1 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
TRAVEL We flew from Stansted to Reus wit...
We flew from Stansted to Reus with Ryanair (as usual, a pretty apalling experience!) Reus is a very quiet regional airport with no delays for formalities or baggage reclaim. The taxi from the airport to the hotel took about 15 minutes and cost a rather hefty 30 Euros.
The hotel is situated in a quiet side street near the shops and five minutes walk from the wide sandy beach.
We arrived at the hotel at 10am, but were advised that our room was not yet ready. The receptionist offered to lock our luggage away and advised us to return at 11am. We returned at 11am and checked in to our room which had obviously been previously occupied by a very heavy smoker. The housekeeper was in the corridor and offered to help by opening the windows and spraying air freshener. I decided to ask reception if they had a non-smoking room available. They quickly allocated us a new room, which was acceptable.
The air conditioning and safe did not work, but were very quickly repaired. The room was very modern and minimalist with grey furnishings, a laminate floor and LCD TV mounted on the wall. We both found that the mattress was rather hard, resulting in a stiff back in the morning. The bathroom was nicely appointed, but there was only a shower cubicle and no bath. There was a small balcony with 2 plastic chairs and a clothes airer with pegs that overlooked the street.
The hotel is small and has limited public areas for relaxing. There is a bar with a few seats and a TV and some seating in the lift lobby/reception. There is a small roof-top pool with a few sunbeds, which was not well-used by guests.
We had booked on a half-board basis and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the evening meal. There were three choices for each course, with the main course having at least one fish option. Our only observation was that there were no vegetables served with any main course. There was a good choice of wine, with a mid-priced bottle costing a very reasonable 10 Euros. The breakfast buffet was served in a different room and offered the usual spread of continental options, including sausage, bacon and scrambled egg. Due to the design of the breakfast room, it was rather noisy and not especially relaxing.
We found the staff to be generally very friendly and obliging. The barman, Gerardo was particularly amusing and hospitable and spoke excellent English, as he had worked in London for many years. Not all staff spoke English, but there was usually someone available to assist with any language difficulties.
Salou is a modern, clean and friendly town that is not over-commercialised. The resort seems to be popular with Spanish tourists, with other nationalities being very much in the minority. There is a wide palm tree lined esplanade running adjacent to to beach. If you want a sunbed on the beach, the cost is 4 Euros, plus 6 Euros for an essential parasol. The beds and parasols were in very good condition and the beach was cleaned every night. There were small kiosks on the beach selling coffee, beer, ice-cream and hot dogs etc at very reasonable prices.
The hotel receptionist booked us a taxi to the airport (30 Euros again). The check-in process seemed a little slow, as many travellers were being advised that their bags were over the 15 KG limit. The check-in agents don't accept payment, so weary travellers were despatched to another desk to pay the excess baggage fees (8 Euros per KG.) These travellers were then permitted to rejoin the front of the queue. Once at the gate, there was the inevitable crush when the flight was called, which generally seems to cause minor conflict amongst the passengers! I wish Ryanair would follow easyJet's example of allocating passengers a letter and calling forward the letters in order of check-in. I would advise Priority Boarding at Â£2 per passenger each way to reduce the stress of the scrum.
We enjoyed our four nights and would happily return in the future for a short-break. "
- Travel date: Fri 31st of August 2007