A May 2005 trip
to Tarragona by su-lin
Quote: We escaped our cares and worries and spent 2 days exploring the Roman ruins in Tarragona!
This proximity to the station proved to be a benefit our first morning, as we could drop off our things as soon as we arrived. Our room was a pleasant double room with a very small bathroom and shower. Everything was very clean, though, and that's what matters. The bed was very comfortable, and the shower was powerful and had plenty of hot water. There is also a television in each room.
As breakfast was included in the price, we made it a point to eat! Breakfast is a self-service affair in another room where a continental spread is made available. Help yourself to plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, and cutlery. Even paper placemats are at your disposal! Then fill your plates and bowls with cereal, breads, pastries, cold cuts (of the Spanish sort--excellent sausage and ham), cheese, and jams. There is milk and many juices and a coffee machine for coffee, hot chocolate, and hot water for tea and infusions.
Overall, the place is a bargain. They have promotions on their website, and at the time of writing, they are offering a double room for €45 if booked through their website. This offer ends June 19, 2005.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2005
Hotel Catalunya Express
C/ General Contreras,16,
Tarragona, Spain 43004
+34 97 721-9119
Restaurant | "El Palau del Baro"
Unlike many other restaurants, where the menu del dia changes each day, here the menu changes every week. To start, there was a choice between a salad with chicken or gazpacho with tuna. Main courses were roast lamb or poached cod. Dessert was either a fruit salad or a chocolate tart. The menu also includes water (bottled) and coffee afterwards. There is also a large á la carte menu with many other Catalan dishes. All offerings are in Catalan or Spanish, but our waitress also spoke English.
We entered the building and climbed a set of stairs to the restaurant. It was immediately apparent why the restaurant was named as it is - it truly once was a magnificent residence. We were led to the back, to the terrace (and it is not obvious there's a terrace when you enter the restaurant), where there were a number of tables under large umbrellas. One large glass table was placed directly over a small fountain - you have to be careful not to dip your feet in!
We both ordered from the set menu and bread was brought to us. This, of course, was not included in the menu, and we were charged €1.50 for each small bun! A small quibble, but the food to follow was very good! Our salads were topped with slices of very good ham and came with a portion of very tender and very tasty chicken breast. It was pointed out to us that the flower on top was edible!
The mains were equally good. The lamb came with a potato cake and a portion of roasted vegetables. The cod was served in a shallow bowl surrounded by broth and vegetables. Both our plates were cleaned! The fruit salad had many lovely fruits, and the chocolate tart came with a caramel sauce and a strawberry. All in all, the food was very good, especially for the price, and its presentation was fantastic.
Should you find yourself in the old city of Tarragona looking for a place to eat, stay away from the more obvious restaurants with seating out front and go here instead!
Palau del Baro
c\Santa Anna, 3
Tarragona, Spain 43003
London, United Kingdom