I have just returned from a short 4 day break at the Calella Palace - myself and a friend (both 24). In fairness we didnt get off to the best start, BUT! it was balanced out.
We arrived on a Sunday evening to find 2 large school parties - I believe they were Italian students approx 15 - 17 years old - and lots of them - and guess which floor they were on - ours! First night, 2am - laughing shouting, doors slamming - quick bang on the wall and they shut up, 8am that morning - Linken Park (aka sounds like Heavy metal music!) blasting full pelt from the other side .. not good .. but we spoke to reception and promptly were allowed to move to the 5th floor as they were all on Floors 2 & 3. Crisis averted :)
Hotel itself - pleasant, free wifi in the lobby, you can hire out the sauna and jacuzzi for free (5 euro deposit that you get back) and for 1 hour, you and who ever you are with get sole use of it - you can lock the door behind you so no one else can come in. We didnt get to use the outside pool as it was too cold, but there is a small heated indoor one - again not bad to just chill out in.
Rooms I was more than happy with - we had a twin, and both got a double bed, 2 decent sized wardobes, dressing table, bathroom had hairdryer - always fresh towels, free toiletries, a small but OK balcony, and cleaners came in every day to neaten things up.
Wasnt really any entertainment - but again I think that will change in a couple of weeks due to it being just before start of the main season.
all inclusive service not bad at all - I found there to be plenty of choice - you could always make a meal out of what they had, the breakfast was lovely - freshly made pancakes infront of you if wanted, most of the makings of a fry up - sausage, bacon, egg, beans etc. We also had the pleasure of having a couple of their packed lunches for day trips - not the usual! - 2 good decent sized sandwiches, 1 bottle of water, 2 pieces of fresh fruit, pate, french toast, marmalades, butter, biscuits, a knife to spread and napkin - not bad, considering not all hotels offer anythign if you choose to go out in the day.
The only thing we didnt try - as was too stuffed from other meals - was their snack bar, as breakfast, lunch and dinner genuinly did the job and it wasnt needed!
Surrounding area - it was literally 3/4 minutes walk to the beach, and the beach itself looked clean and tidy but the weather didnt really permit us using it! Lots of little bars and restaurants and supermarkets. we had the good timing of still being slightly out of season so everyone kept offering us discounts trying to get us in! Was a slow 20 min walk to the train station, and took us just over an hour to transfer from Barcelona airport.
things to do - we got the train to Barcelona - only 8.40euros - took an hour, and went to Barcelona Zoo - an amazing place to visit - dolphin show fantastic and a great variety of animals - if you can - take your passport/driving licence and hire a buggy - its a great way to see such a large zoo, and only cost us 15euro entry.
The only downside was the RUDE OBNOXIOUS OLDER GERMAN PEOPLE!! (sorry!) but I have no respect for people that push, shove, tut and look you up and down like a piece of dirt! We'd be waiting for the lift, and they'd actually barge us out of the way to get in front! In the restaurant, people would be queuing and walking one way, and they;d just push in and start taking mountains of food. This was the main offputting thing of the hotel and we noticed they'd put all the english travellors on the 3rd floor with the kids - which I found quite annoying. They should have left them all together to be noisy on their own floor, not inflict it on us!
Overall, I would return to the Calella Palace - if there was definately no schol trips!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The H·TOP Calella Palace & SPA ***S hotel is located just off in the beach in Calella. The all-inclusive resort is in a great setting surrounded by a number of attractions including shops, restaurants, bars and a lot of cultural activities. The hotel is equipped with a number of facilities including a large outdoor swimming pool with a separate pool for children. Surrounding the pool is a large sun terrace equipped with sun loungers. The hotel also features an indoor pool and a roof top terrace with plunge pool offering stunning views over Calella and the coast. Rooms at the Calella Palace are bright and air-conditioned, with a balcony and satellite TV. All have a private bathroom with a hairdryer. ... more less
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