Stayed for 4 nights using this hotel as a base for diving. It is ghastly, do not stay here.
The hotel's dive centre (Deep Blue Divers) is unsafe and dangerous. Sooner or later, someone is going to get seriously hurt in their care. In three days, I came across 6 broken regulators - I was even invited to use one as it was 'just a slow leak' Physically damaged first stages, a high pressure hose with a cut in it, and 3 sets of jammed in free flow second stages. I quizzed the divemaster about this and he told me that he has pointed this out time and again to the owner who refuses to do anything about it. They also permitted a client on my boat to dive with his own equipment which was clearly faulty and dangerous. For the record I have 150+ dives logged and several professional qualifications.
The rooms are disgusting. Burnt furniture, dirty sheets, stained towels, infested with mosquitos. the bathroom is something from a nightmare - only a trickle of brown water, the colour of tea from the shower, when it worked at all. No plugs, gross shower curtain, smelly. No internet access in rooms. Cleaner banged on my door every single day asking for 'baksheesh' to make sure that my room actually got cleaned.
The hotel is huge with a strong Russian and German contingent. Staff are disinterested and unhelpful, verging on hostile and on occasion somewhat aggressive. You are virtually thrown out of the pool at 1800 when it closes.
Food is better than you might hope, the main bar in the lobby is perpetual chaos, the 'pub' seldom open and the nightclub closed for low season, like - of all things - the ice rink(!!!). Evening entertainment cheesy and Eastern European orientated.
Despite the fact that a week's all inclusive is absurdly cheap via onthebeach.co.uk, I would not return to this report if I was paid.
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