First and foremost the hotel staff - a warm welcome EVERY time you walked through the door and help and service ALWAYS with a smile. The hotel was yards from the beach and had a big selection of restaurants and quiet bars, either side on the promenade , directly in front of it. The pool was always clean and never had more than a couple of people in it at any time - sunbeds were always available. So within a matter of yards you could choose between the pool or the sea. The breakfast buffet was plentiful with a wide choice and a lovely view over the beach. The overall appearance of the hotel was of cleanliness with a daily service in the air conditioned rooms. An adequate size balcony with pleasant views ( see pictures from our corner room - 506 ) and virtually no noise, made for a peaceful start to the evenings.The town itself was full-on Catalan. The main street ( 3 narrow streets behind ) was about half a mile long and packed with people eating in the abundance of restaurants , shopping or simply strolling. NO full English breakfasts , NO karaoke , NO sports bars , ONE Irish bar and English hardly ever heard. So if you want British in the sun, this is NOT the place for you. The resort beach is very long with the water deepening very sharply , as with the smaller coves either side. Just a few miles north , and easily reached by bus or car , are the small towns of La Fosca , Llafranc and Calella Palafrugell which all have sandier beaches and shallower water , likewise the busier resort of Sant Feiliu de Guixois which is just south over the hill. Planning a trip to Girona ? If you love churches , heat and heavy traffic its a must. A couple of hours in the old town of Pals was preferable and closer to the sea when it got too hot. Overall the area is traditional Catalan and a great place to go to if you want away from predominantly British influenced resorts. There is a huge choice of eateries , beaches and culture, and a great hotel to stay in. If you are taking a phrase book make sure its Catalan as that takes priority over Spanish on the menus. We would highly recommend the Hotel Columbus and the resort of Platja D,Aro with its nearby beaches. Once again a big thank you to ALL the staff at Hotel Columbus for making our stay such a pleasant experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Columbus offers you everything you could want for a vacation with your partner or loved ones: beach, swimming pool, sunlight, balcony over the blue Costa Brava, shopping, daytime fun for the kids, nightspots nearby, full-service restaurant in the hotel and the peace and quiet that you deserve on your vacation. The Hotel Columbus has a spectacular garden measuring almost 3,000 square metres, the home to the swimming pool, sunroom, terraces and snack bar. The hotel also has other facilities like tennis courts, billiard, a kids pool, private parking and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Columbus Hotel Platja D'Aro, Costa Brava, Spain