Myself, my husband and my two children (aged 5 and 2) have just returned from a fortnight at the Elba Sara and I am sorry to say that this hotel did not live up to expectations! From reading the other reviews on here, I struggle to believe we stayed in the same hotel, but here is our (honest) opinion on this hotel.
First of all I should say we are regular visitors to Fuerteventura and have stayed in many of the 4 star hotels on this island. In our view this hotel is an average 3 star which has huge potential to be so much better, but the hotel's obvious attitude to cost cutting has meant that it falls far short of its 4 star rating. More on this later...
To start with the positives - the whole hotel is spotlessly clean and the staff are amazing. The kids club is fantastic, and although it is very much geared up for Germans my eldest had a great time. Bedrooms are a good size, and cleaned to a very high standard.This hotel also has without doubt the best location in the resort, set on the lovely promenade and next to the Atlantico centre.
What really lets this hotel down is its food and drink. The food is bland and repetitive and after two weeks of eating in the main restaurant we were bored. Also the hotel advertises a terrace in the restaurant overlooking the Atlantic. We were looking forward to eating outside, however please be assured that there is NO outside eating area, just a rather strange extension to the overcrowded main area which resembles a greenhouse. There are large doors leading to the pool area which remain closed, creating the temperature and atmosphere of a greenhouse. Why these doors could not be opened is beyond me (we tried it but the staff closed them immediately) - perhaps it was to ensure that the non existent air conditioning "worked" in the main area???
What is worse however is the standard of the drinks - we suspected the wine was watered down, but only obtained proof of this on the last night. The wine is watered down, and what completely amazed us was the sight of bar staff pouring the dregs of Baileys back into the serving bottle on the last night. So watch what you drink here...Don't be fooled by the staff serving wine from bottles - there is a reason they are already pre-opened in the restaurant...
Evening entertainment is very poor and there is very little outside seating. There are about 6 tables and chairs outside the Tucan bar, which closes at 5. Why could this bar not be opened at night, more tables and chairs set up outside (there is an extensive outdoor area but it is not used at all, it is empty!) and perhaps even some live music for the adults? We found the Broadway Bar to be hot, stuffy, and very cramped. Not the sort of atmosphere we are looking for on holiday.
And finally... the air conditioning?? Was there any? There was certainly none in our rooms and as all of the restaurants and bars are indoors (with the exception of 4 or 5 tables on a very small "balcony") this was incredibly uncomfortable!
Sorry Elba Sara - you are at best a 3 star although I doubt many of the 3 star hotels serve the dregs of people's un finished drinks!! There are far better 4 star hotels on this island, many of which are cheaper than here
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- Also Known As:
- Elba Sara Hotel Fuerteventura
- Elba Sara Antigua
- Elba Sara Fuerteventura
- Hotel Elba Sara Fuerteventura/Antigua