This place is spot-on for families. For starters, it’s just a 15-minute walk from the popular PortAventura theme park. What’s more, the shops, restaurants and bars of Salou – plus the beach – are less than a fifteen-minute walk away.
At the hotel itself, the pool scene really impresses. It’s got a tropical vibe, with sky-high palms and greenery framing the water. The pool even has a palm-clad island at its centre, connected to the terrace by a little wooden bridge. There are plenty of loungers and parasols dotted around, too, so it’s easy to find a space to relax. Plus, the poolside bar offers up snacks and drinks throughout the day.
Activity-wise, it’s easy to find something to suit you here. The hotel team provide pool games, competitions and family-themed fun throughout the day, and you can dip in to as much or as little as you like. Elsewhere, there’s a basketball court and a gym. Smaller guests have got their own club and playground, while teens will love the pool table and air-hockey game.
When it comes to mealtimes, the Villa Romana pulls out all the stops. Show-cooking is a big deal in the buffet restaurant – you can look forward to made-to-order pancakes and omelettes in the mornings, and pizza, meat and fish cooked fresh in front of you at lunch and dinner. There are also themed nights laid on. Popular ones include Flamenco Night, where the staff don sombreros and deck the restaurant out in flags, and Italian Night, where pasta, pizza and gelato are the mainstays.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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With sunbeds and parasols.
Hotel-run kids' club
For ages 4 to 12 years.
Evening entertainment programme
With live music and shows.
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Twin room sleeps up to 4 – can be sold as a single, with a sofa-bed, air-con, TV and a balcony or terrace. Cots are available on request.
Connecting room sleeps up to 3 with a sofa-bed, air-con, TV and a balcony or terrace. You'll need to book 2 connecting rooms - these rooms share a private corridor when booked together, and don't have a connecting door. Cots are available on request.
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Not bad, but not great either
After reading many brilliant reviews and only a few poor reviews for this hotel I was sure that the hotel was going to be fantastic. I have to say after spending a week there, I am rather disappointed. We arrived at around 11am and were told that our room would not be available until 2pm. There was a secure room to store luggage in, however there was nowhere to change, or even anywhere to buy lunch at this time, which is not great after being on an early morning flight. We left our luggage and headed out to the nearest restaurant (Titanic – highly recommend) and the staff there told us that this 2pm check-in is the norm for the surrounding hotels, even from the very start of the season, which they cannot understand. We checked in at 2pm and paid the Catalonian tourism tax, which our Thomson rep informed us of. We also decided to hire a safe for the week (23 Euros!). Everyone seems to be having different problems regarding the keys. We had a room key and a safe key. Both opened the door and activated the lights, but only the safe key would open the safe (which is very temperamental!). Keys are not handed into reception here on leaving the hotel for the day which was unusual. I found reception staff to be ok, not brilliant and there was some difficulty with communication with some of the reception staff, and like other reviews have said they do not give clear directions. Location of hotel not bad, about 10 minutes to the beach/main street. Close to supermarkets too (Maxi 2 has very good choice and is well priced). Also close to the party bars 007 (livelier but with one rude and abusive English staff member. Ministry of Sound night there was particularly good.) and Bus Stop (quieter but nicer staff). Good music in both. We found the night life to be a bit too quiet, there didn’t really seem to be proper clubs and most places were very quiet, despite it being almost high season. We are eighteen but we aren’t totally mad party people, we just would have liked the places to be a bit bigger, busier and livelier. Definitely more of a family resort, and it is lovely and clean, I just wouldn’t recommend for people my age. The room itself was lovely and clean, as was the rest of the hotel building. The shower was fine, nice balcony with clothes airer, beds were comfortable and there was a TV in the room. Good selection of toiletries in bathroom. Mini-fridge was fantastic for storing water and lunch snacks. We were on the 1st floor in the block nearest reception, in room 1117 with a street view. I found it was very noisy. The maid service was fine, although they did not always replace towels that they had taken away and did just open the door one morning although the “Do Not Disturb” light was on, however another maid did knock another day. Pool area was nice, well-kept and I saw technicians clearing litter several times. A bit of difficulty getting sunbeds due to the large number booked with towels (and then no-one showing up to claim them!), so this is something I think the hotel should address. The umbrellas are very large ones that have to be put up by the lifeguard using a drill, rather than smaller ones you can control yourselves. This meant that a large area around the person/family wanting shade was also shaded, and it was difficult finding somewhere to move to. The pool was nice, a little cold but a good size. Entertainment staff around the pool were really great, I liked the aqua aerobics and they always seemed smiling and happy, really nice around the pool, and tried to keep people happy without pestering, could see they were great with kids too. I thought the food was very disappointing. Poorly labelled (“mixed”. What is that supposed to be? Mixed what?) and extremely repetitive (constantly veal or pork). Vegetarians will really be struggling. I saw they did have a gluten free section which is thoughtful. There were some good things, notably the chicken and spring rolls and bread, however the fish was awful, as was some of the pasta and the pork kebabs were undercooked, and I don’t think rabbit stew is 4 star food! Deserts were better. The drinks were expensive (I don’t expect a drink to be included in half-board but I thought they were overpriced, 2 euro 70 cents for a bottle of Fanta, for example). Most of the staff in the restaurant weren’t great. There were also queues for meals (they did go down fairly quickly though), and sometimes no tables inside at breakfast. Breakfast food was pretty good, with a good selection. I recommend the churros in particular, and the orange juice is freshly squeezed in front of you which I thought was a nice touch. The smoothies are also good. Breakfast was available early the day we were flying home which was good. There didn’t seem to be much entertainment on, just kids when we went, and then just after midnight one night the bar area was deserted and there didn’t seem to be anything on. Drinks were expensive at the bar (2.20 euros for a glass of draught Fanta). The board showing the evening entertainment didn’t seem to match up with what was actually happening. During our stay we took a few trips. We booked for the Thomson bar crawl (which was very good, a great laugh even though the nightlife in Salou is definitely not enough for young adults). We booked Aquapolis tickets through Thomson also which was very good, and a Bus Plana to La Pineda from the beachfront will take you very close to Aquapolis, and only costs a couple of euros each way. Through Bus Plana we booked a day trip to Barcelona, called Barcelona Panoramic. It isn’t exactly how it was described in the leaflet, it’s more of a taster tour. Did love seeing Parc Guell and Montjuic though! The local transport is brilliant in Salou. Bus Plana buses are frequent from the beach front (Jaime I) and the land train is also great, you can get it from right outside the hotel. We took it along to Cap Salou and went to La Pineda beach which is lovely, much nicer and quieter than Salou (Levante) Beach, although the water is colder! Overall, I think Salou is good for a family holiday, and if you can get a cheap deal at this hotel it would be worth it, however it is not good value for money and definitely not deserving of its 4 star/4T status with regards to the food and some staff. Rooms are good, as is the standard of cleanliness. Young adults looking for some night life should probably try a different resort.More
Great family break
This was our first time visiting the Villa Romana and it was great. There was a lovely buffet every night with beautiful food, great service and pretty sculptures out of watermelons. It was in short walking distance of Portaventura. It had a great pool and great facilities. We got packed lunches which were great for picnics and extremely handy. We could easily walk into the town centre and there was great transport to other towns and cities. We visited Barcelona and it was great. The room was spacious with a lovely balcony overlooking the pool.More
Emma O, Wexford, Ireland
Me and my partner have been to salon 3 times and this was one of the best hotels we stayed in!!!! Although very busy and lots of family's with young children a nice hotel with huge pools. Kids club and family entertainment by the pool and in the evening. The food at the hotel was lovely and a wide range of variety from meats,fish,pastas etc and lots of great deserts. The pool gets veryyy busy so would suggest getting up early if you are having a pool day as lots of people like to put there towels down and leave them there !!! The spa which is meant to be for adults is nice and relaxing however the days we went down children had managed to also be allowed in and not with adults ... The local shops and pubs are great and such a friendly family orientated town we also went on a boat trip and to the theme park More
dani b, london
Still good but standards slipping.
This was our third visit to the Villa Romana and, although we'd thought of it as an "excellent" rating in the past, this time it seemed to have slipped off its perch. This may however be due to our visit being towards the end of October (OK, I'm a bit late in submitting this review) and the hotel closed for the Winter a few days after we left. The staff seemed "de-mob happy" between themselves but not towards the guests, although our main gripe was that, during our two weeks there, there was no Gala Night, which was great fun on previous visits. It's very difficult to pin-point all of the fall in standards and I'm sure (at least I hope) that the situation will resolve itself when the new season begins. Having said all this, I really must point out that one of the Thomson's reps - Danni - was most helpful in sorting out a little problem (not with the hotel) which occurred during our stay.More
PaellaPete, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Arrived about 10.30 am and rooms wasn't ready which is understandable. There was a locked secured room to put our cases in until room was ready. Everything was lovely about the hotel, very well maintained and very clean. When our room was ready we was a little shocked on the size. There was 2 double beds together and a settee which was a pull out bed. There was 3 adults and 1 child so it was a bit of a squeeze. The most disappointing part about the room was the balcony. There was a glass door in the wall which was about 12 inches away from the floor. It might have been higher than that. This was the same on both sides. My mum was with us who is disabled so couldn't enjoy the use of the balcony. We went down to reception only to be told there was no other rooms available. Poor mum couldn't get out there so it was a bit of a let down. The room itself was a bit dated, but overall was clean. There was a tv, and safe. Clean towels was given every day. The beds aren't very comfy and the pillows could do with updating it was just one long pillow and only now each. We requested more but took a while and several request later to get them. We are glad we was only sleeping in the room as with us all being in at once it was quite cramped. The bar area is fab, staff are really friendly and work very hard. Restaurant staff are ok but could be more friendly. Some was fine others the language barrier was a problem. The food is out of this world. Everything you could ask for they had. All meats and fish was cooked to your liking every night. Mornings was just as good. Fresh omelettes made to order, pancakes and ham and cheese toasties, excellent. Always working hard the chefs and always very friendly. The entertainment staff worked extremely hard. They deserve medals. They kept the kids entertained for an hour each night. They worked from morning right into the night, where they get there energy from is amazing. They always had smiles on their faces it was a pleasure to watch them. Overall we had a fab holiday. We would highly recommend this hotel, if we was to return we would make sure we had a better room and we could get out on the balcony.More
missdisneygirl, Manchester, United Kingdom
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