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.
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.
A previous visitor has knocked the reputation of this hotel - picking up on things that many others found satisfactory, if not wonderful.
On knocking the reputation of this hotel, I would like to point out that for those that found it unsatisfactory, if you want 5 star go to a 5 star. As a 3 star, the Santa Monica gave more than could have been expected.
At reception, staff were always friendly and informative. Quite often, we asked for advice on how to get further afield and was always given concise and helpful advice. No question was unanswered. The hotel is SPOTLESS. Rooms cleaned every day with fresh towels left. Free air conditioning worked excellently - having 3 settings, depending on how hot it got through the day. The only real downside to the rooms are the walls are paper thin, so pray you don't get an inconsiderate neighbour. Also, not all rooms look out onto the pool side (and beach) - we had a room which overlooked a piece of derelict land, residential apartments and one side of the Hotel Bernat II (a very beautiful looking hotel all in white). But, hey, who comes to Sunny Spain to sit in their rooms complaining about the view! Having a balcony and lovely air conditioning made it extremely pleasant when we had an unexpected deluge and decided not to venture out one evening. We got a bottle of spirits, coke, orange juice and icecubes in and had a whale of a time on the balcony playing cards for hours - and loved every minute of it - regardless of the *ugly* view.
On the food front - again, the restaurant was spotless. Breakfast was the same thing every morning - but tasty and lots of choice for adults and children alike. Complaints about the food being cold should be put into perspective. If the restaurant was busy, hot food was being put out constantly. If the restaurant emptied and late comers came in, they would find the remnants of earlier food that was slightly cold simply due to there not being enough on the platters to keep it warmer. Evening food was a wonder. Different menus every night of the week and so varied. Meat was tender, vegetables and potatoe dishes simply tasty. We were very impressed with the thought that went into many of the dishes available.
On the entertainment, I think the comments about the entertainers is very unfair. Those young people were up on stage every night, working very, very hard to entertain those in attendance. Yes, mime was used for all the songs, but with the costumes, make up, the dancing, the expression, passion and enthusiasm, the entertainers made you feel like you were at the West End or Broadway. To knock people who work very hard to please others is completely unjustified. I will agree, the sound system was very loud but if the hotel was informed of such, then this could be rectified quite easily.
A young lady would come round the pool in the day to encourage people to get up and dance to music. She was encouraging people to exercise in the pool with aquatic aerobics, etc. Yes, some of us do like to sit and fry in the sun for hours on end, but there is nothing wrong with attempting to get people to get a little cardiovascular in their lives. Her attempts to get people to get up and go were really aimed at families and children, but as we were here at the end of September, and out of season, she was targeting those that would not necessarily be interested in such activities. But again, no need to knock someone who was obviously very friendly, motivating and enthusiastic.
Calella is a delightful town, very picturesque, once you get away from the souvenir shops near the hotels. Do not use the "Supermarcet" directly opposite the hotel entrance (con artist prices). If you want groceries or anything not tourist orientated, use the local's supermarket just up the road on the right. Lots of lovely souvenir shops in town, some of which do not sell the plastic tat, but genuine leather and quality ornaments. So, look around and you will find them. Check out the church square, a lovely fountain with what look like a couple of ancient olive trees adorn the place - Tabac shops, souvenirs, lovely little cafes - the list goes on! Pleasure, pleasure, pleasure.
Take a lovely walk parallel to the beach to the local train station - 20 minute walk from the centre of Calella. For 10 Euros (return) you can go to Barcelona for the day. On route, buskers board and entertain you with Spanish songs, guitar and accordian renditions. Really adding to the atmosphere that you are indeed in Spain! (Don't forget to tip them with a Euro or 2 for the pleasure!).
Lastly, please do be warned, as many have previously mentioned, the coach that takes you back to Girona Airport will take 3 hours as the hotel is the furthest away. Yes, everyone and the dog is picked up on the way but if you take magazines, books, water, orange juice, snacks with you - it can be a pleasant end to the lovely time you have spent in Calella. Air conditioning on the coach is fantastic and makes for a very comfortable journey back.
Left reluctantly but came home with freckles on my freckles and feeling completely relaxed.More
Sistermoon1963, Cross Hands, United Kingdom
Lovely Hotel Santa Monica.
we were at this lovely hotel 25 th September for one week. We Had been before but that was 14 yrs ago. All i can say is, this Hotel is lovely what what you pay. We have paid far more for Hotels on Costa Brava that are nowhere near as nice. Its a family hotel. Your made welcome as soon as you arrive. Got to say, its the fastest check in we have ever had. All the staff are great and very helpfel. The food is nice.plenty of it and as soon as you finish one course your plates are whisked away so when you get back with next course you have a nice tidy table again. The entertainment team were great. All working hard all the time and very friendly. The shows the animation team did themselves far exelled the people that were brought in to entertain us. There shows were fab. Yes all in all a wonderful hotel that looks after you very well, close to beach, shops and bars. As long as the suns shining what more could you ask for. Well done to the great team at Santa Monica.xxxMore
2tommylee, Wakefield, United Kingdom
nice and clean,air con ,good food,friendly staff,two blocks from the beach and bars,what more do you need,loads of good shops cafes and restaruants,good base to visit Barcelona by train,the hotel is about 40min from Gerona airport,and about an hour from Barcelona airport.(by bus)More
taxiforkaren, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Stayed here end of july for week. One parent family with sen child. Missed our transfer to hotel as miss directed all way along. finally got on a coach after about two hour wait. Driver did'nt call out hotel names on arrival so took chance it was right hotel by pics off internet. Got off and had to heave both our cases out of coach roadside lucky we did'nt get run over. Reception said 'oh your here finally' so expect they are used to the rubbish transfers. Room was fine and all we needed or expected for price paid. Nice view fourth floor overlooking the pool. Did not experience any noise problems as reported by other guests on this site. I am fussy eater and did not really enjoy the meals but there was good selection and If your good eater you should survive. on second day of our visit my son purchased a football strip from the shopping area in calella. He wore it that evening to the entertainment. When we went to retire that evening I hung up the shirt and placed the shorts back in the box which still had the price of 50 euros on it. The following day on return to our room the entire kit was missing.Reception did not want to know and responded by saying that it was impossible. I asked them to come to our room and look with us but they replied that they were too busy.My son was so upset I felt like coming home.Luckily we met some lovley English people on this trip and thanks to them we stayed. I spoke to my father in England and he told me to get my son another strip and he'd pay when we got home. I did this and had to lock it in the safe. I met another one parent lady who told me that her son's spending money went amiss from their room ,however Im unsure if she reported this as she told me she was worried about how they would be treated afterwards.The pool was very clean and also the area around. Some of the barstaff were good but one woman was quite hostile there was a lovley young girl who was so welcolming and friendly. The scottish lady on reception was very helpful. My son met some good friends on this holiday but because of our negative experience we would not return here.More
rubystars41, Canterbury, United Kingdom
ok for a 3 ***(6th/10th october)
the hotel itself was fine for a 3*** , couldnt despute it ,it was clean ,helpful staff , and the food was average. for what we paid for a 4 night stay all inclusive it was good value, even the austrians and hungarians, who were present for the oktoberfest , certainly enjoyed it...i would visit this hotel again on a short visit or a weekend break ,...but not for 2 weeks, calella itself was fine ,and the weather for early october was great ..thanx to the staff , overall we had no complaintsMore
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