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Travel Blogs from Sitges
Irina had heard really good things (and Uncle Dave had dutifully endorsed it as well!) of a small village about half an hour south of Barcelona: Sitges. Renowned for its gay-friendliness and its beaches, we discovered that you could get to it with the local commuter train! So Saturday morning we woke up to the prospects of a partly cloudy day, a …
Welcome to sunny Spain. Be careful of pick pockets on the train. They mostly sound like Russians, and try to get you as you board the train with your hands full. Try not to be last on the train and don't get on in the middle cariages. The train is the cheapest way ($5.00) to get to Sitges, but if you can afford it definately get a taxi, far less …
Keith and I headed off to Sitges around mid-morning while Meghan decided to have a rest day since she wasn't feeling very well. We already knew that the attendant at the train station didn’t speak English so we asked in our not-so-flawless Catalunian how to get to Sitges. Between half-understanding what he said and some gesturing, we managed to get return tickets from El Masnou to Sitges. We hopped off the train at Plaza Catalunya as ...
... come over to chat to me! I also realised that my Spanish (thanks to mis amigos en algunas cuidades) was good enough to give him a piece of my mind. Trying to use the excuse of "beer goggles"! He should have looked in a mirror!
But by that point, my tissue thin patience had been not only torn, but set alight and truly stamped on, so i left without saying anything, and walked back to the hotel in an inexplicably bad mood. I say inexplicable because the place hit every criteria. ...
... others I met, Mark was pretty casual about it; electing to take the photo himself :) Other photos to come, including the Grid Girls, and the Cerveza girls (Corona Girls, or as I refer to them, Coco and Chanel part 2; if you went to SKO and remember INXS at the after party, you'll ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Calipolis Sitges
We spent 10 days at the Calipolis Hotel and had a very good stay. The rooms were great, clean and spacious. The breakfast was wonderful, plenty of choice and cooked perfectly. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The only comment is that it lacked atmosphere, if you want a drink outside, you often had to wait for the staff to notice you as it was regularly empty. The situation was good, although lacking in a pool. I would go to this resort again, but choose a hotel with a pool. Can be noisy at night, so beware.
I stayed here for 2 weeks in June. I found it a pleasant hotel with pleasant staff. My room was on the first floor so I didn't experience any problems with water pressure. However, I inquired of a guest who was staying on the topmost floor and was informed that they weren't having any problems.
I stayed there for 4 nights in June 2004. This is a quality establishment deserving of its rating. Although internet descriptions of the hotel state that "most" rooms have a terrace or sea view, in fact at least a third have neither - beware if the deal seems cheap - I would check in advance. Saying that, the room I stayed in was large and clean, although it felt rather dated (70's?). Air conditioning worked well (I was there during a heat wave). Comfortable double bed. There was a problem with the shower - the shower head was too big for the water pressure so it just dribbled. There is a free (€10 deposit) beach towel service - you can change your towel each time you come back from the beach (very handy). The breakfast buffet is very impressive with a large selection of hot and cold food and drink - served from 7 - 11 so ideal for both the early birds and those who sample the delights of Sitges' (late) night life. I also tried out the buffet dinner one evening and it was good quality food, though the restaurant was a bit quiet. The hotel is ideally located near to central Sitges and the main beaches but just far enough from the bar/club noisy area of the town so you will get a good night's sleep. Mixed local and international clientele.
Excellent-Even better if it had a pool.
We stayed at the hotel in mid-May. It is a very good hotel with friendly staff. The room was above average size with a side-sea view balcony. There was a large selection of food for breakfast which one could enjoy whilst admiring the attractive view. The only minus point for some is the lack of a swimming pool-the one mentioned is across the road with no sign of it being filled.
We stayed 5 nights in late October 2003 for 60 euros per night, including taxes, for a twin room and including breakfast. Wonderful, large room facing sea with balcony. Breakfasts absolutely amazing selection of hot and cold food. Also had 2 evening meals there which were good value at just under 20 euros for the set menu. Hotel has a large, comfortable public lounge and extremely friendy staff. We had a wonderful stay. And Sitges is great too!
After suffering through our first night in Sitges in the dreadful Hotel Subur (stay away!), we moved as quick as possible to the marvelous Calipolis. Perhaps feeling sorry for us after our dire stories about the Subur, the clerk at the front desk offered us a special discounted rate of 100 euros on a room without a view, which we reserved without hesitation for the following night. When we checked in the next day, a different desk clerk upgraded us to a room with a view of the beach and a terrace so we ended up with an extraordinary set-up at an incredibly good price. The room was very nice with a stereo system, a big comfortable bed, and a nice bathroom. The hotel location is ideal with incredible views and ambiance, the staff was extremely helpful and kind (and good looking!), and the breakfast buffet the next morning was amazing delicious food of all types and great service. Excellent in every way! There is no question that we would stay at the Calipolis when next in Sitges.
Spacious room, excellent view
Booked the room for '99 on-line for one night only, got a wonderful suite with spacious bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. Balcony right on the corner of the building overlooking the beach. Was expecting at check-out time to have been charged more than I did pay, but no - a superb location, highly recommended.
Great service at a good hotel
I stayed for six nights and felt very comfortable in a room with a view of the boardwalk and the beach. Great location, right on the beach and in the restaurant/boardwalk/shops area, which accounts for the nightly pricing. I recommend splurging for the sea view. The room was always kept cleaned and organized, with plenty of space in the room (I had a double bed) and in the bathroom. The 8th & 9th (top) floors have problems with hot water pressure, which can't be corrected, and my bathtub never drained properly, but the desk personnel were first-rate in helping with all my questions about the area and making arrangements for taxis. The restaurant was nice, although I only ate there once, for breakfast. If locale and service are important to you, I recommend this hotel.
My wife and I stayed at the Calipolis for 3 nights early March 2003. The junior suite we booked was even better than it looked on the web-site. Our large balcony was situated in the perfect spot with a lovely view along the prom and out to see. Although shaded until midday we had the last of the sun in the afternoon. We could not fault anything about the hotel and will definitely make another booking if ever back in Sitges.
this hotel is really terrific. rooms are a good size. we had a sea view, very nice. very clean and comfortable. hotel has a pool on the sea. just beautiful. there is a small fee (very small) for the sun umbrellas and lounge chairs. breakfast was not included, but very good and reasonably priced.
staff was friendly. now my gripes: hotel has parking? not for us they didn't. plus we had to drive down a very narrow ramp to be told no parking was available. we then had to back all the way up the ramp. i requested months ahead a double bed/one bed. on arrival in our room we had two single beds. they were very unwilling to do anything. and never did for our entire (7 nite) stay. that was a big disappoinment for us .