Hotel Santa Monica  

This hotel combines a location close to the beach with a great pool scene. When it comes to food, choose between the snack bar on the sun terrace and the pool-view buffet place. There's a first-rate entertainment team, too.

You’re well placed for exploring at this hotel. It’s a few minutes from Calella’s wide, sandy beach, and there are shops, bars and restaurants within 5 minutes’ walk. The centre of Calella, with its café-lined streets, palm-shaded squares and atmospheric old town, is less than 10 minutes away on foot, too. Plus, you’re only an hour’s train ride away from Barcelona.

At the hotel itself, things tend to centre around the pool. It’s an L-shaped number with a separate shallow area for little ones. Surrounding it is a big sun terrace that’s lined with loungers and parasols. A snack bar serves up drinks and light bites throughout the day.

When it comes to meals, you’ll find buffet spreads of Spanish and international dishes laid out in the restaurant. After dinner there’s a jam-packed entertainment programme that has TripAdvisor reviewers raving.

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast with English cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner with vegetarian option. All Inclusive is available until October 2015.  Beer, wine, soft drinks and water with lunch and dinner and house wine, sangria, soft drinks, water, coffee, tea, national beers and spirits for adults.  Snacks, afternoon tea, coffee and biscuits. Ice-cream until 18.00.

Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Outdoor pool

There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols to choose from on the sun terrace. And the children's pool is also right next to it so you can an eye on your little ones.

Children's pool

Children have their own pool to splash around in. Right next to the main pool.

Buffet restaurant*

There's a wide selection on offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner with views overlooking the pool.

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double room

Double rooms are light and airy with splashes of colour. Outside, you'll have a furnished balcony or terrace.

double room for up to 3

Double rooms are light and airy with splashes of colour. They sleep up to three with a double bed and an extra bed for the third person. Outside, you'll have a furnished balcony or terrace.

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What can I say

What can I say about this hotel? I have just returned today (21 July 15) after 12 days here. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Would I go back? Yes. A very cosmopolitan feel to the place as guests are from UK, France, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Holland and Spain to name a few. During my 12 days I found most of the guests genuinely friendly and willing to make an effort with each other. A lot "competed" in the Animacion games/events and this helped created a good atmosphere. The hotel is clean enough in every area and the staff, throughout, are very friendly (it does help if you can be friendly and courteous to them too). Food was as expected in a hotel of this quality and in the main was more than decent. There was plenty of variety at lunch and dinner and only the very fussy would find something to moan about. breakfasts were bog standard (bacon/sausage/eggs/beans/mushrooms - cold meats/cheeses - croissants/cereal etc) Drinks are limited to 2 per person but this was never a real issue. Entertainment team worked very hard throughout the day and involved the kids in almost everything. As there was a lot of families this is a real bonus. The pool area is fine although the main pool is very deep in places, again not an issue if your keeping an eye on your kids. All in all i really enjoyed my stay and would find it hard to find fault anywhere.More

johnarob, Glasgow

Fabulous hotel!!!!!!

(Stayed from 23rd June-7th July) Came back from our 2nd, two week holiday here, it is most defiantly worth more then a 3 star hotel. Food is excellent and plenty of choice, even the picnics are great. Rooms are cleaned every day by pleasant trust worthy cleaners. Bar staff are wonderful especially Ray and Jose to name some. Ray is English and a great man, p.s if you drink milky tea ask Ray for a cup of nats:) haha and Jose is so nice, very smiley and polite. Reception staff are very polite and helpful too. Entertainment is great, different every night! We came 2 years ago and the hotel is still wonderful, returning next year. The only tip i'll say which is nothing to do with the hotel really is if you want sunbeds be down early at 7.00am-8.30am otherwise there are rarely any left:)More

joan m, London, United Kingdom

Wouldn't book again

The rooms themselves are perfectly adequate with the beds being surprisingly comfortable, although not sure why the maids insisted upon pushing them back together when we'd moved them apart every day. The shower was very powerful and there was always hot water, no matter what time of day. We had a room with a pool/sea view so worth dropping the hotel an email a week or so before you arrive to request this if at all possible, obviously it's not guaranteed but the alternative view faces out onto a road. Foodwise, the breakfast was nice enough with a choice of cooked breakfast, pastries, fruits etc. The evening meals weren't to our taste but you wouldn't go hungry and it was so cheap we factored in the cost of eating elsewhere if the food was a bit dodgy! Most of the staff were very helpful, friendly and polite. Biggest issue for us was that the pool apparently has a 'no inflatables' rule, this isn't mentioned on their website and in fact the photo on the hotel's own website shows what appears to be a large inflatable in the pool - along with the promotional video on the hotel's own website featuring a very large rubber ring so you can understand the assumption being made that inflatables are allowed - had I known they weren't, I would have booked elsewhere as we spend a lot of time lounging by the pool on this type of holiday, much of it floating on the pool itself! I was evicted from the pool by a security guard who seems to wander aimlessly up and down, only stopping occasionally to tell kids off for jumping in. At the time I was in the pool with the offending inflatable there was nobody in there apart from me so not sure who I was bothering, he only 'spoke' in hand gestures, almost football referee like and when I asked him why we couldn't use inflatables [not knowing it was a 'rule'] he called a lady from reception over... her English was impeccable, she had mastered being rude and obstructive in English to perfection! Apparently she is the reception supervisor, not sure what her name is as she doesn't wear a name badge, as the others did, but she was an older lady - she could often be found smoking outside reception with a scowl on her face. Other info: You can hire a fridge for 4 euros a day, safety deposit boxes were 3 euros per day. There are only two plug sockets in the room, if you hire a fridge then this takes up one of them so if you have essentials (!) such as hair straighteners and phones be prepared to have a queue for the socket. There was a single socket in the bathroom too but not ideal for kindles/phones being left on charge due to it being a bathroom and the obvious potential to get wet. The pool area opens at 8am with the sunbeds being unchained and immediately 'reserved' with towels, you had to be in it to win it as by 08:30 they were generally all gone, many of the reserved beds then stayed unoccupied for much of the day. You can get a public bus/coach from Barcelona airport to Calella for €9.50 each way, the coach was modern, air conditioned and took around an hour - the bus leaves from airport terminal and is virtually direct as there is only one other stop a few minutes before the first Calella stop, it stops at a petrol station and then it's a 3 minute walk to the hotel. The return journey goes from the opposite side of the road - The train station is the other end of town, it is within walking distance... if it wasn't 30+ degrees! We took a taxi there one day which was 8 euros for a journey that took about 3-4 minutes, we later discovered the 'noddy train' goes from directly outside the hotel every 30 minutes and stops at the train station, it was €1.50 for a single or €2.50 for a return so if there's only two of you it's worth hopping on the noddy train. The train to Barcelona city centre was €4.90 each way, it took an hour and like the coach was clean, modern and air conditioned. The shop directly opposite was expensive compared to the 'proper' supermarket - turn left out of the hotel and it's on the opposite side of the road 30 seconds walk along. Sunbeds on the beach (where inflatables are allowed!) were €4.50 per bed and €4.50 per umbrella. The beach itself is a lovely golden colour but is made up of stony sand rather than fine sand so flip-flops were essential!More

2015LNR, London, United Kingdom

June 2015 holiday

Stayed here for 10 days enjoyed as much as last year same high standards as before great time had by all 😊 entertainment team were brilliant again rooms cleaned every day and food selection on evening meal brilliant as only stayed half board 😊More


Best holiday to date

Rom 206 and 207 with internal connecting door, looking over the road, but had the sun from 17:00 to 18:30 lovely to sit and read in the sun. Brilliant hotel, best run dining room, everything done with a smile. Lovely food and could always get a sun bed and chair. Entertainment all day and night, competitions, walks and shows. We loved the location with local tourist train stopping outside front door. Beach a short walk with pick up point for boat tour. Just loved it.More

Gill1710, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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