A super early in the morning flight home from Barcelona meant we didn’t fancy the three hour drive from Zaragoza at before the crack of dawn. A decision was taken to stay somewhere within half an hour of the airport so we wouldn’t have to get up at a silly hour. We thought about Barcelona itself briefly but discarded that idea. Mainly because we had stayed in the city for a week a year ago and fancied seeing somewhere different, secondly getting from the city to the airport might be a hassle we thought. The map was consulted and a list of potential places was drawn up. Sitges, a seaside town not far from the airport (16 miles) made the short list. We didn’t know too much about it but when we discovered there was a Melia hotel near the waterfront that was it. We stayed at a Melia on Tenerife a few years ago, Son loved it so much (we all did) and still raves about it so we figured this might be a good choice.
The drive from Zaragoza took just over 3 hours, we were glad to eventually see signs for Sitges and pull into the little town. Very glad of our trusty Sat-Nav, not sure we would ever have found the hotel in the maze of narrow, winding, twisty streets under our own steam.
The hotel disappointed at first sight. A huge and modern building without an ounce of kerb appeal and completely charmless. It didn’t help that half the population of Spain seemed to be sitting on the steps around and about. There was a dance competition in the conference centre as we were later to discover and people had come from all arts and parts. Reception was equally busy and bustling but they dealt with us fairly efficiently and soon we were swishing up to the 5th floor in a very fancy glass lift.
Our room was fine – super hot though – with double bed and proper single bed, not massive but big enough and it had a very luxurious bathroom. The best thing was the glass doors at one end with a balcony and beautiful views over the sea and the old town of Sitges. We didn’t really have too much time to sit and chill there but it was nice to have the view.
A bit of exploring was called for – the hotel overlooks (from a few streets higher up) the Aiguadolc Marina and we found a short cut down there. Lots of boats, lots of lovely waterfront restaurants and the perfect place to chill after a long drive.