Just returned from a week's all inclusive at this hotel. Our first impressions were very good as we were checked in by the very cheery night-porter. I asked in advance for a sea-view and for both rooms to be adjacent. We were very pleased to find we had a side-sea view and our rooms were next door to each other. We each had two double beds and a table and two chairs. The bathrooms was spacious enough for our needs and everything was spotlessly clean. We did speak to a group of girls who were in much smaller twin rooms with single beds and tiny bathrooms, so it would be a good idea to email ahead with your requirements. They were amazed at the difference in our room sizes!
I have stayed in several all-inclusive hotels and I did find the food choices at Sorra D'or a bit limited. However, what there was was very tasty and well cooked. The choice of sweets was really bad though. There was only ever one sweet choice (a cake of some sort) and the rest was all fruit. I am a "pudding person" and this was a big disappointment to me. However, I would not be put off staying here again just because they did not cater to my sweet tooth!
The biggest disappointment with this hotel was the pool area. The pool is surrounded on all four sides by the hotel. This of course means that there is only one side of the pool getting the sun at any one time. There are only about two dozen sun-beds around the pool (not much room for any more than that) so obviously not many guests can get the benefit of the pool area. However, the BIG PLUS with this hotel is that the beach is right outside! There is an under-pass outside the hotel door which takes you underneath the railway line onto the beach. The beach is absolutely beautiful and there is loads of space so everyone can be well spread out. The cost of a sun-bed on the beach is 4 euros for the whole day. I spent a couple of days lying on a towel on the sand though and this was just a comfortable.
Before I booked the hotel I noticed that it advertised a hotel beach bar, which I thought would be fantastic, being all-inclusive. This bar does not exist on the beach. So a downside to beach sunbathing is that you have to go back and forth to the hotel bar if you want drinks.
Another BIG PLUS about this hotel is the railway station right outside the door. The trains are back and forth regularly and take you as far as Macanet in one direction and past Barcelona in the other direction. I would recommend taking the train to Santa Susanna on a Tuesday morning to the market there. The train stops right beside the market, so there is no long trek to find the market once you reach there. It costs just over a euro per person and takes less than 3 minutes to get there. However, its an easy walk to Santa Susanna as well and takes just over half an hour at a leisurely pace.
Having the train station right outside was not a problem noise-wise either. The trains are very quiet, and they are also very clean.
This hotel is very popular with the Spanish who, apparently, come to stay for weekends from Barcelona. This made the hotel very busy at weekends, but it quietened down a lot when Monday came around. I noticed the Spanish started arriving in their droves again on the Friday before we left. This was not a problem though as they were all very happy and chatty (I would rather a hotel full of Spanish holiday-makers than a hotel full of British Louts!!)
We took a taxi from the airport to the hotel which cost 50 euros (each way). There were 4 of us (adults) and as the organised transfers were going to cost £80 we thought the taxi option was best for us. We were at the hotel about an hour and a half before others who were on our plane, and also we got dropped off right at the hotel. Apparently some transfer buses do not come down the street to drop people off at the hotel. Instead, the travellers get dropped off at the end of the shopping street and have to walk the rest of the way. It is not far though and would only take 3 or 4 minutes. We did hear a lot of people moaning about having to walk though, which I can understand.
The hotel entertainment was fairly non-existent. There was a disco (of sorts) on in the foyer every night but that was all. I did not see any sign of an animation team so I have no idea if there was any childrens' club. We spent a couple of evenings in the Swan Bar which is round the corner from the hotel. They had a quiz on Monday night and Friday night which was good fun. The barman there is a right character as well so you would be made very welcome.
I would recommend this hotel. Shops round the corner, train station next door and the beach on the doorstep. Very good!
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- Also Known As:
- Malgrat De Mar
- Sorra d Or Hotel
- Hotel Sorra d Or