We stayed at the Luna Club Hotel in September 2013 for 5 nights as a last minute break to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Contrary to previous reports we found that the staff were very friendly, couldn’t do enough for the guests, and acted immediately on any requests for repairs/fault correction. The bar man in the restaurant was great fun and the lady in the bar for the club residents was very amenable and friendly. Special thanks to Alithia for making us feel so welcome and answering all our daft questions!
The resort is very lively, but this hotel is an oasis of calm out of the way of the busy seafront but easily accessible from the beach. We stayed at the Luna Club which is the more luxurious part of the hotel and comes complete with a fabulous spa – pool and Jacuzzi. There is also a gym and the opportunity to take part in various classes if you are fully inclusive (as we were). We had a very interesting relaxation session in the pool – ‘Watsu’ – such a treat. The garden for the Luna Club residents has plenty of sun beds with it’s own pool that is quite unimpressive in it’s size, but has it’s own bar and eating area providing lovely snacks most of the day for the all inclusive guests.
The other pool is much larger and very impressive with the bar area, which is shared with the other part of the hotel, adjoining it. The view over the pool at night to the bar area is magical and there was varied entertainment each night noticeably of a better ‘class’ than that on the main parade of the seafront. It finishes at a sensible time and the hotel was very quiet at night.
It is true that the beds are very hard and I agree that I wouldn’t have wanted to sleep on them any longer. Having said that the bedroom was tastefully furnished, clean and with towels changed daily. It is possible to hire towels for use in the hotel with a deposit of 10 Euro per towel but these are not to be taken to the beach. There is a hire charge for cushions for the loungers but they aren’t really necessary, and we had no problem getting wi fi in most parts of the hotel free of charge.
There is a real hairdryer in the bathroom not a hot tube variety and each room has a balcony with a small but adequate airer under cover for drying swimming costumes etc.
The main disappointment for us was the food in the restaurant and the atmosphere in there. Yes, you do have to queue to get a table – we took a book to read in the queue each night! The system is self service once you have been seated and it most days it was quite miserable experience to jostle your way to the food. I’m not really sure that it was worth the effort really as the food was generally of poor quality – lots of cheap cuts of meat, stewed and with lots of bone. There were very few fresh vegetables although plenty of salad. It was generally repetitive and bland. The eating experience at the table was equally horrid with tables too close together, miserable waitresses clearing plates around us and the noise was pretty intolerable - a real bun fight. We would have eaten elsewhere if we had had to endure the process much longer. We had hoped for much better after previous reviews – we wonder if there has been a change of chef.
There was however wine on tap for us which was very tasty although surviving on a liquid diet is not to be recommended! Equally the drinks for all inclusive at the bar were perfect and with San Miguel on tap my husband was very satisfied. (I preferred the cocktails but recommend the coffee liqueur).
Malgrat de Mar itself is much like the more wild parts of the Costa Brava we drove through en route but slightly quieter. Most of the clientele were of an older disposition although there were some younger residents evident. We didn’t experience any problematic behaviour even around the few nightclubs on the strip.
There are plenty of other hotels to visit if you fancy a change with a variety of musicians and lots of food outlets reasonably priced.
The beach is accessed by going under the railway that runs along the front and has coarse sand – great for not getting in everything! There are sun beds and parasols to hire and beach bars for refreshments.
Barcelona is easily reached and we went on a day trip on the coach to get a ‘whistle-stop’ tour of the city – well worth a visit. There is a railway station locally but we didn’t use it. The old part of the town is worth a visit to get a better Spanish flavour and some good views from the old castle site.
The transfer time from the airport booked through our tour operator was ridiculous – it took nearly two hours for our journey to the hotel due to the tortuous route. It took ½ hour on the way back and we had a long wait at the airport as a result – it is probably better to look at alternative travel to save wasting precious holiday time.
Overall we have returned with some very special memories of our holiday and would certainly use the hotel again but seriously consider going elsewhere for the food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. You can also swim in the blue waters of our pools, chat, sip one of our delicious natural fruit juices, sign up for daily classes of Tai chi or Yoga or simply let your thoughts drift away.The Lunas are a small complex with plenty of style, decorated by some of the Bondia Team: Elisabeth, Ana and Mireya. The hotel has all the facilities and comfort for the perfect holidays, a mix of relaxation, health and beach life. Situated close to the commercial centre and just around the corner from the extremely long and delightfully uncrowded beach. ... more less
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