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Golden Taurus Park Resort
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

This year was our fourth time to Golden Taurus Park, and I don't think it will be the last!!!

All the staff were fantastic as always, and considering the amount of people they get "through the door", to be remembered is great.

The whole hotel is spotless with cleaners working somewhere all through the day.

A lot of people who review this hotel complain about the food, well 2 out of our party were fussy eaters and always managed to find something to eat - if you can get the Thomson Full Board for Half Board deal, take it, its worth having the lunch there if you want it.

Location wise the hotel is a few minutes walk outside of a typical WORKING Spanish town - if you want non-stop bars and clubs, try Callela or Lloret, not Pineda. The noddy train (land train) will stop outside of the hotel and takes you to Callela in one direction and into Pindea the other way, its quite cheap too, especially if you don't fancy the walk.

The cheapest way to get to Lloret is on the train, but the nicest way by far is on the DofiJet boat, which stops at every coastal town on the way down to Tossa De Mar. One piece of advice though, if you do go on DofiJet, make sure you get back to the beach in plenty of time to catch it back, especially if its the last one), we heard rumours of people being left behind in Lloret because there wasnt space on the boat, and this was at the end of September.

If you fancy going to do some proper market shopping a visit to Tordera market is a must, but if you really want plenty of time to have a good look around, then the best way to do it is by train, and it only costs about 4 euros as compared to the 18 euros that Thomson wanted. From the train station the market is about a ten minute walk, but dont worry, you wont get lost as there will be plenty of people going in the same direction, if youre lucky you might get a seat on the minibus for 50 cents which will take you to the roundabout in town, just across the road. If you've never been to Tordera its worth it just for the experience - there are stalls selling everything, and I mean everything including baby chicks. If you do go to the market, go early! As with every crowded place, watch your bags and money, though we never heard of any incidents, its better to be safe.

This year the hotel was classed by Thomsons as a Kidzone hotel, which meant that sadly the kids entertainment wasnt a patch on previous years, only having 2 kids reps all week - Happy Feet Hayley and Sunshine Sas however did a fantastic job of keeping the kids amused!!!

The Animation Team run by the hotel were great, with loads of organised activities every day for adults and kids, some of the activities are a good chance to try things that you perhaps have never tried, they do archery, rifle shooting, pistol shooting, french boules as well as the usual football, tennis, badminton and mini golf. The mini club for kids was run by Jess again this year, and she was as good as ever - we love you Jess!!! The kids had themed parties and activities on certain days - Spanish Day, Oriental Party and Pirate Party as well as having other activities like football, bowling and mini golf. The mini discos at night are great with some good 'party' songs and dances, where the Animation Team dress as clowns on stage. The team are generally joined by the hotel mascot "Goldy" every night for a couple of dances.

Last but definitely by no means least, a special mention has to go out to two fantastic ladies who work at the hotel, one is Charlotte who works on Reception, a proper British lass who is so fluent in Spanish its scarey!!! The other being the amazing and wonderful "guest relations" Kelli, who sometimes does the mini disco as well towards the end of season..... if you have ANY problems at all these lovely ladies will do whatever they can to help - see you soon girls xxxx

Remember though, as Pineda is typically a working town rather than a tourist town the majority of shops may close for siesta

Room Tip: Family Suites are great for families with kids!!!! If you don't want the noise from Habana Bar try and get a third floor!
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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12  Thank donnas28
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

I did stay at the Hotel and to be fair it does state in the brochure Family, so I have nothing negative to say in that regard. I am a solo traveller I did not quite expect it be be so built around children but it is, and for a solo traveller in this hotel you stick out quite a bit.

The bar staff were friendly and accommodating and inspite of the endless kids asking them for lollipops they always seem to keep a smile on their face.

The Food, was not great really, I ate breakfast and occasionally lunch but ate out most nights as the food was not that good and hot food was warm, which always bothers me, so stuck to salads a lot.

As I say the entertainment revolved around kids really which is great for the families and they seem to love it and have a good time.

The room was fine - I did ask the room maid for an extra couple of blankets to put on the bed as the mattress was so hard my back was giving me agony and she did eventually leave them but they didn't help much.

The area around the hotel is lovely - have been to Pineda before and it's a lovely stroll to shops and the like and has a little tourist train that stops just along side the hotel to pick up and take to Calella and not much to pay either.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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4  Thank Amysterymember
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

just got back from a 10 night holiday to the golden taurus park hotel in pineda del mar.
we went all inclusive, and i dont know where they get there idea of all inclusive from, but i can tell you it was not all it promised to be.
you got your 3 sittings in the restaurant, the same as everybody else.
you could have beer/tea/coffee/water and a few other drinks free, but most of the drinks you have to pay a percentage towards them.
secondly, if you wanted a snack from the snack bar you could only get them free between the hours of 10am to 12.00 midday, then 16.00pm to 18.00pm, then 22.00pm to 23.00pm, outside of these times you have to pay full price.
so my tip of the day is, avoid this hotel. find somewhere else that really does all inclusive and not just part time.

Room Tip: another hotel
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank generalthrash
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

The hotel was well laid out, situated with easy access to Pineda centre and rail station(15mins walk), Calella (20mins walk). Easy access to nice clean beaches and relaxing walks. A hop on/off little holiday train stopped outside the hotel and ran every 30mins to either resort cost 3 euros round trip 1.75 euros one way. The main line train to Barcelona ran every 30 mins (8 Euros return), about 1 hour journey each way. The Thomson excursion to Barcelona was very enjoyable, the guide was excellent. The hotel was very clean, rooms attended daily and all the staff very friendly . The meals were buffet style with lots of choice, no apparent dress code for evening meal (vest and shorts accepted) not nice to see! The pools were quite attractive, plenty of sun beds.The room we were allocated on arrival was terrible (No.134), directly above the Bar/entertainment area. The noise finished at 00.30am. Avoid this series of rooms if possible. The Thomson staff were very friendly and assisted with a room change thereafter no problems. The rooms are adequate, the bathroom lacked shelving and hooks, nowhere to put anything. The shower was ok, good water pressure. The wardrobe was adequate, it contained an optional safe (20 Euros + 10 refundable deposit). Despite minor problems we would recommend this child friendly and family oriented Hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view/pool view and avoid rooms above entertainment area
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank eurogaisers
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

I took my wife and 15 month old baby here for a 10 day holiday at the end of September, and on the whole we were very happy! Great hotel, very clean, excellent facilities.

BUT, as far as the food in the restaurant was concerned, it was edible but bland.

The drinks from the vending machines, dotted around the hotel, are extortionately priced. €1.90 for a bottle of water or can of Coke that was only 55c at the supermarket across the road!

The hotel entertainment was good on the nights when professionals had been booked, but some nights was provided by the hotel's own entertainment team whose results, despite (to their credit) a lot of effort, were pretty dire. Still, kids seemed to like them.

However, on the nights when the entertainment wasn't great, forget about going out for a walk: there's nothing nearby. It's a small, quiet town. But we knew this when we booked, as we didn't want a very lively resort due to taking a baby.

All in all, a good holiday, but points lost for the food, some entertainment and location.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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3  Thank OwenHerts
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