We stayed here for the first week in October having wanted an inexpensive break in the sun. We read the reviews, hoped for the best and booked through travel republic. Firstly I have to say that our 1 bedroom apartment only cost £162 for the week so we were prepared for the worst. Our flight had been delayed so we knew that the reception would be closed on our arrival after 7pm there was a note on the door with a telephone number to ring. We were informed that someone would be with us very soon and before I had put my phone away a car pulled up and we were checked in and shown to our 1st floor apartment by a very nice man.
What a pleasant surprise we got when we went in too, a very spacious living area with table, 4 chairs, settee and arm chair, coffee table and TV. It looked clean bright and quite modern. The Kitchen had a microwave, cooker plenty of cupboard space and utensils and kettle. There was no toaster (NB we asked the next morning if we could have one and it arrived a few hours later). The bedroom had twin beds, 2 bedside tables, a chair and a large mirror. Bathroom was also ok with bath, overhead shower, bidet, handbasin, there were 4 Bath and 4 hand towels. In the hall were a cupboard with iron, ironing board, electric heater and a safe (cost was 10 euros + 20 euros refundable deposit), and a large double wardrobe with extra bedding.
We went to find the pool the next morning and yes I agree with some comments regarding this. It is obvious that this is not used a lot. It is kept locked and you pay a deposit for a weekly swipe card to enter the gate. Please note to exit there is a small white post on your left just before the gate with a button on it that has to be flicked down to release the gate, we saw several people panicking during our stay not knowing how to get out. There are a few patio table and chairs but no sunbeds. There is grassed area all around and we lay on towels to sunbathe and found it not too bad although obviously beds would have been preferable.
The apartments are not all in one block, they are in different buildings around the streets. Ours had no balcony and did not have spectacular views, but for what we paid I cannot fault it and will definately return. They are in a perfect position for the marina, and in a very quite location, it felt safe late at night too. The receptionist was a lovely lady who spoke very good English and was exremely helpful. I would definately recommend these as long as you don't expect 4* accommodation, be realistic in your expectations, for what you pay and you can't go wrong here.
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