Arrived at Almeria 10:30hrs local time, arranged transfers through holiday company although if you just hire a taxi to the Dona Pakyta Hotel one way is 45 euro, journey time 30 minutes, saving about 10 euro each way on arranged transfers. Dropped off outside hotel, parking is limited if you decide to hire a car to visit the Cabo Gata National Park.
We chose this hotel through the reviews on trip advisor and wanted a quiet beach holiday. In May we thought that the sea would be warm enough to venture in and that a pool would not be necessary, however we were wrong, but also found out that other hotels in the area with pools were classified as dip pools (very small). On arrival at the hotel we were informed that our room was not ready as check-in time was 1400hrs local, arriving at 11:30hrs local gave us plenty of time for a wander around the local area, stopping for lunch on the boardwalk Gelateria.
Arriving back at the hotel 1350hrs local the receptionist kindly told us that our room was ready, when we enquired what type of room we had, we were informed that it was a standard double room, not as written in our documentation with the travel company, as we had paid the extra for half board and a sea view terrace upgrade. The hotel informed us that the travel company was at fault for not informing them and we should contact them immediately. After two days in the double room which was clean and tidy and extremely large in size, better than expected, but still wanted the sea view terrace.
On Sunday we were moved into our sea view terrace which again was big and spacious and having the fridge available to store milk, fruit and orange juice for those lazy mornings that you do not want to get up for breakfast was ideal. The meal timings were long and late, perhaps parents with children would not like this as breakfast was from 8am - 11am and dinner in the evening was from 8pm - 11pm. We were booked in half board which allowed us to sample the hotel food as well as go out in the evening and sample the local cuisine. If you opted not to have dinner you could swop it for lunch, the hotel was very accommodating when it came to this arrangement.
Staff work extremely long hours and were friendly and tolerant, especially when it came to practising your Spanish. The lounge area had comfortable seating and excellent views as did the dining room. Fruit flies were a nuisance in the evening when eating dinner, they would land on your drinks or on your food which was a minus point from the hotel side, they have to look into reducing this nuisance.
The air conditioning in the sea view terrace worked well but whilst we were in the standard double room it wasn't as efficient. We walked most days after spending time sunning ourselves on the beach, the steps down to the beach from the hotel are extremely wide and should be used with caution preferably wearing appropriate beach footwear. The terrace with bar was not in use when we visited, but was opened for a wedding party on the Saturday and Sunday. The lower terrace also not in use and the beach shower did not connect with the lower level, which meant after getting rid of the sand in the shower you would then have to walk across the sand again to ascend the steps.
In general the hotel was good, the staff were pleasant, friendly and hard working. The food wasn't the best that I have had whilst on holiday, but adequate. Comparing with outside restaurants, the hotel food was just as good as, if not better. We had a very pleasant stay in San Jose, it does help to speak a little Spanish, after all you are in Spain... The population of San Jose is around 125, most of the houses seem to be holiday homes and I am sure if you take the time to visit the National Park you should have a good time. Sadly it was a quiet break for us, but the sand quality outside the hotel was poor and could do with the debris being cleared up, it did not spoil our holiday and we certainly enjoyed the varied walks each day to the super spar supermarket and back, the hills were a challenge but an enjoyable one. We enjoyed our stay and all I can say is that I hope you enjoy your stay as well. I have added some pictures that we took whilst we were there.
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