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Historical Traveler Reviews Best Cambrils
I took my wife and two daughters 12 and 17. We had overall a memorable holiday although everything was not perfect but that can make for plenty to talk about after your holiday. The reception area although nicely laid out smelt of drains. The rooms are basic but clean, you have to hire a safe key and a fridge which are essential items. A £20 deposit for the TV remote control. The lamp at the side of the bed did not work so out came the screwdriver a loose wire. The air conditioning was poor even after dismatling and cleaning the clogged filter. Carefull of the rear rooms as it is next to a train line and they are noisy.
The dining is a experiance to behold, a bun fight to put it mildly, there is plenty of food of various choice and we had no trouble putting together a decent meal. Get down to breakafast before 8-30 to avoid the queues The swimming pool is nice but too small for the numbers in the hotel. You need to get down early with your towels, something I dislike but have to do. claiming a sun shade is a beurocratic nightmare and a health and safety hazard, the brolly chopped a piece out of my finger, ouch ! the concrete bases are heavy and dangerous to move with flip flops on, cringe !. The lifeguard did not do much lifeguarding, he was too busy talking on his mobile or reading his book but at least he was there I suppose. There was plenty of entertainment, organised sports activitys and shows in the evening. We only found the sports activitys on the last day, so ask at reception for details, shooting, archery, pool volley ball. The buses at the front of the hotel are frequent cheap and airconditioned. Cambrills is a nice family evening shopping and people watching with a nice port. The thompson reps were helpful and often available in the hotel. There are some PCs in reception 2 euros 20 mins but it takes 20 mins to download a page so forget it. The staff can be abrupt at times but its great fun watching the holiday makers stressing out over the various inadequacy's of the hotel. All in all a fair holiday for the price.
Average Hotel with Potential
My boyfriend and I have just returned from a weeks stay at the Cambrils Princess. I must admit after reading other reviews I was very wary of what the hotel would be like.
On arrival at the hotel at 4.30 am in the morning we were greeted by a reception that smelt of beer. When we finally went to bed we were kept awake by the noisy train at the back of the hotel and the bed was uncomfortable. The next day we went for breakfast there was a huge que and it was chaos. This was not a good start and we worried about the rest of the holiday.
However, the food in the evening was really good and there was lots of choice - diffferent most nights - choice of meat and fish and was always warm. We got better at judging when to go to both breakfast and evening meals to avoid ques etc. Top tip though you need to ask for red wine at room temperature as they chill this and you also need to ask for an ice bucket if you have white wine.
We did find that alot of the staff did not understand English and were quite rude - hotel catered mainly for spanish and germans. However there was one bar man who was really great called Raul, who was just lovely, could not do enough for you.
My boyfriend thought the gym was great but it could have done with being air conditioned. Some of the entertainment was good in the evening but some fairly average. We went into Salou to an irish bar called Dannys Bar - good for all the family and also found a romantic beach bar overlooking the sea directly over the road from the hotel. The hotel pool was very clean and a lifeguard on duty from first thing in the morning to last thing at night..Beach just accross the road which was nice but the sea was not very clean.
We did get used to the train which didn't turn out to be too bad at all in the end.
On the whole the Hotel was clean and great value for money. I booked the holiday on a late deal, so for what we had paid it wasnt bad at all and we enhoyed our stay. I would rate it a 3 star though - if the staff were better trained and the dining hall was better organised im sure the hotel would be alot more successful.
Good value for money
Four of us stayed here in July 2006 (out of the UK school holiday season). "We" were two 13 year girls and their mums (no age given!).
I had read some terrible reviews before we left and was concerened we had booked a "bad" one. I am pleased to report that the hotel was great.
It was busy and yes sometimes you did have to queue up to get in the dining room but the wait was minimal and the food was worth waiting for.
The pool area was well run and there were plenty of sunbeds (although most people did reserve them with towels early morning). If you like the beach then the local beach is 3 minuites walk away and is fabulous!
The rooms were comfortable and the balcony adequate. Plenty of storage space, maid service every day.
The hotel had internet access which was a great place for the kids to meet up and make friends. The evening entertainment wasn't geraed to teenagers but i dont think they really noticed it.
All in all a great place for families with young children or older couples. Although I have said that all four of us had a great time and found that there was something for everyone.
Value for money
My husband and I have recently returned from a week's holiday in the Cambrils Princess Hotel. I find it difficult to equate our experience with the other reviews on this page. Were we at the same Hotel, I wonder???
We thought that the Hotel was excellent and good value for money. My husband has some mobility difficulty and on finding we were on the third floor, I requested a room change to the ground floor and this was swiftly arranged by an extremely pleasant young man in Reception (Joseph Maria). The room we were allocated was in a small separate block; the train did run behind it and was noisy but we became immune to it after a short time - it didn't bother us one bit.
Most of the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful especially the waiters in the bar and the girls in the dining-room. The reception desk staff was mixed, ranging from excellent (Josep Maria) to a tad surly.
It is true that there were queues for the diningroom at times, but it was easy to work out the best time to go to the diningroom - we never had to queue. The buffet-style food is quite good without being gourmet - plenty of choice. The Head Waiter is not rude, but does keep a very strict eye on the number of tables available so that people don't wander about with no place to sit.
There is a beautiful beach just across the road, such a contrast to Salou itself where there seem to be thousands of holidaymakers crammed into a very small space of beach while 2 miles down the prom. in Cambrils, there is this wonderful beach with a few groups scattered here and there in perfect comfort.
The pool area is beautiful with plenty of space and plenty of sun-loungers. The whole place is extremely clean.
The Hotel is probably more suited to an older age-group although there were several families.there - a few of the older children got extremely boisterous on one occasion and we did notice that there was no sign of security around to check them.
We enjoyed our stay and hope to go back there.
Stayed at this hotel in July 2005 - Dreadful small room on an angle, dark and over the kitchen. Food for whole 7 days bland & cold with lots of lettuce and fish! had to set own table for breakfast and some times wait to get into the dining room. Staff not very helpful, head waiter very rude, and the dining room is very noisy. The railway at the back of the hotel runs all night. keeps you awake. Be aware of the beach - at 2pm each day the tide turns and the wind drives you off the beach!
food cold, had to set own table for breakfast and some times wait to get into the dining room. Staff not very helpful and the dining room is very noisy. The railway at the back of the hotel runs all night.keeps you awake. central position and the bus service very good.
We have just returned and found the food cold, bland and we had to set our own tables. The railway line was busy and noisey and the reps were beyond caring. A total waste of money read other views on this hotel I kid you not; I have stayed at better Travel lodges and eaten better at KFC
I have just returned from the Cambrils Princess, 7 - 14 Sept 05 having booked the flight with a cheap airline and the accommodation with an agency saving a lot of money than going with the recognised operator.
The food was cold and my daughter and I virtually cooked our own breakfasts by boiling our own eggs and toasting the bread. Yes we did have to get our own cutlery. Dinner was the worst I have ever had at any hotel. They dished up vegetable soup three days running and then called it Green pea one night and then Mushroom the next. My daughter was sure that it was the same soup. The show cooking was under cooked but hot. There was a microwave and we resorted to heating our meals up for 2 mins. The staff in the restaurant were rude and abrupt, again the worst I have ever experienced and I have stayed at other Princess hotels.
We were lucky with the room I e-mailed the hotel 2 days before we arrived and requested a room overlooking the pool. I took a copy of the e-mail with me and struck lucky, we even had a pool view. The trains were a problem with all the guests we spoke to who had rooms at the back. The trains sounded the hooters in the very early hours of the morning.
We did not smell the drains ourselves but kept well away from the shower areas by the pool.
One of the worst and worrying things I encountered was the lifeguard who sat in the shade reading a book and would not have noticed if any one was in trouble in the pool.
Don't Waste Your Money
Just got back from Gambrils Princess, after a 1 week stay (6th Sept - 13th Sept), and can honestly say, wish I had'nt wasted my money.
The food was cold, no matter what time you went to the restraunt. They did have a microwave to heat food, but do you go to a 4* hotel to heat your own food?
The railway ran right past our room, and trains were running throughout the night. I did complain to the Thomson Rep, but to no avail, useless they are.
The pool drains stank throughout the day, again no response from either hotel or Thomson reps.
I cannot believe this hotel has a 4* rating, we even had to get our own cutlery for breakfast.
Waiters / Dining room staff showed no interset in being of any help.
To recap, save your money, and book into another hotel.
I am also in the process of writing to Thomson's to complain.
Just got back from Cambrils Princess about a week ago now. I stayed for 7 nights, and i can honestly say 7 nights was long enough!! The hotel is very nice, clean and the food is good, however there wasnt much choice or different types of food as i expected .... especially for familys with children. If your a big fish eater then it will be like heaven for you! Id say another big problem with the hotel is the train line that runs right at the back all through the day mostly through-out the night too. This is VERY loud if you have a room at the back of the hotel (like we did) insted of a pool view room, as they must travel at the speed of 90mph and can stop you from sleeping, so take some ear plugs! My parents came the same time as me too and requested a pool view room which, they got by emailing. Id advise to do this about 1month before departing.
The hotels entertainment wasnt good neither, it was all in spanish and we couldnt understand a word they were saying. Plus one night there was a spanish juggler who kept dropping all his skittles! (highly amusing!)
Infact Cambrils Princess is a spanish hotel, id say its 80% Spanish, 10% English and 10% French!
One thing that was brill tho was the beach across the road. Really nice white fluffy sand with a warm sea, best part of the holiday!!
If your going to cambrils as a teenager in aim of bars and restaurants then its definetly the wrong place for you. Salou is approx 1hr walk to the centre from the left of the hotel, and Cambrils Center is Approx 45mins walk from the right. There are bars and restaurants surrounding the hotel but they are all very tacky and dirty, so we ended up going to Cambrils center in a taxi every night.
Apart from the traveling from hotel to Cambrils center to find a decent bar or restaurant, and struggling to find an english person to speak to the holiday its self was good, but i will not be visiting here again.
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