. Today its 27c so pretty hot. You are 200 metres from the sea front October, November April, May and June are bliss in this town and I recommend you have a week of just chilling. The gym here is small and the pool open but cold of course. The bar is closed as its winter but plent of bars nearb. I recommned hald bard and just go in chill and have some wine abd enjoy the service and food. remeber you are paying 58 euros for a large air conditioned room near the sea with half board so please don´t moan that yourdidnt receive the level of food you would receiev if you paid 100 euros. At night you can have steak tuna nice beefburger all served with veg. To start with you can help yourself to a selection of great salads variety with meat fish cheese etc and go back and have some pasta or veggies. Also main course served at your table and the pudding about 8 in total if I recall are nice but not upto the Dorchester of London or Betty's of Harrogate. Come here and chill and let your stress go dont bring your home woes as you will just get stressed and not see the kindness and pleasantness of the hotel and staff. Remember beàuty is in the eye of the beholder in more ways than one . Have a nice stay Dr Jeff Millar

Room Tip: 6th floor quiet great views and no extra to pay
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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4 Thank LondonHolidaybuff
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nvarela, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Magnolia Hotel, responded to this review, 17 October 2011
Many thanks for your opinion concerning our services and facilities and we are pleased to know that you have enjoyed your recent visit at Magnolia Hotel.
We also would thank you for your positives comments as it’s our main concern to make your stay at our hotel an enjoyable experience, and it is very rewarding to hear that we have obtained it with success.
Looking forward to welcome you once again.
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north wales,uk
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

The hotel was lovely. The rooms are very nice and spacious and very clean! The pool, jacuzzi & turkish bath were also a lovely place to chill out. The breakfast was ample to say the least, plenty of choice.It is only a few mins walk to the beach and promenade area. The reception staff were very helpful, we were there for a week and nothing was too much trouble.
Slaou was much nicer than I expected, there are the usual cheap shops but there are plenty of nice ones and loads of places to eat. We downloaded the top 10 places to eat from trip advisor which was really useful.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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N. Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2011

We'd stayed in this hotel a few years ago and really enjoyed our trip - we were a bit worried our second trip wouldn’t live up to the first time but thankfully it did!
The rooms are spacious and clean, the showers are huge and we were lucky enough to get a room with a sea view which was a great sun trap for the entire evening.
Our favourite thing about this hotel was that its aimed at adults only, and while that may not be ideal for everyone going to Salou it was just what we were after. Pool area is nice - there is a pool bar but it wasn’t open while we were there (possibly because it was before peak season). There were very few English speaking guests at the hotel but staff were helpful and friendly. The only word of caution I'd have is that the walls are very thin - it caused us no issues what so ever while we were there but if you were unlucky enough to have someone noisy next door, it could be an problem.
The location of the hotel is great, although it is up a pretty quiet street, its close to the beach front and near bars and restaurants. It’s also close enough to walk to the Portaventura park if you don’t mind a bit of a stroll – its takes about 15 minutes to walk to the front gate of the park and saves a few quid on taxis

Overall we'd a great trip in May - weather was good and Salou wasn’t too crowded. - Also for a day trip I'd highly recommend one of the bus Plana trips to Barcelona – they are well organised and are a great way to see some of the city in a day without the stress of navigation around by yourself - their good value for money too.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

Location, service, room,price are very good. One nuance: there is no wifi internet in the rooms, only cable. There is interner in lobby. Good pool! 3 min walking to the beach. There are many cafes,restaurants, bars where you can eat, drink...i'd recommend this hotel for short and long staying as well.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ireland.
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Reviewed 9 May 2011

Firstly, Salou in itself was a big surprise.

I had expected a chip butty resort with tatooed louts, and wasn't looking forward to it at all. I don't know if it was the time of year but neither were in abundance.

We had cheap flights, so decided to take a chance, and I found this lovely hotel by way of tripadvisor - Sercotel Magnolia.

Salou is a beautiful place, with its long palm lined prominade which is quite similar visually to Nice, but much nicer, quite green, and really well manicured. Salou has a long wide beautiful golden sandy beach.

Early May seemed an ideal time to go. It was quiet enough, mostly Spanish people on breaks, which I liked.

Magnolia is a lovely hotel, the rooms are spacious, very clean, modern and comfortable. We booked a club room. It had a large balcony which ran around both sides of the hotel room, back and side, (we had a corner room). It had two sun loungers and two seats, as smokers, this was great for us.
The bed was large, two large singles or queens together.

The room was cleaned every day, and to high standard.This is important to note, as most cleaning staff in hotels just do up the bed and change towels. I saw the same woman clean the back of the lower legs of the chairs in reception, such was the attention to cleanliness.

My only issue with the room was that the newspapers provided were in Spanish, other than that the room was perfect.

The reception staff are nice, speak mostly spanish, which is fine.
The night time reception staff were particularly helpful, friendly and accommodating. They had the taxi for us to go to the airport and even gave us a wake up call remembering that we had an early morning 4am flight. This was really helpful.

The decor is lovely, modern, and they make good use of space. The pool area is at it is in their photos. I didn't use the spa as we didn't have a long stay but it looked nice, seemed small though.

Small niggles: Wifi is in reception only, but they can give you a cable to connect to their network which we needed for work.

The relaxing music at the pool is nice, but could be turned down a little and the base is gone in the speaker nearest the pool bar and seriously needs fixing/replacing. :)

A coin operated coffee/tea machine would be useful, so that the staff who are manning reception don't have to attend to tea/coffee in addition to checking people in & out along with their other duties. Queuing for coffee behind people checking out/in is not ideal.

The food was nice, we ate in the restaurant on the last night.
The service staff were lovely, particularly the girl with long red hair serving in the restaurant. She spoke really good english and explained the menu really well.

The starter was buffet and so was the dessert, mains are ordered separately and the offer for residents does not cover alcohol or coffees.
The food was of good standard, nice pasta dish, spinich with pine nuts, prawns, salads, etc. For desert, strawberrys, fruit, moose, stewed apple in.. an apple with cinnamon, a rice type desert with pudding and cakes of various types. All very well presented.

One sugestion on this - the mains are small, a whole potatoe with dinner rather than half? or some grilled vegtables?
I understand there is salad from the buffet, but no harm in providing a little more, my fish was tasty but looked a little lost on the plate.

All in all the hotel was very nice,great proximity to the beach. I enjoyed my stay and I will hopefully be back in May next year.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Galway, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2011

Stayed in the Magnolia in April for 4 nights. It is a modern hotel with the best pool i have seen for a long time. The hotel was booked out when we stayed but it felt like there was nobody really staying there. Most of the guests were Spanish but we dont mind that. The Breakfast buffet was excellent and could not fault it. The staff had enough english to communicate but there was some confusion at times mainly due to my poor prenunciation of the spanish language when i tried. Overall the hotel is very good and our stay was most enjoyable. If you dont want your typical sun holiday where you fight for a spot in the sun by the pool and compete for the best cannon bomb in the pool, then this hotel is for you. Only real down point was no Wi Fi in the room and you had to pay a tarrif when you wanted to use the computer in the lobby which was strange for a hotel with conference rooms for business events but none the lesss it is a small negative. Enjoy your stay!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Magnolia Hotel
Address: Madrid 8, 43840 Salou, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Tarragona > Costa Dorada > Salou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Salou
#5 Romantic Hotel in Salou
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Salou
#12 Luxury Hotel in Salou
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Hotel Class:4 star — Magnolia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 72
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