25 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good hotel......Bad guests
"Returned from this hotel at 1 am this morning. Nice,clean,average 3* hotel. Food was good, bar staff friendly and the animation team tried their best to get everyone involved. BEWARE of the huge amount of russians staying at this hotel, they are rude arrogant and will physically assault you if you're in their way (as i found out waiting to get my lunch). Would deffo go back if the russians moved to another resort!"
- Travel date: 30th September 2012
Family holiday June/July 2010
"Great staff, very clean, great food, good pool, great evening entertainment, best for families with young kids, mostly spanish with eastern europeans also, very few irish or brits. Allinclusive great value."
- Travel date: 30th October 2010
Hotel just very average
"Just back from 2 weeks half board in the Sol D'Or in La Pineda. Got a good deal when I booked but I'm sorry to say I've stayed in better hotels. The hotel is clean - but the cleaning staff were very rude - make sure you are not 5 mins late checking out. The food is ok, the menu is repeated every week - thats not a huge issue. The hotel consists of 3 blocks - 5 stories in each block so I found the pool and the area around the pool too small for the amount of guests. Most of the pool area is grass - when wet was like a muddy fiely - I thought I left all that behind when I left Ireland! The room was also very small we had 2 adults and one child (11 years old)and our bathroom had no window or vent. The good points are that the air con was excellent and the restaurant staff were good - especially Vincent and Maria."
- Travel date: 2nd August 2010
returning next year!!
"I stayed at the sol d'or for a week with my 8 year old sister and my dad. We've stayed in salou a couple of times before And although we've had a good holiday, we found this to be the best yet! The hotel was clean and tidy. The pool area and pool itself was also clean as it was cleaned daily. The food was good, with quite a lot of choice for everyone. The snack bar food was available when the resturant was closed , serving food that you would expect at reasonably high standards such as hot daog and chips. The hotel staff and cleaners were friendly and pleasent. The bar staff were great, with great humour and personality. The entertainment staff were also great as they worked from 11am until midnight everyday!! Because of all of the above, the only reason we left the hotel was 2 buy gifts for the people at home who missed out! For the really reasonable price we paid, the holiday was excellent thanks to the bar and entertainment staff!!!! We have already booked for next year!!!!! "
- Travel date: 29th August 2009
need to have a say
"i went for our holiday to relax and la pineda is a very quiet area. more suitable for the older generation i would imagine. the locals we found were not so friendly and staff at the sol dor was not to our standards as were the rooms. very basic. the beach on the other hand was beautiful and salou centre is only a ten minute bus ride which was very cheap. thompson staff were ver helpful and did their best to ensure our stay was a happy one so only for them we would have been lost"
- Travel date: 1st June 2009
My wife reckons and I agree this was the...
"My wife reckons and I agree this was the best holiday we have ever had - although we have to admit to being Spanish holiday "virgins" ! The room though basic was kept very clean (daily) and was sufficient for our needs and is air conditioned . The only slight criticism was that we like to have a quiet evening in the room (my wife has been ill and tires easily ) and were were placed on the ground floor facing into the 3 sided patio where the evening entertainment lasts till midnight . Rather than moan about it we used our mp3 players, if we went again we would ask to be put in a room on the opposite side of the corridor. The buffet style food was excellent. There was plenty of choice of both local and other foods and it would be hard to find anyone who would not be catered for. The staff were friendly and helpful and for the most part spoke good English. Just a quick plud for the "Dubliner" Irish pub over the road - If you like sport they show all the live football matches from the Premiership and do good food and are very friendly too ! The hotel is only about 5 mins walk from the beach at La Pineda where there are shops also. La Pineda is not as busy as Salou (a short bus ride away) but you can get most things you want there. The general clientel of the hotel tended to be families with young children (and a few older ones) which siuted us well - No drunken teenagers spoiling it for everyone else. The pool was in the centre of the 3 sides of the hotel and was great to relax in . All in all we had a great time and are contemplating going back next year "
- Travel date: 24th August 2008
If you have booked a holiday in this hot...
"If you have booked a holiday in this hotel do not be worried by any bad reviews. Although this hotel is only 3* it offers excellent value for money simply because the staff are diligent and friendly. Yes the hotel needs updating particularly the bar area which has a 1970's look to the decor but this is made up for by being very clean, and offering good food which is always hot and varied."
- Travel date: 2nd October 2007
Good and Bad
"We have mixed feelings about our stay at the Sol D'or. The Good: - Very clean and well kept. The housekeeping staff do an excellent job both in the rooms and in the common areas. Everything, including the pool area and dining areas, was spotless. There was none of the dreaded black mould that I have found at many a four/five star hotel. - Very good location for the Pineda beach and more. It's about 1 block from the Pineda beach (a family beach), and on the bus route (number 1 bus) to Salou, and Port Aventura - The staff were very helpful and friendly. - They did a good job with the meats and fruits in the buffets with a grilled selection at dinner, and pancakes/eggs cooked on the grill each morning. - There were a mix of nationalities when we stayed there - British, Russian, French and many Spanish with no lager louts to be seen. The Bad - The walls were paper-thin, and we could hear not only the family beside us having animated conversation at 7am and midnight, but also the people above us! - The food was uninspired and there was a severe lack of vegetables. The only fresh veggies on hand were bowls of iceberg lettuce and sliced peppers, to supplement the array of picked-everything and the single overcooked veggie selection that reappeared every night (greenbeans the first night, greenbeans with mushrooms the second, greenbeans with carrots the third... you get the idea). - The entertainment went on until midnight. Every night. Very loudly. This was our first trip to Spain so maybe this is normal but the late, unavoidably loud entertainment keeping us up until 12:30am, coupled with the loud, unavoidable family of (what felt like 15) next door cpupled with the paper thin walls meant that we left our holiday with severe sleep deprivation. It was hard to enjoy it all when we all felt like zombies. - The Pineda beach, a block away, overlooks the scenic (ahem) oil refineries of Tarragona. Better beaches are a bus ride or walk away in Salou - the Playa Llarga had cleaner water and a more scenic view. - This isnt the place for lively singles/couples as the nightclubs we walked by in Pineda were a bit sad. On the bright side, this made it a wonderful family place. - Port Aventura was a bit of a let down. It was super crowded and the queues for the more exciting rides topped 2 hours! If you like less thrilling rides and/or shows, then you will have a better experience. Also, buy your tickets ahead of time at the hotel to avoid huge queues at the entrance, and/or buy a 'max' ticket that allows you to jump the queue. All in all, I think the Sol D'or is a decent value for the money, but if you require more than 6 hours of sleep a night and require a balanced diet, this may not be the place for you. We wouldn't go back, but I don't think that everyone will have the same issues with it that we did."
- Travel date: 10th August 2007
"Booked this holiday for my Mother and Daughter through SunMaster on the internet, then read reviews and was a bit apprehensive. No need. My Daughter is 14 she loved the pool and enjoyed the food, BUFFET STYLE also, being all inclusive you could get drinks, lollys and snacks (Burgers, Hotdogs, Chips and Toasties) throughout the day at the bar. The entertainment in the night was a childrens disco from 9-10 after there was any type of show, which was fairly good such as: Jugglers and Flamenco dancers. The beach is just down the road and Salou centre is literally 5 minutes away in a taxi, this only costs 7â¬ from outside the hotel and the bus was 6â¬ (2 adults 2 children) from a bus stop by the beach (on the opposite side of the road). If you dont fancy Salou follow the beach and there are just as good shops with everything you need, in La Pineda town. For a good value for money holiday this is it.!!! My daughter would love to go back, and is nagging me to book a holiday for all of us.!!!!!!!!!!!!! ENJOY! =)"
- Travel date: 4th July 2007
Great Location for 1 week breaks.
"We booked this holiday through Travelrepublic.co.uk. The location is in La Pineda, not Salou altghough the bus there is 1E50. The location is very close to the beach of El Raco and also La Pineda Main Beach. You can walk to the waterpark from here. Surrounding Hotles are also of high standard. Building Site Opposite in 2007 but remember they shut for whole of August. 35E Taxi Fare from Reus Airport. Food was very good standard, buffet style with some grill cooking in each mealtime. Evening Entertainment pretty patchy. Go to the Waterfront Pub on the beachfront for a great meal during your stay - terrific food and great value. All Inclusive controlled by a swipe card which means proper glasses and the mix of board basis in the hotel means it doesnt become a degenerative mess every day. All in All, if you book expecting 3* All Inclusive to Spain with good weather and good location, you won't be disappointed."
- Travel date: 20th June 2007
Brilliant hotel. Extremely clean and fri...
"Brilliant hotel. Extremely clean and friendly, good for families! Must say childrenâs pool is a bit on the smaller side but the kidney shaped pool is an ok size and again is cleaned regularly. The food at this hotel was fantastic, a lot of thing to choose from hot meat, cold meat fish, soups, vegetables and much more! The hotel rooms themselves were basic but clean and tidy looking. Location is great right next to beach and a 10 walk to the promenade. Would strongly recommend this hotel had a fantastic holiday here!"
- Travel date: 24th February 2007
Loved it great location
"We went on the 25th june which was our wedding anniversary, when we got to the hotel it was in a great location and close to the beach. you can see the beach from the main entrance and a 2 minute walk from the main promernade. you can get on the bus or land train to solu very cheaply and they go to porta venturer. You also have a water park about 5 mins from the hotel and that's walking there. the food was great and fresh, the rooms are roomy and clean. We are going back next year with the children because there is things for them to do localy without traveling to far and we enjoyed ourselfs so much. If you don't have transfers from the airport haggle with the taxi's outside but make sure you agree a price before you leave i think it cost us 30 euros for the pair of us wheres if you arrange this through the travel agents it is around 70 euros each."
- Travel date: 8th October 2006
Top traveller tips for Hotel Best Sol D'Or
"Go self catering as you know you wont be assaulted waiting for your food!"
"family holiday for young kids"
Hotel Best Sol D'Or is also called
- Sol D'Or
- Sol d'Or Hotel
- sol d or salou