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|
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 and biscuits. Ice-cream until 18.00.
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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 have their own pool to splash around in. Right next to the main pool.
There's a wide selection on offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner with views overlooking the pool.
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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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Santa Monica calella
Just returned from a weeks stay all inclusive at the hotel Santa Monica in Calella. Wonderfull hotel for the price we paid Very clean throughout towels changed daily beds made every day with change of sheets once. The walls however were really thin and you could hear everything from your neighbours at night and I mean everything. Hotel reception staff among the friendliest and helpful I have ever come across. Bar staff especially Monica and Jose were great working very hard but happy and funny as well they could be a comedy act Made evenings and days when they were on duty good fun to be with what a holiday should be. The dining room staff were friendly and helpfull. The food was of very good quality with plenty of choice from meat to fish and fresh fruit. Breakfast was slightly more boring with hardly any change of choice The fried eggs were cooked pre breakfast and were hard or cold most mornings Only had scrambled eggs as a change once But saying that there were always plenty of other choices of continental foods but if like me a cooked breakie on holiday makes it just a bit better. The overall choice of hotel was very good close to the beach and restaurants and bars. Thank you for a realy good holidayMore
Johnandjane2013, Worth, United Kingdom
nice hotel for the rating
nice hotel for the price you pay, basic but clean and tidy, its close to the beach and shops, large swimming pool, which was kept clean, food is ok, the shops are great in callella well worth taking a look around, also try getting the train, but they only run every hour.....More
Selwyn Harris Sheffield
Santa MONICA HOTEL
All previous reviews are spot on nice Hotel clean ;food very good; good location towels changed daily pool views best rooms higer rooms sea view .staff very good .good places to visit by train .cheap train tickets .only found 3 english bars but Papas bar best.Callela nice place but quite when we were there.OH ....the room walls are thin as previously mentioned .other negatives i did not see a life guard round the pool i thought that was law now in Spain !BIG NEGATIVE.........if you go to this Hotel for Entertainment |||||yes its ok for 4yr olds but nothing more |||its dreadful awful words fail me worst entertainment ive seen in all my years of travel|sorry but this is an honest review/but dont let that put you offf going to this Hotel its real value for money.More
selwyn h, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Better than average! An honest review of the Hotel MedPlaya Santa Monica from a young families point of view.
This is a long review but worth a read! I have recently stayed at the Hotel Santa Monica (Costa Brava, Spain) for 7 nights with my family. We booked two rooms, 2 adults and a toddler in one room, and 2 adults and 1 older child in the other. We booked via 'TravelRepublic' online (usually use Thomson/Thomas Cook) but as sceptical as we was we was looking for a cheap deal and the cost of the rooms came to around Â£650 for both rooms for the week so not bad, and this was all inclusive too. We arrived in what is known as 'low season' but a few days later (beginning of May) it is classed as 'high season' so our holiday was varied from beginning to end. We arrived on Wednesday 29th April 2015 at around 1.30pm after our flight and transfer from Manchester. We was greeted by a member of the reception staff, who spoke great English. We was showed how to get to our room and also had to pay a 7 euro Spanish tax charge upon arrival. We requested a low pool view room on booking, and this is what we got, which was great, even better we was given a terrace (rooms 117 & 118), which was like a large balcony and included two sun loungers and table and chairs, great for relaxing, much better than a balcony, these where located on the first floor and we were facing the pool, but if we was on the other side of the hotel we would be facing a busy main road, so I would try and avoid that if you can when booking. The hotel was very clean. The rooms had all the things you would need for your holiday, we also had a double bed, that we find to be very rare in a Spanish hotel. Plenty storage, and room to put all your clothes etc. There is also a safe in the rooms that can be hired from reception, it wasn't cheap but to keep your valuables safe it was a no brainer as they are insured if in one, and not if just left in your room. We also had a cot in one room, this was a decent size. Also in the room was a flat screen TV, I managed to find a couple of English channels but mainly all Spanish, but who watches the telly when the sun is shining. The bathrooms are clean, decent size bath, the shower was very powerful and worked well, heat adjusted with the taps. Large mirror, toilet, sink, and even a hair drier, plus a bidet if you want to use that! Several fresh clean towels in the bathroom, these where all changed daily by the cleaner if left in the bath when used, as well as the bedding on the beds changed, the bins emptied and floors cleaned. One small negative was the walls are very thin, so if you had noisy people in the next room you could hear them, we did on one night, but one call to reception and they shut up. We was still in time for lunch when we arrived so we went to the dining room (restaurant) to have something to eat. We was placed on a large six seater table and also used a high chair. The restaurant was clean and well layed out with several buffet style 'help yourself stations' with different types of foods on them; cold meats and salads, bread and rolls, desserts and also a large station with hot food. There was also another hot food station where a chef was cooking meat from fresh in front of you, this was usually pork or beef. Their wasn't really much left but be blamed this on us getting there around 20 minutes before it was to close, but managed to get some chips and a sandwich and some cakes, and the kids some jelly and ice cream etc. We then went for a walk around the town. The beach is a five minute walk, it is like a grainy sand beach though not your usual fine sand, and when the weather was really hot like it was on a couple of days the sand got very hot, the beach does have several small restaurant type bars where you can sit and have a drink and catch some sun. The beach near the sea was full of stones so if you're going to walk to the sea on the beach, i'd recommend wearing footwear. There is also a few play parks for the kids along the beach with swings, play equipment etc. Overall, not a bad beach, it was clean anyway. Between the resort and the beach is a train track, which we found unusual but later adapted to as it was a great way of getting about. The train station is around a 25 - 30 minute walk from the hotel. We visited Barcelona, this was just over Â£9 for a return ticket per adult and for all children over four years of age (under 4's are free). It took around 55 minutes to get to Barcelona on the train, buskers get on half way through the journey and start playing and singing songs which adds to the whole feel of things. We also visited Tordera (Â£5.00 return ticket) as they have a very large market on, the trains only came once an hour to go to here though so it was a lot of waiting around, so don't miss the train. The market was very big it took over the whole town/village centre, up and down streets and hills, plenty to choose from. Back in Callela - there are plenty of shops for souvenirs etc plus a range of small supermarket type shops within 5 minute walking distance, there is a shop directly across the hotel but we found this very costly. If you go for a walk through the main shopping street (5 minute walk from hotel) this is about 2 miles long you will find anything you need, these are open in the morning till around 2pm ish and then close till around 5-6pm for a few hours. There is also a McDonalds and a Burger King, plus there are lots and lots of different types of restaurants, bars and cafes. We also came across a bowling alley, crazy golf, a large indoor play area with outdoor activities such as trampolines and table football etc. The entertainment the first couple of days we was there was non-existent because it was apparently low season and this is when the Spanish have their holidays, so it was full of Spanish holidayers on the first few days and the only entertainment was for them, to do some dancing and jigging to Spanish music, so not much for the kids. When the entertainment team arrived on the Saturday, the entertainment got slightly better, putting a mini disco on for the kids, but with their only being a handful of kids it only lasted around 20 minutes. So the kids usually just ended up running around or playing pool or on the arcade games. They did have a couple of shows on each evening but these only started at 10pm, so a bit late for the kids but these where usually adult based anyway, one of which was a horror show, wasn't scary but not something for the young ones. The entertainment team did their best, they got the kids and adults playing various games and the winners received certificates the following evening. The bar was open from the morning to midnight, all inclusive was from 10.30am until midnight and they stocked lots of different drinks. Pepsi, diet Pepsi, fizzy orange, lemonade, beers such as San Miguel, all your usual spirits such as vodka etc, plus bottles of water and orange and blackcurrant juice for the kids, you could also get hot drinks which where freshly made like at a coffee shop. So a good decent range. These all included in the all inclusive. Snack bar was open at different times throughout the day, you could get burgers, chips, cheese/ham toasties, chips etc. These all too included in the all inclusive. The restaurant at breakfast time was ok, it was only ok because there wasn't really a great choice and it went cold really quickly, especially the eggs, but they had a microwave if needed, choices of foods such as bacon, eggs, beans, potatoe waffles, mushrooms, plus cereals, yogurts, bread rolls, bread for toast, fruit. The restaurant at lunch time was good if you got in early, they served different types of food including soup, hot meats, salads, chips, potatoes, vegetables, pasta etc. The food in the evening was pretty similar to the lunch time but better hot meals such as curries, slow cooked lamb, pizza. I would say that the food got better towards the end of our holiday, so if you're going in low season you may not get a great choice apart from pasta and salad. The hotel has free wifi in the reception bar area, just ask at the reception and they will tell you how to connect. Wifi was also available to buy if you wanted to use in your rooms, I think this was around 8 - 12 euros for a week. They also had a computer which was located in the 'reading room' (this is where you went for some peace away from the kids if you needed it as it was 18+ only room). The large pool was very deep so for experience swimmers only. But they did have a small children's pool that was around 1-2 foot deep so perfect for the little ones. Lots of sun loungers and table and chairs around the pool also so you can sit and have a drink in the sun. Overall, I couldn't fault the hotel for cleanliness and the food was a lot better than i thought it would be and even though some reviews on here are negative I wouldn't say that, I would say it was a decent holiday towards the end of the holiday as the 'high season' kicked in. But I wouldn't recommend going in 'low season' especially with children unless you are only using the hotel as a base because there isn't really much to do (or unless you're Spanish).More
Matt H, Bolton, United Kingdom
stayed from 29 April to 6 may family of 6 nan grandad mum dad two kids aged 6 an 1 fab time all inclusive flights bags and transfers for Â£200 each food much better than I expected. from reading other reviews rooms spotless cleaned daily fresh towns daily entertainment team day and night staff are fantastic you can't beat this hotel for value only problem is a minor one ..its about 30 mind walk to train station which we used about 5 days out of 7 for trips to barcelona and other reports on costa bravaMore
jane r, Bolton, United Kingdom
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