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.
Golden Donaire - First All Inc Experience
This was our first time ever staying at an all inclusive hotel and we didn't know what to expect. After our stay here, I would never want to go all inclusive ever again. We paid a fair amount for this three star all inclusive holiday and we were both pretty disappointed. I couldn't wait to get home to make some real food!
I have listed the main points about the hotel below in pros and cons (although there are more cons).
âªï¸Staff were friendly - the bar staff were friendlier than the restaurant staff. The reception were helpful but not overly friendly. There was a larger man who greeted us every day when we were arriving/leaving - he was nice!
âªï¸The evening entertainment was cheesy but there was a good variety. Even if some of the entertainment wasn't that good, we had a good laugh. There was Chinese acrobats, Take That tribute, a mad DJ that called himself 'Ricky Music & Show'.
âªï¸The drinks available on all inclusive were good - some local spirits and then branded spirits like Southern Comfort. Only one cocktail available called The Golden Cocktail - wasn't particularly nice!
âªï¸Some food available at the bar/pool during certain hours of the day. Some ice creams available for all inclusive.
âªï¸ The area around the pool was quite nice. It was always clean and there were quite a few sun loungers. Loads of tables and chairs to choose from. And overlooks the beach and sea.
âªï¸Limited parking is available
âªï¸ Cheap bike hire - â¬6 for 2 hours
âªï¸The restaurant was fairly small for the size of the hotel - some days it was hard to find a free table. I imagine it is much busier during the summer.
âªï¸Had to wait for staff to offer you a drink - waiting for up to 30 mins some nights. Staff only came to table once so could only have one drink (on all inclusive anyway).
âªï¸Very limited all inclusive options for drinks in restaurant.
âªï¸The restaurant always smelt bad. Smelt like a mixture of dirty dishes, egg and fish. Most of the plates smelt so bad I couldn't eat my food off them. Knocked me sick.
âªï¸Although they obviously tried to vary food options, there wasn't much choice at all. There were no Spanish options. It was mainly chips, soggy veg and limp looking meat. The salad bar looks more inviting - but most of it tastes like fish.
âªï¸Much of the food is tepid to cold, and is sat on the side for a long time.
âªï¸ On our penultimate day we got chicken kebabs - which had just been cooked on the hot plate. The chicken was raw. Saw quite a few people had left theirs.
âªï¸ The bed was really uncomfortable and we both had sore backs most mornings.
âªï¸ The location isn't great - right on a beach, but a disappointing beach. Not much to do in the area. There is a theme park about 5-10 min driving time - however it is â¬45 per person, so we never went.
âªï¸From the moment we got there the bathroom smelt funny. We could smell urine no matter how many times it was cleaned.
âªï¸We couldn't use the air-con as this also smelt very strongly of urine.
âªï¸The lifts were mad and quite often just didn't stop when you pressed the button. More
Toni O, Warrington, England, United Kingdom
great chill out
Stayed here end of Set 2015, We were AI. The hotel is clean and all the staff are friendly.There was lots of choice at meal times.The rooms were clean. We took our own kettle and brew stuff. Our room was on the 5th floor overlooking the side road but it was quiet. The staff were fantastic, dealing with the aftermath of the storm. You do have to wait for the lifts at busy times. The only things that could have been better were the pillows on the bed. They were the narrow 1's and not comfy at all. they need replacing. The sound proofing in the rooms is rubbish. You can hear everything, even the other rooms using the bathroom. We had a family next to us and the noise at times was bad. We did have ppl ringing the room at stupid times, others had also had this. The lower bar is right on the beach. the snacks in the upper bar are good. It is a good hotel for Disabled ppl. The shops are a short walk away.More
megandken1, Rossendale, United Kingdom
great location, on the beach !!!!
tried to book hotel this year, it was full :(
enjoyed our stay last year, due to the on the beach location.
rooms were clean, we had to hire a safe and there was no fridge after asking for one.
pool opened early in the morning, lots of sun beds.
russians were a bit loud at the pool.
food was good, we went self catering, big mistake as we spent a fortune by the end of our 10 days.
local shops ok but better getting the bus into salou for the day, shops are cheaper in salou, market on a friday next to the waterpark.
waterpark was quiet as it was september, good day out in barcelona for 20 euro.
pool was clean, small bar in front of the hotel on the beach offering drinks and snacks and no noise at night.
will return again but will be all inclusive next time.More
allison2010, Glasgow, United Kingdom
lovely beach holiday
Rooms were simple but clean, beds were a bit creaky, ask for a sea view room, perfect view evry morning, we were above the bar not much noise. The food was excellent differnt choices every day,Bar staff were freindly especially Suzanna she was always cheerful and happy,the beach is fantastic right outside the hotel it is always cleaned early mornings every morning, sun beds 5 euros each for all day 6 euros for the sunshade plus a free drink ie beer shandy water or coke really refreshing.The walk along the prominade is beautiful looking over the long stretch of beach. This was definitely a good relaxing beach holiday with plenty of good food. definitely go again next year.More
PAUL C, HAVANT
Really Lovely Holiday
We went all inclusive fir one week to the Golden Donaire Beach Hotel. We were really impressed by the hotel! Food was a really high standard, with lots of variety! Amazing fish & seafood every day, along with lots of other delicious things to eat, including the dessert table-always heaving! Everywhere was very clean, rooms clean and an ideal base. The staff were all very friendly, housekeeping staff in particular, who loved our little boy! The entertainment staff work incredibly hard & do an amazing job! The mini disco was a real hit with our two year old son, who is still singing "chi chi wah" now! All in all, an amazing holiday! Would definitely return!More