All in all, a nice hotel, but there are a couple of minor points. I'll start with the good points:- The hotel is located right on the beach, it has a nice pool area with a bar and there are 2 beach bars within 100 yards of the hotel. The hotel is spotlessly clean and the maid service is very good. The breakfast is good with plenty of choice and the staff in the restaurant are very friendly. The rooms are nicely decorated and if you're travelling with a baby they will provide you with a comfortable travel cot. I would recommend paying for a sea view room as you look out over the pool and beach towards the ocean and it's lovely (rather than looking out over the car park). There is a supermarket and even a small local bowling alley (if you fancy something different) within very close distance. There is a bus stop right outside the hotel, but the buses are difficult to catch (we never managed to get one). There is a nice indoor pool with sauna/steam room and evening entertainment. However, there are a few little niggles such as some of the reception staff could have been more helpful regarding local info such as bus timetables, and there are only 2 lifts which are pretty slow. the beers are also 4 euros a pint which is very expensive when you consider you can get a pint for 90 cents in a bar down the road! And you only pay around 3 euros in a nice restaurant in town. However, the 2 major downsides for me are as follows:- the hotel grounds are not particularly pushchair/wheelchair friendly, there are a number of paths around the grounds which have steps which make it tricky at times. It's a 15 minute walk in to the town or the harbor and for much of the walk there is no footpath, so you have to walk on the road or on gravel. Top tip: when walking in to the town/harbor go via the hotel grounds next door, this cuts out much of the walking on the road. In summary, a nice hotel which I enjoyed, but would prefer a nicer walk in to town
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