I leave reviews on trip advisor WHEREVER we go. Whether it’s a cafe or a hotel, I always review the shit out of them because you can’t beat an honest review really can you? The one I left for our hotel in Turkey in June has had come with benefits, we’re going back there next year and it’s cost us nothing. We have had meals in restaurants for free due to me reviewing them, but on the down side.. not all of these reviews are good. And there’s no point in pretending they are because what good is that going to do anybody who reads it?
I’m honest. Sometimes I’m too honest. But just like I praise something if I enjoy it, I’ll criticise it if I don’t and hopefully others can learn from my experience and make their own judgement after reading my thoughts.
I asked my followers on Instagram whether or not I should post on here my recent trip advisor review for the hotel we stayed in, in Barcelona and this is what they said..
Here’s my trip advisor review for our hotel in Barcelona, submitted on Thursday ✨
My wife and I recently got married and decided to be spontaneous and book a “mystery holiday” through sunshine holidays. We were guaranteed a 4 star hotel but had no idea where exactly we would be staying until two days prior to our flight. When we finally got the email to say we would be staying at the Pineda palace, I’ll be honest I wasn’t impressed. The reviews were pretty much all crap and the photos showed an old fashioned run down hotel which isn’t my cup of tea at all. After 45 minutes on the phone to sunshine holidays trying to change the hotel, and getting nowhere as it was too close to the departure date, we were left with no choice but to make the best of it and see it as an adventure. The shuttle bus from Barcelona airport to the hotel was absolutely horrific, from speaking to other people on our bus/coach who had holidayed in Barcelona before, we now know that all shuttle busses from the airport to hotels are known to take a long time. We sat on the coach for about 30 minutes before the driver decided to put his foot down, then he took us to terminal 1 to pick up even more passengers even though there was barely any room left on the coach! 1 hour and 45 minutes later we arrived at Pineda Palace, tired, hot and ready to sleep. The front of the hotel is facing a railway track and behind that is the beach which admittedly is beautiful. The actual enterance of the hotel is underwhelming and reminded me of faulty towers! The guy who checked us in was tall, grey and with a receding hairline.. I think he may have been French but I’m not certain. Anyway, he’d obviously been on a long shift because his mouth was incredibly dry and this breath smelt so bad, bless his heart though he was pleasant enough and even gave us a sea view room which apparently is an additional €35 a night!! We were in room 527 on the fifth floor, right by the lift and our view was incredible. The room itself was 1960’s decor and not been updated since. The beds were two singles pushed together and I think my back needs 6 months of physio now after 4 nights of sleeping on it. The bathroom was ok, again old fashioned but the shower was good and really powerful. The TV was a nice size and on the wall but we couldn’t get any English channels which was annoying! WiFi was €10 euros per person for 3 days which I actually thought was quite a lot but there you go, we still paid it because I wasn’t about to be without Instagram for 4 days. The restaurant in the hotel is probably the worst restaurant in any hotel I have ever stayed in (I’ve been to all the Canary Islands, Italy, Tunisia, Ibiza, Turkey, etc) but this restaurant is the equivalent of what I imagine retirement home meals to be like. Nothing is warm, everything is tasteless and boring. I had pasta at every meal but even that was ringing in water because apparently this hotel don’t believe in draining their pasta before shoving it on your plate! My wife had chips and bread at every single meal because the sight of everything else turned her stomach. The Italian themed night was the best, the risotto was edible and we had seconds but everything else was gross. Breakfast was an absolute car crash, the eggs looked like they should still be in the chicken!! I had pancakes most mornings but they tasted like rubber and I couldn’t wash away the taste with the orange juice because that tasted like rats piss so I spent all of my money in the vending machine situated in reception on cans of sprite and bars of kinder bueno, 4 days in and I think I am turning into a kinder bueno so it’s probably just as well we fly home later today. The swimming pool situated on the rooftop on the top floor of the hotel has some pretty views, but the swimming pool itself is smaller than one you could get in your back garden. We didn’t go in the pool once where usually every holiday we go on we spend all day lounging by the pool and swimming. It just wasn’t appealing here. There’s some nice seating next to the bar on the rooftop which we sat at occasionally with a drink only because there was nothing else to do. If you cross the road from the hotel and walk under the subway you will come out directly on the beach and you’ll see the beach bar called Molokos. Definitely worth giving this a go, we went a few times, the seating, cocktails and atmosphere is great and it’s right on the beach so you’ve got a beautiful view. The strawberry daiquiris are amazing and come frozen in a huge glass. We had lunch here one day too, I had tagliatelle carbonara which was €7 and really nice. On our final night we decided to walk left of the hotel down to a pizza place and had dinner. Worst pizza I have ever had in my lifetime! It tasted like charcoal and I dunno what cheese was used on it but it wasn’t mozeralla that I’m certain of. The tiramisu came out of a packet and they charged €5 for that so yeah I would advise you stay well clear of that place. There’s a little train stop opposite the hotel which you can catch once an hour for €3 that takes you into the little town of Calella. We did this and enjoyed it. Calella is okay, it has lots of shops and bars and restaurants so if you fancied a day out you should do this. I’d say that and the beach bar were the best things about this mini break away. I don’t think we will visit Barcelona again, especially not this area and absolutely not this hotel. I am so confused how it’s gained a 4star superior rating, I wouldn’t even give it 2 stars. It’s full of old people who are aged 65 plus and have walking sticks or zimma frames.. it’s all inclusive but you don’t get given a wrist band like in most all inclusive hotels, instead they give you about 5 plastic cards and you have to hand these cards into the bar each time you want a drink. They keep hold of the cards until you return the glass back and want another. The system they are using is soooo strange and seems very bizarre to me. This was meant to be our honeymoon break away, I feel like I need to check into the priory now.