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 and dinner.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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With sunbeds and parasols.
Offering international meals with al fresco dining on the terrace, children's meals, themed nights and show cooking.
Hotel-run kids' club
For ages 4 to 12 years.
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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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Let Us In.... Let Us In.... Let Us In....
We booked this hotel largely as a result of checking out the reviews here on tripadvisor (ignoring those reviews from people who obviously don't regularly stay in hotels!) Must admit that on arrival the look of the hotel and the reception area was even better than expected and the reception staff were really friendly and efficient - with our keys in hand within seconds.... now.... the title of the review.... Our visit coincided with the re-opening of the hotel after a winter break.... so only around 100 guests were actually due to arrive and most of the rooms were open so we un-packed and then went to explore. (it's ok.... I will get to the title soon) The hotel really is kept very well.... the pool area is great and everything looked fabulous..... dinner was in 30 mins so off to the bar for our first Mojito!!! Oh dear..... such a strange taste.... but then it was the first time that we've had Mojito's with Coriander!!! YEUCH!!!.... Quickly changed and then back up to our room before dinner..... NOW, the title!!! Those little plastic key cards..... no reaction from the door..... tried both.... tried slow.... tried fast... tried creeping up on the door and dropping the key in by surprise.... NOTHING!!! So.... back to reception and a technician was swiftly sent to our room.... it took him 20mins or so but in we got..... quick change and down for dinner. We had a great half board rate for our stay but with so few guests on the first night we expected minimal food options..... how wrong we were. Extensive cold and hot options.... pre-cooked or cooked to order.... absolutely superb and again, fabulous staff. So after eating far too much on day one..... up to our room again..... and, once more the title LET US IN!!!! You know what's coming.... the door refused to let us in (again) so back to reception.... this time, after an hour, we left the keys with reception as we had just spent 1/3rd of our stay so far locked out! Upon our return we still could get no access and by this time it was around 10pm.... so eventually someone got us in to our (first) room and we moved to another..... I won't bore you with results but needless to say that the keys were a constant headache all weekend with us regularly seen back at reception.... and technicians regularly seen at various doors!!! BUT..... I don't want to labour on this one point as this hotel has so many plus points..... STAFF - superb.... all of them are so friendly from reception to pool area (inside and out), restaurant to bar.... all great FOOD - superb.... ate far too much in four days..... really..... far too much! FACILITIES - superb.... the pool area(s), gym, sauna etc.... all great and kept so clean. Really don't think there is much to knock this hotel for (ROOM KEYS aside!!!)..... but perhaps the quality of the towels in the room should be looked at..... for a 4 star hotel the quality and appearance of the (once white) towels is very poor.... but other than that... all was fine. Then of course would we go back..... no doubt.... though I have a feeling for us the quiet out of season visit might suit us better than high season.... it really does appear that families with kids are well catered for! So early or late season bargain stay for us..... but a quality Salou hotel awaits you all.... and just 10 minutes to the theme park.... FAB!!!More
itsme190919, Wigan, United Kingdom
We went to vil la romana twice last year ,and had a great time on both trips.its so good we are are going again in august back to the vil la romana .no you can't check in until 2pm but you should have been told by your travel agent .not the hotels fault.they are making sure your room is clean and tidy ready for your stay.the food is great as is the hotel staff.the location of the hotel is ideal for the beach the town and the theme park so all in all great.looking forward to seeing you all again soon g bygrave and family.More
glen b, bungay
Stayed here for long weekend in October half term. Hotel was nice & clean rooms had twin/double beds with sofa bed as well so ideal for a family. We went half board and food was nice with plenty of choice. Staff were helpful and friendly, kids club, evening entrainment. Walking distance to port adventure about 10min & the same to the beach. The only bad thing was the room was a bit noisy near to the bar ask for high room on the other side if u want some peace & quiet.More
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
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