firstly your transfer bus drops you off about 300yrds from hotel as the streets are very narrow. wasn't a problem for us at midnight, but if you have young children, i could imagine it could be.
Was given room 113 on arrival. please beware this room has no privacy as it overlooks courtyard on corner where everyone is drinking and smoking .. very noisy. did not help the fact we were very tired and a guy was wailing and playing guitar! night staff advised us there were no other rooms available and to return to reception in the morning..
Woke the next morning..went to reception and advised Anastasia on reception there of our lack of sleep and privacy....(Now this is where Fergus Espanya shines.. the staff)... she was very helpful and apologetic for our lack of sleep and insisted she would find us a room elsewhere. we informed her a little noise is ok but no privacy is unacceptable. another room was found on the back of the hotel 319b which we accepted with a great view over the old town to the mountains in the distance..ac remotely controlled and ice cold at the touch of a button ...
the hotel itself kinda has a small cosy feel .very clean.. unlike some of the large hotels we have stayed in before and wow what a location!!!! virtually on the beach 50 yards from all the shopping you could want and 100yrds to the train station with opportunity to travel all along the coast to Barcelona very cheaply unlike trains here in the UK.
Food And Drink:
We always found something tasty to eat every meal.have read reports of food being cold but this was not an issue during our stay.our drink requests where taken as soon as we were seated and the staff are always working hard to ensure food items are replaced and dirty dishes are removed.. always with a smile and a hola!!! even though these are some of the hardest working staff i have encountered..Well done!! easy to tell the eastern europeans though with there plates piled high! amusing :)
Calella And Surrounding Area:
Calella is a beautiful town steeped in history and culture.there is a main shopping street which stretches for over a mile towards Pineda with a vast array of shops. not all selling the same tourist tat you see in some resorts.nice cafe/bars to people watch and pass the time of day..
Calella felt very safe and doesn't seem to have too many problems with anti social behaviour.. which is reassuring if travelling with children.. The beach is a gem.. a little coarse but plenty of room for everyone with very reasonable beach bars..Glad we stayed towards the old town end as i would imagine the western side of Calella with all the larger hotels could get a bit rowdy..a very clean resort and i mean clean . no litter anywhere.. it seems like the catalonian people take pride in their towns.I guess calella is a little more authentic than most resorts with a mix of locals and tourists..
Im not going to bore you any longer but if you are looking for a nice, small friendly hotel with beautiful views. Where every staff member from cleaners to the manager..(who incidently was always mingling with guests asking if everything was ok...top marks for this) has a smile and are very helpful. a good solid 4 1/2 out of 5.. would have full 5 if the balcony doors were double glazed.. (slight noise issues) ,a fridge in the room and free safe...
Special mention to Anastasia who was very helpful and always had time to chat to us asking how our day had been and offering advice.. was hard to find anything to critisise and thoroughly enjoyed our stay..will return but will use train to transfer due to frequency and closer than drop off point.. a little gem of a hotel.....
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