This apartment does not have access to the pool (picture is misleading) and parking is a nightmare in high season (20 mins walk away). Apart from that the apartment itself is very good.
The apartment is located on the eighth floor, accessible by stairs or one of two lifts from the ground floor entrance on the inland side of the building. The lifts aren't the most modern but they work. On arrival, we were met by the helpful agent, who handed over the keys and explained (in Spanish) the facilities. A refundable deposit of 150 euro was payable at this point.
The apartment itself is reasonably spacious, with the main balcony accessible from the living area looking out over the Meditteranean. This balcony is separated from the living area by a sliding glass door and is enclosed. Although some of the windows can slide open to let the air in, others would not open easily and the glass door was a little awkward at times. Nothing that couldn't be fixed with a little maintenance, and not a major issue for us, but a little disappointing. Those with young children should probably avoid opening the floor level windows, or at least ensure that the child is watched.
The kitchen is well equipped and the utility room leading off from it, containing the washing machine, it is reasonable area for drying clothes and towels. A word of warning; there is a tap in this room beside the washing machine which, if turned a particular way, switches off the water supply to the entire apartment. I have no idea if this is fairly standard in Spain, but it is something to be aware of lest you make the mistake we did and cut off your supply. Happily, the owner was very quick to resolve the problem by contacting his agent, who came round to investigate. It should be noted that the agent doesn't really speak English, so a little Spanish may be of assistance. She was extremely helpful.
Leading off from the main living area is a hallway. First door on the left is to the main bathroom, while the remaining doors (one left, two right, one at the end) lead to bedrooms. The main bedroom, which is at the end of the hallway, has its own open balcony, although the sun didn't really hit this area directly for most of the day while we were there. Still, nice to sit out on. The main bedroom also has an en suite bathroom.
Both bathrooms in the apartment have a bath/shower, bidet, toilet and washbasin. Unfortunately the bathrooms could do with a proper deep clean, but this is again nothing that could not be relatively easily addressed to improve the apartment.
The two bedrooms that are sea-facing have good views and we found the beds very comfortable. If, as we did, you have a baby or toddler who needs to sleep in a cot, you can contact the owner who will arrange for hire. In our case, the price was 25 euro for a week, which wasn't bad. The owner was also able to arrange transfer from the airport, which in our case cost 65 euro each way.
The owner answers all communication very quickly and is very responsive. We did experience a problem accessing the swimming pool which is associated with the apartment block. We had not been provided with the appropriate key, but this is an issue on which the owner was apologetic, and it appears that this will not be an issue for future guests. It was not really a problem given the close proximity of two beaches, although of course we would have preferred the option to be available.
The apartment is a very short walk from many bars, restaurants and two major beaches. Its central location and stunning views of the Meditteranean are strong selling points. The family did agree that the apartment could do with a little updating and minor maintenance to bring out the best of its potential, but overall this is a good place to stay and I would have no difficulty in recommending it.
If you have any queries, contact the owner who, based on our experience, will be able to answer quickly.
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