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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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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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With sunbeds and parasols.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking the pool.
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Good for a three star hotel
Staff were very friendly and helpful, Hotel was very clean & the maid service was excellent rooms cleaned and clean towels daily. The Hotel Entertainment Team worked day and Night and gave us lots of fun. Especially Janita & Fernando. Excellent at organising the games, although we did miss some of the games we wanted to take part in because the board was not kept up to date and the shows at night. The illusionist/ Magician was very good. He did two different types of show. Both were very good. Audience participation was a big feature - very funny.I do agree wt Diane from Essex. It would have been better if Children had not been allowed to run around and play on the particularly noisy machines during the bingo and the show.One lady behind the bar was miserable to the point of being offensive at times. The dark haired lady was very nice. I was a little disappointed by the food,Breakfast was good, but at other meals everything seemed to be fried battered or breaded.We had mashed potato one day, boiled potatoes were only with the salad. I do not recall seeing a baked potato. There was plenty of the food but not my cup of tea.Things were often listed incorrectly. Eg Sign said sliced Turkey and it was Roast Beef. There was little in the way of Spanish food. and you would get some good dishes but nothing to go with it. Eg they did Chilli Con Carne although there was little meat in it. But there was no separate Rice, The Chicken Tika was the only dish that i saw that came with the Pilau Rice Room we had was was good with a good view, though, not all rooms have a good view. Pool was a little small and odd shape hard to keep track of the depth, Too many silly rules. Pool area was quite cramped hard to walk around. Though you could normally get a sun bed if you wanted one. Had to pay high price for fridge, kettle hair dryer, and iron. A bit galled when we realised that the little kettle that we hired had an English plug on it, we suspect it was left by a previous holidaymaker. They then used this to charge other holidaymakers? A bit naughty. Did not like the beach area had to go under train lines to get onto the beach. But there were no chairs or beds down there except at the bars. I thought it quite expensive for what it was. I Would not go back there.More
Diane310, Birmingham, United Kingdom
A very enjoyable holiday
Stayed from 20th August to 3rd September 2013, myself, my husband and our 17 year old daughter. We arrived at around 9.45pm, the restaurant was closed and we weren't offered anything to eat so we had to go across the road for something. Reception staff were friendly and helpful. Bar staff were friendly and always polite, had a laugh and a joke especially about football with my hubby. Entertainment staff, Liliya, Janita, Dion, Fernando worked hard in the daytime running the activities, evening shows that they put on were very good. Would have been better if people sat their children with them while the shows were on. Shows that weren't by the entertainment team weren't as good. Bingo every night which didn't interest us but we had to sit through it if we wanted a seat for the evening entertainment. Restaurant staff were friendly with good memories as they remembered what drinks we had. Food was ok but much the same most nights. Evening meal was from 7.30pm and you needed to be there at that time or there was some queuing. Room was quite comfortable, air conditioning was available although we didn't use it as the temperature was ok at night. Maid service and clean towels every day. Although the pool area was quite small there were enough sunbeds that we managed to get some most days. Inflatables and balls were not allowed to be used in the pool which didn't really affect us as we weren't with small children. There is a list of do's and don'ts for the pool and if you get caught the security dude tells you off, so make sure he isn't looking first haha. The hotel is about five minutes from the beach which you get to via an underpass that goes under a train track. The beach is quite shingly and there is a dip that goes down into the sea so it's quite deep as soon as you get in. A bit further down the beach there is a part where nudists go which we came upon by accident! There was a local man (in the nude) standing among the rocks, who enjoyed the attention of the tourists who were walking along the road above. Shops were about five to ten minutes walk, try not to make eye contact with some of the shop owners or they chase you down the road trying to get you to buy something. On the whole we enjoyed our two weeks at the Santa Monica and would stay here again.More
DianefromEssex1970, Essex, England
We went with our orchestra to Calella for the annual Oktoberfest. We got located at this hotel and were quite pleased. Nice buffet (breakfast, lunch and dinner), reasonable walking distance to the beach, good pool.More
Per R, Solna, Stockholms Län, Sweden
Great Hotel, Great Quiet Location
We were looking for a nice and cheap holiday and we found it at The Santa Monica Hotel! The hotel is very clean as is Calella itself. The bar staff and Entertainment team are extremely helpful and friendly and there was entertainment shows every evening (some much better than others!). We went all inclusive (for the first time and we will always go all inclusive from now on), the food was very good and plentiful - there is something for everyone even if you are a picky eater like me and the bar staff are not afraid to give double measures when ordering alcohol in the evening!! After reading some reviews prior to our visit we emailed the hotel requesting a room on the 1st floor facing the pool area, we were extremely thrilled that this request was given to us (we stayed in room 118). The room was fantastic, big allday-sun facing balconies so have the option to sun bath all day if you wish especially as these rooms come with sun loungers on the balconies! There is also a train which stops outside the hotel to take you around Calella - well worth the 2.25Euro charge for a return ticket to take you into the main shopping area, there is also a market on Wednesday which is worth a look. I would say we had a fantastic holiday here and very much enjoyed our stay and we would have paid more than the bargain we got this holiday for. After speaking to our neighbours at this hotel they had informed us that they had been going to this hotel for the last 20 year and we can see why we will definitely return for another holiday soon!More
NatDean2013, Wellingborough, United Kingdom
Super Holiday at Santa Monica
Stayed at Santa Monica for 10 days during September and had a great time. Bar staff were great as were the reception staff. Went All inclusive for first time and completely hooked. Food and service very good. Had trouble 1 evening with noisy neighbours but after complaining to reception the problem went away and no noise after that....well done reception manager. Last went 26 years ago but it won't be that long before we go back. Entertainment every evening and during the day. Thanks to everyone who made our holiday a very memorable one for the 4 of us, ALL the right reasons. Only 1 fault...........It rained on one of the day's.....lol Ken & JuneMore
Ken B, Nottingham, United Kingdom
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