I read the previous reviews for this hotel after booking so was expecting it to be a horrific experience staying there. The hotel is basic but is very clean, rooms and towels changed daily so that was fine. Again food was basic but you could always find something that was okay to eat. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful unlike some previous reviwers have written.
The pool was fine, small but hardly used by most people staying so always available and plenty of room; there was 11 of us in our party and we managed fine. You are not allowed to take your own drinks to the pool but as there is a pool bar selling drinks at reasonable prices this was not unreasonable.
The hotel was not located at the English part of Calella but we actually preferred this and was ideally situated for shops, beach and train station so we were able to hop on a train to Barcelona very easily.
The downside to this hotel is there is no Air conditioning in the rooms or ceiling fans so it was hot at times, but then it is only a 2 star so this was not unexpected but would be worth paying a little more to get this. The hotel cater for school trips, groups of young teenagers mainly German and French and they can make a lot of noise and this seems to be relatively unchecked by the teachers and staff that accompany them and it was sometimes difficult to sleep.
AND WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT LET THE STAFF PUT YOU IN ROOM 106, this room amounts to little more than a cell, and whilst it has patio doors that lead to a terrace there is actually no access to the outside air, the terrace is at the bottom of a long ENCLOSED chimney type structure, truly an awful place to stay. In fairness to the hotel after our first night they did move us to a better room without complaint. I think it is the room that they use when the whole hotel is full but it is not nice and budget or not is not acceptable accomodation.
However, despite the above, our stay was fine, the hotel is cheap and you get what you pay for. The staff were helpful and friendly especially the people in the dining room. The school groups and lack of AC were the biggest inconveniences but there were positive too.
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