Very clean with modern boutique’y ambiance with glimpses of art deco. 4star sup rating. Adults only. Located in the so-called “front-line” right on the beach, separated from the second-line hotels by a single track railway and road. The main footbridge across the track and road is located just by the hotel so there are lots of people always to’ing and fro’ing there. Resort bigger than I thought, must have been about 2km from end to end, hotels, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, small supermarkets and market trader stalls every 50ft in the main area opposite the hotel. Tuesday’s large street market, mosty clothes and bags, no hassle to buy. Large Carrefour and Lidl almost next to each other up on the main road, you’ll see them on your way in.
Room on the 5th floor was of a good size as was the balcony with 180 degree views from the beach on one side to the mountains on the other. We were facing south-west overlooking the huge campsite but high enough to only see the pine tree tops in amongst the tents and caravans. Balconies were semi-circular so you could see into neighbours balcony, and one could also easily climb over.
Walls and ceilings are paper thin so don’t expect a lie in. Woken before 7am each day by the noise of water in the pipes from the shower’s and WC’s, people talking, TV’s, and doors banging. Nightimes were very quiet past 10.30pm in the hotel and about 12.30pm in the nearby strip.
Room just like the photo’s. Adequate drawers/shelves but only about 10 hangars (no trouser hangars)which wasn’t enough for us. Bathroom of adequate size with lovely rain shower, no bath or bidet. They supply toiletries which were changed daily, including toothbrush and cotton buds. Towels also changed daily. Pool/beach towels supplied at reception, EUR 10 deposit each. Shaving mirror and very good hairdryer so we didn’t use ours. No kettle for in-room Tea & Coffee….. probably as most guests are all-inclusive. Good a/c. TV only had BBC World News. Small fridge but no ice compartment. A couple of small bottles of water were provided FOC. Safe is EUR4 a day or EUR20 a week with EUR10 deposit for the key. Plenty of room for ipad/ video camera.
Nothing untoward to say about the meals, all adequate for a week’s stay. Decent selection of wines and beers, nice big measures, but no Sambuca if that’s your tipple. Breakfast was open until 10.30am, eve meal closed a bit early for us at 21.30pm.
All Staff we came into contact with were excellent in all respects and only the cleaner struggled with English.
Pool area was adequate, most days virtually all of the loungers were taken…. a problem if the hotel was full. Every day the loungers around the pool were reserved early. It’s late morning by the time the sun came around the west side of the hotel where the unreserved loungers were. Pool itself was deep enough but just a little on the small length side. Pool is lit up red at night…. very strange colouring as if someone’s bled in it ! Beds on beach were reduced by 50% for hotel guests at EUR3 and the same for an umbrella.
Located directly on the massive beach – grit not sand – which meant walking was very heavy going. If you could cope with the grit then you could walk for miles in either direction, or use the promenade which is set back from the beach. Some days quite wavy otherwise fairly calm sea but large slope into the water which sloped very steeply under the water so you were neck high within ten feet. Lilo’s were very popular, and cheap in the shops EUR8. Beach vendors but no hassle if just say no.
10 min walk left to the train station, EUR9.80 return for the slow but scenic train to Barcelona on Renfe Rail R1. Ticket machine by the platform or over the road in the Renfe ticket office. You need to stamp your ticket at the machine on the platform prior to boarding. It goes to Sants station but easier to get off at Playa de Cantalonia for the metro interchange. Note timed entry for the cathedral and Park Guell.
Minimal evening entertainment (piano player, DJ) but they weren’t well supported by guests anyway, most selecting to go elsewhere. There were some good entertainment spots with live bands and singers along the strip. On occasions it was so quiet around the hotel that we welcomed the sounds coming from the campsite.
As well as the mainline railway there is a choice of 3 Butlins-style tourist trains which take you on small tours for about EUR4, also a ferry which stops as places like Blanes and Lloret up the coast.
BA flight from Gatwick, delayed both ways.
Transfers were with FROM2 travel. Positive side was that we were dropped off and collected from the hotel door rather than walk from the main bus stop the other side of the railway track opposite the Alpha Hotel. Negatives was – on arrival we had to wait over half an hour for a bus containing all those who had landed at Terminal 2 (i.e. EasyJet, Monarch, Ryan Air), at least on the return leg the bus stopped at Terminal 1 first. Including stops, the bus took about 1.5 hours. Collected 4.5 hours before take-off. Not much to do at the airport.
Took a catamaran trip out of Lloret, “Sensation”. Booked at the kiosk on the Lloret beachfront. EUR42 for 4 hours including beer, sangria, sausage/beef burger/rice lunch. Goes at 10.30am and 3pm I think. The morning session they will collect you from the hotel. Bit disorganised at the beach (it leaves from the beach in front of the kiosk) but once underway it was great. Went up the coast towards Tossa stopping after an hour for swimming and lunch in a small popular bay. Snorkels were available but not much variety of sealife to spot. Much more of a party atmosphere on the trip back. The music was loader…. all over too soon.
Trip to Lloret involved train to Blanes (EUR5) then coach to LLoret bus station (EUR3.7).
Would I return – probably not as there are many good hotels in the world, but recommend, yes, very.
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- The FERGUS Style Mar Mediterrania Hotel invites you to discover a beach hotel in Santa Susanna for adults and couples: an oasis of relax and calmness at the foot of Barcelona coast, with a privileged atmosphere. Located at the beachfront of Santa Susanna, in one of the best areas of Brava coast and Maresme coast, the FERGUS Style Mar Mediterrania Hotel stands out for its high quality standards, its modern and minimalist decoration and its exceptional services designed for you to enjoy every moment: buffet restaurant, thematic dinners, Jacuzzi, Chill Out area, cocktail lounge, Junior Suites, all inclusive... Diving in the swimming pool in front of the sea, lying under the sun in large terraces or enjoying a luxury and wellness afternoon in the exclusive spa and fitness room... The FERGUS Style Mar Mediterrania is full of proposals especially designed to the liking of our most demanding guests. An authentic luxury in the heart of Barcelona coast. Discover a fabulous hotel in Santa Susanna in the FERGUS Style Mar Mediterrania Hotel ... more less
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