I expect when the Stella Maris was built circa 1970 it was a luxury hotel... too bad it hasn't changed one bit since.
I can't complain too much. After all, the total cost of B&B for seven nights for two of us was £230 - so cheap as chips.
THE GOOD POINTS:
1) Two good sized pools plus one kiddie pool. The 'Waterfall' pool was noisy - here the Animation Team hosted their crazy activities with loud music. The 'Palmera' pool was a dedicated 'quiet zone'.
2) Attractive gardens and landscaping. The hotel complex is spread out across a hillside and the rooms are nestled amongst thick pine & palm trees.
3) A very peaceful hotel. You wake to the sound of bird song and at night the only sound comes from crickets.
4) Cheap drinks - a pint of beer cost approximately £2.80.
5) Good sporting/leisure facilities:- tennis, scuba diving, volley ball, gym, massage, crazy golf, football, pool, arcade, giant chess.
6) Two well stocked on-site shops - one a supermarket selling all essentials, fresh bread and alcohol; the second a gift/souvenir shop selling newspapers and beach items.
7) Large bedrooms with excellent views (if you're lucky). We had a room on the second floor of a block high up on the hill. It was a long walk up, but well worth the stunning view of San Antonio Bay.
THE BAD POINTS:
1) Food is nothing short of appalling. Thank the Lord we were only B&B!! Breakfast was diabolical. I am used to German breakfasts, as I've travelled to Germany many times, but the food on offer was nothing more than 3 different types of cheap cold meat, three different types of plastic cheese, a hard boiled egg, then either scrambled egg with mushrooms or just scrambled egg, and cooked ham. The eggs were so overcooked they'd become dry and rubbery and the fruit juice & coffee dispensed from the machines were unrecognisable.
2) The hotel complex is stuck in the 1970s. It's incredibly dated. It is clean & tidy however, it just needs a sprinkle of 21st century magic dust.
3) I love the Germans - I have a lot of German friends - but if you're not German, don't expect to get served first. Over the course of the week, we lost count of the number of times we were stood at the bar, a German came along and he/she was served first. In my opinion this is downright rude.
4) Location, location, location... Hmmm... a 40 minute walk into San Antonio or an 8-Euro taxi or a bus that only comes on the hour every hour until 7pm. Nothing outside the hotel except for two restaurants. La vida Ibiza!
5) Bedrooms - like the rest of the hotel - stuck in a time warp. And very basic. Bathroom was compact - in fact - TINY.
6) Staff weren't particularly friendly or helpful - especially the reception staff. One in particular (I forget her name) was so unwelcoming it almost seemed like a chore for her to check us in. She also checked us out and there was no, "Have you had a pleasant stay?", or, "Thanks for your custom". Instead, "Oh, you want me to order a taxi do you? Well, if I must". Rudeness.
All in all we had a good holiday. And for the price we paid, I can't grumble too much about the hotel. But would I go back? Never.
My advice is to spend a little more and find a better quality hotel in a better location.
If you don't mind the walk up hill, ask for a room higher up. The views are amazing.
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