We had four nights at the Valentin sancti petri, and on the whole had a nice break. Not a lot of that was due to the hotel though sadly,
on the upside Sancti Petri is a nice little town, close to Cadiz, and with a stunning wide, open sandy beach, so location of the hotel is excellent if you want a quiet break away. we were lucky with our room and had a nice balcony overlooking treas beach and sea beyond.
The hotel itself though is huge...and a bit ugly .You almost need a map to find your room.. we got lost repeadedly as different lifts only stop at different floors and the place is immense and sprawling so be prepared to walk a lot.
the rooms are large, functional , a little dated, but absolutely immaculately clean - housekeeping throughout the hotel I have to say is excellent.
the pools are multiple, plenty of sun beds, and well maintained and nicely designed. the outside pools are not heated though so expect and icy shock when you first go in, i wondered why no one was swimming when we arrived ... im sure in high season the water is warmer though
staff- on the whole a little surly and miserable sadly - the woman in the gift shop wins the prize for most unpleasant person we encountered ! there were a couple of superstars though , manuel on the front desk , and raul and all of his team in the tapas bar were excellent friendly and helpful, the food in the tapas bar was the highlight of our hotel experience.
entertainment - all i can sayis holiday camp dire .....
food - this is where my real problem with the hotel lies - if not for this it would have been a much better stay. the BUFFET ... i am not a fan of buffets admittedly andf I am a bit of a foodie , but have been to o ther hotels where they have been excellent and varied. Firstly the room is cavernous and very brightly lit , the noise deafening, the children screaming and the service perfunctory and unsmiling. the breakfast I can live ( even with the powdered egg , scrambled !) with but its exactly the same every morning with no variety and not great quality .. tinned pruit salad, muesli, powdered eggs, fried spam , .... there are juices, and some whole fresh fruit and yoghurt luckily .. . We were on a half board arrangement and had been told that we could upgrade to the other a la carte restaurants on the odd night if we wanted to .. for a fee .....we found on arrival that was not the case as we were now classed as out of season .. ..so ALL other restaurants were closed in the evening apart from the dreaded buffet. We had it the first night , and the last night and paid to go out the rest of the time . the food was exactly the same on the last night. maybe we missed mexican and italian night in between as ive seen on other reviews .. maybe thats just in the high season too. I was travelling with a friend, but if i had been with my boyfriend .. there is literally no where in this hotel for a romantic moment ...
another niggle is theres not enough parking, so expect to pay to use their underground car park - its was something like 30 euros for our four nights stay , also the spa .. 18 euros a day if you want a sauna and jacuzzi .. coins in a slot of you want to use the computer.
Its probably been a long summer for the staff, so I sort of get that they are tired and a bit frazzled by October, Bit doing things like closing the bar at 11.30 .. in spain is unheard of .. I thought i was back in the UK. Theres lots of things that could be tightened up and improved in this hotel, It all just felt a bit slack.
I'm a bit surprised that this is the no1 hotel in sancti petri to be honest.
If you are with your kids, and the grandparents and like cruises, or big hotels , kids club etc - then this place is for you ... if you like a bit of quieter time and food choices this place definitely is not.
there are a number of walkable restaurants from the hotel , at a shopping centre 5 mins walk away, or i can highly recomments an argentinian steak house called Las Pampas which is five mins drive away.
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