The Senator is located across the municipal park not far from the beach and all the fun activities you'll find there. In that sense, it's perfect for those who come to Salou for a little sun and fun. The apartment only had one bedroom, but it was quite spacious and had a kitchenette, a nice terrace overlooking the park, a full bathroom, living room and hall. If necessary, you can rent a small cot. The facilities include a swimming pool.
The Formentor is an apartment complex, between Calle Mayor and Paseo Jaime I. It's starting to show its age. I've stayed in three different apartments in the complex, which has a garden. They are small, scarcely 30m2, with a kitchenette, bathroom with shower, a living room, and a small bedroom, which is separated from the rest by sliding doors. The problem with these apartments is the age: they're not really modern, and the lack of air conditioning can make them feel like an oven. To their credit, they can boast a great location, near the beach, shops, party area and train station.
The Cye Cabo is a little old but still very cool, a quiet, natural area with a roof terrace, swimming pool, car wash, and, very importantly, free parking. I've stayed in two apartments here, one that was very old and run-down, and the other completely renovated and wonderful. They both had a nice terrace overlooking the sea and were very spacious, with kitchen, spacious living room, double bedroom and full bathroom. The property has a concierge who maintains the building. There are very nice beaches a few minutes away, and although you'll have to walk up and down hills, it's worth it because the water is incredibly clean, and the beaches aren't very crowded.
El Vendrell Apartments are just meters from the beach and near the leisure areas in the city. There's a large swimming pool and terrace large enough for 6 people. 12 rooms are available for guests. Services include reception service 24 hours a day, room service, car rental, currency exchange and a photocopier. No internet access available.
These apartments were originally an Aparthotel, but now belong to various agencies and individuals. They are very basic consisting of an equipped kitchen, spacious living room, a small cabin type bedroom, bathroom with shower and double bedroom with wardrobe. The 12 meter squared terraces are spacious, some have views of the street and others of the communal area, which is pretty cool. It has two swimming pools, gardens and several sports fields. The resort has a restaurant and concierge. The nearest beach is Larga, a few minutes from the building. Since atmosphere can be a little touristy and noisy in the summer (it's close to the Salou nightlife), it's not always recommended.
The Vancouver is located in the area of the "Cap de Salou", a place known for its tranquility and its beautiful beaches, buried among Mediterranean pine trees. The apartments have two bedrooms, a full bathroom and well-equipped kitchenette in the open-plan living/dining room, and a spacious terrace. There's a pool, which is open with a poolside snack bar in summer. It's well-connected, just a few metres from the bus stop. The downside is that to go to the beach you have to cross the road, and if you go with children that can be dangerous. In addition, it stands on a fairly steep slope, so it may not be the best option for old people.
The Ruiseores building is located on the main street of Salou, near the Paseo Jaime I and Llevant beach, and less than 10 minutes from the train station. In the vicinity, there are all kinds of shops and restaurants. The apartment that I stayed in had a great corner terrace. It had a double bedroom, a full bathroom, and open-plan kitchen/living room. It was practical, functional, and fully furnished. The building has a concierge and swimming pool, and the general atmosphere is perfect for quiet family holidays.
The Barcelona building overlooks 3 blocks: Reus, Barcelona and Scala Dei. The apartments have either 1 or 2 bedrooms, and are available in summer or all year round. They come with a full bathroom with bathtub, kitchen, living room, and terrace overlooking either the communal area, or the aforementioned streets. The apartments aren't bad, but many of them are in need of a bit of a face lift. There's a pool in the communal area, and the Barcelons is in the centre of Salou, near all the amenities and less than ten minutes from the train station and the beach.
The Ancora apartments are located in the Paseo Miramar. Almost all of the apartments overlook the sea and harbour. I've stayed there on both the ground and fourth floors, and they were more or less similar: a kitchenette, two bedrooms, living room, and bathroom with bathtub. Functional furniture and decoration, sometimes looking a little dated. The building doesn't have a pool, but it's just a minute's walk from Ponent beach, and ten minutes from the train station, and all the amenities, shops, and restaurants in the centre of Salou.
The Cancun Apartments are at the beginning of the dual-carriageway to Tarragona, a bit of a trek from downtown and ten minutes' walk from the beach. There are several hotels in the area. The Cancun has a swimming pool and roof terrace, two elevators and CCTV. The apartments are all very similar, one or two bedrooms with air conditioning, open-plan kitchen, living/dining room and one bathroom. The terraces are a good size, more than adequate to eat and relax. The only problem I've seen is that the car park gets very congested in summer.
This comfy and well-located hotel is situated at the end (or the beginning) of the Rambla de Tarragona. You can arrive at the seaside promenade after just a short walk down the Rambla.
The hotel is very modern and the rooms are enormous and comfortable. There is also a rooftop swimming pool to beat the summer heat. Going for a refreshing swim with great views is a real luxury.
This is not a restaurant or hotel or shop or olive grove: it’s all in one and a really beautiful place. The fact is that La Boella, located halfway between Tarragona and Reus, is a 110-hectare olive grove that produces extra virgin olive oil and hosts weddings, communions, and other events in their gardens and ancient cellars.
Although my visit consisted only of an oil tasting (to learn the secrets of this liquid gold), I was showed around some of its facilities and came home with another charming hotel to add to my bucket list.
To add even more to the overall cuteness, there are two nice little hotels located in the center of the complex. There are thirteen rooms in total, divided into modern and the classic, and look like they’d make for a really blissful stay. If you can afford it (about 210€/night) I’d consider the suite. It occupies the entire top floor and has a terrace overlooking the estate.
A real luxury.
Located 1K from the Poblet Monastery, this is a hotel and restaurant. It is a Relais du Silence hotel, which is is one of a small handful that espouse a philosophy of silence as therapy and gastronomy as a stimulus for the senses. It is a 14th century restored farmhouse. The restaurant is good food and great value, with very good wines from Conca de Barbera.