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“Great Views, rooms a little tired”

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Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Castelldefels
Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
68 hotel reviews
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“Great Views, rooms a little tired”
Reviewed 4 February 2013

We stayed here for two nights at our work conference.

The hotel itself is fairly large and i found it difficult at first to navigate, although it got eaier as the days went by. The food was good, although repetative and bar service was slow...both probably as a result of the numbers being underestimated.

The hotel has great views from the swimming pool over the sea and these are definately one of the mjor plus points.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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GSoteras, Propietario at Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime, responded to this review, 30 December 2013
Dear Customer

We welcome your views on the service and the hotel will help us to improve and correct all those things that do not work correctly.

We welcome your comments about our Hotel. The truth is that we like to read that we were able to provide a good stay at our hotel to all members of your meeting.

On the issue of the Bar , is a topic after reading your review and reviewed carefully and we could correct .

Also thank you for your recommendation. Hope to see you soon new

Regards

Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime (Grup Soteras)
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

Travelling with my parents, husband and two year old we were originally booked into another hotel in the same chain that was more central in Castelldefels. We had wanted to be within walking distance of the beach and hotels. Upon checking in though we were advised that the airconditioning was broken and we were now booked into Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime.

Luckily we had a rental car as it was a fair way from the centre of town but nicely located up hill on well maintained grounds with nice pool centered around a castle tower.

The rooms were pleasant and regal and we ordered toasted sanwhiches as room service and they were delicious - infact the best I've ever had. The hotel featured many rooms with elegant and old pieces of furniture for guests to sit and talk which made the stay seem much more royal.

Rooms were clean and tidy and bathroom well presented with many amenities.

Big walk to any main restaurants or the beach, so I recommend staying here if you have a rental car. If you aren't travelling with kids and enjoy walking then that would also suit.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Isle of Man
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

The hotel is up a steep hill near the end of what appears to be a cul de sac, with pine woods on most sides and a great view from big windows in Reception. The view takes in Castelldefels and the coastal plain north towards Barcelona Airport. As a birdwatcher I enjoyed watching quite a range of small birds in the trees by the hotel, as well as a red squirrel.

The hotel reminded me of the Paradors that I used to stay in before the value of sterling dropped to take the price of a stay in a Parador out of my reach. The similarity was a combination of the professionalism of the staff, the decor, the situation just outside town and the standards in the restaurant, which had an ambience that reminded me of a Parador most of all. I enjoyed a meal in the restaurant on the second evening which, although not cheap, was excellent. Breakfast was also excellent, with a wide choice of things to eat.

The other guests were from several other countries, as well as from other regions of Spain, so the hotel is obviously popular, and deservedly so.

One thing that I noticed was that the price of a taxi from the hotel to Castelldefels railway station cost almost twice as much as the taxi to the hotel, because it was called from the taxi office, I suppose.

Room Tip: The hotel is in a sort of a Y plan. My room was on the inside of the southern part of the 'Y'...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Toni L, Propietario at Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime, responded to this review, 27 December 2013
Dear Customer

We welcome your comments about our Hotel. The truth is that we like to read that we were able to provide a good stay at our hotel to all family members.

Also thank you for your recommendation. Hope to see you soon new

Regards

Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

I stayed here with my boyfriend in september and it was perfect- nice views, good service, comfy bed! We didn't eat at the restaurant because it was a little expensive (20-30 euros for a main meal) but there are plenty of places to eat in town! The only downside of this hotel was the distance from the beach and to the town centre (20-30min walk), we had a hire car so it wasn't a problem but if you're looking for the beach and shops to be on your doorstep, this isn't the hotel for you! A very nice stay, lovely relaxing holiday!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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barcelona
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2012

Great place for couples that are looking for a place to enjoy and relax. Views are amazing. Employees very professional. They have a fantastic restaurant but a little overpriced but service is perfect. Breakfast is very complete. Rooms are ok but some of them needs maintenance. Beach is quite near and they have free transpo during the summer.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

I was impressed with this hotel it was far beyond my expectations. It was in a perfect location and had great facilities and rooms. Situated about 30 mins from Barcelona on a train, the station is about 15 min walk. The hotel is on a hill so there is a climb involved in walking to and from, so maybe not great for elderly or young children.However this gives it a great view out over the beach from Pool area. It is perfect for a relaxing break or a Barcelona trip. The pool is a good size with the Castle tower making a superb back drop. There rooms are excellent, good sized, clean and well equiped with loads of handy toileteries every day.. We chose a room with terrace and the view was gorgeous. The staff were friendly and helpful and we enjoyed walking into the village for breakfast and evening meals. There is a good gym, indoor pool, sauna and steam room and free Wi - Fi in public areas. I give it 8.5 out of ten, would definitely recommend it. Good value for money.

Room Tip: Choose a room with terrace in the older part of the hotel if you want a great view over Castelldefel...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

Just back from a pleasant stay at this hotel ....we hired a car so no problems with the steep hill etc ...a car is a must unless you want to restrict your stay.
Pool area is very nice and clean however indoor pool needs serious attention I.e broken tiles not to be ignored in a heated pool .....and would not be difficult to address.....shame the hotel management do not look at this site....I did mention this on check out.
Now for the big problem.....when they are preparing for a wedding....the restaurant puts a lot of pressure on the pool attendant to close the area and get rid of guests.....he makes as much noise as possible and literally makes it impossible to relax. As the pool is open until 7pm and he starts this nonsense at 6pm....we found this unacceptable and all guests at the pool complained and some stayed......my advice would be to start the weddings a touch later.....and ask the guests politely to leave......I would recommend this hotel even with this hoohaa!
Never ate any meals here as we made good use of the reasonably priced local restaurants in the town....the Chinese buffet came out tops with our family of four and Rangel for the menu Dias during the week....however the price doubled on the weekend....four courses for €11.95 inc drinks and dessert....in the shopping centre opposite the magic fountain...we had an amazing offer of a glass of cava ...bread with iberico ham for €2.95 each delicious and a great snack !
Enjoy if you are gling

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime
Address: Avenida del Hotel, 22, 08860 Castelldefels, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Castelldefels
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Castelldefels
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Castelldefels
#3 Family Hotel in Castelldefels
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime 4*
Number of rooms: 220
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