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 1222 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
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.
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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I stayed at the Calypso at the end of August/start of September just as the place was really winding down from the Summer period. No complaints about the room or cleanliness (although a "Do Not Disturb" sign might not go amiss to avoid being woken up by the cleaner). My request for a pool view wasn't honoured but there was no guarantee that it would be. The room safe cost €30 but this is a deposit which is refunded in full on check out. The AirCon was pretty effective, which was handy as it could be fairly noisy with the windows open as there is a nightclub a few blocks away, although only open at weekends. The food was perfectly adequate for a 3* hotel, with a decent amount of choice in the main restaurant. Plenty of salads with a bit of variation each time, often carvery meats on offer etc. The full bar available in the restaurant for all inclusive guests isn't something I've seen in other AI hotels. The al fresco snacks available all day were excellent, barbecued to order, although the wasps were a nuisance. The bars themselves were the most relaxed I've seen at an AI hotel, no "one drink at at time" nonsense, and people were regularly coming away from the bar with more drinks than they could carry towards 11pm when the AI ended. The bar prices after 11 were comparable with bars in the town itself, €2.50 for a pint of San Miguel for example. The staff worked stupidly long hours but seemed cheerful enough. Entertainment was excellent, the in-house shows were very well produced, and visiting shows such as the Beatles tribute band were also great. The main downside to the hotel is the location. It's just off the main strip but at one end of it, so it's a fair walk to get anywhere.More
NorthernSteve, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
amazing hotel recommend anytime
Amazing hotel.. Turned up after a 6am flight first thing was told to go get breakfast. Loved the warm welcome on first time abroad. Looking about the place I hoped we were in caylpso 1 building not 2 as 2 looked little council for me. The staff during our stay were continually friendly and supportive they were perfect as a team in everyway giving the feeling they actually work together to ensure the customer has a enjoyable experience. Even managed to get security to say hello on one day which was an achievement. The pool was clean and well presented and the food was top notch. Now there are some people moaning about entertainments being on late but has it occurred when your on holiday your not there to sleep through it and being in spain it is the walk of life unlike britian.. The room was maintained to a very high standard daily... would recommend as ideal hotel for a magical first time abroad so much so booking next holiday in benidorm at same chain of hotel.More
zeon85, Brighton, United Kingdom
1st holiday abroad with 4 kids
OK, so it's been over a month since we got back and I've left it this long so I could evaluate our experience. This was our first holiday abroad with our 4 kids 10, 9, 6, and 5. The check in was probably not too bad but felt like it took forever in the heat after travelling with the kids, so ok we got our rooms, adjoining ones which at first seemed ok. We had requested low floor and pool facing but we got 5th floor facing a main road. Our balcony door lock was broke so it made me a little nervous that the kids could let themselves out at such a height but tbh we were out most of time so it turned out this wasn't an issue. We were all inclusive which at first seemed smashing but after a couple of days of samey foods and watered down drinks we wished we hadn't paid so much so we could justify going elsewhere to eat. I get an allergic reaction to really cheap ciders and vodkas, I stuck to one drink which wasn't either of these and ended up having to take antihistamines 3 nites after reactions so heaven knows what they were serving us, all I can say is that it wasn't strong as for some who has 3 glasses of wine at home and has to go to bed I was drinking this "stuff" from 4 pm til midnight some nites and it was clearly watered down. (Probably a good thing in my case-no hangover! !) Entertainment was ok. A couple of nites we were really impressed although it was after 10 pm when it started so if you've got young ones they'll be asleep in their chairs before things get goin. My kids didn't wanna go to kids club and boy were they made to suffer. On the few occasions they tried to join stuff the kids staff clearly didn't want them to join in. They stopped face painting when we arrived, they ran out of places for games when we arrived, clearly coz we weren't up their bums all day they made our kids suffer which was a little disappointing. All in all for our first experience abroad it was ok hotel itself is in a really shady spot so not much sun on pools and before we left our room was infested with ants. But I'm sure the maids that like to clean the room at 8.30 every morning and make sure you're never allowed a lie in would've been onto this. Would I go to salou again?? Probably, would I stay here again??? Probably not. More
Hotel is very nice, clean, spacious. Room is standard. Would be better if there were double beds instead of 2 singles pushed together. Maids did an OK job of cleaning however any clothes we left on the bathroom floor got put in the wet sink, which was highly annoying, and I did hear of theft of mobiles and other Valuables. We stayed in Calypso one, floor 5 and had a road view, it was quiet and you could see for miles. The food was average, we were all inclusive and I didnt eat much, but I am a fussy eater. The buffet restaurant had a different theme each night, but i found the quality to be a bit poor. I tried the 'chicken korma' as I love curry, but it tasted more like chicken in sloppy gravy. The snack bar was good. We had a lovely meal in the Al Fresco evening restaurant. The all inclusive was disappointing. The all inclusive bar closed at 11, yet the entertainment didnt finish til about half 11?! Also you have to pay €2.50 for a slush puppie!! Whats that all about?? We must have spent at least €100 on slush puppies in our week stay, but we have already paid for them in the all inclusive? All inclusive should mean ALL inclusive!!! Also the juice machine and hot drinks machine got turned off after dinner time, that was very annoying, so basically we had to pay for most drinks which highly pissed me off. The pool was lovely and the entertainment team were great. The shows they put together were amazing and I loved Hollywood lights! However the flamenco dancing was very boring and dull. Id recommend the hotel and we will hopefully be coming back, however we might not bother with all inclusive next time. We had an amazing week, the weather was beautiful, the beach was lovely and id highly recommend going to PortAventura. More
Bit disappointing second time round
This was our second stay a the Calypso Hotel in 3 years and we booked purely on such a great holiday first time around. Unfortunately things change. Positives: (most)Staff Friendly, Hotel clean, cleaners clean everyday, Negatives: Food this time around was not very nice, nothing matched unless you like salad and chips. Shows were changed at last minute so looking forward to seeing Flashdance and it changed to some tropical show, which was a shame as we only got to see Torres and Laura on 2 or 3 occasions of our 10 day stay and their shows are great. My one big complaint is the security guard who dragged my 13 year old son up to the room whilst I was packing because he had gone in the pool at 10pm. Bearing in mind that my room was overlooking the pool and people were swimming in there at all times of the night. Apparently the pool shuts at 7pm when my son explained that he didn't know the security guard started shouting at me and my son about having no respect and no respect for the hotel. Hotel Calypso I suggest you look at the security staff you employ as I think shouting at me and my son for swimming in a pool is way whey whey whey over the top. Saying all that I must praise the first choice rep Ellis and Emily at the airport for all there help and support.More
tracy_hargreaves, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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