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Hotel Playa de la Luz
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avda de la Diputacion s/n, 11520 Rota, Spain   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 hotels in Rota
Brussels, Belgium
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Nice but could be better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The hotel is located on a nice and not very crowded beach, 35 min walk from the center of Rota. The rooms are quite old but well-maintained and clean. The swimming pool is not heated, so keep it in mind in case you go there off season and would like to swim (we were there the first week of May, the air temperature was 20-24, the temperature of the ocean was 17.5, the water in the swimming pool was ok for a 3 min swim but not for a longer stay). I had an impression that the hotel was not working at a full strength: there were still some renovating works going on. The food in the restaurant was average (for dinner), though we really liked the breakfast, especially we loved the coffee (never tasted such a marvelous one). The staff was responsive and friendly, spoke english, but several times they gave us a misleading information about the schedule of the local buses which was disappointing. For those who want to rent a car, be aware that it is almost impossible to find a car with an automatic gear in Rota (we called 5 local renting offices and didn't manage to find a car with such a gear).

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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sophiedcvdk, Director General at Hotel Playa de la Luz, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Dear Client,

Thank you for your comments, it always help us to improve ourselves.

Our Hotel Playa de la Luz is a very nice quite and confortable Hotel in the early and post season, but of course in the summer we have a different ambiance, it depend of what you are looking for. Thank you again for your comments and we hope to see you back soon,

Best regards,
Sophie
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

An older but classic waterfront hotel in beautiful condition. My ground level room had twin beds, a nice sized marble bathroom, TV, and a small patio at the entrance overlooking the nice pool and pool bar area. The room was a bit tight for the beds and dresser but comfortable. There was much pool noise during the day when I visited in August but it was quiet by 10:00 pm or so. The hotel had an all-you-can eat dinner buffet with a large selection of offerings - most good to very good. The hotel is literally on the beach, allowing easy access for an evening beach stroll.
There was sufficient free parking on site. Overall a very pleasant and attractive hotel. Highly recommend.

Room Tip: I enjoyed my poolside, ground floor room but some might prefer an ocean view.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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sophiedcvdk, Director General at Hotel Playa de la Luz, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear client,

Thank you very much for your comments and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.

The month of August is a little bit noisy at the swimming-pool, but now it is the perfect time to come, if you want to have a nice rest with beautiful vieuws, good food and sunny days, here and now is the best moment and place, we wait to welcome you again.

Best regards,
Sophie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

How close to the sea do you want to be? This laidback hotel amidst the dunes and next to the pine forest on the outskirts of town was perfect for a get-away-from-it-all break. We did not regret the upgrade to a Junior Suite, two separate rooms with a balcony directly overlooking the beach and the ancient stone fish pens or corrals. In fact, I was ready to move in permanently. Luxuriant gardens in the inner courtyards and a decent swimming pool were a bonus. Cannot comment on the food, as we were too busy investigating the seafood in town, but the glass of manzanilla sherry on checking in was a lovely welcoming touch.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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sophiedcvdk, Director General at Hotel Playa de la Luz, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Dear Client,

Thank you for choosing our Hotel for your stay at Rota, we are very glad that you enjoyed your stay and the Hotel.
We hope to welcome you back soon so that we can demostrate you our good "Cousine" that we also have.

Waiting to welcome you back, best regards,

Sophie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I live on the Costa del Sol but it was so different travelling just for a weekend to the Costa de la Luz. I loved the place , so tranquil , the beach is amazing , so long and golden and soft sand , and nearly everyone in Rota has a dog !!! One morning we walked from the hotel to the port/marina in town that took 35mins and was so lovely , then the previous day we went the other way , right , out of the hotel and its a nudist beach but we didnt know !!!
The hotel has so much to offer , I just didnt have enough time to relax and enjoy it.
The staff are so friendly and courteous , make you feel so welcome. The rooms were decorated in lovely colours of blue , gold and red. There were bicycles to rent , an atm outside , taxi service called for by the reception and very reasonable price (7euros into town). For the evening meal the hotel do a buffet at a cost of 22euros per person , however , we just wondered 3mins or so down the main road and found an excellent Meson de Almdraba , the food was so nicely cooked , we all had different fish dishes ( grouper , prawns , swordfish and sea bass) , salads , olives , alcoholic drinks and for the 3 of us the cost was 55euros. When we came back we went to the hotels Bar Sherry and enjoyed a lively evening of flamenco.
Theres wifi free available and free parking , I booked via Expedia and it was all super. What great value for money .
I really loved Rota , the area , the Costa de la Luz area also , ( cotton fields in Spain ,! lots of them ! , wind turbines , everything was so different from the Costa del Sol ) , I would most certainly return.

Room Tip: We overlooked the tennis courts , oops , I forgot to mention they have 4 lovely courts and gardens...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sophiedcvdk, Director General at Hotel Playa de la Luz, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Dear Client,

Thank you very much for your nice words about our Hotel and Rota.

Your comments and details help us a lot.

Hooping that you choose Costa de la Luz in your next visit, we hope to welcome you back soon,

Best regards,

Sophie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I had a wonderful holiday. the Hotel is superbly placed on the beach and is friendly and relaxing. The staff are helpful. I had a problem with the room I was given and this was sorted out by the manager of the reception in a friendly curteous and efficent manner. I cannot praise the hotel and the majority of its staff enough.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sophiedcvdk, Director General at Hotel Playa de la Luz, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Dear Client,

Thank you for your comments. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and Holidays.
We always try to we helpfull, there can always be a misunderstanding, but at the moment that you let it know to the reception or to the management of the Hotel, we are ready to help and look for the best solutions.

So thank you to let us know in time, and we hope to welcome you back soon,

Best regards,

Sophie
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Coin, Spain
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Although a little difficult to find with the directions we had pulled off the internet (no sat nav sadly), the hotel is worth the effort as it is welcoming and bright, modern in style, with great facilities and good accommodation. Two truly wonderful assets were the helpful, friendly staff and a location bang on for unspoilt beach with dunes and woodlands. You need a car to reach the old town, we did do the woodland walk in once - which was along boardwalks for quite a stretch, and then finding our way through the streets taking about 30-40 minutes to reach the centre. Facilities at the hotel, with its large central swimming pool, tennis, and beach club with chill terrace were on the whole excellent, and the buffet breakfast in the restaurant was extensive and included freshly made pancakes and omelettes, but cocktails during happy hour were a disappointment being poorly made and presented (I suspect they were bought in ready made) and therefore not even worth the half price ticket. The offer price we had for twin bedded room with breakfast was terrific value for money, we were offered an upgrade to a sea view toom but were quite happy with our chalet style room in a quiet area of the pretty gardens. It was a busy time for the hotel, as it was a Spanish national holiday, but you never felt that the staff did not have time for you and several were extremely helpful to us. Beds were a little uncomfortable but OK for a short stay, but the room was very clean and had most of what we require; although like a lot of Spanish hotels, no tea and coffee making equipment. We confess, we like our tea 'British style' i.e. strong, and while given extra tea bags on 2 occasions in the bar/cafe for no extra charge, on the 3rd occasion we were charged double making our cuppas €3.50 each. Minor gripes, as we would definitely stay again here or in the very elegant sister hotel in town.

Room Tip: It is a big hotel, so you can be as we were in a small row of chalet type rooms in an area of garden...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sophiedcvdk, Director General at Hotel Playa de la Luz, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Dear Client,

Thank you for your comments about our Hotel and about Rota.
We are very glad that you enjoyed your holidays.

We take good care about all your comments.
For next year you will have the option to have tea or coffee at the room.
We try to improve ourselves everyday.

Thank you and hoping to see you back soon,
Best regards,

Sophie
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Additional Information about Hotel Playa de la Luz

Address: Avda de la Diputacion s/n, 11520 Rota, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cadiz > Rota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 hotels in Rota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Playa de la Luz 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right on the beach, surrounded by dunes and pine forests, the hotel faces the Atlantic Ocean. With traditional Andalusian architecture of only two floor, the 210 guest rooms are placed around two large garden patio areas, with all the whitewashed charm of an Andalusian Village. ... more   less 
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