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tyke
06-22-2003, 04:11 PM
Planning a short break to Barcelona (we all have to take a break from the US now and again !) and was considering a visit to Universal Mediterranea.

Has anyone been - how did you rate the park !

We are also thinking of spending a couple of nights at one of the onsite hotels - anyone stayed at either hotel !

tyke

WDWfan,uk
06-22-2003, 06:44 PM
.. is that the new name for Port Aventura?

Here's two we made earlier on the CB, and I'll pop this thread over there too :)

Here's one (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=360056&highlight=%2Bport+%2Baventura)

Here's another! (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=255804&highlight=%2Bport+%2Baventura)

kazzie
06-23-2003, 04:35 PM
Hi Tyke,

The second 'Heres another' thread was me! It has pretty much all the details of the holiday but if you wanted to know something else ,ask away.

This is so weird,I am at this moment looking at flights to Reus on another page about to book to go again for a few nights this August !

lenny l
06-25-2003, 01:05 PM
And the first thread was me!

Again, if you have any questions, fire away. We've just booked as well to go back in June next year & are really looking forward to it.

tyke
06-25-2003, 02:37 PM
Thanks for the reply guys.

Here are a couple of questions for you ?

What are your opinions of the hotels !

I have checked the rates for both the Hotel PortAventura + Hotel El Paso and it turns out that the El Paso is showing me a 35 per night saving over the PortAventura.

Would we be better staying in the El Paso and saving a few quid or is the PortAventura worth the extra 70 for the two nights !!!

also.....

We are planning to stay at Universal Mediterranea at the end of our trip and therefore will be travelling direct to Barcelona airport from the resort.

Does the train from the resort station go direct to the airport or would we need to make a connection enroute !

also.....

Is there anything you think that we should not miss (or stay well away from) at the resort !

thanks

tyke

lenny l
06-25-2003, 05:15 PM
Tyke,

When we went the Port Aventura had only just opened & the El Paso was just a building site so can't comment.

The PA had a few teething problems, but by now should be pretty fantastic. I think Kazzie can answer this better as they went after us & the hotel was running much more smoothly.

The biggest advantage the PA has is distance to the theme park: because it's literally at the entrance! But don't worry, you don't get any noise from the park in the hotel, but it literally just takes a few minutes to get in.

The EP is further down the road. Still not far, but a longer walk.

Oh, & the PA is nearest the water park as well.

As for the train, we didn't use it, but I would email the hotel direct. I've emailed them loads of times & they are really helpful, always respond promptly & will assist in any way they can. I know they have all the timetables & everything at the Hotel so should be able to answer this.

The email address can be found at :www.universalstudios.com/homepage/html/contact_us/ then navigate to the Port Aventura bit.

Finally, can't think of anything to miss. Don't bother venturing down into Salou, imho it's awful. Very tacky, noisy, crowded, & just a bit 'nasty'. After the wonderful park & hotel it was a bit of a shock (maybe i'm just exaggerating, I am very fussy!) but just not worth the effort of a visit.

Remember also the park is VERY geared to the Spanish, so swotting up a bit won't hurt. A lot of staff spoke little if any English, & all the shows were in Spanish. But with my trusty Berlitz phrase book nothing was too much of a problem.

It's a great park, the theming is awesome, almost up to Orlando standards, & it has a few stand out attractions. You'll love it. I hope!

kazzie
06-26-2003, 02:55 PM
Hi,

I agree with everything Lenny has said.Unfortunately I can't help with the comparison of the two hotels as I didn't see El Paso either.I also don't know about the train:(

But it is definitely worth a trip and to stay onsite:p

tyke
07-15-2003, 07:51 AM
Thanks guys

Any recommendations for dining in the resort !

tyke

kazzie
07-15-2003, 02:02 PM
I can't remeber the names of the restaurants:(

We are at the onsite hotel restaurants and nowhere special in the park:)

Did you book to go in the end?

lenny l
07-16-2003, 09:29 AM
Tyke,

Same as Kazzie, we mainly ate in the hotel as we had half board. The buffet restaurant 'Buffet del Port' was ok as buffets go. Pretty good & wide choice. There is a more upmarket restuarant & a pizza place as well, but neither of them had any menus in English, nor any staff who could speak it well enough to translate it, so we couldn't eat at either of them.

In the park the food is your standard theme park fare. Prices are reasonable & the food is definitely edible. Our fave was in the Mexico area, I'm racking my brains but can't think what is was called! Anyway, it's an outdoors place that serves vaguely mexican food, but what they did serve was very good, especially the puds! We ate here a few times & never had a bad meal or service.

If the park is busy, you can get the hotel to make a reservation at the sit down restaurants for you, a good idea as they can get quite busy with long waits.

There's also a nice sit down place in the Far West called the Iron Horse. Again, good food, but it was only open one day because we went in the low season.

The counter service places are all pretty samey really. Again, the only problem we had at all the restaurants in the park & the hotel was the language barrier. Take a good phrase book, (i use the Berlitz one which is excellent) & try to speak in spanish as much as possible. I found the staff at the hotel in particular were much friendlier when I ordered stuff in Spanish, rather than do the shout in English & point thing so beloved of tourists! Either that, or they were just laughing at my awful spanish!

Have you decided which hotel you're going to stay at yet?

tyke
07-17-2003, 02:35 PM
We will be staying at the Hotel El Paso - decided that the 70 saving was too good to miss - oh..... and the hotel also has a swim-up bar in the pool !!!

Busy brushing up on the local lingo....."Dos San Miguel porfavor".

Any more tips !!!

tyke

tyke
07-17-2003, 02:36 PM
PS - just noticed a century of posts......doh now its 101 !!!

kazzie
07-18-2003, 02:55 AM
100 (well 102 now!) Well done!

That swim up bar sounds very tempting.

I hope you'll be sharing one of those beers;)

When are you going and what family memebrs? Adults only or any ankle biters?

tyke
08-05-2003, 02:23 PM
We are travelling at the end of August - staying five nights in Barcelona and two nights at Universal Mediterranea.

We are treating the trip as sort of a 'second honeymoon' - as we had the family with us at our wedding in Orlando - nice excuse eh !

Thanks for the info on Port Aventura - any good insider tips for Barcelona !!!!

tyke

WDWfan,uk
08-05-2003, 04:54 PM
I have one! Don't try to go shopping whilst FC Barcelona are playing football :teeth: !

kazzie
08-06-2003, 02:36 PM
Ryanair have confirmed they will be flying to Reus from the Autumn.

This should considerably bring down the cost of a trip to Universal Mediterranea.There is so little choice at the moment that flys to Reus and then only about twice a week.

Imagine getting cheapie flights then booking the hotel direct I'd love to know how much this willl knock off the price of the present packages?

SNOWHITE7
08-14-2003, 05:35 PM
Hi

I haven't been to Universal Mediterranea but as no one here seems to have stayed at the hotel El Paso you might like to read the views of some people on www.holidays-uncovered.co.uk there are opinions of both the hotels El Paso and Port Aventura as well as hundreds of others all over the world. I find this site useful to check people's opinions of hotels and resorts especially as they give details of the ages of those posting and the dates they travelled.

Hope this helps:D

tyke
08-15-2003, 02:48 PM
Thanks

A good site - some mixed replies but overall the ratings were positive !

Kazzie - we have booked our trip independantly and saved on the package prices !!!

In fact for the price of the 2 night brochure package cost we are staying 5 nights in Barcelona and 2 nights at Universal Mediterranea - including the return train journey between resorts !

tyke

snookhams
08-23-2003, 11:30 AM
We have just returned from a week at the El Paso (returned on 19th) and it is brilliant, the room was big enough for the 4 of us- 2 Adults and 2 kids (11 & 7), afterall other than sleep how much time do you really spend in your room!. The pool is excellent, and always plenty of life guards on duty when the pool is open - between 9.00 am and 8.00 pm, and lots of activities to get involved with if thats your thing eg, water volley ball, beach volley ball, kids club and twice a week in the evening they shown films near the pool area and there are other evening shows etc. The food in the Merida restaurant buffet was very good, and being a proffesional cook myself I am hard to please and even our extremely fussy 7 year old found plenty that he liked, most of the staff at the hotel spoke good english and its not a long walk to the park, gets very busy first thing in the morning at the park best to spend the day by the pool and go late afternoon eary evening, even if you are staying half board at the hotel you can eat at some of the restaurants at the theme park instead of the hotel - check this out with guest relations on checkin. Have a great time we did and may even go back, this was our first trip to spain.

kazzie
08-24-2003, 05:55 AM
Got back from Port Aventura last week.We had another great holiday there,the 4 night break worked out really well.This time we popped over to El paso to have time by their pool.....WOW! It was amazing,the best pool I've ever seen in a hotel and that includes Orlando.

People rave about the Hard Rock pool in Orlando and I was disappointed with it and found it to small and shallow.The pool at El Paso is around 4 times bigger than the Hard Rock.With deep and shallow parts.It has a lovely swim-up bar too.There is a massive jacuzzi and a seperate pool with the galleon on and lots of water jets etc.

I would stay at the Port Aventura if we go next year (Mattie has alreday asked) because he benefits so much from just walking into the park ,if it wasn't for that I would definitely stay in El Paso.I prefered the atmosphere there and there were more familes/children.

tyke
08-24-2003, 02:43 PM
Sounds Great !

Roll on Wednesday - !Que dia mas bueno!

tyke

kazzie
08-24-2003, 04:05 PM
Tyke,

Have a fantastic time,I know you will:p

I'd like to hear what you managed to see and do in Barcelona.

WDWfan,uk
08-25-2003, 05:55 AM
Is the pool at El Paso heated?

I have sometimes found that fantastic looking pools in Spain (and elsewhere) aren't heated.

kazzie
08-25-2003, 09:36 AM
Hi shirley,

I didn't think the pool was heated ,which was fine in August.I just asked DH and he thinks it was heated....so I'm not sure!:rolleyes:

Roly Poly
08-28-2003, 10:48 AM
I got back from Universal Mediterranea yesterday!! It was great, much nicer than Disneyland Paris...

Go on Dragon Khan, a wicked Roller Coaster in China! 8 revolutions in 45 seconds!

Don't eat in La Hacienda in Mexico, overpriced for only OK food. Most of the places serve reasonably priced burgers etc. It really is quite cheap to eat.

We stayed in Cap Salou, just outside Salou itself. Much quieter, but still be prepared for the embarrassing English mob that will go expecting fish and chips in a newpaper....

Rides - Head for Dragon Khan, Tutuki Splash, Silver Log Flume, Stampida, El Diablo...although longest waiting time was 20 minutes, so no great rush. The Express pass is probably best used for a 2nd ride on whatever ride you prefer.

We loved it, and Costa Caribe, the water park, is really good for the young ones. We bought a 3 days for 2 pass and it was excellent value for money. Don;t expect a Disney type water park thoug, it's much smaller

Have fun and if you need any up to date (well yesterday) info, let me know!

RP :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc :bounce: :bounce:

kazzie
08-29-2003, 04:22 AM
RP,

Glad you had a great time:p

I thought Costa Caribe was outstanding for a water park:Pinkbounc

alexandra uk
06-11-2004, 06:32 PM
Is it better than Disneyland Paris for small children (3 1/2 & 18 months) ?