A tourism favourite on the Catalonian coast, Salou has it all: gorgeous coastal scenery, top theme parks like PortAventura and, of course, some fantastic hotels to match. From family-friendly resorts to adults-only spa retreats, here’s our choice of the best hotels in Salou, bookable via Culture Trip.
Modelled on a traditional Mediterranean village, the buildings at this popular resort are adobe-walled, red-roofed villas set around an outdoor pool complex. Rooms have a bright feel – all light wood and natural light – and afford you unlimited access to PortAventura theme park, which is home to roller coasters, log flumes, teacups and more, in themed areas based on different parts of the world.
With wicker furniture everywhere, oars decorating the walls and a sandy colour palette, there’s a boho, beachy feel to this four-star hotel in Salou. Rooms maintain this aesthetic and have terraces overlooking either the street or the sea – while Spanish cuisine is beautifully presented at the Arena Tapas Restaurant, where the jamón ibérico is particularly celebrated.
If top-quality food is important to you when booking a holiday, look no further than this Salou hotel – where the in-house restaurant, Deliranto, has been awarded a Michelin star for its superb tasting menus, based on stories from Orpheus to Alice in Wonderland. Rooms are stylish and modern, and the superior rooms – with walls and floors decked out in polished wood – are particularly lovely.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the PortAventura theme park, this resort’s location is hard to beat – but it has much to recommend it besides. Rooms have a bright, contemporary feel – with vibrantly coloured burnt orange armchairs and terraces overlooking the hotel grounds, while there are several eating and drinking options to keep you refreshed. Table tennis, pool, table football and a large lagoon pool are among the recreational amenities on offer.
The French-style Mansión de Lucy has a lovely Old World feel, and the spacious guest rooms feature floral bedspreads and wallpaper, rich wood furniture and comfy sofas. Your stay includes access to the PortAventura theme park, as well as preferential seating at the Templo Mágico Jing-Chou and the Gran Teatro Imperial theatres. Back at the hotel, there’s a great pool, and the restaurant serves superb European cuisine like Black Angus entrecôte.
A red-roofed, white-walled monolith set around an oval swimming pool, Hotel Best San Diego is a classic Spanish resort hotel with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Rooms have marble bathrooms, a modern feel and glass balconies overlooking the pool – which includes areas for adults and children. There’s also the Mini Club where the kids can play. In the evening, a programme of music, comedy and dance shows appeals to the whole family.
Perched right on the seafront in Salou, this adults-only retreat is a stylish haven of laid-back luxury. Standard premium rooms have indulgent waterfall showers, while superior rooms feature balconies with views over the Mediterranean Sea. Sun loungers line the outdoor pool deck, while massage and sauna rooms can be found at the spa. Finally, the hotel’s position – just a stone’s throw from the beach – is hard to beat.
Like its namesake Leonardo, the Hotel Best Da Vinci Royal is all about aesthetics, proportion and attention to detail – the cool, minimalist lines of the lobby are reflected in the guest rooms and apartments, which sleep up to three. The hub of hotel life is the lounge bar, where you can shoot some billiards before enjoying a cocktail on the terrace.
From the studded leather armchairs and eye-catching amphorae that adorn the lobby to the stylish guest rooms with colourful patterned tiles in the bathrooms, design is a priority at the H10 Vintage Salou. Opt for a superior room for terrace views over the pool, and don’t miss Les Vinyes restaurant – where chefs in a show kitchen whip up sumptuous seafood like shrimp tempura.
As the name suggests, water lovers will feel right at home at the Acqua Hotel, which has a heated indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool with a sundeck, and a sauna for guests to use. Rooms have a stylish feel, finished with wooden floors and furniture and terraces in even the entry-level rooms. The jewel in the hotel’s crown is the relaxing lounge, where you’ll find a well-stocked bar and a piano.
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