I will try to list the positive and negative points of the hotel although negatives are minor.
1. food is pretty good and plenty of choice there was only one night in our weeks stay when we felt it wasnt up to scratch but then that was fish night and we dont eat fish. there where meat dishes every night and alway chips potatoes and pasta etc, deserts where also good. breakfast was bacon and beans and some kind of egg either boiled fried or scrambled, as usual abroad the sausages where not always nice.
2 the hotel is exceptionally clean and the cleaners are probably the best we have encountered in any hotel, they do a fantatic job.
3 the pool is very nice and there are lots of sunbeds and the pool bar is also very good with loys of seating areas.
4 hotel is just 10 minutes walk to the main bar and restaurant area but also in a quiet spot. just turn right out of the hotel and walk to bottom of the road. you will see a long street which goes on forever full of shops and bars.
5 check out the luna gaucha restaurant it is exeptional.
the main thing is that this is a good quality 3 star hotel and you will not complain about this hotel for what you pay. I always thinh the measure of a hotel is if you would return and we would return tomorrow.
i would like to add we read some bad reviews of the staff and to some degree i can understand why, some of the waiting staff dont speak much english and therefore are not very interactive.The barman and the lady at the snack bar where lovely peopleand always had a smile and hello for you.
if you are going to drink at the hotel a pint of lager will cost you 2.90 euros. We drank wine throughout the holiday, the hotel do really nice house wines at 6.5 euros a bottle and it is very nice spanish wine. we drank sangria when we went out and you can get a litre pitcher of sangria for 8-10 euros depending on the bar.
If you read a bad review of this place dont worry it is people who expect too much from a 3 star hotel. we have stayed all over the world in 3 4 and 5 star hotels and this is one of the better 3 satrs we have satyed in, It is a small hotel but it has a great atmosphere and we will likely revisit in the future.
at the beginning of this i said i would list negatives but i cant think of any!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A comfortable hotel, awarded the FAMILY TOURISM certificate and ISO 9001. It is a family-friendly hotel, regularly modernized, with a large garden with swings for the children and swimming pools for both adults and children, plus a hydro-massage pool, to make your holiday a truly memorable experience.Besides rooms, the hotel has studios and apartments that can be reserved with "self catering" or daily cleaning and breakfast buffet or half board, ideal for families with children. Hotel Balmes is the ideal spot for a great holiday with your partner, family or friends. It is situated in the quiet, residential area of Calella, close to the beach, the shopping district and the train station. It is very easy to reach from the motorway. At Hotel Balmes all meals are buffet-style and during the summer season (June to September) we offer an entertainment programme for children and adults, as well as opportunities to take part in free activities provided on Calella’s beach, such as kayaking, salsa, trips to the lighthouse, various sports, and so on. The hotel’s location in the town makes it a very appealing sport for participants of the Costa de Barcelona-Maresme Half Challenge and Challenge triathlons, as it is very close to the starting line, the change-over points, the finishing line and the site of the pasta party and the award ceremony. Hotel Balmes accepts dogs (up to 10 kg in weight) at a moderate cost. Hotel Balmes, the perfect hotel for your family holiday! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balmes Hotel Calella
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