Pauline. Date of travel: Aug 2006
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The Maritim Princess Hotel has a nice reception area; reception staff were very polite and helpful. The hotel is well planned, a pretty pool area, and you can always get a sun bed, but the pool is freezing. The rooms are basic and quite small, so are the balconies. The child bed is a fold up, but very comfortable, as are all their beds. Our room was slightly bigger than the others, and we could put the third bed between the other two. Towels were replaced daily, and bed linen every three days. There is a nice sandy beach right outside the Maritim Princess Hotel, but the sea isn\'t very safe for children, after a couple of yards the sea bed drops sharply and goes quite deep, it also goes from Sandy to pebbles here so its hard underfoot. The sea was quite rough. The hotel is not in Cambrills, or for that matter in Salou, but there is a bus right outside the hotel and it\'s a really good service. Go to Cambrills, it\'s a lovely place.
Don\'t book the trips to Barcelona with the hotel Reps; you can book with the Bus Company, half the price and they are fantastic value for money.
If the ladies like Markets, try Salou on Monday, Cambrills on Wednesday (check with the bus driver it is going to the market as its an awful long way from Cambrills, and La Pineda on Friday, the Sunday Market the Reps bush you to get tickets for is a waste of time, three quarters of the stores are food and veg, who wants that when you can shop till you drop.
The big downside of the hotel, and the reason why we will not go there again is the food.
I should say that 75% of the guests are Russian, great, they were nice friendly people and its good to know they can now enjoy holidays abroad like we do, but the hotel caters for their taste in food. I will try anything, but some of the food looked disgusting. Our first evening meal was five types of fish, and a ham joint (very highly spiced) no vegetables, just chips. Even the salads were very different, stuffed tomatoes, Aubergines etc, and I am still pondering on just what they were stuffed with, certainly not anything I have eaten before. Being fair though, the soups were good, and so were the sweets, but there were never any hot sweets, only cold. Drinks were very expensive, both in the restaurant and in the bars. Most brochures list this as 4 star, the Hotel itself is marked 3 star, the hotel might be 3 star but the food was definitely 1 star, but we enjoyed our holiday, and if we go back there, we will try and get accommodation actually in Cambrills.
Tour Operator: Thomas Cook