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“A warm welcome and great location.”
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Columbus Hotel
Ranked #29 of 32 Hotels in Platja d'Aro
Reviewed 28 July 2013

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.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

We chose this hotel due to its close proximity to the beach. When we arrived we were given a warm welcome by the receptionist, she was very helpful. We arrived at 11am and we were told we could not check in until 2pm. We were shown to the luggage room. The receptionist then caught up with us to tell us that we could have our room in 30 mins. Fantastic room with a sea view balcony. The rooms are very clean, but they are in need of redecorating. They are quite tired. We then headed out to explore. The resort is lovely, the beach is amazing and the seafront is clean.

The first night we decided to go down early and get a drink at the bar, only it was closed. Dinner was a lovely spread of buffet - if you eat meat. I am vegetarian and I struggled to find something I could eat. I ate salad virtually every night. We were not able to get a hot drink. The reception team told us that we could get one at the bar. We asked when it would open and were told once the restaurant closed - which was over an hour away. We walked off and were met half way down the corridor by one of the waiters who made us a cup of tea. This is another example of how good the reception team are - they had called the restaurant and asked them to assist us.

Breakfast was really good. Most enjoyable meal of the day. The pool area is very clean - however 11 loungers is not enough. There is nowhere to get a drink during the day. We popped to the supermarket- which is about 5 mins away. There are plenty of bars along the seafront.

The final night we had a menu instead of buffet. There was nothing vegetarian apart from fish of which I am not a fan. The waiter was very kind and tried to understand what I was saying. I was given a nice salad with cheese and some chips - which was pretty much what I had been getting from the buffet every night. The waiter was very good and even got me some brown bread - they tend to serve white rolls in the evening.

This is not a 4* resort - it might of been years ago, but it is not now. If that kind of thing bothers you then dont go. It is a good 2*. But it is very clean and the staff are very helpful, it is just a tired hotel that needs a lick of paint. It is also not the best resort to go to out of season - which is why I think most things were closed. We struggled to find another Brit, it was mainly Spanish, French and German - this is not a bad thing if you want to get away from it all like we did!

Just to finish - take earplugs, the walls are paper thin. We were woken up at 3am by our neighbours every day of our stay.

Room Tip: Request a balcony view when booking. The seaviews are incredible, but the rooms that look out to th...
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

My husband and I have just returned from a 10 day holiday here. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. The room was clean and the bed v comfortable and the blackout curtains ensured a good nights sleep We were on a breakfast included deal which was good value. The buffet choice was excellent and constantly replenished. The staff were friendly and helpful. We were a bit disappointed not to have a sea view. We could have upgraded to a sea view but at 24euros per night it seemed too expensive and as the hotel was situated right on the beach we spent very little time in the room We did have a view of the mountains though and a brilliant sunset. Other extras was the secure parking at 10euros per day. We opted to use street parking for free, which was no problem and we always managed to find a space close by. Did not bother us in the least that the exterior paintwork would have improved the appearance of the hotel. It has a charming Spanish appeal and we would def recommend it for a relaxing holiday. The town of Platja D'Aro is a very bustling and lively with great choice of shops and restaurants, bars. The whole place was very "Spanish" - no "English Breakfast" boards displayed!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

Fantastic beach front location. However, our room was dark and depressing, with a view of an overgrown building plot. No balcony/terrace, despite prior confirmation that we would have a balcony or terrace. Reception staff were quite dismissive and refused to change our room. After 3 nights I'd had enough and complained again. This time successfully and and were given a room with balcony. Room was clean, but beds were uncomfortable and fittings quite basic. Definately not 4 star. Needs painting outside...quite shabby looking. Food was good and dining room staff were very obliging. The pool was lovely...very clean and plenty of sunbeds. However, to get a drink during the day, you had to leave the hotel and go to the Columbus snack bar (if it was open) on the seafront. Annoying keycards for the bedroom doors, which more often than not, didn't work and had to be 'reset' at reception. Lovely town, very pretty and fab shops but definately wouldn't stay at Hotel Columbus again.

Room Tip: Double check prior to booking that you will have a room with a view/balcony/terrace. Ask them to co...
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank waran d
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Comfortable and quiet with an excellent location by the beach and shops, bars and restaurants.
Friendly hotel staff who aim to please. If looking for relaxation, a high standard of cleanliness, attentive service and hospitality this is for you.
Good choice of buffet for breakfast and dinner, waiter service at lunch from set menu.
As the original hotel in the resort it has classic features which may not suit all tastes.
Jose the manager, and his team excel at going the extra mile for each guest, always courteous and smiling.

Room Tip: All top floor rooms give a good view, and each balcony affords some privacy.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Colleenone
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

We really liked the hotel. The beach is very close. Swimming pool is clean and warm. The menu was good. The hotel has a very convenient location. Very close Amusement Park (for adults and children). There is table tennis, billiards and mini playground. The friendly hotel staff.

Room Tip: Extra bed for a child does not restrict the movement of the room.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

Very Helpful staff in the hotel and the breakfast was very good. The situation can not be faulted with a skip to the beach and a short hop to the restuarants in the high street. The views from the balcony was lovely. So yes its scruffy and you can see how once it was 4 star probably when Abba were number one but it is a good choice despite the aging decor and multi purpose bath soap.

Room Tip: be sure to choose a balcony with seaview
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Calle Lleida, 33, 17250 Platja d'Aro, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Costa Brava > Platja d'Aro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Platja d'Aro
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Platja d'Aro
Price Range: £49 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Columbus Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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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