We chose the Florida Spa hotel based on the ratings shown on tripadvisor.co.uk and we were not disappointed. In summary a top quality hotel and the best I have ever stayed in to date.
Set about 20 meters away from the main promenade right opposite the harbor. This made it right in the middle of the resort, with quieter more family oriented area one way, and the more lively area the other.
We were dropped off on the promenade adjacent to the hotel, and it took about two minutes with our cases. So please don’t be put off by this.
Our room was on the side of the hotel that actually faced the sea, we were number 432 which was at the end of the hotel. So not only did we have a sea view, we could see the mountains to the side of the hotel.
The room had modern furniture, laminate flooring, a small desk and freestanding table and chairs. There was a large wardrobe with plenty of draws and lots of hanging space for clothes.
The bathroom was large, with a walk in shower, marble effect flooring and a unique sink unit made out of thick glass.
The balcony had a plastic table and two chairs, so we could have an early morning cup of tea in the sun.
More importantly, there was a free safe and fridge which meant we could keep our things safe and chill our own drinks. The air conditioning was excellent, although we set to low the first night and woke up freezing in the morning.
Towels were changed on request, and the linen was changed three times during the week.
A relatively small pool considering the size of the hotel, but it was cleaned daily. There were plenty of sun beds and a nice bar to get drinks and a snack at lunch time.
There were people who reserved sun beds (English not Germans) with towels, but honestly there are plenty to go round.
This was buffet style for breakfast and the evening meal. Plenty to choose from at both sittings, and there was the all important fry up in the morning.
I can imagine that if you were there for more than one week, the food may be a little repetitive. But provided you are prepared to try everything on offer, there really is not a problem.
We used the main bar downstairs and the snack bar by the pool. Despite what some people have said the prices were OK. There was a happy hour by the pool from 12:00 to 13:00 and in the main bar from 18:00 to 19:00. But beware this is actually buy one get one free, so if you order two pints of lager, you will get four. All main bar drinks served with crisps and nuts!
Bar prices were around (all Euros): Pint – 3e, Bottle Lager – 2.8e, Soft Drink – 1.4e, Long Drink (vodka coke) – 5.10e.
On most nights of the week, but mainly aimed at Spanish holidaymakers. The only thing that really lets the place down.
The reception, corridors, lifts etc etc were all very clean. Most of the downstairs area had sofa’s to relax on during the day or in the evening.
All very friendly and polite, although I do feel ignorant for not learning any Spanish and expecting them to speak English, I must try harder next time.
Special mentions for Diago (main bar), Maria (restaurant) and the maid who cleaned our room – All EXCELLENT!
There were lots of different nationalities in the hotel, which made it different. But it would really have been boring if we had gone somewhere with all brits. In my opinion it was the other brits at the hotel who were the most noisiest.
So when you read “ok until the Spanish arrived” please don’t worry.
Non hotel observations:
We booked through them on-line, all good as we got 23kg of baggage allowance, pre bookable seating and in-flight meals.
My only comment was the rep was based at the nearby Hotel Angela, and only visited us three or four times a week for an hour. At least 45 mins of this was the welcome meeting, so don’t expect to see much of them.
We were picked up a little late in my opinion, which meant we checked in about 90 mins before departure, which did not give much time to relax in the airport.
The transfer was OK, but stopped at several locations and took well over an hour, if you can afford, book a private taxi transfer.
Absolutely packed out with holidaymakers, no room to move really, plus the sea had rubbish floating in it. Take my advice, stay by the pool!
Don’t book with First Choice, as they are very expensive. We found an English speaking agent at the main bus station, I think they were called Flandriabus.
They charged 14e per person to go to Gibraltar, where as First Choice wanted 25e per person.
Check out Hollywood’s cocktail bar, along the sea front in the lively area. Basically, left out of the hotel door, once you get to the promenade turn right.
They had reasonably priced cocktails in a nice environment. They were all freshly maid with real fruit ingredients.
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