We have just returned from 10 days half board at this hotel. Overall, we had a great time. The hotel itself is fab, the rooms are modern, clean and the maid service is excellent. We were on the first floor overlooking the pool and bar area, I was worried this might be noisy but the doors to the balcony provide good sound insulation. The rooms are a good size, with everything you need but the kitchen facilities are poor, a microwave but no plates or cutlery, kettle and a couple of cups and saucers. The restaurant has a good selection of foods, but unfortunately the food was never hot! I can't understand why as they sit on hot plates but unless you got it freshly cooked at the counter then it was lukewarm at best. This seems to have been flagged by others previously but I found the same problem. A positive was that if you were half board you could swap your meals around so take lunch or breakfast instead of an evening meal etc - which was great.
The pool is excellent, there is a small pool for little ones on the mezzanine level, as well as a splash pool, and a large pool divided into 2 areas for older children. The shallow end is perfect for children learning to swim and was perfect for my younger child. However, the race at 7.30 to get your towels on the sun beds for the day is ridiculous! I have never seen anything like it anywhere else!!! It is ver frustrating having to get up at that time on holiday just to secure yourself a bed, others would leave towels on the beds all day and not even use them until late. Again, I had read about this in previous reviews and had hoped something was being done about it but sadly no, it continues.
The day time entertainment was good, the Reps did a good job although some of the Reps are much better than others, namely Charlie, Danni, Dom and Matt….some of the others are a little lacklustre! I was disappointed with the evening entertainment, the Little Pups and Kennel Club for kids early evening was fine but there were several evenings where there was no other entertainment provided - Other Thomson Family resorts have a much better programme. Luckily Cirque Du Soleil was on nearby so we visited that which was a holiday highlight.
This resort is also ideally situated for a trip to Barcelona so that is worth considering.
Overall, we had a great time and the only things that were a problem are fixable, so come on Thomson make this happen!
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- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel Golden Avenida Hotel Salou
- Aparthotel Golden Avenida Park Salou
- TUI Family Life Avenida Suites Salou, Costa Dorada