Hotel Santa Monica  

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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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Based on 344 reviews

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  • 1Building
  • 10Floors
  • 216Rooms
  • 2Lifts

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast with English cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner with vegetarian option.  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, cakes and biscuits and ice-cream throughout the day.

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Outdoor pool

With sunbeds and parasols.

Children's pool

With sunbeds.

Buffet restaurant*

For breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking the pool.

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twin room

Twin room sleeps up to 3 with twin beds and an extra bed for the third person.

double room for up to 3

Double room sleeps up to 3 with a double bed and an extra bed for the third person.

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Holiday

Lovely hotel very clean and brilliant food at all times staff are very friendly and helpful. Entertainment was first class always had activities throughout the day for kids and adults there was always someone walking round the pool area would recommend this hotel to anyone fantastic holiday.More

mharrison1950,

We made the best of a poor Hotel

Calella region appears to be where Thomson send their problematic reps and new reps to cut their teeth. We were put on the wrong coach to the Hotel and no apology complete chaos poor organisation, there was another lady with two young children that this also happened to and she had to walk 30 mins to the correct destination at 2.30 AM the Rep walked her there as the taxi did not arrive. When we arrived I was ready to be asked to move as it was like walking into a 70,s time warp and when we woke in the morning our opinion did not change. Breakfast not the best but we made do. Lunch was surprisingly very good and also poolside snacks also very good evening meal was odd as nothing seemed to go together so you ended up with random food on your plate. Our room was very dated and small not at all like the web site photos but I did notice other rooms on our floor had been refurbished and looked ok. We have stayed in a Med Player hotel in Benalmadena and had the same problem so maybe its hit and miss with their hotels. The alcoholic drinks were also very good and not watered down as some Hotels are in Spain. An Miguel on tap. Apart from the Thomson reps and the life guard/security guard (I will get to him later in the review) the staff were all fantastic and sort of make up for a poor standard Hotel. The animation team are the best we have come across and they do Med Player proud. Amy and Tatti were lovely and both very talented and they made up for the poor Hotel standards. Ray at the bar and the other bar staff were also excellent. The majority of the guests are German, Russian or eastern European and they made our holiday a nightmare. I lived in Germany for 5 years so please do not think I am anti German or any other nation I just don’t like rude people. Calella appears to be where teenage Germans go to holiday and party and we had to work out when they used the restaurant and go when they were not there as they were very rude, loud and constantly pushed in as did the eastern Europeans. We try and teach my 9 year old son to be polite and to be respectful and this shocked him as we normally holiday in the Costa Del Sol and have never witnessed this before. The hotel staff did little to contain the German unsupervised youngsters from families which is a shame as it ruined the holiday for us. The life guard has a very big attitude problem and is not consistent. Any English children who were in the pool jumping (NOT BOMBING OR DIVING) in or enjoying themselves he shouted at and ruined there fun i.e. no balls or lylos or any jumping in of any kind . I know the manager of the hotel will say this is for health and safety but surely he should of reprimanded the Spanish guests and the German youths who were doing back flips and nearly landing on the other guest using the pool. When the life guard saw this he just walked away. When I challenged him about shouting at my son and being unfair and not consistent he shouted and at me in Spanish and was very rude. With seeing this I can only assume he does not like English people. My wife had to stop me from having further talks with him. Calella town is beautiful and has plenty of shops and the beach is also lovely and only a 5 minute walk away. We only paid £1000 for 3 people all inclusive for a week so it was not that bad any more than that and I would of been very un happy. We normally go to Benalmadena in the Costa Del Sol and it is defiantly worth the extra to holiday there. We could not afford to go to our usual destination this year and we would not be in a hurry to go back to Calella or Hotel Santa Monica unless our circumstances are the same again. To sum up the Holiday poor standard hotel, terrible Thomson reps, hotel staff excellent (apart from life guard), Calella very nice resort, food acceptable, drinks very good A/I 10 am to 12 pm. Poor to average Hotel all considered. I hope this helpsMore

fatfowler, leicester

Great Holiday again

We have recently got back from our third year here. The entertainment team are great - run by Fernando who is very funny and when we were there assisted by Amy and Tatti who are great and also Albert who mainly did the children's activities. For adults there is rifle shooting, pistol shooting, archery, darts, sjoelen, shuffle board, water polo, bowling and jenga and for children there is darts, crossbow, jenga, bowling, water polo, sjoelen and shuffleboard. The entertainment is done mainly in English and then translated for the other nationalities that are there. They have a mini disco and games for children in the evenings and then the main entertainment follows - the in-house shows were definitely best (and funny) but the ones they brought in were also good. The bar staff are very friendly, especially Ray, Monica and Jose - and they are also very helpful about the local area. Reception staff were also very helpful and all spoke English. The rooms are basic, but spotlessly clean - the ones overlooking the pool are best as they are quieter than the ones overlooking the road. There is a wide range of food in the restaurant which catered for all nationalities there and the salads and puddings were especially good. The pool and site in general are quite small but this is great for families as the children can have independence without getting lost. There is a five minute walk to the town and the beach - although water shoes are recommended for the beach as the sand is very rough. I would definitely recommend this hotel for families with children and teenagers - the staff are very friendly and make sure everyone has a good holiday.More

Val G, Oxford, United Kingdom

fantastic holiday.

I would like to thank all the staff at the Santa Monica for making us feel very valued as guests. we stayed for 14 nights and had a very enjoyable time. my grandson ( sten ) had a fantastic time joining in all the games provided and he really enjoyed the pool and is now able to swim. my son also had a great time and though we went on a five star brake in February he thought this was better value for money and he also enjoyed the entertainment. We have already decided that we would visit again. Though the food wasn't always to our taste that wasn't a problem as we would either go out to eat or order a takeaway. the evening entertainment was good, plenty of clubs to go to in the evening. once again thank you for such a great time.More

bustterboo, london

Great VFM

A no frills hotel offering great VFM. Excellent location being 5 mins from both beach and shops. Restaurant is self service with a good choice of food for all tastes. Rooms basic but clean. Reception staff (all English speaking - even the Scottish one) excellent.More

BazandShaz2010, Croydon, United Kingdom

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