11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice Hotel in Quiet Locaton
"My Husband and I spent 9 nghts at Melia Sitges. Nice, Clean, Comfortable room with pool view. Great rest in a quiet residential area with 10 minute walk to San Sebastian Beach and good selection of bars and resturants. Would recommed this hotel for a relaxing break away. Food ok but lots of selection in Sitges so would recommend to go out for dinner. Good breakfast with lots of selecton. Sign up for MAS card on check in and avail of discount on breakfast. We are returning this year again for a few nights.
Sitges is a really nice place with lots of charm and lovely resturants. Lots of gays about but it gives the place a real cosmopolitan feel and is really safe and pleasant."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of June 2006
Best Option on the Mediteranean
"I opted for the Melia Sitges after considering about every resort on the Mediteranean for a 5 day trip with my mother. I was looking for a good hotel, seaview and a small town with good restaurants and nice scenery. I am so glad i found all that -and more- here in Sitges.
I booked the presidential suite and the connecting deluxe-room which is on the topfloor (6th) facing East and South. The large suite is ok in design and furnishings but just fabulous as far as location, views and glamour is concerned. With its 2 large balconies it has sunshine from the morning to the late night and absolutely breathtaking views over the Mediteranean and the old town of Sitges. At this price (approx â¬ 350 a night) you'll not find more space (85 m2, about 120 m2 with the connecting room) and a better view. The suite offers a very large bathroom with full size jaccuzi which my mum very much enjoyed every day.
The only downside to the room is that there are no coffee or tea making facilities, that the terrace furniture is a bit on the cheap side and that the description of the suite implies there are 2 double beds (it says 2x2 bed), but this really means that the one bed is 2 meter by 2 meter.
If you want to treat yourself to some glamour, go here! The hotel staff is wonderful and all services and facilities are immaculate and well maintained. Don't worry about the walking distance to Sitges, it's just a 5 minute walk and you'll get peace and quiet in return since the area is very very quiet."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of June 2006
great as ever
"Stayed 3 nights in May 2006....been to the hotel before, although 15 mins walk from the centre of town, this is a great hotel for service, peace and great value....paid 110 euros for 2 including breakfast. Great views of the port and beyond. The breakfast is buffet style and vast with excellent service.....only a 3 min walk to the nudist beach with a great cafe bar serving excellent spanish food all day. Only down point is the hotel is sometimes heaving with conference delegates mid week and weddings at the weekend...overall a great hotel, good position and friendly faces.Going back in August, already secured great rates for high season."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of May 2006
Great views, shame about the wake-up call
"I booked the Melia on their website. As always, I asked for a high room with a good view in the special request box...amazingly they gave us a fantastic room on the top floor over looking marina and sea.
The hotel is OK, nothing fantastic, but from what we could tell there weren't many better options around, certainly not for the value we got here. Rooms were standard, the bathrooms a little tired, but nothing majorly wrong.
The location is on the outskirt, which makes it quieter and it is a short (although steep) walk down to the port restaurants and beach. The town was 20-30 mins walk, which was pleasant despite some of the contradictory comments on here...sure you walk across non-developed land, but it is safe, clean and I don't remember any grotty houses!
Disappointing part of the trip was reception forgot to call us to wake us up for our booked cab to the train station. As a result we had to pay â¬45 to rush to the airport. They offered no reason, apology or refund, but mainly because we couldn't be bothered to wait for the manager to sort it out.
All in all a good trip and if I were to go to Sitges again, I would probably opt for here."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of October 2005
Quiet Place on the Sea
"We stayed here for one night before taking a cruise out of Barcelona. It is an expensive taxi ride from the airport! Taking a train would have been cheaper. We had a wonderful room (clean and nicely furnished) overlooking the Sea and a bit of the residential area the hotel is located in. We had dinner at a beachside (literally) restaurant--not much English spoken there---but an interesting experience. It is a rocky walk to the town which was loaded with sunseekers. Several nude beaches."
- Travel date: Sat 1st of October 2005
"I am flabbergasted at the rave reviews of this hotel.
The hotel is modern and clean and looks nice as you approach it. But then it's down hill from there - at least it was for us.
It is stuck in the middle of no where on its own right on the outskirts of Sitges. It's about an hours walk from Sitges. You have to walk across derelict building land to get to Sitges, past some grotty houses and then uphill and downhill to the first focal point. It's a tedious and boring walk. Day in day out. But that's just to get to the first bit of Sitges. Then there is a 30 minute trudge to the main bit. So at night if you're not that mobile it's taxis.
The hotel looks big, but the garden is very small with a small cold pool. Overlooked by apartment blocks.
Breakfast was ok. But not the hot food. It was greasy oily eggs quivering under hot lamps. Why do Melia do this? Why can't they have cooking stations where you can get stuff fresh? Dinner was apalling. I could only just manage the salad bar. The hot food was disgusting. I have now reached the final conclusion that the Spanish cannot cook.
The service was frosty at best. This is not the friendliest part of Spain - Andalucia and Marbella and Seville put this area to absolute shame. Several of the waiters were nasty old queens who looked as if they had sour lemons in certains parts of their anatomy!
At night the hotel was boring. Nothing to do. And nothing to do around it. Apart from face that trek across dark building plots.
The room was standard Melia.
As for Sitges, well, after having had holidays on the Italian Rivieras, the South of France and Marbella etc., Sitges is simply a depressing, funless, cheerless dump. The only decent day trip is to Barcelona. Compare that to the trips to be had from Cannes, Marbella and Sorrento.
Overall we found this hotel to be strangely depressing. There were 2 other Londoners there, who were similarly down at heart and flew back early. That left us with frosty faced Spanish and the ghastly ugly sisters waiters.
Seriously, if anyone thinks that this hotel is 5 star then they need to travel more. And this is the most dreary and pointless part of Spain.
Sorry to be so negative, but time is life and holidays are precious time, so if it's bad it's bad."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of September 2005
Great corporate hotel but fair location
"The room and the hotel itself were great. Pool area very nice but if you want to be in the middle of Sitges don't stay here. Cab rides were 8-10 euros to town about 1.5 miles away and could take up to 30 minutes to get a cab. Bus to town runs every 30 minutes but did not take it as nightlife does not get going till well past 11 pm and the bus stops running well before that. On the morning of checkout just wanted coffee and were told that we would have to pay 19 euros for the breakfast buffet just for that cup. Told to go to the bar...it was closed! On the plus side though the room and views were fantastic."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of September 2005
"No 1 Hotel is Sitges? IÂ´d hate to see the others!! The rooms are noisy (none of the doors close without slamming), and when I moved rooms today to what I hoped would be a quieter end of the hotel, I discovered a room with a very damp carpet that no one seems to know anything about, and a doorframe that looks as if someone has kicked in the door. There was also a pair of dirty socks hanging in the bathroom of the original room I checked into. To make matters worse, there was confusion over what I thought I had booked over the internet and what was actually on offer. Staff polite, but uninterested. Also one of the lifts kept sticking... If this is a 4 star hotel, they need some serious competition. Other than that Sitges is pretty nice."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of September 2005
"I cannot praise the Melia enough. Having stayed in a 5 star in Barcelona the 4 star Melia Sitges beat it hands down. It took a fast 15 minute and â¬50 taxi ride from the airport. You can get a train but must change and with heavy baggage that was going to be difficult. The lobby of the hotel is beautiful, with an atrium rising 6 floors and glass elevators gliding up and down. The staff were the nicest I met in any hotel. Suites are very reasonable and offer a large bedroom with terrace, a living room with another terrace and best of all two bathrooms! Overall very comfortable, well cleaned and a turn down service in evening. Make sure you sign up for the chain loyalty card called MAS. Its free to do so and when you have one, your partner gets free breakfast and you can also get a late checkout -up to 4pm, if available. The location is great, just above a nudist beach, and a 15 min walk into town. Sitges is very safe so no problems walking back late at night. The town attracts the more well healed tourist and is a huge favourite with the gay crowd. Lovely restaurants and shops. If you are going to Sitges or even Barcelona the Melia is the place to stay. Train station just a 15 min walk, return fare to centre of Barcelona (get off after Sants, stop called Passaig Gracia -more central) is only â¬4.60 and journey time is approx 35mins. Highly recommended."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of September 2005
"The Melia is a very comfortable four star hotel. Lovely (somewhat classic) decorated rooms, plush carpets, mirrors everywhere so donÂ´t be shy walking about when youÂ´ve just come out of the shower.
The beds are fantastic, never felt more rested. They even have a pillow menu, if you require another type. First we had a standard room on the north side, but because there was no view and no sun we changed it to a superior room, the best 18 euro extra I ever spent. The hotel is built on a hill, so the view from the balcony was fantastic, just relax and watch the sun set over Sitges and the bay. The pool area was very nice too, and the hotel is just a stroll away from two beaches (one nudist).
This hotel hardly has any downsides. The walk to Sitges downtown is just a little too far, it takes about 15 mins (all downhill), take a taxi back (approx 6 euro). There is a busstop in front of the hotel, however the buses only come every half hour till 8 pm. Another downside is that there is not much in the immediate area. The food in the hotel is average, but there are lots of nice, slightly snooty, restaurants at the marina.
Tip for downtown, Coco Rico is a very nice bar right in the heart of Sin Street. It features Latin music, and they have lovely CaipirinhaÂ´s (8,50 euro) plus great entertainment, consisting of three go go dancers: a very feminine guy (great dancer), a lady boy (transvestite) and a genuine girl (at least I think so). Sitges is happening! YouÂ´ll have a great time."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of September 2005
salou gay capitol of spain
"this is a very nice hotel with a mixed group of people from different countries. the staff in the hotel are excellent and very helpful.the rooms are a decent size,beds are comfortable,air conditioning is only adequate like most sol hotels.the pool is afine size with a deep end, towels are available free of charge,small refundable deposit required.the breakfast was adequate,hot food not very hot.there is a large supermarket nearby carrefour.the hotel is located close to the port with some very nice restaurants reasonably priced e.g.can laury paix with excellent sea food and tapas,staff are very helpful and friendly.a nice walk from the hotel 15 minutesto sitges town.i read reports from trip advisor and others saying taxis from barcelona airport to sitges cost 50 euros,not for me,barcelona terminal 2 to melia sitges 80.80euros.i only stayed 3 nights enjoyed immensely and would go back again but take a train from airport. jim o reilly dublin"
- Travel date: Tue 7th of August 2012