Booked this as a last minute holiday and chose this hotel purely on price.
First of all if you get the shuttle coach like we did (since there was only two of us arriving on that day so it was cheaper than a taxi) it drops you off right on the corner of the hotel unlike the girls before us who got dropped off on a main road and told to walk down some alley!! Don’t listen to the driver and go down the street on the left because you just walk all the way around the hotel before you hit reception! Walk towards David’s Restaurant and turn left, you’ll see a big sign and the pool through the fence.
Check-in was quick; they don’t take your passports from you just make copies. The safety deposit boxes are at reception and only cheap to rent, air con is free with just a 10 euro deposit for the remote. We got it for free since there was only one remote left for our model so it was constantly on in our room which suited us fine! You do need to check what model yours is in your room and go back down to reception. The staff were great and really friendly, might be a while before they serve you as they natter with the locals a lot! The hotel has two very good looking security guards at night! Not many hotels have this!! The night manager is so funny, gives you high fives when you stagger in and you have to have a great personality if you’re ginger for him to like you!! Hahaha! When we had to call our transfer 24 hours before departure the receptionist did this for us in Spanish so didn’t have to mess around with pay phones!
Now the room! Very large! But no sofa. The bathroom is big and has a bath, no hand held shower like other clubbing hotels! Yes there was a big rust spot in the bath that we originally thought was a cockroach but it was clean. Always had hot water. We did what other girls did and took the mirror off the bathroom wall and stood it on a table in the room as the light is awful and that’s the only mirror! Plenty of plug sockets. Noticed that the lads were put in rooms without balconies! They were ether on the ground floor with a patio or the pool facing rooms that just had a window. We were on the second floor with a great view facing the fancy dress shop! Did request a better view but nevermind. I think they only had 4 or 5 floors. Didn’t use the kitchen area apart from the fridge for the alcohol, you don’t get glasses so we bought plastic cups from the shop around the corner. Some plates, pots and pans and cutlery and two electric ring things and a sink. There was a table and two chairs and two plastic chairs on the balcony. Balcony door quite difficult to open and close but remember to close it as if you have neighbours they can climb over to your balcony quite easily!
The cleaners were fine and they came in and cleaned around you while you slept, all they do really is change the towels and leave, we were only there for 5 days so left the do not disturb sign on the door! They only woke us up once. We saw them clean the entire hotel, even taking windows out and thoroughly cleaned everywhere!
POOL BANTER! Unfortunately according to a couple we spoke to from Glasgow we missed all the nice people who were there the previous week and were stuck with slurring 17 year old Scottish teen lads who clearly needed some educating on shallow water means you might knock yourself out and the difference between a sun lounger and a lilo! They pissed off some of the girls who were sunbathing next to us by throwing cups at them (ha). But hey first holidays n’all!! Theres a life guard always on duty, everyone else around the pool were really nice, the London lads and the other Scottish lads were friendly and could actually make words with their mouths even when tanked up on the booze! One lad spent 500 euros in one night and had no idea how lol. The pool is big enough, shallow enough to sit in and chat; you can even have a drink in there. You can take your own non-alcoholic drink around the pool as long as it’s in a plastic bottle. The bar serves all day until 1am, get your alcohol during the day from there but any soft drinks just get from the shop literally around the corner. The food is a great hangover cure from there, Omlette and chips was only €3,50, Hot dog chips and coke was €6,50.
Leaving the hotel turn left and follow the sunset down to Cafe mambo! Place is packed so if you want a table (quite pricey but food was amazing) get there for about 7.30, sunset starts at around 8.30. There are usually some entertainers on the rocks as well, no sand in this area so get a spot on the wall or rocks by the sea. Careful though because we saw a guy smash his head open after stumbling backwards! If you turn right when leaving the hotel there an ok restaurant on the corner called David’s (we didn’t have great food there but saw some other peoples dishes and it looked a lot better than our pizza and “garlic” bread) and a curry restaurant across the road. Head straight down the road and you’ll hit the west end and the marina, loads more restaurants and Eden and Es Paradise is next to the bungee ride can’t miss it! People say Ibiza is expensive but I thought going out for a meal was the same as you’d pay in the UK.
18-30’s is a rip off “deal” if you’ve gone as part of that kinda thing. Charging €45 for entry into Eden when it was free to go in after 2am anyway (doesn't get busy until this time so pace yourself if you're anything like me!) and apparently included a “free bar” which was actually a euro a drink. Basically you pay for an expensive cheap t-shirt and a mini bar crawl with no free drinks or shots. As a lightweight I would never have spent more than €45 for drinks at the west-end. A rough guide to what you get is two vodka mixers and two cocktails each for €8. A pint of weedkiller or Jesus Juice is €10 and they’re just pure alcohol. Not everyone knows that to go to other big clubs you have to catch a coach and it can take 30-40 minutes to get there, most tickets offer a free coach there and its approx 3 euro for the bus back. Drinks in these places like Space, we went to see Fat Boy Slim it was 12 euro for a beer and 15 euro for vodka mixer (it was half a glass full and Absolute vodka) and its 8 euro for the tiniest bottle of water ever. Young people come and try and sell you tickets everywhere, by the pool and on the beach but they’re really friendly and give you unbiased info on what not to miss etc defiantly have a chat with a few of them on your first day!
Expect to pay 50-60 euros for the club tickets and packages. We paid 60 for a booze cruise, free coach and entry to Space which wasn’t bad as a Space ticket was 55 euros alone! If you go on the Pukka Up cruise you’ll get to see the sunset and great sites of the island but only on the Ibiza Rocks cruise can you jump off into the water. Careful as packages like this do try and catch you out as if you got to Space later than 11pm your wristband wouldn’t get you in!
Beach is awful, sea isn’t clean, go to Playa d’en Bossa beach, bora bora and there’s another one as well, you have to get a bus or taxi to these places but definitely worth a visit! The major clubs are based on the other side of the island anyway so apart from the West end, Ibiza Rocks hotel and two clubs I’m not sure why San Antonio is the party capital.
Think that’s everything, oh if you don’t choose this hotel you might be in one of many hotels that are in a maze of side streets, this includes the Ibiza Rocks hotel!
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