I have been asked which hotels I consider the best and worst in Calella.
Well, the best is easy, of all the hotels I have stayed in up to now, the Maritim wins hands down and I am reluctant to try any of the others on my wishlist in case I am disappointed! Others on my wishlist include the Bernat II and the Hotel Mar Blau.
Whilst not wanting to call any hotels 'the worst' there are hotels I would not stay in now although they do have their uses. The Olympic, for example. I have stayed in the Olympic a few times in the past when I could not afford any better. Working full time I was determined to have a week in Spain every year but it had to be cheap which meant coach travel and budget hotels.
Similarly with the Bon Repos and its sister hotel the Esplai, when they were all I could afford I was grateful for them.
One of the problems with the cheaper hotels is that they are used by the German holiday companies who specialise in coaching in hundreds of teenagers who run riot around the hotels and resort with no supervision at all.
One year a group were running around the hotel banging on doors at 5.30 in the morning, I was so worried that I put a door under the doorknob and I do not scare easily. This was in the Haromar.
Another year, every non German in the hotel (the Calella Palace, or Osiris as it was then), lined the terrace and clapped as the teenagers all trudged off to their coach dragging their cases for the journey home.
Another issue is the location of the single rooms in the cheaper hotels. They are never the best located in any hotels, usually having views of the bins, but in the Olympic I was right next to the lifts, which were not quiet and were going all night.
I have stayed in the Amaika which was a good hotel, although the standards seem to have dropped in recent years. This is a 4* hotel with the interior resembling the Titanic, why anyone would want to base their decor on a sunken ship I don't know.
The rooms in the Les Palmeres were fantastic, but the hotel is definitely geared towards the older traveller.
I enjoyed my stay in the Hotel Vila, it looked completely uninspiring from the outside but inside it was amazing. But it is more a weekend break type hotel rather than for a full week.
Do you have a favourite hotel?