Let me begin by pointing out the positives about this hotel, and there are many: The General Manager, Isabel, and the front desk clerk, Diego, each go out of their way to help and assist. Those two individuals made our almost 3-week visit at this hotel bearable. The hotel is well-kept, clean, and quite functional as a resort property. They do in fact attempt to create a resort-like atmosphere, especially good if you have children traveling with you.
The location isn't bad but it is a long five city blocks to the beach and then you need to travel three more city blocks South to get the the railroad crossing. Add another three city blocks to cross the parking lot and sand to actually get to the Mediterannean. All in all, that can be quite a hike twice a day especially if the temperatures are high. About four blocks from the hotel is a pedestrian mall for shopping, some dining, etc.
There is a moderate-sized grocery store (Spar) on that pedestrian walkway that has a fairly good selection. The hotel rooms all feature a kitchenette with basic utensils, cookware, etc. all of which makes that morning coffee (instant) a lot easier than dressing and walking downstairs. There is also a marvelous patisserie right around the corner with fresh out of the oven pastries every morning for about a Euro each.
Now the downsides... when we arrived we were given a room on the 2nd floor. Now they advertise free wi-fi throughout the hotel but we were never able to get a signal. Each day they said they didn't know what was wrong but they were "working on it." Much to my dismay, I then went back and found reviews online going back 2+ years all complaining of the same "no internet on the 2nd floor" issue. In fairness, Isabel moved us to a different floor where internet wifi was available.
The hotel, on various booking websites, advertises other services that aren't quite as advertised. The complimentary "toiletries" in the bathroom is ONE bar of tiny hotel soap. The "free" newspapers at the front desk are 2.20 Euros, the restaurant in the lobby (during the majority of our stay) is in the lobby of the hotel across the street... as is the lobby entertainment (across the street). Now I will admit the restaurant in the lobby opened just before our departure with an evening buffet... no menu service.
It seems the hotel is shuttered closed 1/2 the year and only re-opened a few weeks before our arrival. Not all services were available yet and the majority of the staff were all newly hired and just learning their positions.
Our biggest complaint was the "air conditioning". Air conditioning IF you arrive after June 15th (or so I was told). The temperature in our room never dropped below 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) during our entire stay. Most nights we slept on the outside balcony. At first we were told the air only comes on if the sliding door (no windows in the units) is kept tightly closed. We did that and the fan came on but only to blow warm air into the unit all day while we were gone. The desk then explained the air was controlled outside and only came on after June 15th. So we began to leave the sliding door open when we left for the day hoping the outside air would lower the temperature but the cleaning staff daily closed the door while we were gone.
There is a safe in the room but you have to pay additional each day for the key. Parking, if you should chose to rent a car, is available across the street but is an additional $15 per day as well. The buffet dinner, whether across the street or inside the hotel is 12 Euros per day. There is a "business center" where you can rent a computer by the minute but be aware there are no printers so you will need to find another source to print your return airline tickets, travel vouchers, etc.
I was also told that as the season progresses, some of the evening entertainment returns to this hotel from across the street.
Bottom line is "buyer beware" in booking with this hotel. Check first to see what facilities will really be functioning and which will not. Peak season this may be a great place to stay but they don't do anything to increase their own occupancy in the pre-season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This charming Aparthotel and its familiar atmosphere enjoys a ringside seat to Barcelona's region. Right in the heart of the coastal town of Calella, and just a stone's throw from the train station and from beautiful beaches. This special spot on the Mediterranean is only 50km from Barcelona city, in an outstanding bay, right steps away from the Costa Brava. At Miami Park our goal is to make you feel like at home and this is the reason why we work day after day with enthusiasm to offer you the best experience during your holidays. We have over half a century of experience in customer care and a history of clients that have celebrated plenty of milestones with us, for generations. We are committed to help you make your stay an unforgettable time. The Aparthotel Miami Park offers 102 apartments of different sizes and features: Studios, Apartments and Junior Suites. This family-oriented resort offers multiple services such as swimming pool for adults and kids, lounge, snack bar, restaurant, barbecue grill, pub, private parking garage, bicycle garage (cycle-tourism), free bicycle rent and a large daily animation program that includes a wide array of activities for adults and kids. On top of it, our guests will enjoy of special rates at our affiliate beach bar. It will be a real pleasure to help you organizing other activities such as water sports at the beach, trekking, hiking, Nordic walk, bike excursions, wellness treatments, and much more. The Aparthotel Miami Park perfectly combines fun, culture and relax, being the ideal choice for families with kids as well as for couples and friends that look forward to discover and explore such a great area of Spain. See you soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel Miami Park Calella