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.
Good family hotel although expensive and crowded in peak season
Hotel Golden Donaire Beach - La Pineda
This was our first visit to the Donaire Beach hotel but unfortunately due to the time we visited I.e. during peak season in August my report won't be as complimentary as if we visited at another time, but as my son is of school age we have no choice but to pay top dollar and visit during the school holidays (3 score instead of 4).
So for myself, partner and 6 year old son we were charged Â£2,200 which for 1 week wasn't cheap considering we paid Â£3,000 for a much better hotel in Alcudia for 2 weeks last year. Yes it was all inclusive AI but this hotel chain 'Golden' are very stingy, for example for ice creams there was a very small selection for AI and often the nice ones were rarely available. Plus the choice of snacks is very restricted despite having a large menu for paying guests, basically it's hotdog / burger / toast and chips or nothing. Also this was the first hotel I've stayed where cocktails are not included in AI or they are but you need to pay extra e.g. 2 Euros for most cocktails. Note that the times AI is available is strictly adhered to I.e. 10:00am to 11:00pm and that is being served at 11:00pm, it doesn't matter if you have queued for 20 minutes so be warned!
The good points about this hotel:
- The food was very good, always a great selection, appetising to look at and made using good quality ingredients, this is the food you would expect in a 4 or 5 star hotel not the 3 stars that the Donaire is rated at.
- The hotel is very clean throughout, from the rooms that are serviced daily to the general areas and the swimming pool with crystal clear water.
- As the name of the hotel implies it is located on a beach, not the best views in the world (a busy dockland) but the sand is clean, the water clear and is shallow near the beach making it safe for kids.
The not so good points:
- The rooms although have been recently renovated are very small for groups of more than 2 people. We had a twin room for 4 people, which was the same size as the room for 3 but with an extra bed! Because of the lack of space there is little cupboard / drawer space and no chance of privacy or indeed sleep if anyone in your party snores! I did speak to other guests who had booked more than 1 room but this made the holiday even more expensive.
- The pool is very small when the hotel is at capacity and reserving your sunbed with a towel is the only way you can guarantee somewhere to sit!
- The hotel is a story of 2 bars with grumpy staff upstairs and happy staff downstairs wwin the beach bar. Also be prepared to queue for at least 15 minutes if the hotel is busy.
- The entertainment was ok for the kids but not so good for the Adults. The local 'Animation' team did work hard but the acts are a little 'cheesy' and more aimed at non UK residents. It's a shame Thomson couldn't share the work here, as it would provide a better cultural mix of entertainment.
- The Thomson Kids club and the staff were great, but I was disappointed that the sessions were poorly attended when the hotel was full. The first day there were 3 children and the second only my boy which wasn't very good although he got a lot of attention. I suspect the 'Goldy' club was attracting not just Spanish children but those from the UK as well. The lCk of demand may also be due to the lack of advertising of 'Kids Club' as it only got a minor mention in the welcome meeting and there is no mention on the TV screens but the 'Goldy' club is every where.
- Not a big point but the hotel didn't supply beach towels therefore you either had bring them with you (takes case space) or buy some from the local shop.
- A general moan from me, another example of the Welcome meeting being no more than a sales pitch for Thomson. Very little info about the hotel or it's facilities!
- Is my imagination or are the airlines getting really tight in regards to baggage allowance!? A few years ago it was 25KG then reduced to 22KG and quickly 20KG and now it's 15KG which is barely enough for 1 week let alone 2!? I guess it's another revenue stream for them
- FINALLY I've noticed that over the last few years prices have greatly risen by over 50% in many cases! This is probably due to demand in school holiday times and pressure due to terrorist activities in other countries but it means it's a challenge to find a decent two week all inclusive holiday for 3 people for less than Â£3,000 or even a 1 week holiday. I noticed that for a holiday I went on last year for Â£3,000 it was Â£4,500 this year and currently Â£5,000 for next year. Very soon the holiday companies will be pricing the average family out of the market, let's watch this space!More
Malcolm H, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Stayed for the first two weeks of August with my daughter and grandson. This is our third time here together and yet again we had a fantastic time. We noticed that there were a lot of changes made since last year. On arrival we were greeted by the Hotel Manager as we got off the bus, which was a nice touch. The new refurbished bar and lounge area is really nice. They also now have an indoor swimming pool and small pool for the kiddies which even though it was beautiful outside seemed to be always full.
The hotel is kept spotlessly clean. The cleaning staff are very friendly - they always say hello - and do a great job keeping the rooms clean and fresh with clean towels every day and the bedlinen changed every other day.
The food at Breakfast and Dinner was very good with lots of choice and the deserts are to die for. The staff in the Restaurant work very hard but still make time to have a quick chat with you. Jero in particular was really friendly and always asked where we went that day and how it went.
The Hotel's Animation Team are excellent particularly Carolina and Max - they work really hard from 10 in the morning until 12 at night. They do all sorts of games for the children and the adults in the morning and early afternoon and then they are back in the evening with the entertainment.
Unfortunately the service in the Bar is not very fast. Most of the staff seem to be only able to take one order at a time hence there always seems to be a queue at the bar. Having said that the staff are really nice especially Susanna. The Bar downstairs at the front of the hotel overlooking the beach is really nice for lunch and/or a drink during the day or after dinner if you don't want to attend the evening entertainment.
The Thomson swap shop is a great idea. We were able to get a lie-low and umbrella there and then left them back at the end of the holiday.
Thanks for a great holiday again I will certainly be backMore
NOISY, THE COFFEE MACHINES WERE TURNED OFF IN THE EVENING.
I fail to understand WHY the coffee machines were turned off in the evening?.
Also WHY the coffee (ha) was mixed with coco powder ?.
We asked for a quiet room, we were surrounded by rooms full of yelling kids, a shop that opens a 7am opposite our room with two old timers moveing buckets/ spades lie lows, scraping metal stands around and their dog barking at other dogs for a hour.
I DID COMPLAIN TO THE REP. WITH NO CHANGES MADE.
ON THE RETURN BUS TO THE AIRPORT ANOTHER OLDER GUEST AT THE DONAIRE
SAID " ASK THE CATERING MANAGER, TO UPGRADE YOUR ROOM, THIS WILL COST YOU 10 EUROS A NIGHT IN CASH, PAID TO HIM.
I SAID , YOU MEAN THE HOTEL MANAGER ?. SHE SAID NO THE MAN WHO CHECKS YOUR CARD IN THE DINEING AREA.
Gelert42, Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Very good stay in a quiet location
The hotel is mainly used by Spanish, UK and Russian guest in a quiet location (most of the time)
LOCATION: Great location straight on the beach. There is a local shop that sells drinks, snacks, papers and beach toys only a 30 sec walk away.
10-15 minute walk down the promenade to Aquapolis water park and dolphin shows included in the entry price.
5 minute walk to the bus stop for buses to Barcelona
5-10 minute walk to the bus stop for buses to Salou and Cambrils
WEATHER (23-30 August): Fantastic weather 30+ degrees for the whole week.
FOOD: Your normal All Inclusive food, Good varied choice please don't expect anything special.
ROOMS: We stayed on the 7th floor overlooking the stage/seating,Very clean room but the room and bathroom could do with some TLC, Air conditioning, Nice balcony everything adequate for a weeks stay.
POOL AREA: A good size pool, They could do with more sunbeds at peak times, People started putting towels down from 0800 most sunbeds were taken by 0915, we never had trouble with getting 2 beds, sadly you still get people not turning up to after midday (99% of hotels have this problem)
POOL BAR: The bar staff can be a bit hit or miss, Very slow at times.
ENTERTAINMENT: Pretty average but helps pass the time and keeps the kids reasonably happy.
MY ADVICE: For better service and more relaxed atmosphere go for a drink in the Xaloc bar on the front of the hotel.More
karmalama, Dinas Powys, United Kingdom
Lovely clean hotel with excellent 'all inclusive' choice of food. Great location, very quiet area but still with enough to keep us happy for a week. Fantastic beach right on your doorstep. We had the usual problems with people taking poolside sun loungers and then disappearing for the day to Barcelona or wherever which is irritating when you have a five year old that spends most of the time in the pool. Would've been a better holiday if either my husband or me had been able to have a pool side lounger so that we could take turns in watching our wee one in the pool instead of one of us being at the other side of the lounger area having to watch all our stuff. Hotel really needs to resolve that issue. Entertainment was top quality and a good range of acts. We'd love to go back, but I'm afraid I'll be putting my towel on a sunbed at 6am too next time around. Not my style but what can you do?More