We were very much looking forward to staying at this property and also tasting the Fine Dining Restaurant. Unfortunately, our expectations were far from met and there is nothing that would ever induce us to return. Let me break it down into positives and negatives. the Positives: - the room design was nice, and they tried to make it very modern (but see below) - there was a safe in the room - there is ample parking at the property (more below) - breakfast is served until 11 am which means you can sleep in - the towels are fluffy - the style is typical Catalan farmhouse - there is a Nespresso machine and Kettle in the room - we had a balcony with 2 chairs Now for the negatives: - the staff are the unfriendliest and least professional I have ever encountered in over 40 years of travelling across the world. The reception we got was 2 ladies doing their own thing and ignoring us, no smile, no welcome, no information was given. Curt to the point of rudeness. It did not improve over the next week when, with 2 exceptions (a young receptionist we only saw once, and the lady serving breakfast) all the staff including the evening restaurant made you feel as if you were there doing them a favour. At 250 Euros a night and considering the prices of the dishes at the restaurant you would expect them to be courteous, try to communicate in a language (French tourists with google apps trying to make themselves understood even in English! and the staff replying in Spanish. Staff replying in Catalan when spoken to in Spanish... and more) that might have been more international than catalan? -service at the Fine Dining restaurant was frustratingly slow and left a lot of room for improvement in general. Lots of staff who spent more time ignoring the diners rather than serving us/ providing a menu/ replying to questions about dishes ... The menu is extremely limited and doesn't cater for vegetarians or people who have intolerances, allergies etc etc - the breakfast was "hidden away" and we were waved in the direction of where we had to go the first day and were told to sit, Gestapo style, at the darkest corner and left without any explanations Every morning the receptionist would literally follow us to the hotel to inform (the chef? the waiting staff?) we had arrived....??? surely they could see us when it is so small and mostly empty at anyone time? Don't they have internal phones for this???? - the views from the restaurant and many of the bedrooms (and indeed noise when you are outdoors) is of the motorway which runs just by the property...not the tranquil garden settings you would expect - the car park is far from the reception (and good luck finding that) and you must walk over small gravel which gets into your shoes, making the single trolley available difficult to move - the room- where to start? The first thing that I noticed upon entering was that the wardrobe doors were coming off their hinges and there were a total of 4 hangers! - the A/C and lights as well as the shutters, all very hi tech but would have required instructions (never a good sign). Despite setting the thermostat at the desired temperature of 22 to 24 depending on the time of day/night and heat, the unit would continue to pump up air down to 21 degrees and wait until it was nice and toasty to restart !! - there were two clocks in the room. One electric alarm clock which couldn't be reset with the correct time and date which we had to eventually unplug. And another battery operated one which needed the batteries replaced and showed the same time for the entire week - as far as cleanliness is concerned, the room was done daily but the baskets at the back of the bed had not been in dusted in weeks. We also never saw anyone ever cleaning the pool area, they limited it to using a leaf blower - the description of the room included an iron and ironing board. These were not provided in the room - the decaf coffee and green tea were never replaced in the room, and the water was not provided every day as expected - the pool only has 8 deckchairs and is small making it near to impossible to find space for r&r in the sun and/or shade. The so called snacks available consisted of a dispenser of cooled water which was not always kept full. Our room was overlooking the pool area and never once did we see anyone clean the area, (or the deckchairs and tables) they just used the leaf blower. Pigeons were doing their business all around the pool area where guests are sitting or walking....enough said - olive oil tastings (which are promoted in the website) were not available and apparently haven't been available since the start of the pandemic - we were inundated with emails before and after the stay trying to upsell their restaurant and other services. It felt like we were being spammed when in fact it might have been easier to provide BASIC information in the room itself (use the screens!!/ print a brochure...) like restaurant timings, use of the pool etc etc - The few emails or printed material like the menu, which were produced in English or French were so far from having been done by a professional mothertongue translator as possible making us wonder if google translate had been used instead. Not exactly giving the impression that they are the high end hotel they want to appear to be - Finally, No Covid precautionary measures were in place and with the exception of one member of staff (the lady serving breakfast, whom we really appreciated) nobody was wearing masks, there was no sanitiser, no disinfection of handles and doors used by all guests....…
I was travelling home to the UK through France and just wanted a quick & easy stop by the motorway. This small but perfect oasis was fantastic. Great comfortable and clean room with two terraces. The very well priced food and wine were excellent. They have lovely gardens and courtyard with fountains and terraces to eat out on. The staff were all helpful and welcoming. Ample parking with electric charging points. It’s a great shame I couldn’t stay longer! Julian
High quality hotel in peaceful location between Reus and Tarragona yet only a short distance from the motorway. Beautiful well equipped rooms, excellent restaurant and surrounded by lovely gardens. Lovely staff throughout and excellent breakfast
Off the beaten path, but only an hour from Barcelona's airport, La Boella is a most peaceful and beautiful property. The interior design is stylish, highly functional and luxurious, down to the leather-wrapped handrail alongside the staircase. Our room was so well-appointed that we wished we could stay a week, rather than only a night. We enjoyed our dinner outside, and were served a continental breakfast an hour early so that we could make our flight. Throughout our stay, the service was superb. I highly recommend La Boella and hope to return!
Fabulous hotel, in a lovely setting, close to Airport but in a country setting. Very tranquil. Very welcoming staff and nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend this beautiful little gem. Very good value for money too
Beautiful grounds. Outstanding accommodations. Great restaurant. Swimming pool a nice addition. Very friendly staff. I would recommend highly to anyone traveling in the Tarragona area especially if you are heading to the Priorat wine region. The restaurant had 16 pages of red wines alone to offer and excellent food and service.
Hotel Mas La Boella is outstanding. It’s off the beaten track and you will need a car / taxi. You will find an oasis of tranquility. The grounds are stunning as are the bedrooms (with huge patio). The service is excellent and the restaurant & food totally amazing. Breakfast was good enough to last the day! Highly recommended.
Came here to spend my husbands birthday. Super happy with the choice! It’s a small but such an amazing place. Nice big room, great bed. No view but you’ll get one by stepping outside! The courtyard of the hotel is stunning and it’s so great to have dinner right there outside or on the terrace. The food was delicious and the service was amazing! The pool area is also nice but could be a bit cleaner. Breakfast was good but the coffee surprisingly lousy. We loved their olive oil and bought a 5l jar. In short, loved this place and can’t wait to return!
We stayed there as a base for touring tarragona and Reus. The hotel is pricy. it is just off the highway and you hardly hear the tragic, the highway (and a display of plastic pools) are your view - at least from room 4. Room is spacious and feels new, (besides some “have seen better days” furniture :-( . The walls and door are not sound proof ( not sure if this is exists anywhere in Spain...) so your night sleep will depends on your neighborhood’s :-) and how load is the front desk... The WiFi is so so and regular internet service was not the best either. There is no door to the bathroom area - but it’s kind in a room of itself so not critical. All TV channels are in Spanish. Pool is small and not heated. Many mosquitos outside as well as inside “public area”. We tried the lunch menu in the restaurant and while I would give it A for effort (good service, nice presentation, all seems fresh, excellent bread), there was no wow and I wouldn’t go back... …
Our room Aberquina suite was spacious with King bed, nice desk with Nespresso coffee machine and a sitting area. Bathroom was large with separate areas for toilet, a huge shower and double vanities. Probably this is the best room in the La Boella. Electric shutters. Wifi never got connected inside the suite, we had to go downstairs to the lobby. Suite is on the top floor with wraparound terrace surrounded by an extensive plantation of olive trees and vineyards. From afar you see the bodega and wine store. Be aware the elevator only takes you to the entrance of the suite, there is another flight of steps to reach the bedroom. Worthy included breakfast served in a very nice restaurant. Extensive buffet with eggs cooked to order. We enjoyed de tranquility of the hotel. As in many older properties parking is outside the hotel installations. Here you have to take your suitcase through the gardens, nothing is paved. There are no bells boys and the receptionist will help if you need it. Although close to the highway, the noise did not bother us. Hotel Mas la Boella is a working farm, producing excellent extra virgin oil and wines. Next morning we participated on a complimentary olive oil tasting at their shop. We learned about the modern way of planting olive trees (they are close together similar to a vineyard) to be able to harvest with machines instead of hand picking. We tasted three different varieties Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki. We took one of each home. They were so tasty. Store has a wide selection of wines of the area. This May 2019, we started our trip in Barcelona driving a rented Fiat 500 down to Jumilla and Alicante in search of Monastrell wines. We passed through picturesque towns of Penincola and Guadelest. In Valencia we visited Celler del Roure, fascinating vineyard that ferments and ages wine underground in old buried Clay Amphoras. info@cellerdelroure dot es Close to Jumilla, in Carche, we came across a new Wine Museum that it worth a visit. museodelvinojumilla dot com Roads were in perfect condition and Google Maps was invaluable.…