Pros

  • Secluded waterfront location provides “wow” factor
  • Direct access to sandy beach via a wooded path
  • Many rooms have private balconies and water views
  • Modern spa has a salon, sauna, and steam room
  • Attractive outdoor pool with whirlpool and sea views
  • Well-equipped fitness center and tennis courts
  • Half- and full-board meal plans available
  • Free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout
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Cons

  • Not in walking distance to off-site dining or entertainment
  • Dated decor in guest rooms and common areas
  • Rooms lack the usual perks -- like coffeemakers
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Bottom Line

Offering a welcome respite from the crowds and concrete of nearby Lloret, this upper-middle-range 76-room hotel sits on a tranquil, pine-covered hill overlooking the water. Relaxing poolside is a popular pastime here; however, guests craving a toes-in-the sand experience need only follow the pretty path down to Santa Cristina Beach, the sandy crescent that is Hotel Santa Marta’s greatest asset. In addition, the property has tennis courts plus a modern spa with a fitness center, but its rooms are rather dated in terms of both decor and equipment. Anyone looking for a full-on resort experience closer to Lloret should consider the four-pearl Evenia Olympic Palace instead. 

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Amenities

  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pool
  • Spa

Oyster Hotel Review

Hotel Santa Marta

Scene

A calm alternative to Lloret’s fun-in-the-sun scene

Although it is a little less than two miles southwest of Lloret, the pine-scented scene at Santa Marta is considerably quieter -- which is a relief to the outdoorsy, peace-seeking couples and families who come here. Both groups are drawn by the soothing setting and, of course, by the presence of a sandy beach that's not crammed with sunbathing bodies. The downside is that, save for the modern spa and tempting pool, the hotel itself is underwhelming. Its low-slung main building, erected in the 1950's, has a certain retro appeal; the common areas, though, just look dated. Big windows in the lounge, restaurant and bar provide stellar views, but the decor (picture-wood paneling, old-school floral fabrics, plus a palette of moss green and dusty rose) doesn't appeal to contemporary tastes.

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Location

On a wooded hillside above the beach, a seven-minute drive from Lloret

It is tough to beat this hotel’s location because the lush 15-acre property sits on a hill that delivers magical Mediterranean views and extends right down to Santa Cristina Beach: a quiet cove lapped by calm water. The caveat is that there’s really nothing else within walking distance, unless you're prepared to make a 40-minute hike into Lloret rather than take a seven-minute drive. That buzzing seaside town has all the services vacationers could want, plus kid-friendly extras (like Gnomo Park and Water World) as well as loads of entertainment options for nightlife aficionados. Biking, hiking, horseback riding, golfing and other outdoor activities are also close at hand. If sightseeing is on the to-do list, popular Costa Bravan destinations -- including Girona (a medieval beauty) and Cadaqués (a frequent haunt of Picasso and Dali) -- are in day-tripping distance. Girona-Costa Brava Airport is a 35-minute drive north, while Barcelona-El Prat Airport is a 75-minute one southwest; you can reach central Barcelona itself in less than an hour.

  • Seven-minute drive to Lloret de Mar
  • Seven-minute drive to Santa Clotilde Gardens
  • Nine-minute drive to Gnomo Park
  • 10-minute drive to Water World
  • 10-minute drive to Fenals Beach
  • 35-minute drive to Girona-Costa Brava Airport
  • 52-minute drive to Girona
  • 55-minute drive to central Barcelona 
  • 75-minute drive to Barcelona–El Prat Airport
  • 98-minute drive to Cadaqués
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Rooms

Disappointing rooms are the hotel’s Achilles heel.

Accommodations here are divided between the main building and a nearby annex. The former’s water-view rooms with big balconies appeal to couples, while the latter’s garden suites are ideal for families (cribs are free and in-room childcare can be arranged for a fee). Each includes air-conditioning, a minibar, a flat-screen satellite TV, and free (if somewhat unreliable) Wi-Fi. Upper-category digs add sitting or living areas; however, some amenities you would typically expect in a upper-middle-range place -- coffeemakers, irons, or free bottled water among them -- are missing. Contemporary style, unfortunately, is missing too. Bathrooms fare better: They’re outfitted with double sinks, bidets and either a walk-in shower or shower-tub combo, plus they come with hairdryers and handy magnifying mirrors. But the overall look remains bland and dated.

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Features

A blissful beach and full-service spa lead the amenities list.

This hotel’s major draw is the sheltered stretch of sand below it: one which feels far removed from frenetic Lloret. Beyond the beach, guests can take advantage of a pretty water-view pool and adjacent pair of outdoor tennis courts. The property also features a thoroughly modern (and very attractive) spa complete with a salon, sauna, steam room, private treatment rooms and a well-equipped 24-hour fitness center. For guests combining work with pleasure, the hotel has a business center and five meeting rooms, too.

As for dining, Santa Marta’s main restaurant specializes in classic Catalan cuisine. The decor is admittedly old-school, but the views from it act as the perfect accompaniment to Chef Francisco Saez’s market-fresh meals. Anyone who prefers alfresco dining can retreat to the terrace or, in peak months, opt for an overpriced beachfront lunch buffet. Note that some room rates include breakfast; half-and full-board plans are also available. Other on-site amenities include two bars (one being a seasonal beachfront operation), a 24-hour front desk with a multilingual concierge, dry cleaning/laundry services, turndown service, round-the-clock room service, free outdoor parking, and free Wi-Fi throughout. 

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Oyster Hotel Review

Hotel Santa Marta

Scene

A calm alternative to Lloret’s fun-in-the-sun scene

Although it is a little less than two miles southwest of Lloret, the pine-scented scene at Santa Marta is considerably quieter -- which is a relief to the outdoorsy, peace-seeking couples and families who come here. Both groups are drawn by the soothing setting and, of course, by the presence of a sandy beach that's not crammed with sunbathing bodies. The downside is that, save for the modern spa and tempting pool, the hotel itself is underwhelming. Its low-slung main building, erected in the 1950's, has a certain retro appeal; the common areas, though, just look dated. Big windows in the lounge, restaurant and bar provide stellar views, but the decor (picture-wood paneling, old-school floral fabrics, plus a palette of moss green and dusty rose) doesn't appeal to contemporary tastes.

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Location

On a wooded hillside above the beach, a seven-minute drive from Lloret

It is tough to beat this hotel’s location because the lush 15-acre property sits on a hill that delivers magical Mediterranean views and extends right down to Santa Cristina Beach: a quiet cove lapped by calm water. The caveat is that there’s really nothing else within walking distance, unless you're prepared to make a 40-minute hike into Lloret rather than take a seven-minute drive. That buzzing seaside town has all the services vacationers could want, plus kid-friendly extras (like Gnomo Park and Water World) as well as loads of entertainment options for nightlife aficionados. Biking, hiking, horseback riding, golfing and other outdoor activities are also close at hand. If sightseeing is on the to-do list, popular Costa Bravan destinations -- including Girona (a medieval beauty) and Cadaqués (a frequent haunt of Picasso and Dali) -- are in day-tripping distance. Girona-Costa Brava Airport is a 35-minute drive north, while Barcelona-El Prat Airport is a 75-minute one southwest; you can reach central Barcelona itself in less than an hour.

  • Seven-minute drive to Lloret de Mar
  • Seven-minute drive to Santa Clotilde Gardens
  • Nine-minute drive to Gnomo Park
  • 10-minute drive to Water World
  • 10-minute drive to Fenals Beach
  • 35-minute drive to Girona-Costa Brava Airport
  • 52-minute drive to Girona
  • 55-minute drive to central Barcelona 
  • 75-minute drive to Barcelona–El Prat Airport
  • 98-minute drive to Cadaqués
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Rooms

Disappointing rooms are the hotel’s Achilles heel.

Accommodations here are divided between the main building and a nearby annex. The former’s water-view rooms with big balconies appeal to couples, while the latter’s garden suites are ideal for families (cribs are free and in-room childcare can be arranged for a fee). Each includes air-conditioning, a minibar, a flat-screen satellite TV, and free (if somewhat unreliable) Wi-Fi. Upper-category digs add sitting or living areas; however, some amenities you would typically expect in a upper-middle-range place -- coffeemakers, irons, or free bottled water among them -- are missing. Contemporary style, unfortunately, is missing too. Bathrooms fare better: They’re outfitted with double sinks, bidets and either a walk-in shower or shower-tub combo, plus they come with hairdryers and handy magnifying mirrors. But the overall look remains bland and dated.

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Features

A blissful beach and full-service spa lead the amenities list.

This hotel’s major draw is the sheltered stretch of sand below it: one which feels far removed from frenetic Lloret. Beyond the beach, guests can take advantage of a pretty water-view pool and adjacent pair of outdoor tennis courts. The property also features a thoroughly modern (and very attractive) spa complete with a salon, sauna, steam room, private treatment rooms and a well-equipped 24-hour fitness center. For guests combining work with pleasure, the hotel has a business center and five meeting rooms, too.

As for dining, Santa Marta’s main restaurant specializes in classic Catalan cuisine. The decor is admittedly old-school, but the views from it act as the perfect accompaniment to Chef Francisco Saez’s market-fresh meals. Anyone who prefers alfresco dining can retreat to the terrace or, in peak months, opt for an overpriced beachfront lunch buffet. Note that some room rates include breakfast; half-and full-board plans are also available. Other on-site amenities include two bars (one being a seasonal beachfront operation), a 24-hour front desk with a multilingual concierge, dry cleaning/laundry services, turndown service, round-the-clock room service, free outdoor parking, and free Wi-Fi throughout. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Pool

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Tennis Court

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