11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very good value for money hotel.
"We've stayed here with another couple for the past two years, and it's been very enjoyable on both occasions. The location is superb, only a five minute walk to the center and beaches. The pool area is nice, with plenty of sun beds available, although like most hotels, there is shade at certain times of the day. We were on half board tariff, the breakfast was very good, and there was plenty of choices for the dinner, although the food wasn't hot enough on most nights, but there's a microwave if you like piping hot food. The rooms were clean and spacious, but a small issue is in the bathroom, with the vent allowing noise to travel up and down. How some people can criticize the location is beyond me, (donnytiger) and some others to suggest there's no sun round the pool, well they must be blind. The staff are always very friendly and helpful, and we found that once you shut your bedroom door you couldn't hear a sound. (apart from in the bathroom at times) "
- Travel date: Sat 13th of June 2015
My husband and I recently spent 3 nights...
"My husband and I recently spent 3 nights in the Costa Brava Hotel along with 2 other couples couldn't fault the Rooms or facilities, the breakfasts were exellent but unfortunatly the evening meals left a lot to be desired not very tasty not much choice and not very warm in fact although we where booked in for half board we actually ate out for our evening meals after thr first night. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and a special mention should go to Oscar the young barman he was very efficient and had the ability to make everyone smile .
This was the first time we have stayed in Tossa de Marr but would certainly return there again sand sea and sun in abundance and lots of good places to eat drink and relax."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of September 2008
"we booked this hotel with holiday rooms direct and the transfers resort hopper no probs paid a cheap price for a good 3star in a lovely resort our room 431 had the best veiw of pool and not overlooked this hotel like many others is in a built up area but tossa is a small town the room was much bigger than 4stars we have stayed in cleaning service good bathroom a good size others have said they can hear other people in bathrooms this is true but i ran the tap to block noises food breakfast good dinner a bit hit and miss but panos across the road wonderfull food and cheap for drinks spanish owned tony and tersa make you very welcome we have returned to tossa many times we had a great hol weather was warm and sunny more than we hoped for the time of year"
- Travel date: Fri 5th of October 2007
Three cheers for the Hotel Costa Brava
"My wife and I have just returned home after our 14th visit to the Hotel Costa Brava at Tossa De Mar. It is ten years since we last stayed there and the many improvements (such as air conditioning in all rooms) have added to the comfort of the hotel. The staff were pleasant and welcoming and indeed two of the staff who we first met in 1983 greeted us as long lost friends. Our room was adequately furnished and spotlessly clean. The maid service was first class and our room was thoroughly cleaned daily. The bar staff were friendly and attentive and the dining room was well organised with buffet meals catering for all tastes. Entertainment was provided each evening. The pool area and jacuzi were clean and tidy. Over the years we have enjoyed this hotel, first with children, then with grand children and now on our own. I would definitely recommend it."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of August 2007
Fantastic! Fab Hotel Had Great Time!!!
"Stayed here with a group of 8 people (4 adults 4 children aged 5-14). Had a grea time, food was really good standard different choice everynight. Only couple of minutes walk from eveywhere, loads to do in the resort centre, Decent entertainment programme, great for families and couples.
Definetely would go back anytime!!
Booked through medinland on teletext with lisa, really cheap company."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of June 2007
Well, we liked it....
"To start this review, I need to mention two things in particular.
1)This hotel was booked at what we considered a very cheap rate (via LowCost Spain if anyone's interested).
2)There is a lot to to in Tossa and the surrounding area, so we hadn't planned to spend much time in the hotel.
So, we arrived with probably not too much in the way of expectations, but were very pleased with what we got., and would be happy enough staying here again ( mind you, there are plenty of other options in town- that rather neat hostal tucked against the castle for a start). Some details:-
ROOM- A decent size, plenty of storage space and comfortable enough beds. Also, a good sized balcony, if very close to the flats across the street. Not good if you like space, but great if you're nosey.
BATHROOM - now then, here's where I empathise with previous comments. Everything worked, and there was excellent pressure on the shower. However, THAT GRILL is bizarre. Also, anyone over about five foot six is going to struggle, and I have the bruises to prove it. Don't take your cat.
FOOD - no problem. Quality better than we expected, also quanitity and choice ok. You could have something that looked like a school dinner if you really wanted, but you don't have to. Drinks cheap, service fine.
FACILITIES -pool ok but not a sun trap - beach only 5/10 mins walk though. Gym closed while we were there, as was the poolside bar, but these were only minor irritations.
ENTERTAINMENT - there's a little man, wearing round glasses and a garish tie and playing a synthesiser, who has been following me around Europe for about 20 odd years. He showed up here right enough, with the standard set list - 'My Way', 'Feelings', all that stuff. By the way, don't try going to bed early to avoid it, as previously suggested - you' won't escape. Heading out to one of Tossa's many decent bars will solve it.
Oh, and if you see the advert for the 'Exotic Show', don't build your hopes up - its a team of performing parrots.
SUMMING UP - Tossa's great. This hotel is OK. Enjoy."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of October 2006
Poor hotel - would not recommend
"Before I start this review I would like to point out that it relates to the 3 star GHT owned hotel located at Tossa de Mar.
My family (wife and 2 kids ages 10 and 12) and I have just returned from a 2 and a half week holiday in Catalonia - the final week being spent at the Costa Brava. We have travelled fairly extensively throughout Spain and stayed at many different hotels so feel reasonably well qualified to write an objective review.
Location - not bad. Fairly central, 5 mins to beach. Close to bars restaurants etc, but not rowdy.
Aspect - hemmed in by another development and roads on either side. Small pool side area with little sun.
Design - 1960's 4 storey building with central core and two accommodation wings, one lift, staircase, lounge and bar on g/f. Overall appearance is one of faded glory and really looking very tired now.
Construction - this must have been one of the first big commercial hotel developments in Tossa and its construction refelcts it! Crude 60's reiforced concrete sectional design. Spartan, small rooms refurbished within the last 10 years. No mechanical ventilation in the bathroom but a weird louvered grill venting to a shared shaft allowing bathroom noices and smells (!) to travel between rooms.
Food - we are very open minded when it comes to food. But this was rank. This was bad school dinners. Processed food out of a tin - and not very much of it either. Often the buffet ran empty. No excuse really - hotel catering has moved on considerably over the last few years and far better, quite rightly, should be expected. Both my wife and I were ill but it's very difficult to prove it was caused by poor hygiene - athough I think the pink, uncooked meat in the meatballs was probably the cause.
Price - cheap! Peak season, half board family of 4 for 7 nights just over 600 quid.
Conclusion - pay an extra few quid and go somewhere better!"
- Travel date: Tue 5th of September 2006
Not really that great
"We stayed in a room we booked as having two double beds, however the room was only a triple with an extra single bed squashed in. We questioned this at reception but was told this was the only accommodation they had and don't have quadruple rooms. Therefore, we spent our time jumping over beds to get to the balcony, bathroom or just to pass each other.
When in our room we could hear people in the corridor and in the rooms on both side of us. In our bathroom there was a grill through which we could the people in the next room in their bathroom using the shower and the toilet.- Honestly. This was not very nice.
On arriving the first thing we realised was the very bad location of the hotel as the front door is on the corner of a street with no place to pull in or park. My husband then spent about half an hour driving around to find somewhere to park. If you are driving it is impossible to find a local parking place.
Meanwhile I noticed the dirt on the stairs in the foyer and the fact it is also quite threadbare. The carpet has seen better days as has also the bar furniture and its sad decor.
The first morning we were pleased to see that the sunbeds had not been 'booked' by other residents. But by lunchtime we realised why as the pool area was still in the shade. So for sun lovers this is not the place for you!!
The food was of poor choice and poor quality. We gave up on the evening dinners which we thought were like a very poor school dinner and ate out. The breakfast was slightly better. We felt the quality of the restaurant was summed up when a waitress walked past with clean cutlery stuffed in her pockets which she then lifted out and left for people to use!! The cutlery itself was also of poor quality and not pleasant to eat off.
The mini disco and entertainment during the day for children as good thanks to Nadia. The other entertainment brought in for the 'Show Time' was naff.
I wouldn't consider going to this hotel again and certainly do not recommend it."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of July 2006
The Hotel Costa Brava is a medium sized...
"The Hotel Costa Brava is a medium sized hotel well located for the beach and town centre. It offers disabled access, extremely friendly and helpful staff, air conditioned rooms and public areas, a large bar and lounge with exceptionally friendly staff and Internet access.
There is a lovely pool area with free sun loungers and a poolside snack bar. A terrace overlooks the pool area and offers the opportunity to take a long, cool drink whilst listening to the laughter of the bathers below. An indoor Jacuzzi, steam room and mini-gym add to the attraction.
The rooms are kept very clean and are a good size, with TV and balconies and a good sized bathroom with bath, shower and bidet.
This hotel is not too small and not too big, and is in a prime location.
Tossa de Mar is an unspoilt resort on the stunning Costa Brava. It's steeped in history, and overlooked by a wonderful 'castle' that blends seamlessly into the new town. Although it's geared up for tourists, it's not over-commercialised and there are strictly no high-rise buildings.
The 'castle' is actually a 12th century walled town - the Vila Vella - which dominates the views in this village and gives the whole place a lordly air. There are three main beaches, all pristine and with access for the disabled.
Restaurants abound, and the smell of freshly caught fish sizzling away on the grill makes your mouth water as you stroll along the promenade early evening whilst deciding where to eat.
This is the place that inspired artists like Picasso and Chagall, not to mention countless poets and writers, to produce some of their best work. And Tossa had a permanent place deep in the heart of one of Hollywoodâs most famous actresses, Ava Gardner, for Tossa was where the 1950s film classic 'Pandora and the Flying Dutchman was filmed' in which Ava played the starring role. Now a statue of her petite frame overlooks the bay from a proud position within the Vila Vella.
Tossa is the sort of place you can visit alone as it is so easy to make friends - good friends - and it is very safe.
It is charming in Tossa, and the nightlife is fun but not boisterous. Sit, chat, drink and eat, watch some live music, and make friends. And look out over the sea, listen to the waves lap onto the beach, and watch the glimmering lights of the Vila Vella dance on the rippling water.
People visit Tossa year after year. When you visit, you seem to 'grow roots' and when you leave to return home, you feel like you are leaving a part of yourself behind.
There is so much to do in Tossa: tranquil strolls, boat trips along the stunning rugged coastline, enjoying good food, making life-long friends, going on excursions to nearby must-sees like Barcelona, Montserrat, Andorra, the Botanical Gardens at Blanes, and much more.
Fiestas abound: there is always something going on in Tossa de Mar, whether it be cultural or something that required dancing shoes!
Tossa de Mar - flower of the sea - paradise blue. This is an amazing place that will capture your heart.
- Travel date: Tue 31st of May 2005
Chilled and relaxed
"Pineda Costa Brava is a beautiful holiday resort with lots to do. Jump on the train for a trip to Barcelona, Calella or Blanes. A great place to eat is the English bar The Bucaneer and a must to visit is the Irish bar Sids Bell. Here you will find friendly faces with the locals and tourists enjoying the craic. Best wishes and good luck to Claudia and Frank who run the bar. They helped to make our holiday very enjoyable.
The Nostre Mar aparthotel where we stayed was lovely, very clean, very spacious, change of towels every day but I did feel the beds could have been changed . We stayed one week and in that time the beds were not changed. Other than that great. Recommended."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of June 2004
Best Holiday in a long time!
"I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Costa Brava in Tossa. The hotel was clean and tidy and the food was always to an excellent standard. There was always activities for the children and the facilities around the pool include table tennis, darts and pool. The staff were all exceptionally friendly and the maids always kept our rooms clea and tidy. i really enjoyed our stay and would definitely return to both the resort and hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 25th of October 2003