1 week all inclusive. Cost £1400 not including insurance. Booked through Jet2. Hotel is situated on a motorway, approx 1km from the seafront. The reception staff are very friendly and spoke good English, but they were the only ones that did. The hotel has approx 400 rooms but judging by the amount of guests I would say less than a quarter were occupied.
The hotel doesn't provide any snack bar between meals. Sandwiches are available between 3:30pm & 5pm I asked for two, the bar staff pulled two ham and cheese sandwiches from a pre-prepared pile from a shelf behind the bar. The pile of sandwiches were left out and not in a fridge or freshly prepared. The sandwiches were inedible. A 'selection of cakes and much more' were available from 5pm to 6:30pm. Not much more, in fact no more was available. Two cakes in a plastic wrapper was the limit.
Onto the food. All meals were poor to average at best. Meals were labelled in spanish but not english so constant bugging off the resturant manager to describe the food was required, if he was available, if not then it was a guessing game or find a waitress with a reasonable understanding of the english language (difficult). Luckily a few restaurants around the corner with shops and a mini market & cashpoint.
The rooms were clean with reasonable wardrobe space. There were twin beds pushed together. Imagine lying on a slab of concrete and there you have it, the beds described. The aircon sounded like a knackered old tractor, but with a some coaxing and knob twiddling managed to get it down to a low rattle. Hot water available in an instant but watch the shower, when the neighbours flush, the water temp increases to approx 200 degrees....slight exageration but you get it! Towels too small.
The library consisted of 3 english books which doubled due to my wifes charitable contribution.
The gym was situated in a small room with no aircon. The machines were old, unserviced and some in a state of ill repair. My wife is a regular gym user but decided to err on the side of caution here and stayed well clear.
There were tennis courts and table tennis tables at the back of the hotel but obviously hadn't been used for quite a while and to be honest if you decided to play would of needed an hour or so to clear them of dead branches etc. Carzy golf available also.
The drinks. Beer fine and local spirit equivalents taste the same as the original drinks they imitate. Price guide (if not all incl), 10 Euros for two Malibu, sorry, Balu and Cokes. 5,50 Euros for small beer. Three bars in the hotel, but only pool bar open due to lack of guests.
Entertainmant. Bingo, bingo, bingo. Saturday night best as entertainment provided by group of four Flamenco dancers who were good. Entertainment for kids average.
Free bus to Marbella twice a day (tip: the small bar opposite the bus stop in Marbella called Mamma Goye, great Mojito at 3 Euros).
Trips from the hotel are actually cheaper than using the travel agents in Merbella so check with reception first.
Wi-Fi available but at a price
This one for all inlusive guests. If your filght leaves after 12pm on your day of departure, then you get to pay for everything from 12pm to the moment you leave on the bus/taxi, isn't that kind as your all inclusive holiday ends at, yes you guessed it.....12pm. Keep plenty of Euros if you want to eat/drink and you are not departing until later in the day (tip: use the shops/restaurant around the corner) it may not be cheaper but it's better quality.
Personal opinion now. Holiday cost about £500 too much. Left with a 'not bothered' rather than a 'oh no my holidays over' feeling. Food poor and drinks greatly overpriced. Entertainment mostly dire. If you are going to stop here then get out of the hotel. Use the bus and get to Marbella, Fuengirola or day trip to Gibraltar. The 'All Inclusive/pay after 12pm' rip off is absolutely appalling. Bring your own books if your a reader and stay clear of the dodgy gym. No snack bar between meals is dissapointing as is the quality of the food. Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone! Needs a lot of work to bring it up to a good standard.
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