Hotel Caribe Resort

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Rambla del Parc s/n, Port Aventura, Salou, Costa Dorada, 43840, Spain

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    A PortAventura Theme Park Hotel


    We stayed at Caribe Resort in 2004. This was our second visit to Salou and we had seen this hotel whilst going to the PortAventura theme park. It looked great... an ideal location, handy for the Theme Park and away from the hustle and bustle of Salou centre.
    The hotel as the name suggests is themed around a Caribbean resort. there's a main block with the restauarant etc. and dotted around the the site are 3 storey apartments, each named after a Caribbean Island.
    What stole it for us though was the pool or should I say pools....the resort has at it centre and lake and at either end of the lake is a pool area, of which one features a sand beach!!! Both pools are huge, never too busy, sunbeds are plentiful and the setting is just lovely.

    Directions: Near to the PortAventura Theme Park

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fantastic holiday allround

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed at Salou the year before, but in another hotel. We had friends who were staying at the Hotel caribe and met them several times. We loved the hotel, and due to this reason we booked to go back the next year. On the outside people may think it looks like pontins as we did, but you only need to step through the doors to find what luxury you have found. The reception area is airy and light with a fantastic view of the lake which runs round the complex. We had emailed the Hotel with requests to stay in the Espanole block as that is where our friends stayed the previous year. Which we gladly got. We had also asked for ground floor so we could sunbathe infront of the room if need be as we have a daughter of 5.

The beach style pool is fantastic and so child friendly. To be able to walk in and not worry about falling into the pool is a big plus.

The meals are great, and loads of choice. I loved being able to sit outside at breakfast by the lake at soak up the sun, great way to start the day.

The train which runs from the Hotel to the theme park is great. Running aprox every 20 mins. The theme park is fantastic for all ages. We just use to go in for an hour do a section then return the night after knowing it doesnt cost you anything.

All in all this hotel is the best i have stayed in. So much so that we are planning to go back in 2007. After going through the brochures nothing else matches with what you get included in this break. It is quite expensive to stay in the hotel, but well worth it.

I cant wait to return!!!!!

Loved This Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member SkyJ

I went to this hotel in May this year with my 9 year old son, and decided to go back in September with my 13 year old. On arrival the receptionist was very friendly and helpful, with perfect English, and a porter was right there to take us to our room, and was very pleasant and friendly. It was much quieter than it had been in May and both breakfast and dinner were varied and hot. I have to say I found all the staff I had dealings with very friendly. The evening entertainment wasn't quite what my son at 13 wanted so we went into Salou each night, and found the resort also very friendly, and we met lots of really nice people both locals and tourists. I really believe that holidays are what you make them, and that when you treat people with respect your treated the same way, and so far in all the years I've been travelling abroad I've never been dissapointed.

Great hotel

by TripAdvisor Member carrocar

Just returned from a four day stay at the Caribe. Overall it is an excellent hotel - as commented before it does look a bit like butlins with lots of blocks situated around the main hotel block but thats where the comparison ends. The rooms are lovely, very large 2 metre double bed for adults and double sofa bed for the kids (5 and 4 yrs). it had a tv, balcony jacuzzi bath and separate loo, separate shower. The excellent hotel facilities included unlimited use of the theme park and water park, a kids club (very well equiped) which runs from 10 till 7, a spa , breakfast with the characters, kids disco at night, shuttle train which runs to the theme park every few mins and on sat night guests of this and el paso and port aventura hotel get exclusive access to the theme park for a night of family fun. They will open the outdoor pools in may and we were told that they are bringing in some great shows for the kids like cinderella and peter pan. The breakfast was fabulous with anything you could possibly want. They really seem to be working on attracting more irish/british clients which leads me to the gripes! very few of the staff speak english, it is a very spanish hotel. There wasnt any english channels on the tv and the tv in the reception for kids showed the disney channel in spanish. also some of the shows in Port Aventura are in spanish so the kids just got bored watching it. the rooms are small if you have older kids sharing with parents. We were asked more than once in the hotel about the service and how they could improve and to be honest i feel they dont have far to go.

not impressed

by TripAdvisor Member snowmobile

having just returned from this hotel im not impressed, it is no way 4 star and more like a prison than a holiday camp you can not have floats in the pools or balls not anything infact and if you dare the ever so lazy life guard will be whisteling away at you? if you have half board be warned drinks in the evening are not included and you can not take your own drinks in the restaurant so you are at the mercy of the expensive hotel. The staff are rude and dont speak english which suited me after a few days i didnt want to talk anyway,also the rooms smell they are not claened very well i bought myself a pillow as the one i had smelt horrible. While there we visited the parks which was included in the price which passed some time but save your money your better off going to thorp pk or chessington uk the water pk was good and i enjoyed it untill the staff come round all the time asking for tickets which they give you once you pay them 4 euros for sitting on the sun loungers we have 5 in our family a total of 15 pound roughly we ended up on the floor id payed enough i wasnt paying any more. If you go to this place you will proberly enjoy it but really overpriced and very expensive it is deffently butlins for the spanish if we had nice weather butlins would be more fun save your money go to florida its about the same price and fantastic and on a final note the parks were built by the spanish for the spanish and funded by the british we pay through thr roof and the spanish kids go free in mass push in and take over good luck if your going there

A week in May

by TripAdvisor Member holidayloverlancs

We enjoyed the hotel and most of the staff. Many of the staff could speak English, Those on the front desk were excellent. Try your Spanish on them and they appreciated the effort.
The theme park was great but stay away during the weekend when it fills up with the locals but most of the time during our stay the longest wait for a ride was 5 mins.
In the water park the water was too cold to enjoy the wet side of the entertainment. Sunbathing was good but you had to pay 4 Euros per lounger!!!
The food seved was plentiful and with loads of choice - except for vegitarians. The choice then was only salad or pasta. After 3 days I did get one the the chefs to make me a meal but it was difficult to get the caterers to understand that vegitarians dont eat meat or fish.
The biggest problem was the expence! It turned out to be a very expencive week. A coke costing 2.80 Euros thats £2 for a glass of post mix cola!!! If you resided in the hotel for the evening it didnt take long for the wallet to empty. Venture to Salou and the prices drop but the area is very tatty and reminicent of Benedorm with fish and chips,british beer and cheap tacky (some X rated) gifts.
Over all a good week but not value for money when you add on the daily consumables

terrific place

by TripAdvisor Member nobber

we were not sure what to expect as our travel agent had suggested this hotel. the pics on the internet did it no justice at all. this place was heaven. the staff were excellent as was our rep craig.he was there every day 7 days a wk. always ready to help. im honestly shocked people didnt love this hotel.are they english? the reason i ask is the few english people i spoke to felt they were treated badly as in staff were rude to them. i can honestly say i loved this place and wanted to stay longer. our friends we met there stayed a wk longer and were delighted they did.the parks were fantastic, the theme park my absolute for families. my kids adored it. salou town itself was horrible.ballymun in the sun and the shops all sell the same rubbish, 1 or 2 excluded.our resort was the safest ive ever known. you could leave stuff out all night and find it in the same place next morning[that includes my handbag that id forgotten where id left it].the one or two gripes id have is that it could have tea and coffee facillities in your room and it could do with a little shop for papers and other small bits and pieces. there are surveys every other night to find out what you like and dislike about the hotel so i think these things will be sorted. all in all its a safe, friendly,relaxing resort that we absolutely loved and we made brilliant friends there too.even if you dont go to the parks you will love this. man made beach pools are safe and spotless clean. lifeguard duty impeccable as is the standard of clealiness in your rooms. love love loved it. id go back tomorrow.

let down.

by TripAdvisor Member MAURIBABE

just returned from a week at this hotel. Travel agent said we would be in our room by 11am. Been up since 3am the day before to catch a 6.15 am flight with a toddler.. After some heated words room was availabe at 2.30pm instead of 3pm. . Hotel no way a 4 star more like a 2/3 star. Walls are paper thin we heard things we should not of heard.... Emergency instructions in room all in Spanish, no English t.v programmes not even cartoons. Only CNN in English. Room was cleaned everyday but not 100%. Reception at hotel was very good they could all speak excellent English. Waiters in restaurant could hardly understand English. Food was plain and not very authentic. Chips / burgers / chicken. Had a problem with chef one breakfast morming as i am pregnate 1st Trimester they only provide runny eggs. I asked for it to be throughly cooked and it was like i was asking for the world. The reception area was not very child friendly the bar where they held a mini disco for kids is an accident waiting to happen. I actually saw a child of about 9 yrs fall and hit his nose on the step leading to the stage. The speaker cable was trailing on stage and kids of all ages dancing near the cable. Porto Adventura theme park was good some of the shows they provided were really good. Food in the park is expensive and personally not very nice. Not allowed to bring in food or drink. Funny we had a bite to eat at the chicken place and there was a group of approx 8 lads and we could smell marajuna being smoked. We found some of the stall holders and shop keepers prefered to serve spanish people first even though there is a queue. Had a barney with two stall holders about this all they could do was reply in spanish. Found the Spanish to be rude and they like to stick to themselves. Train service to park not as regular as it should be not like EuroDisney. Will not go back to Porto Advertura will go Orlando instead better all round holiday.

didnt want to come home, excellent

by TripAdvisor Member ema1

Stayed at this hotel in June 06, family of 4, (2 small Kids).
A bit worried before arriving as had read some bad reviews,
on ariving our bags were taken straight away so we didnt have to lug them around, we were told room not ready until 3pm but we hung around the bar and pool area so not really a major problem, they eventually let us in at 1.30pm. Rooms very clean, bathroom was excellent, all little extras for you which was nice.
TV was spanish but werent really there to watch it anyway. Childrens pool the safest Ive ever seen, they can run in and out of the childrens club, the childrens club reps were so friendly even though they didnt speak much english, they certainly didnt leave anybody out. Main pool very safe as well, 2 life guards so you could relax that little bit more if you have children. Pool bar ok. Abit expensive for food.
The buffett restaurant food was the best i've ever seen, there was food there to cater for everyone, the breakfasts were excellent, you could help yourself to as much as you wanted and go back for more as well. Dont know why people have said it was cold and rubbish as it was always being replenished. Try to get there for 7-7.30pm for evening meal otherwise you may just have to queue to get in but thats only for about 5 mins anyway.
Staff were as helpful as they could be, some didnt speak much english but thats to expect really as your in spain!!
Shuttle to theme park was a small train which my youngest (2) loved, this ran every 5 mins.
Walk into Salou was a bit of a trek. But we only felt the need to go into town twice anyway as the hotel was that good we didnt need to go, the beach is at your hotel pool anyway.
Pools were cleaned nightly.
Rooms were cleaned daily as well and if you needed anything
you only had to ring reception. There is a launderette service
as well.
I honestly loved this hotel, mychildren aged 7 and 2 cant wait to go back and neither can I. Please please ignore the bad reviews
as they are insignificant. If i could have stayed an extra week I would have, have already booked to go back next year.




Salou lies approx 100km (60 miles) south of Barcelona. It's within the Catalunya area of Spain but most people will be more familiar with the tourist name of Costa Dorada (or Costa Daurada).
The resort of Salou is actually made up of 4 districts, Salou, Cambrils, Cap Salou and La Pineda.
Salou has a population of around 17,000 people but in the height of the summer season this increases to a quarter of a million!!!
A major draw for visitors to Salou is the Port Aventura Theme Park; a well laid out and accessible Theme Park owned by Universal. It's the reason my family and I have visited for the last 3 years. We are all totally addicted to theme parks and we believe this is one of the best!!!

We've stayed at three hotels here; Estival Park, Hotel Caribe Resort, and Hotel Regina Gran... All were excellent but Caribe Resort was by far the best...actually one of the best hotels we've stayed in!!! We've looked around a few others whilst there also, asked a few residents on their opinions too, Palas Pineda in La Pineda looks excellent. We did consider staying here in 2004, but couldn't find any reviews at the time.
Palas Pineda and Regina Gran are excellent value.. about £600 for a family of 4 for a week HB 4*... can't be bad!!!


Although Salou is really, a fairly ugly Spanish seaside resort, it does have some nice spots. The central area (shopping) is made up of Seventies concrete buildings which are not sympathetic to what is a beautiful coastline. However if you look that little further a few gems can be found... Take a look at my "Things To Do" section to find out what they are!!!

"What's Hot.... What's Not"


Port Aventura Theme Park
On The Ryanair Network..Reus Airport
Hotels A Plenty.. & very competitive rates


Can Get Very Crowded
Centre Is A Bit Tacky
The British Pubs

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Barcelona Airport to Hotel Caribe Resort, Salou

by Houndour


We're going to Hotel Caribe Resort in Salou, and we're flying into Barcelona.

It says in the brochure to get a shuttle bus from the airport to Barcelona center. Is it obvious at the airport which bus to get and what stop to get off at?

Then it says get a Train to Salou. I guess that should be easy enough.

It also says that the train from Barcelona stops right outside the Universal Mediterranea Theme park, and our hotel offers a shuttle bus to and from the theme park, so is it reasonable to think we could get the train to the park then the shuttle to the hotel?


Re: Barcelona Airport to Hotel Caribe Resort, Salou

by colincox

Yes, the bus is very obvious.
It's right at the terminal exit.
You take it to Sants Estacio, one of the main stations, where you can get the train to Salou.
You might want to check, or maybe someone else can advise,
that the bus stops at Sants on the way from the airport.
It definitly stops there on the way back from the city centre.

Alternatively, you can take the train from the airport to Sants.
The train is 5 mins walk from the terminals over a raised walkway.

At Salou, the aquapark looked to me last time I passed it on the train to be some distance from the station.
I think you'd be better going to Salou station and taking a taxi.


Re: Re: Barcelona Airport to Hotel Caribe Resort, Salou

by IanMacPhail

Good news ! There is a station for the theme park just before Salou.

Re: Re: Barcelona Airport to Hotel Caribe Resort, Salou

by colincox

Yes, sorry, I meant that the theme park station just before Salou station looked to me to be not in easy walking distance from the theme park if you have luggage.

Re: Re: Barcelona Airport to Hotel Caribe Resort, Salou

by IanMacPhail

Yes, the hotels looked nearer to the station than the park.

Re: Re: Barcelona Airport to Hotel Caribe Resort, Salou

by Houndour

Thanks for your advice. We'll go with the taxi option. Only 8 days to go :)


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 Hotel Caribe Resort

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Caribe Hotel Salou
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Address: Rambla del Parc s/n, Port Aventura, Salou, Costa Dorada, 43840, Spain