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Barcelo Isla Canela

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Paseo de los Gavilanes s/n, 21409, Ayamonte, Isla Canela Spain
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 06/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 06/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 6 hotels in Isla Canela
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2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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The Barcelo Isla Canela**** hotel has just been refurbished in 2016 in the style of a traditional Andalusian village. It is situated right on an extensive beach of fine, golden sand within the tourist complex of Isla Canela, in the historic town of Ayamonte, Huelva, just a few minutes from the exotic Portuguese Algarve. In addition, it is located 45 minutes from the international airport in Portugal and an hour and a half from Seville Airport.

The new rooms stand out for their brightness, comfort and facilities such as SAT-TV, air conditioning and heating, a safe deposit box and minibar. Many rooms have wonderful sea views, where you can enjoy the breeze and colours of the Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light). The hotel offers free Wi-Fi both in the rooms as well as throughout the hotel and facilities.

The hotel offers its guests some outstanding cuisine, which has been recognised by our customers and awarded as some of the best in the chain, in terms of satisfaction and guest care.

In addition to the breathtaking views, the hotel features stunning gardens, a fantastic swimming pool area and exciting sports and leisure programs designed by our hotel team each week.

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Property amenities
Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Indoor play area for children
Wifi
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Poolside bar
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Car hire
Banquet room
Massage
Salon
Solarium
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room service
Safe
Seating area
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Green
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German and 1 more

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54Somewhat walkable
Grade: 54 out of 100
24Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
1Attractionwithin 0.75 miles
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shaglanville25 wrote a review Oct 13
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Great hotel or short break, lovely grounds and pool. Comfortable beds, and good showers. The bar is large with a couple of pool tables and other games. The hotel can be noisy late at night if people are sitting outside, but I just wore ear plugs and it was fine, most hotels are the same so don’t let the one negative put you off.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Art wrote a review Oct 1
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Why do I do this to myself? Every few years I end up at one of these chain all inclusives. And they are all uniformly mediocre, culturally devoid wastelands of the most bland, insipid cuisine, utterly lacking in the local culture, and crowded with horrible rude tourists with absolutely no inkling of civilized manners. Barceló Isla Canela is the prototype of this kind of mass, industrialized tourism. The area nearby is all tourist developments, although there is a real Spanish town with actual local people who are wonderful to interact with about 5 km away. One could easily be in any part of the world as far as the resort area goes; there is nothing to distinguish the immediate area from the Yucatán or Miami. The guests are about 95% retirees and will disabuse you quickly of any idea that people develop character and respect for others as they get older. God help you if you get between them and the buffet, because they will run you over in a mad stampede for the food. You would think they were refugees that hadn’t eaten in weeks. Cutting the queue is standard operating procedure for these folks. These people are like animals. You’ll find better behavior in an elementary school cafeteria. And speaking of the food, it’s neither good nor is it bad. It’s just bland. And much of it is from a can. The hot dishes are cold and the cold dishes are warm. Every. Single. Time. I will say that the positives are in the room interiors. The beds are nice and the pillows exquisite. The housekeeping is well done. Do yourself a favor and go to almost any real city or town in Spain and enjoy the culture and the cuisine. Or be like me and suffer your poor judgement, because you know how the experience will be.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from BARCELÓ ISLA CANELA, Other at Barcelo Isla Canela
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear guest, We greatly appreciate the time you spent to review your recent experience in our hotel, at Barceló we always strive to exceed guests' expectations and your comments will help our teams reaching that goal. We have read your comment regarding the type of guest we accommodate at our hotel, and would like to take the opportunity to clarify that Barceló welcomes all guests who book to stay with us regardless of their origin, skin tone, religion and age, and strongly believes that everybody has a right to a well-earned holiday.  We were very saddened to read your disappointment with the dining experiences, at Barceló we know that meals are an important aspect of our guests' overall holiday expérience therefore we will make sure to take your comments into account to improve in this aspect of our services. We also would like to thank you for your highlight on the comfort of our beds because at Barceló we are fully aware that a basic function in any hotel is to guarantee comfortable and satisfying nights' sleep to our guests, therefore we pay the finest attention when it comes to choosing the mattresses for our beds. Thank you once again for making us your choice hotel and for your constructive critics, we certaily look forward to serving you again and to have the opportunity to exceed you expectations in a not too distant future. Best Regards, Barceló Isla Canela
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TravellerAlone wrote a review Sep 2021
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We spent our last holidays in this beautiful hotel in Andalucia, Spain. Was perfect to relax, enjoy the pools and the rich buffet. All the staff are polite and friendly. The rooms confortable. A good choise for our holidays
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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JuliaSomewhere wrote a review Jul 2021
Amstelveen, The Netherlands43 contributions14 helpful votes
The rooms aren't soundproof. Too close to the Entertainement center, and even with our balcony doors closed, we could hear the noise. Also, all of a sudden, we found ourselves "packed" in our rooms, with neighbours above, below, and on the sides. No good night sleep granted, at all. According to rules, the hotel was supposed to be until 75% booked. The reception told us it was "only" 70% booked. This whole noisy rooms situation made our vacation very stressful, with uncertainty about sleeping well, especially because we had sport trainings to do next day, and could not totally recover. We heard all toilets flush, foot steps, slamming doors, voices. The cleaners are cleaning from early in the morning, also not allowing us to sleep a bit later that 08h30. We heard the wheels of the cleaning cars and voices outside of our room :-( For us, vacation also means a relaxing and a healthy good night sleep, not only "relaxing" in front of a swimming pool, which was also not "relaxing" at all due to such crowd, not understandable or sensible in corona times. No distance rules respected. People are allowed to smoke in the swimming pool area, even in front of our children. The hotel doesn't have vegetarian products to the buffet such as lactose free yoghurt, lactose free cheese, white meat slices for bread, tofu, bulgur, quinoa, beans, or brown bread. The gym room is far from good. It is too tiny and basic. Moreover, the reception needs to know more about local information. Every time we asked for information, they didn't know and sent us to "Google" it. If we are asking it is because we have already "Googled" it and because we believe local knowledge is greater than ours, otherwise we wouldn't ask. The laundry service is theft. 3 EUR for washing a t-shirt. Honestly, we think they would earn more by installing a couple of washing machines and allowing their clients to use them for a decent prize, especially for clients with children, like us. Furthermore, we have stayed in other opportunities and in other locations at Barceló, and the Entertainment wasn't the best this year. We think it might be because of the corona situation and the lack of artist. Internet was slow and not consistent. Finally, a compliment to the Barcy club for being so nice and dedicated to the children! In short, our stay in this Barceló was frustrating and not relaxing at all. We were actually happy to leave, thinking about what could have gone better... This is such a pity.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Kevin T wrote a review Nov 2020
Cadiz, Spain38 contributions52 helpful votes
Reception was very efficient and knowledgeable. Breakfast and dinner were very good. You could pick your own meat/fish and it would be freshly cooked for you. A really good variety for both breakfast and dinner. The best food was the sushi for dinner one evening. The day time and evening entertainment was very professional. The staff very friendly and efficient. The gardens with flowing fountains are beautiful. Our room had everything in it that we needed and was very clean. The pool is huge and there are plenty of sun loungers. The hotel is across from the beach where there are chiringuito's on the beach. One of them served up fresh barbequed fish. We would definitely stay there again and highly recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Customer Experience, Otros at Barcelo Isla Canela
Responded Nov 11, 2020
Dear Kevin, Thank you for sharing this wonderful description of your stay in our Barceló Isla Canela and for your kind recommendation to the TripAdvisor users. It is lovely to see you highlight many aspects as the cleanliness and confort of our facilities, the quality of the food options at the buffet and also the staff kindness, because all the team members strive to offer the best experience possible to our valued guests and we note that the hard work they did was appreciated in all the areas. This is very heartwarming for us. Thank you very much for your visit. We sincerely hope to see you again the next season. Customer experience Barceló hotel group
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PRICE RANGE
$83 - $354 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
barcelo isla canela hotel isla canela, isla canela barcelo
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Riu
LOCATION
SpainAndaluciaProvince of HuelvaAyamonteIsla Canela
NUMBER OF ROOMS
349
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Frequently Asked Questions about Barcelo Isla Canela
Which popular attractions are close to Barcelo Isla Canela?
Nearby attractions include Playa Alta (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Barcelo Isla Canela?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Barcelo Isla Canela?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Barcelo Isla Canela?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Barcelo Isla Canela?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Barcelo Isla Canela?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Paradise Beach Club, Los Barriles, and Chiringuito La Cabra.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Barcelo Isla Canela?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Is Barcelo Isla Canela located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Isla Canela.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Barcelo Isla Canela?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Barcelo Isla Canela?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Forte de Santo António (4.6 miles).
Does Barcelo Isla Canela have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.