Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Santa Maria Hotel revisited

We returned to Santa Maria Hotel in Sitges for the second year for an early summer vacation. We had a great stay last year, and our expectations were high. We had booked a room with a mountain view this year to get a more quiet stay. We were not disappointed, as we got a room with a rooftop terrace and a view exceeding our expectations.

Location: BBBBB

Santa Maria Hotel has a superb location. You just have to cross the street in front of the hotel and you are directly on the beach.

The location does, however, have its downsides. Having a superb seaside view means that it is not the most quiet of places. For those of you sensitive to noise may consider to abstain from the beachfront rooms and settle for a room facing the back yard. This is what we did in 2009, and that made all the difference!

Service: BBBBB-

When considering the service - nothing to put your finger on. Professional English speaking staff at your service in the reception. We were particularly taken good care of by the proprietress, originally from Germany, that was working around the clock in order to give us a good experience.

Room: BBBB+

Last year we had a room on the 2nd floor facing the Mediterranean. We had long rows of date palms in front of or small balcony and view to the beach. In spite of this fabulous view, there was one drawback of a beach front room. Sitges is a busy beach resort with a hectic nightlife. In front of the hotel is a busy restaurant serving food until at least 11 PM, and when serving stops there are traffic and people around the clock. We found our beach front room to noisy and asked for a room facing the mountains.

That was an extremely smart thing to do, in fact we felt upgraded, even though we lost the beautiful sea view. We were given one of the upper floor rooms with a roof terrace. The view was beautiful, and we even got a peek of the sea, as we turned our heads and looked over the roof.

We got an average sized room, but with the comfortably sized terrace we had enough space to relax on. The bathroom was generous, both in size and standard.

The room had a neutral traditional decor with pleasant colours. Yellow with light wooden furniture. The bathroom had been upgraded to a very high standard with marble tiles. The bed was very comfortable. We could however have had a little bit more storage as the closet was a little small in size.

We were very relieved to find an air conditioning system that worked and was easy to operate. When adjusting the temperature it was just to press one button and it kept us very cool and comfortable during the day. All rooms had indoor safes easy to operate and where you could leave valuables behind.

The hotel is upgraded to a good standard. A few minor flaws would need maintenance, as small cracks by the ceiling, and some maintenance on the outside wall, but all in all, the standard of our room was very satisfactory.

Thorough cleaning every day at 1 PM, making it a feast returning to your room.

Breakfast: BBBB

Santa Maria Hotel offers their guest a very decent breakfast included in the price. Breakfast is served in the restaurant on the 1st floor, and when hot, it is great to sit outside with the beach as nearest neighbour.

Every morning at breakfast GOOD warm coffee and milk or tea was served immediately by the table. You can also help yourself to apple or orange juice.

The breakfast contains something for any taste. You are served hot scrambled eggs and bacon. I would, however, recommend the hotel to serve it in another way, as the bacon is served more steamed than fried and crispy. Another hot alternative is hot boiled eggs.

For those used to bread and butter with something on, you can choose from sliced cheese, ham, and chorizo / salamis. You are served white rolls and bread, and brown bread, but I would recommend the hotel to get one whole grain alternative to the white bread.

There additional spreads as paté, cream cheese and more. You will also find cereal, fruit and yogurt as healthy option, and for those with a sweet tooth, there are fresh pastry as a treat at the end of the meal.

Facilities: BBBB-

Entertainment: Inhouse bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. See review of restaurant here.

Exercise: No facilities available

Well being: Small rest area, extra PC by reception, wireless access in rest area, and air conditioning in good working area in the hotel. Improvements: Access on rooms would be an extra plus.

Hygiene: Very good over-all cleaning of the hotel.

Price: BBBB

We paid 90 EUR per night per room, included breakfast - a good bargain for what you get.

Rating the Santa Maria Hotel Experience: BBBB+ (4, 38 points)

Rating 2008-2009: BBBBB- (4,61 points)

Santa Maria is still a great bargain in Sitges. The lower score compared to the last one, is due to stricter and improved evaluation in the Bargain rating system. This to emphasize that our stay this year was as good as last year. The Enjoy Food & Travel team will certainly return here again.

See earlier review here


Hotel La Santa Maria
Pg. De la Ribera 52
08870 Sitges
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