A good pool scene and a handy setting close to the beach – just a couple of reasons this big, bright hotel wins the vote.
This place is just a 10-minute walk from Salou’s beach, one of the best sandy stretches on the Costa Dorada. It’s in a lively little sea port, with a raft of shops, bars and restaurants on the doorstep.
The Calypso comes with lots of activities. There are 2 main pools for starters. The 10-pin bowling alley wins plaudits on TripAdvisor, too.
Based on 1271 reviews
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- Lifts: 2 in each building
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals. Vegetarian option. Fortnightly Tex-mex, Indian and Chinese specials. Snacks 11.00-18.00. Afternoon tea 16.00-17.00. Ice-cream 09.00-23.00.
Selected local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee 09.00-23.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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First Choice Kids' Club May to October 2014
First Choice Kids’ Club caters for 3 to 11 year olds – so brothers and sisters can join in the fun together. And most of it’s completely free. It runs 5 days a week and – outside of peak season – there are parent and toddler sessions for under 3s, too. For your peace of mind, all First Choice Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least 2 of them on duty at all times. Plus there’s a strict sign-in and out system. From May to October 2014.
Daytime entertainment programme
During high season there are shows by the pool bar.
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Connecting room sleeps up to 3. You'll need to book two of these room types to get 2 rooms with a connecting door. Air-conditioning is available from mid-June to mid-September.
twin room with bunkbed
Twin room with bunkbed sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children, with twin beds and bunkbeds. Air-conditioning is available from mid-June to mid-September.
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Last minute school october week and back to the calypso. Had booked a cheaper room to save this time but on arrival pleased to be informed that we'd been given the larger family room at no extra cost! :). Tends to be quiet this time of year but we were very lucky with the weather and two kids aged 6 and 9 were still able to go into the pool everyday. Seemed to be an older crowd there this year and many spanish guests as I think around this time there is a spanish holiday. Entertainment team still great and even though theres only a few kids at kids club they keep them entertained. Food: plenty of it all day and something for everyone, Everyone enjoyed the Al Fresco lunch/snack area but i think this is only weather permitting. Rooms cleaned everyday and I recognised a lot of the staff from previous visits which I think is a good sign. I always find the staff to be very helpful and if there are any issues they are dealt with very quickly. Managed the beach again which is only about 10 mins walk downtown so easy to get to and once again visited Portaventura theme park, really quiet at that time of year so able to get on the rides no problem with no waiting time at all. Closes earlier in October although if you purchase a halloween ticket on top of your normal ticket you stay later. The halloween theme is fantastic and they put so much into it. All in all I think this hotel is a great base to visit salou, tarragona etc. and ive no doubt il be returningMore
Pleasent decent stay in Salou
I stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in half board basis. The room was big and quite better than I expected. Towels were changed every day. My room had a balcony with pool view, quite pleasant to stay there reading a book or smoking a cigarette. The breakfast and dinner were decent, not top quality but for what you pay itÂ´s good. The only thing down was that drinks were not included in dinner, I had to pay for it apart, but I think that t is normal in this kind of hotel in half board basis. The internet was free only in the bar area, but the connection was too slow, I couldnÂ´t use it. It was also available pay internet in the room, but I didnât try it. The location is good, in a calm area, easy to park the car. The beach and the shops/bars area is about ten minute walk.More
Telmo A, Marinha Grande, Portugal
Very enjoyable holiday
Before writing a review of any holiday we have had. I always leave it for a few days to think back. My and I arrived at the Calypso at midday, reception told us the room would be ready in 20 mins they gave us a key to the luggage room and off we went to outside bar.The room was then ready as predicted, it was as we expected clean ,tidy and a balcony with a pool view.The location was good, we are retired and found it no problem to take the ten minute walk to the main shops and the beach.The dirty towels were changed every day and when we asked for two extra pillows they there within 30 mins. If I can be petty we would have liked have a draw to use to put in your smaller items. The charge for the safe was 30 euros which you get back when you check out. We found the food enjoyable, but the outside snack bar was my favourite. We both enjoyed the outside entertainment day and night but the last two days it went inside as we had a few showers which are expected this time of year. We found all the hotel staff, 1st choice reps pleasant and helpful even the lady in the shop always greeted us with a big smile and this sort of thing goes a long way with me. All in all we fully recommend this Hotel.More
You get what you pay for
This hotel is geared heavily towards package tourists. It's old, and although the staff tries to keep it afloat, there are a number of issues. We had a layer of dust on the shelf greeting us in our room as well as the bed that had several support slats broken. Towels smell heavily of hydrogen peroxide, probably after bleaching. The hotel still uses conventional keys with keychains that has the hotel name and room number printed in bold letters - every pickpocket's dream - so we were encouraged to leave the key on reception desk. Getting the key on the way back, however, may take ages if there's a group checking in and there's only one receptionist. The pool closes at 6, which is way early in my opinion. Breakfast is decent, with a number of options to choose from. Well, the hotel is cheap, and you get what you pay for. It is perfect if you're planning on using it just as a place to sleep. The location is good, just a couple minutes on foot from the local bus stop - a gateway to Tarragona, Barcelona, Cambrils and Reus. Salou itself is 100% tourist-oriented and I found it to lack the "real spanish" vibe we felt in other places. All in all, I'd recommend this hotel either as a "base of operations" for seasoned self-dependent travelers that do not care a lot about the amenities, or as a "stay in the hotel and do some guided tours" type of travel, although my opinion on the latter, as was quoted by our transfer guide, "Spain is not Egypt or Turkey".More
Anatoly K, Moscow, Russia
Good value for money!
We arrived (me and my fiancÃ©) early september, as we were greeted by the receptionist we noticed that she was very rude and abrupt with us. We went to our rooms and they were the same old good size rooms with a lovely modern clean bathroom, fresh towels every few days although the bedding wasn't washed the week we stayed! Now for the drinks, good variety especially when we found out they did cocktails and spirits for the all inclusive package! Brilliant! Although they were extremely strong, ( we had been told they would be very weak, certainly not! Many english around us we even met a couple there ( matt, cara!) great environment for families or couples, or we even saw a few groups of friends there too! Now for the activities in salou, we visited both water parks and the theme park all which were great!! â¬2 to get to each one which was extremely cheap, or you could have just walked they were all that close! We went out the first night and found the tropicalito pub lovely you could get a free shish if you bought a cocktail between the two of you (bargain) great atmosphere in there they even let you choose your own music!! Bonus! Also internet for the week is worth getting although we only got one for one phone between us as we didnt want to spend all our time on the internet! Overall lovely hotel would recommend although the food was abit repeated as expected I would return for the amount of money you pay! Cheers More
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