The Hotel Golden Donaire Beach has the location angle down – it’s in a beachfront spot close to the centre of town, and PortAventura theme park is only a few minutes’ drive away.
Location is the watchword here. Bars, restaurants and a waterpark are less than 10 minutes’ walk away, and El Racó Beach – a wide stretch of golden sand – edges the hotel’s grounds. PortAventura’s close by, too.
Sea views come courtesy of the pool terrace and bar – some bedrooms offer them, too. And there’s lots in the way of activities, with things like badminton, archery and water polo on offer.
Skytours kids’ club is run by our sister company, Thomson. Designed for 3 to 11 year olds, it offers two hours of activities, five days a week. And that includes at least three evenings. The club is split into sections, with Tots for 3 to 5 year olds, Team for 6 to 8s, and Tribe for 9 to 11s. Best of all, most kids’ clubs activities are completely free. And outside of peak season, there are parent and toddler sessions three days a week, too. For your peace of mind, all Thomson Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least two of them on duty at all times.
This hotel could not be nearer the beach. Apart from the bathroom needing a deep clean it was cleaned regularly. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We asked for extra pillows and they were there by the time we returned to the room. We noticed the shower curtain was missing and a staff member was there hanging it within 20 minutes. The food was varied and well cooked. All in all a great hotel.More
My little slice of heaven
What can I say about this hotel that I haven't said before? This was my third visit to the Golden Donaire and it certainly won't be my last!
This year when we arrived, we could see immediately that there had been improvements to the hotel. It's great to see the investment in the property and the hotel certainly benefited from the changes. There is now an indoor pool & sauna as well as an updated bar area.
Our room was a good size with a great view of ocean. It was kept clean throughout our stay and the housekeeping girls were so friendly!
We had dinner included in the package and so ate in the restaurant every evening. There is a great choice of breads, salads and hot dishes each night. We found the waiting staff lovely especially Jero. He looked after us so well. Breakfast was also great with a very wide variety of food.
The animation team do a fantastic job too. Lots of energy every day and always very friendly. Karolina and Olga were especially good with my son and he loved running off to play with the other kids.
To be honest, the service in the main bar is a bit slow but the staff are very nice. Suzanna, Antonio and David made sure to say hello every day! There is a lovely beach bar on the lower level if you don't fancy the evening entertainment, the service is a wee bit quicker there than in the main bar.
I love La Pineda but also enjoy travelling up to Tarragona and on to Barcelona. This year I took a trip out to Monserrat which is also well worth the journey. The Costa Dourada is a great base to go exploring if you don't want to stay by the beach all the time. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.More
Nicola C, Dublin, Ireland
Pretty good hotel in great location!
The location of the hotel is brilliant, literally right on the beach. Also the town of Salou is a short taxi ride away, and I highly recommend going there if you want a bit of nightlife and nice restaurants! We got a sea view room which was lovely, and got the sun until mid afternoon. The rooms were average, and our shower was broke when we got there which wasn't a good first impression. The food was okay (went all inclusive) but once again I highly recommend a trip to Salou for great food! The entertainment was appalling for us as a young couple (bingo etc), but great for families. The pool was fine, and is right next to the bar which was good. Overall, this hotel is in a perfect location, and for families with children it will be perfect all round. For young couples it's a handy place to be as it's easy to get to most places from there, there's even a British bar 2 minutes up the road which is great, but you'll probably be wanting taxi rides to other places like Salou too, but that isn't much of a hassle at all. More
Would deffo visit again!!!
I visited here with a friend and her 3yr old son. We botg enjoyed the hotel very much and the kids entertainment that the hotel runs was fabulous!! Activities both during the day and on a night. However some downfalls we noticed was that the wifi service they offered only reaches the first floor and some of the things offered on alinclusive werent included at the beach bar that sits in the hotel... I would deffo recommend this to families and i will be definitely looking to visit in future More
We'll be back!
Had no idea what to expect on this last minute holiday at the beginning of this month. Needn't have worried! Short transfer from the airport and the hotel has all you could hope for in terms of amenities. Great pools, attentive staff (we noticed our balcony door wouldn't lock when we checked in; we then went for a coffee and by the time we returned to our room it was fixed!) No end of fabulous food in the restaurant. Not always piping hot but that was mainly because it took so long deciding what to fill your plate with :) Microwaves available if you feel the need but we didn't. We went half board, and to be honest after a super breakfast with LOADS of choice (my particular favourite a pile of freshly made pancakes and the churros, and even the machine coffee was very good) we just couldn't have managed a lunch - dinner was great every single night with lots to tempt - I had to be really disciplined to keep some room for a full plate of lovely, different dessert options. ( For those who drink a lot at their hotel it might be worth going all-inclusive.)
The attached cafe serves equally nice coffee and its no more expensive than the local cafes.
Right on the beach, handy for the local patisserie (mid-day treat) , the tobacconist(Â£6.20 per 50g of Golden Virginia and when we bought a bundle to bring home we got a free half bottle of Smirnoff each!) and bus stop (easy to get from here to Salou, Tarragona, Cambrils etc) Everything clean and super-organised. Bikes to hire, free wifi downstairs, reps and reception staff helpful and knowledgeable. La Pineda itself is a lovely wee place, lovely beach (we visited Salou and La Pineda wins hands down there), plenty of wee shops selling the usual souvenirs but also little boutiques selling nice clothing, bags etc. Promenade clean and a pleasure to walk and the sea view is SO pretty.
Maybe time of year but noticeably NO stag or hen groups either in the hotel or outside in the evening, so perfect for anyone seeking a relaxed and very civilised holiday. (Though you're only a hop on the bus (about 15 mins) away from Salou should you be a fan of Karaoke, cabaret or partying the night away) We stayed in a few nights for the hotel entertainment and were surprisingly impressed at the headliners - polynesian dancers, acrobats and a female singer - all pretty good really, not your usual "spanish dancers" as you might expect on a package holiday.
We also discovered (if you are flying with Thomson) that you can buy 5kg extra hold space during your stay for about 12 euros (around Â£9) for the trip back - so we needn't have worried about being overweight on the journey home. This can be spread between the party I believe.
I would struggle to find fault with the Hotel Golden Donaire and would highly recommend it. We have often discussed since we've come home why on earth it only has three stars.
Two of us went this time but have already booked to go back in May, three of us this time, to the same hotel (and hopefully the same room too) This time we plan on taking a few more trips to explore and taking in a show in Salou, seeing the dolphin show (five mins walk) hiring those bikes for an hour or two and signing up for the downhill cycle trip the reps recommended - cannot wait!More