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Golden Taurus Park Resort
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Pineda de Mar
Certificate of Excellence
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“hotel doesn't understand concept of all-Inclusive”
Reviewed 6 June 2011

Stayed at hotel from May 26th to June 3rd. First year this hotel has gone all-inclusive and it shows. All-inclusive finishes at 11p.m. most A/I hotels we previously stayed in it has been either 11.30pm or more usually midnight.
On the first night we had just got a drink in at around 10.50 when we decided to get another one before A/I finished. The four adults had two drinks each ( not excessive I think when entertainment and bar stayed open to midnight ) when the bar manager came past and mumbled something in broken english about being "impossible to drink them in time".
Now I know A/I inclusive is not for everyone ( we started going A/I three years ago when euro/pound exchange became excessive ) but we feel that not having to bother about snacks, kids cokes etc. makes it easier to budget.
Worse was to follow: snack bars are only available to A/I at certain times so you were constantly looking at your watch to make sure you didn't have to pay.
We have always been to A/I where when you want a snack or a drink you can just go and get one. It didn't spoil our holiday but at a time when you are looking to chill out it was a minor irritant.
The hotel itself was excellent. Pools, rooms, restaurant, and most of the service was very good. I just feel that if you are going to offer A/I you should embrace the concept and not treat A/I guests as second class citizens. ( By all accounts a lot more hotels are going down this route due to the receding number of clients going half/full board )
This holiday was booked independentley and cost around £ 2400.00 for two adults and two children so you can imagine the cost if we had to pay for meals and drinks.
The food in the hotel was so-so. I'm not a picky eater and usually found something to eat but with what looked like the cheapest cuts of meat, breakfast/lunch leftovers being served up for dinner with little attempt at diguising their previous existance and some weird combinations, some of our party struggled.
The sweets however where excellent and the service in the restaurant was first class. The pool bar ran by Rafael was also very good with cheery and swift service. The lager in the hotel tasted good but the local spirits where weak and unbelievably served from an optic. ( I have never in over 20 years of travelling to spain been served British measures at a bar ).
The main bar service was very slow mainly due to two bar staff whose combined age must have been close to 120 years ( deciding to fill the ice bucket everytime I was at the bar despite getting plenty of tips from our party )
The entertainment was excellent with one particular act made up of three black guys from Ghana superb.
The surrounding area of the hotel is quiet but shops, bars and restaurants are less than ten minutes stroll away ( we had a meal in The Buccaneer an english bar which was nice and friendly ).
Calella is about ten/fifteen minutes stroll away and has a much better selection of bar/restaurants and an excellent shopping centre.
In Short: good points
Great hotel for families especially kids
Great pools
Good entertainment
Mostly Decent service
Nice rooms
Overall good facillities

Bad points
Below average A/I ( better ones available )
Slow service in the main bar
Food So-So

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2011

We stayed here from 21st to 31st May '11 as a family of 5 and had a fantastic time. We had two connecting rooms which each had their own bathrooms, balcony and flat screen tv which had plenty of channels in all languages, BBC and ITV too! We took a kettle and teabags which were invaluable for the early morning cuppa. Also as we were only half board hot drinks at 1.40 euros a time would have worked out pricey over ten days! A great local shop is "Suma" which is just outside the hotel gates and has a variety of things at good prices, 6.50 euros for a litre of gin was a favourite as was bottled water and "snack" items for the kids. We also tended to get ice creams from there as they were half the price of the identical ones in the hotel! The service overall in the hotel was brilliant, never kept waiting for anything and all the staff were so friendly and helpful. The cleanliness of the hotel is unbeatable. The swimming pools are also kept clean (although the water is cold, it was very refreshing on hot days) and there were plenty of sunbeds to go round providing you got to the pool before midday. The last few days of our holiday coincided with half term and it did get alot busier but there was no difference to the service. The mini disco is perfect for kids, my 8 and 2 year old loved it whilst my 13 year old spent his evenings on the hotel computers catching up with facebook!
Pineda and Callela towns are a 10 minute walk in either direction and the trains to further afield are easy to work out thanks to english speaking staff at the station!
We have every intention of going again.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2011

Nice hotel but our room stunk of smoke despite it being a non smoking room!!! Rooms clean and basic but could do with a kettle and fridge as only half board we had to purchase drinks and being able to keep drinks cold and make a cupps in room would've been nice. TV v.small and did need it as when it rained-which it did there was nothing else to do! The walls and ceilings are paper thin and some foreign tourists are rather loud in all that they do and we mean ALL!!! Would say not suitable for guests with walking difficulties as the triple sectione hotel very large and it took me ten mins from my room to reception! Also not all entrances have slopes and the back entrance doesnt even have any handrails for the steps! Reception were a bit stupid though as despite booking late checkout and them ringing me the day before to confrim this they still cancelled my room key at 11am insted of the 6pm exit time!! Fine if it wasnt for the blasted long walk back to tell them! The hotel has kids activities for the under 12s and a half hour mini disco for the tiny kids. The main shows were at 10pm but there wasnt anything to do for children aged 12+. My daughter is 12 and like to dance but the mini disco really was for tots and there wasnt a 'normal' disco. We played pool every night but that was about it for older kids, oh and the mini golf was fun that cost 2.50 each per round. There are cycles to hire and tennis courts. They do have internet which cost 1 euro for ten mins. Our maid ignored the red do not disturb signs and came in the room anyway, once when my daughter was on the loo and once again when we were napping! So no point putting do not disturb sign up! Towels and bedding were clean though and beds were comfy enough.The beach is across a road and then down under a subway which goes under the main train line. The trains werent mentioned when booking and although busy they were relatively quiet. The door to balcony kept most sounds out unless you stuck with noisy neighbours! The pools closed at 6pm which was a bit early, but this didnt stop people jumping in at 10pm!!! Enough room for lilos and beach balls. The pool on the right of the hotel as facing the beach was quiter and had the sun the longest. We went a week before half term which was bliss then half term started and it was very very busy! Would go again before half term!!! Food was ok, lot of greasy stuff, not much choice for someone allergic to peppers but hey ho its spain everything has peppers in it even the grated carrots!!! Fresh pancakes were made every breakfast so that makes up for it. They did have themed food evenings which was fun. A coke cost 1.90, tea was 1.40. There are vending machines that sell crisps choc drinks etc but a small bag of crisps in hotel cost 1.30 whereas the small suma supermarket opposite the main entrance to the hotel a large bag of same brand crisps cost 0.80! As a troubled walker the route to Pineda was lovely and flat whether you went via the beach promenade or main pavements and took me about 15mins. There are enough shops to get souvenirs and cafes. The Buccaneer an english type bar on the main road was a welcome relief from the sun and served lovely tea and english bacon sarnies, and is run by a lovely british family who have lived in Spain about 18yrs so were very friendly and helpful!! Callela a bigger town was in the opposite direction to Pineda and was about mile walk which took me about 40 mins..they have a much larger selection of shops and more commercialised items. We didnt go on the dotto land train as it seemed to go past when it wanted too and not at any set time. All in all I would say ideal for slower paced or those with small children but I wouldnt go there again with a teenager as they get very bored with lack of action.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2011

Very impressed by this hotel, friendly proactive staff.
Food was fine & always plenty of choice, with some themed nights relating to the evening entertainment show.
Children were the priority at this hotel, there are lots of animation staff organising entertainment from morning to night, they didnt need to leave the resort & were always busy.
Majority of rooms have good views but rooms on the first floor facing the mountains do not get any sun & look out onto the roof of the dining room & extractor fans.
Beach is right out front of the hotel & goes on for miles, although not fine sand its slightly coarse but still a sandy beach.
Hotel is exactly half way between Pineda & Callela, with the later having far better shopping.
Barcelona is an hour on the train & costs 7 euros.

Overall an excellent hotel at a budget price.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2011

I stayed at this hotel from 21-28 may 2011, we only booked it for a week but are now wishing we had stayed for 2 weeks! As soon as we arrived the thomson reps were there; they greeted us and were so friendly and even offered to take our luggage in for us. The coach ride from the airport did make me slightly nervous as the area looked quite rundown, however when we got to Pineda and saw this beautiful large hotel with glass balconies we were soon reassured! The reception is outstanding, with comfy chairs and 6 computers for internet access, and lifts and stairs to the rooms.
We had interconnecting rooms as we were a family of 5, so this was very handy. The rooms were also quite spacious compared to previous hotels we have stayed in! But i would advise to bring a kettle as these cannot be hired from the hotel. There are two main pool areas, so most of the rooms will have a view of either of the pools.
We stayed half-board and we found the food to be delicious and there was a wide variety every day. The waiters and waitresses were so polite and were extremely quick at bringing you drinks and taking away dirty plates. I would say that the breakfast meals could have been a bit more varied, but they were delicious.
The service throughout the whole hotel, whether it be at the snack bars or the main bar is so quick, so you are never waiting around for a drink or food. There are loads of different arcade machines and pool tables etc for the kids, most of these can be found in another room which has very comfy sofas and chairs in it.
The animacion staff were so fun and made the entertainment at night enjoyable to watch. Every night at 8.30 is the mini disco, which the kids absolutely love and the animacion staff are so enthusiastic about. At 9.30 comes the 'champagne game' where people have the opportunity to win a bottle of champagne. Then the main entertainment starts at 10, during our stay there were various acts such as a magician, michael jackson tribute and karaoke. The also do a Miss golden taurus park and a Mr Golden taurus park every other week which is so funny to watch!
Overall the hotel was excellent, i could hardly fault it and i wil definitely be returning again soon!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2011

we travelled to the golden taurus in may 14-21st 2011, excellent location on the sea front, walking is easy to nearby callella or pineda, a very clean hotel, and well maintained, the pool is kept immaculate with lifeguards on duty, we found the food excellent with something for everyone available at the morning and evening buffet style service. take your own travel kettle and tea bags as their tea is not a patch on home. but that is our only gripe, i couldnt fault a thing, we travelled with two children 4 and 11 and my mother age 65, and it was brilliant and the thomson kids club entertainment really is excellent at keeping the kids entertained. i would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone, but i would guess in term time it would be very busy and hectic. a1+ i would give it., some noise from the evening entertainment until 11pm but if your in the bar you wont notice it, and shutting the door onthe balcony can help keep the noise out of the room.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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West Sussex Coast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2011

After a very dissapointing stay at the discusting 3* SUNCLIFF HOTEL in Bournemouth we just had to re-experience Spains hotels with their unrivalled aproach to customer service and quality.
The Taurus Park is a long established 3* beachfront hotel. It has stood the test of time because it has constantly moved with the times.
It has something to offer for everyone. All ages are catered for. Our room was a little small but that was no problem as we spent most days by the pool, so clean and inviting.
Everywhere was spotless. Food was more, and better than we could have hoped for. All in all we would fully recommend this hotel. It is modern, clean and very friendly.
It is but a short walk to the railway station where you can travel to Blanes and on by bus to Loret de Mar and Tossa de Mar, or the oposite way to Barcelona. It's so easy and cheap. The train line runs along the sea front between the hotel and the beach but this did not cause us any problems.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Golden Taurus Park Resort
Address: Passeig Maritim 33, 08397 Pineda de Mar, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Pineda de Mar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Pineda de Mar
#1 Family Hotel in Pineda de Mar
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Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Taurus Park Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 488
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