Boasting one star and looking less than alluring on Streetview, my Wife and I were convinced that we should book this hotel only because of the good reviews that it has attracted. We were not disappointed - it was a great place for us to stay.
We were also concerned by the word "hostal" and had images of communal dormitories - these fears were of course groundless. I think there is probably some regulatory reason why it is called a hostal - probably in much the same way as a guest house in the UK cannot call itself a hotel without meeting certain requirements.
Our room (202 on the second floor) was very clean and looked freshly decorated - as did the entire hotel. Air-conditioning was a god-send in August, and worked well. It was even possible to get too cold despite 30 degree outside temperatures. Our room had a small balcony. About half of the rooms seem to have balconies - and it is worth asking for one. from ours, you could see the sea.
The Hotel has free wifi that works very well. Logged in easily, and managed to Skype and Youtube at will.
Staff were really nice, as was the breakfast. They will cook bacon and eggs if the continental fare of meats and cheese isn't your thing. Coffee (Cortado) was delicious.
The hotel is about a mile and a half from the sea and the main attractions of Calafell. We preferred the proximity of the old town with its castle - very picturesque and quiet. There are a couple of bars in the ain square, where many of the locals gather fro a drink into the small hours - often having a sing song...
There is an hourly bus service to and from the main centre of Calafell - one Euro ten cents each way. Well worth the fare.
Presented with a bottle of champagne as we left - a lovely gesture.
Would very happily stay here again.
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