43 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice clean hotel with friendly, helpfull staff
"Stayed at the Hotel Monteplaya, Malgrat between 24/07 and 02/08/ 06. Was worried before I went due to some of the reviews I had read but shouldn't have been. The hotel room was clean, and the air conditioning worked! There was 3 of us me, my husband and our 9 yr old daughter and she loved the pools, although I didn't think the shallow pool was big enough - so not very good if you have really small children. There was a nice sun terrace away from the kids if you don't have any as well. The food was ok, not great but plenty of choice, the breakfasts could be a bit unusual though but if you want english food stay in England! No complaints about the hotel at all but Malgrat itself didn't offer much, if you like lots of shops selling the same stuff and bar after bar after bar then you'll love it otherwise be prepared to jump on the train (very cheap cost 6 euros for all of us return), air conditioned and very quick. We went to Callella, Blanes, Lloret de mar and Tossa de mar, Tossa de mar I would recommend, it's an old fishing village, cobbled streets, old Castle very untouched. Overall had a good holiday but wouldn't return to Malgrat."
- Travel date: Tue 15th of August 2006
This was a superb hotel, the staff were...
"This was a superb hotel, the staff were very friendly.
I was very impressed with the breakfast the dinners were also quite good plenty of choice and always salad things and lovely desserts, ample sun beds outside to and the pool was lovely and clean. Rooms cleaned and plenty of fresh towels every day.
I would go back here the next time Iâm in Malgrat de Mar for sure."
- Travel date: Sat 5th of August 2006
Avoid Peak Times
"Have just got back from a week at the Monteplaya,on a half board basis,allocated on arrival with Airtours.Booked it on the Friday and went the day after so thats what you call last minute.
The major plus was the air conditioning which is free and needed in the last week in July.It seems to go off about 6 in the afternoon but was always working when we got home late at night.The main pool was abit small and full of kids and also if you didnt get your sunbed by 9 forget it! as they dont have many.
We found the food pretty good,some others complained as the sausages were german ones but if you are not fussy there are lots of choice as its a self service buffet.Safety deposit boxes cost 18 euros for a week and you have to pay 10 euros for the tv remote which you get back at the end.
The major drawback is that all the life of the resort is on one side of the road because the rail line is on the otherside therefore in peak season the pavement in the evening is like going to the Oxford St sales,absolutely crowded,especially at weekends when lots of locals come out,just what you dont want in those boling temperatures.
The beach is 2 minutes walk and great.All in all,me and my girlfriend really enjoyed it,but if you come with small kids and a push chair try to avoid the main weeks because of the evening crowds but if you have alreadt booked dont let it worry you,cus you make the holidays,just go and enjoy it."
- Travel date: Sat 29th of July 2006
My family and I stayed at the Monte play...
"My family and I stayed at the Monte playa in May 2006 and are going back in September 2006 for the 4th time.
The journey with ferris coach holidays was a pleasant and comfortable journey with plenty of leg room and comfort stops. The couriers and drivers are very friendly on board.
The Monte playa is a superb 3 star hotel. The rooms are clean and comfortable with clean towels available each day. The rooms have air conditioning, hair dryers, and safes. The hotel itself is spotlessly clean.
The food is edible could be a little better, the hotel cater for all nationalities .Restaurant staff are friendly.
Hotel entertainment could be more varied, but a pleasant atmosphere, entertainment stops at 12 o clock which is good for children staying at the hotel.
The hotel has nice gardens and a Childs play area, hotel pool is unusual shape but very nice, also a sun terrace, plenty of sun loungers so you donât have to go down early to put a towel on the loungers.
All staff at the hotel are very friendly and pleasant welcomes you on arrival. Bar staff are superb and make your holiday very enjoyable and entertaining.
As for the resort of malgrat itself it has good bars and restaurants, and within easy reach of other resorts by train. It has a nice clean beach with a few bars on. Malgrat have alot of nice gift shops.
Highly recommend the resort.
Hi to all the staff, looking forward to seeing you all in September Thank you all for making our holidays enjoyable.
- Travel date: Thu 13th of July 2006
The worst hotel we ever had. The hotel i...
"The worst hotel we ever had. The hotel is situated in the chain of the same type hotels along the main very busy street where you certainly can not walk normally since you need to waive between people because the street is so narrow and it is full of gift shops. So, after first day you are annoyed.
The beach is nearby and is narrow too, but you need a patience to go there. It is full of Dutch and Germans shouting in one meter from you, so no private place at all except if you go further along the beach to the city center. We had 19 days of nightmare.
We could not sleep either during night time or in a day time because at night time there is a loud music till midnight (just in front of a room), it would be ok if it were not one and the same music for 19 days, repeating every 4 days, after midnight the drunk crowd is shouting and beating each other almost till 5 o'clock when cleaning machines start to clean the street, during the day, others close their rooms doors so loudly that you awake every 5 minutes if you want to have a sleep after sleepless night.
Night clubs are expensive even so they advertise free drinks (free drink actually is 330 ml of beer), whisky is 6 euros. Night life is full of drunk youngsters and other drunks, there are some battles between drunks from time to time, so avoid walking this street after 2 o'clock. The food in the hotel is so so, you need to buy your own drink and they charge you more than two times more than in a shop. The dining room is always busy, it is hard to get a food because people seem to be hungry and hasty.
There is no use of hotel swimming pools because they are small and they are full of kids. There is an internet in the lobby that is so expensive that you decide not to use it. The stuff is almost unfriendly and dull (seasoned workers). Towels are changed regularly. Yes, one thing, the walls in the room are transparent, so do not speak loud, wash and go to toilet in silence, otherwise your neighbours hear all your steps.
Try to wake up and go to breakfast just when it begins, otherwise you face a hasty crowd. All in all, try to go to another city, to Blanes for instance, it has wide streets and wide uncrowded beaches. There you rent an apartment or buy a hotel room in a quite atmosphere. If you like drunk youngsters and night life full of extreme, then go to Malgrat de Mar to one of the hotels situated in the same street as Monteplya hotel or nearby, in the evening you can have a bottle of cheap vine on the narrow beach surrounded by drunk teenagers.
Actually, in Malgrat de Mar the three star hotel nearby the railway station is really different, at least not so crowded beach and no walking street nearby. Also, do not take half board if you travel without kids. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes around, it will be cheaper and more diverse to eat there or take the food away. "
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of March 2006
Just returned home from a 2 week holiday...
"Just returned home from a 2 week holiday in the Monteplaya in Malgrat De Mar.
The Hotel was fine as a 3 Star Hotel, although the food in the restaurant for the Evening meal left something to be desired, if they had sliced Turkey in gravy on a Monday evening you would get sliced Breaded Turkey on a Tuesday. The salad selection was not the best either, breakfast was not so bad if you got in at 8am for the first round of food once this had gone it was not sparkling.
If you are thinking of staying at this Hotel i would recommend B&B and not half board.
Watch out if you are driving down and planning on leaving your car in the car park. they will charge you an extra 10 Euro a day, the car park is secure and they do have CCTV on it, but they do not tell you it is an extra charge when booking.
Over all we had a good time in the Hotel, if we were to go to the Costa Brava again and to stay in Malgrat we would think about staying at this Hotel.
If you do stay here go and visit The Black Bull English Bar and say Hello to Jordi he will tell you you have gone the Wrong Way if you do not visit. Watch out for his tricks!!!!!!!!!
- Travel date: Sun 31st of July 2005
Nice rooms. hotel very clean. towels cha...
"Nice rooms. hotel very clean. towels changed regularly, but the staff apart from the cleaners are not very friendly. A family run hotel. Recently refurbished. 2 small pools and tidy gardens to sit out. The food is only so-so with some evidence of recycling. For instance, morning sausages (revolting) will turn up in one of the evening meal dishes, some of which are edible but most are indescribable.
Dining room isnât big enough so people have to share with strangers. mainly German or Dutch. Drinks quite expensive, a bottle of house about 7 euro (1euro.20 in supermercado). All in all not a good holiday, Malgrat is the most boring place we have been to.
- Travel date: Sat 31st of July 2004