The Occidental Isla Cristina**** hotel (belonging to the Barcelo Hotel Group and formerly the Barcelo Isla Cristina) is located on the seafront at the wonderful Isla Cristina beach in the province of Huelva, which is surrounded by a protected natural area. Its proximity to the airports of Faro (Portugal) and Seville, and the most interesting places in the area, make this holiday hotel a perfect spot.
The 233 rooms and 110 apartments boast spaciousness and quality features, and include all the facilities and services you could need for a pleasant stay and an unforgettable holiday.
The Occidental Isla Cristina has a buffet restaurant and bars with the All Inclusive option, some of which feature poolside terraces. The facilities include a massage room, fitness studio, sauna and meeting room, as well as golf clubs and paddle tennis courts in the vicinity, hiking, cycle track and a long list of other activities to make sure you won't get bored this holiday.
A professional entertainment team provides guests with a complete range of sports and leisure activities for all ages. Youngsters will experience a real adventure in the Barcy camp, sleeping in a large tent in the hotel gardens, as well as enjoying numerous fun activities especially thought out for children of all ages.
The Occidental Isla Cristina is a fantastic hotel for a dream family holiday on the Costa de la Luz.
Thank you Patricia once again for such availability amd friendliness while my family was running from the fire in Portugal. You made the difference with your friendly and calm help. Nothing else to say, just a big OBRIGADO for helping my family in a stressful day.
Hotel is located at Isla Cristina near the beach. Service is excellent and vigilant to assure you have a great experience. We got all-inclusive, buffet food was diverse and good and restaurant had available space outdoors. We enjoy all kind of cocktails at bar along with nice snacks. Also there are a lot of activities for children and grown up in the morning and the afternoon so you are busy if you like it. Finally, hotel personnel observe strict measures anti-covid very important in these times. Some tips fro travellers, if you want to get place outdoors at buffet restaurant try to be there not later than 30 minutes after they open, for spanish people this is a bit early but is the price to pay to avoid eating indoor.
I’m still at the hotel on my halfway summer vacations and I have to write about these days. Besides I am a long client of Barceló group, This is by far the best hotel I have been in last years, and believe me... I travel a lot. This hotel has been making a GIGANTIC effort to get the cleanest and covid free work, without you even notice. The clean process of all areas including bedrooms pools, restaurant and common areas are amazing. You have some rules to follow for everyone’s safe. Alcohol dispensers in every places and early morning pools chairs and tables are all desinfected. The staff is AMAZING. They are always smiling and getting a way to serve you the best way. In this hotel you can “forget” that you came out of a pandemic. And I am a little cautious about all the situation. I think I found my summer vacation spot for the future. Thanks Occidental Isla Cristina for treat me and my family so well. You get a regular new costumer. …
This was our 1st time using the hotel as an all-inclusive package. We stayed for 2 weeks and found the hotel spotlessly clean and the staff were very professional and the cleaners doing our rooms were so efficient and smiling and friendly. The staff at the restuarant were so good and we managed to have the same table for 2 weeks. It was very busy with other guests so recommend going down to the restuarant early as possible if you want a good seat and it is all buffet food and can be very busy in the afternoon service and in the morning later. The entertainment was good especially the dancing nights. Our beds were very comfortable we slept like logs. Overall I recommend it if you are staying for 2 weeks or more.. Expect to pay extra for sea-view rooms and for the safe.
After spending a month in this beautifully situated hotel, I would endorse most of the positive reviews posted here. Staff are polite and helpful, especially the ever-smiling Maria; the girls on reception helped me with an Internet connection problem and the cleaning staff were cheerful and efficient. Saga reps Chris and Dawn were hard-working, knowledgeable and good humoured. Seaview rooms (good bed linen) also overlook the pools, with lovely vistas of the sea, and pines, palms and shrub-covered dunes in the foreground. The large lobby has a bar, sofas and armchairs. The space doubles as a venue for the evening entertainment, which, it has to be said, is fairly basic. One major criticism is that the 'background' music, as well as that accompanying the entertainment, is uncomfortably loud, limiting conversation and driving many guests into the peace of the Saga lounge. A pity, as the lobby is a pleasant and convivial place to meet fellow guests for a chat and drink. Several times during our stay, coachloads of Spanish pensioners would descend on the hotel, stay a day or so then move on. At times there seemed to be hundreds of them, and the British were in a minority. To be fair, the buffet dining room coped with the influx very well, and we learned to avoid queues by being first through the doors the minute they opened. Spanish people like to eat late, so there was seldom any problem getting our favourite table. I note previous reviewers have posted conflicting opinions of the food on offer. As a former restaurant critic, and after experiencing four weeks of full board here, I feel qualified to offer an objective view based on my own impressions. The food is basic but varied, with a wide range of options, so there is something to suit all tastes. Very good soups, excellent salads and cheeses, cold meats, a pizza and a rice or noodle dish (paella etc.) and fresh bread were available every day. Fresh fish, grilled and in various sauces, was a personal highlight for me, and it was good to see the by-catch varieties seldom available in the UK presented alongside salmon and tuna. Dogfish, school shark, flounder, skate (ray) hake, cuttlefish, squid and octopus were extensively used. One day superb bass and sea bream fillets appeared, but were not repeated, alas. No sign of the region's famous prawns, either. Pork, chicken, turkey, lamb and beef, in stews or simply grilled satisfied the meat eaters. Understandably, given the price of the holiday, some use was made of commercially prepared products such as battered hake sticks, cod or ham goujons, empadillos and some vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and carrots. Wild asparagus, peppers, courgettes and aubergines were fresh and much appreciated. Desserts, apart from Crema Catalana, rice pudding, various mousses and custard. were mostly bought-in gateaux, ice cream (good) tinned and fresh fruit and churros. Horrid coffee from machines; better from the lobby bar. Overall, the hotel was very good value for money. As stated, this was not an expensive holiday; it was a 'four weeks for the price of three' Saga special. We booked it simply to escape the dreary British weather and were not looking for 5-star luxury. However, it far exceeded expectations; we were made to feel welcome and the occasional influx of Spanish jubilados added to the authenticity of the experience. We shall certainly return very soon.…