I like this hotel. We stayed for a night when visiting family nearby and it confirmed earlier positive impressions from a previous visit. One great advantage for us as we make quite a lot of short visits is that, unlike many resort hotels, they seem happy to book you for individual nights rather than insisting on a week. It's part of a Spanish chain and some of their hotels appear highly aspirational; this one is not like that at all. It carries a four star rating and its rooms and overall ambience are characteristic of Spanish hotels in that category. However it has quite a low key atmosphere, at least out of season, with quiet public areas and not much bustle in the bars and restaurant.
It is staffed by very cheerful, efficient, receptionists and the bar staff were prompt and amenable. We only ate the inclusive buffet breakfast and some late night bar snacks. The former was generous in scale, a bit pedestrian in quality. The latter were reasonably priced and of decent quality. The location is a definite plus. It's situated a short walk out of the centre of Platja d'Aro which is a not untypical Costa Brava resort; less brash than Lloret down the coast but still with overt evidence of mass tourism. However despite the tourists the Costa Brava manages to retain some of its striking appearance and the hotel is located above a small, relatively private, bay complete with beach. A few steps from the rear of the hotel and you would be there. The coastal footpath runs along the rear of the bay and walking in either direction accesses other coves and small bays. Some of the hotel rooms have views over the sea although the structure of the hotel means you may be looking out over a roof. There is a fair sized terrace swimming pool also overlooking the beach and sea. The hotel has a small spa which my wife patronised as part of our room deal; I suspect that some arrangements demand extra payment for the facility. You do have to pay for parking and that is effectively unavoidable as there doesn't appear to be any immediately available nearby free parking. Although the hotel is just off a main road [less busy now that Platja d'Aro has a by-pass] passing traffic doesn't impinge on the hotel. In any event as far as I could see most rooms are away from the road.
The room we had overlooked the pool with a clear view out towards the Mediterranean. It was sufficiently spacious, although not huge, with a well equipped bathroom although I yearn for the walk-in shower rather than the one over a bath favoured by most of the Spanish hotels I visit. There was a little noise from the room above I suspect because they had the balcony windows open but we slept well and without interference. The hotel seems to have and affinity with petrol-heads; our first visit coincided with a congress of Harley-Davison chapters and on this occasion it was some kind of Mini-Cooper rally so despite the season the hotel was reasonably busy. To its credit this was handled without fuss and certainly we never felt affected even at breakfast which was quite busy.
Overall then we took away a very positive view of the Silken chain and in particular this hotel. It doesn't try to be something it isn't; it provides a straightforward, efficient, comprehensive and cheerful service in pleasant surroundings at a good location. The price is competitive [we paid about 70 euros for bed and breakfast for 2] although clearly high season may be different. I would certainly recommend it on the evidence of our two visits and I would certainly use other hotels in the chain if the occasion presented itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a stunning spot in the Costa Brava, rising over two cristal-clear water coves surrounded by pine trees overlooking the blue immensity of the Mediterranean Sea, Silken Park Hotel San Jorge offers updated facilities featuring an outdoor area, swimming pool by the sea, meeting rooms, Spa, restaurants, lounge bar... The ideal place to enjoy a relaxing holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silken Park Platja d Aro
- Silken Park Hotel San Jorge Platja D'Aro, Costa Brava