Hotel Estival Park and Apartments

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This massive hotel has a total of 7 pools and a trio of restaurants. And it’s all just 2 minutes’ walk from beach.

It’s all about the pool scene at this large hotel. It has 3 huge outdoor pools, an indoor one and 3 just for kids. Inside there’s a choice of buffet restaurants, and live shows every night.

La Pineda beach is just a 2-minute walk through the hotel grounds. And a 10-minute walk will take you to the tapas bars and shops in the centre of town.

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Based on 1534 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 3Buildings
  • 6Floors
  • 968Rooms
  • Lifts: 9 in hotel, apartments do not have lifts

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Full Board buffet meals. Snacks 11.00-23.00. Afternoon cakes 16.00-17.30. Unlimited ice lollies for children 10.00-18.00. Picnics for excursions - on request the previous day.

Drink

Unlimited local alcoholic drinks including beer, wine and spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and water 10.00-23.30.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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Hotel-run kids' club

Various activities are held throughout the day.

Buffet restaurant

There are 3 buffet restaurants - one in each section.

3 kids' pools

There are 3 kids' pools split out around the hotel. The smaller one is shallower for smaller legs.

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connecting room

Connecting room sleeps up to 3. This room comes with a TV and mini-fridge and Wi-Fi is at a charge. You'll need to book 2 of these room types to get 2 rooms with a connecting door. Cots are available.

twin room with pool view

Twin room with pool view sleeps up to 3, with twin and camp-beds. This room comes with a TV and mini-fridge and Wi-Fi is available for a charge. Cots are available.

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Mixed feelings

We've just got back from a 10 day stay in a 1bed apartment - 2 adults,3 kids (7,6 &8m) The hotel is really three hotels next to each other, with separate, gated areas of apartments which are a mixture of Hotel rooms and private residences/holiday homes. We stayed in one of these areas. The apartment area is lovely and much quieter than the actual hotels. It had its own pool which was much quieter and where we could ALWAYs get a sun bed. In the main hotel pools, all the sun loungers are reserved with towels by 9.30am. All the pools were freezing. Far too cold for the baby to swim and quite bracing for the rest of us. Also they were very deep. Hotel 2 had a split pool with one half only 0.5m deep but the other pool was 1.70m-2.40 m deep!!! No where could I stand up in it, let alone the kids. There was no obvious lifeguard either. Hotel1 was slightly better but still very deep. The apartment itself was up two flights of steep stone stairs. As we had a baby with a buggy with us, this was a major pain in the neck carrying him up and down with his buggy. I was expecting the apartment to be on the first floor (from other reviews) but we were on the second floor. The apartment was bigger than a hotel room but not by much and quite basic. The bedroom had two small single beds and room for a cot (which the hotel did provide) and then there was a pull out sofa in the living area which became two single beds. All the beds were very hard and the sofa bed was very squeaky. There was a tiled floor which was not brilliant for our baby or the older kids when they inevitably slipped over each time they got out of the shower or came in wet from the pool. There was a small kitchen area with a full fridge (unnecessary as we were all inclusive) and a coffee maker. There was NOT a microwave nor a kettle, two things that were vital to me having a young baby who needed food and bottles to be made up. We called reception to request these items. First time the very rude receptionist hung up on my husband! On calling back they informed us that we could hire the items (£40 for the microwave and £10 for the kettle for 10 days!!!) Thankfully our lovely reps sorted us out with one of their own kettles for our stay. The grounds are immaculate and well maintained. As an all inclusive you have access to all three restaurants. We mainly went to hotel 2 to eat (They have apparently separated the nationalities out over the three hotels - Hotel 1 Mainly Russians, Hotel 2: Mainly Brits and Hotel 3: Mainly Germans) and we were informed on check in that we would eat in 2. So we did. It was a lovely modern dining room with friendly staff. High chairs were plentiful and we rarely had a problem getting a table, but did notice that there was often a queue to be seated as we left after breakfast from about 9./30am onwards. The food was plentiful and delicious. Every day there was a selection of fish and meat dishes, both freshly grilled and in dishes like paella and goulash or curry. There was always vegetable dishes, lots of potato/rice options including the obligatory chips. There was also a huge salad bar and a lovely selection of desserts and ice creams. The kids loved being able to choose what they eat. There was also a surprisingly full buffet selection in the bar area, serving chips, burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs etc as well as fruit and salads. Off to the side there was also a drinks and snack area with drinks fountain, beer and sangria dispensers and cakes and crisps which we could help ourself to. The entertainment at the hotels consisted of some pool side activities during the day. This was more in hotel 1 than 2. At night there was a mini disco at 8 pm in hotel 2. The first night that was sweet and a novelty, with the lovely enterttainments girls enchanting all the kids leading them through the dance routines etc. However the next night you realise it is EXACTLY the SAME selection of tunes as the night before. EVERY night it is the same 5-6 songs. All are only really suitable for the under 4 age groups - Head shoulders, knees and toes, Superman and some russian equivalent songs. I really don't understand why they couldn't mix it up a bit or play some different songs. This was a MAJOR failing and really got boring and monotonous very quickly. There is then a long break until 10pm when evening entertainment starts. This was more varied but frequently truly terrible entertainment. It was also very loud and we could clearly hear it in the apartments, far away. I would hate to actually be trying to sleep with a young baby in the hotel. We flew with Thompson/ First Choice. The Reps were friendly and helpful and easily available. We did a day trip to Barcelona which was fun but expensive. We also went to the magic show in Salou which was fantastic and well worth doing. Generally this is a pretty good hotel, and if our kids were older then it probably would have been a much better holiday, but it was not good for babies and small kids.More

sophe25, brighton, england

Not enough entertainment!

Lovely clean hotel, snack bar had good choice but the food in the restaurant was Luke warm and repetitive. Entertainment was a non starter, 1 hour a night and even that wasn't worth watching most nights. Waiter service was excellent! Staff are friendly! Pool at hotel 2 was too deep for non swimmers, not much in la Pineda but beach was lovely and there is a good bus service to Salou and port aventura! Queues were unbearable for most rides though so I recommend express pass! I wouldn't return but it wasn't the worst holiday I've been on.More

Jackiepbenidorm,

hotel facilities, food, accomodation

The hotel rooms were excellent. Clean, spacious and very well equipped and comfortable. The staff from cleaners, reception, waiters, restaurant staff, were polite, efficient and hard working from morning till night. The variety of food was excellent and there was something to suit all tastes and ages. The abundant supply of free bottled water and all day refreshments was also excellent and stocks was constantly replenished. The price of drinks not included in the all inclusive range were very reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend this hotel, one of the best we have stayed in so far. The first choice reps were helpful, knowledgeable and polite and were available throughout our stay.More

kim b,

Very good stay

Arrived mid morning and was checked in, and given wrist bands straight away. We had a connecting room that was well cleaned every day of our stay. We had no problem's getting beds by the pool until the last couple of days when it got busier. The food was excellent with plenty of choice. Drink was plentiful and you only had to pay if you wanted premium spirits or cocktails. We were a party of 11 ranging in ages from 3 - 78. All of us enjoyed it and would certainly go back.More

Johnnyboy64, London, United Kingdom

pleasantly suprised

Before I start my review let me give you a bit of background about us. We are a family of three, two adults mid to late forties and our nine year old daughter. We have never been on the traditional two weeks in the sun all inclusive package holiday and being slightly snobbish, swore we never would. This year we let our daughter choose location and type of holiday, foolish perhaps, and Estival Park is where we ended up. Here is our review and we hope it helps with your decision on if you should go there or not. We choose an apartment rather than the hotel after reading reviews on here thinking this would better suit our needs. The official time for checking in to your apartment is 5pm, first choice get you to the hotel by 11am, you feel a bit in limbo hadn't slept for 28 hours just needed a siesta and shower luckily room ready at 2pm. First impression of resort was positive, very clean and tidy. The apartment area is accessed via security gates and is immaculately kept, the apartment was clean and tidy, had bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and lounge with sofa bed for our daughter, there was balcony from where you could see the sea and dry your washing, the kitchen had the bonus of a washing machine which is useful with the amount of time you spend getting wet or sandy. The negatives for apartments is many are used by there Spanish owners these people do not seem to sleep, and are not exactly quiet when awake. If you opt for an apartment try to request one nearer the centre, we were in the bottom corner overlooking aquopolis great for going to the afore mentioned water park and excellent beach access but to close to bar and clubs along the promenade partying until 4am Food:- Many people on here moan about the food, lack of variety etc , I think these must be the people we saw with every possibly item piled high on their plate and still going back three times whilst leaving lots of untried food because some one in their party said it was disgusting. If you treat it more like a restaurant and select one starter, one main and one dessert you will not run out of variety over your two weeks. The dining experience was one of the low points of our holiday, not the food or location, but our fellow guests manners and wastefulness. There were three restaurants to choose from number three was probably the quietest and with the best ambiance in the pool view section, but no self service drinks, we mainly ate in number two as that's where we had chosen to watch the entertainment in that hotel. Restaurant one had a nice outside area, we ate there once not realising you were allowed to smoke in that section. Entertainment:- Ok it was a bit cheesy but for background noise whilst enjoying a beer it was fine. The staff did a mini disco every night which went down well with our daughter. Pools:- One in each hotel and one in every apartment complex all different all very clean and all very busy, probably to deep to be perfect fun pools so you will probably want to keep a watchful eye on little ones. All pools had plenty of sunbeds if people followed the rules and didn't reserve them, the worst for this was hotel two mainly made up of British people, the best hotel three, where you could always get a sunbed, mainly made up of Germans and Russians, so much for stereotypes. Hotel two also had the most unruly children running riot and laser pens catching you eye all night. There is a nice indoor pool, it is mainly a therapy pool and is nice and relaxing, sadly on days when the weather isn't so good gets filled with youngsters just pratting around, would be nice if a haven for over 18s only. Away from the hotel:- Aquopolis nice clean water park, plenty for everyone but if there at the wrong time can be very busy, if ticket part of your package just pop across for a couple of hours if pools are busy. Portavetura is a wonderfully laid out theme park, very American in style, the drawback it gets absolutely packed you can see queue times of 3 hours and 2 hours seems to be the norm even smaller rides can be an hour. Annoyingly if you are in a queue and think your getting close to the front your probably wrong, once the numerous fast pass riders come through you then have the invisible relatives who descend to join their families who have saved them places in the line. Still worth a visit though, make sure you buy tickets before going, and check for Spanish holidays, out of season would be a great park. Local transport puts on many trips cheaper than if booking through you rep in the hotel, and have advisors at nearly every bus stop to help you. There is a road train that does a round trip through Salou to Portaventura that costs 3euros and is good to familiarise yourselves with what's around the only problem is its very unreliable and often full, the conductor will tell you there is another one in 20mins, don't believe him. It is only a 25min dawdle to Salou if not to hot. To sum up, it may not read like it, but enjoyed my holiday, think I got value for money and wouldn't tell people not to go, it just depends on your own expectations. I was expecting the worst, and confess to being pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. There are negatives, didn't like passively smoking 40 a day as very few limits where you can smoke and not enforced anyway, manners of many people British, Foreign, young and old. I found the staff friendly and helpful especially if you make an effort to speak the language, many didn't. So just kick back and relax and take it for what it is, if you want five star with all the bells and whistles don't go here, but its not as bad as some reviews make out and don't forget I am a snob.More

robert d, Sleaford, United Kingdom

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