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Barcelo Cabo de Gata
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in El Toyo
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We went for a pleasant weekend in May. After all the negative comments in tripadvisor we were really surprised. The hotel is defenitely a family hotel. If you are looking for a small boutique romantic place this isn't yours. But in May the Hotel is quiered and not very busy. We had therefore a ver nice room (239). I imagine that the Hotel can be quite loud when it is full in summer.

We both slept extremely well. The rooms are big with a huge bathroom and an ok sized balcony. The cleaning service is good. The television was a modern very huge plasma. There are channels in German, English, French and Spanish. The light coming in the morning is gorgeous. BReakfast is not extremely good. Coffee was awful pastry and bred as well. The rest is ok. Huge variety of fruits.

The location is ok, the view is nice. Also the location is quite ok. It is next to the natural park but also very close to Almeria if you want to go shopping. We will go again in low season.
We read before that there is no wifi in the rooms and brought a cable. With the cable the internet works without any problem.


The SPA of the Hotel is nice. I had a very good 70 minutes massage for a good price. All in all the Hotel gives very good value for its price.

All in all we will go again in low season. The price is unbeatable.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

This hotel is 10km from Cabo de Gata, on the edge of a huge holiday apartments complex, so it was disappointing to be so far from the spectacular scenery of the Cabo. However, the hotel was comfortable and spacious and the pool area and gardens were well-kept. There is direct access to the sea-front, well laid out with boardwalks and paths, and lots of Mediterranean flowers and shrubs.

Our room was large and extremely comfortable with a huge bed, and the bathroom had both bath and separate shower cubicle.

Food is served buffet-style at all meals. Dinner was excellent: there was both a hot soup and gazpacho; an excellent salad bar; freshly griddled meat and fish. The choice of main dishes for vegetarians was limited (tepid lasagne is not very appetizing), but there were rice/bean salads, and various vegetables, so plenty to choose from.

Our only complaint was that there were several university football teams staying, and their behaviour and noise around the pool were unacceptable. The hotel staff were either unaware, or did not think it was a problem that other guests who hoped for peace and quiet were inconvenienced. Fortunately all was quiet at night so our sleep was not disturbed.

We stayed two nights, which was enough for us to visit Cabo de Gata, though I'm sure if you want a pool/beach holiday, you could happily spend longer.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Stayed here on business. Was a very nice, clean and modern hotel. Excellent room size with sofa as well as large beds and good sized balcony. The bathroom also had a lovely bath as well as separate shower, which you wouldn't usually expect from a hotel!
Food was of very high standard, but not lots of choice. However breakfast was better with plenty from cooked to continental.
The hotel wasn't overly full when I stayed, however when there was a few people at the bar it did take a while to be served as only one person worked behind there.
When we stayed there was a wedding taking place, which made it quite noisy in the evening, but not too noticeable when the balcony door was shut.
However I would definitely recommend it for a wedding venue!!
Spa was also lovely.
The only downside is the lack of amenities outside the property. Whilst there is plenty to do in Almeria, there is very little in this resort and would only recommend staying here for relaxing.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

On the whole this was a pleasant stay of only one night but the breakfast experience dismayed us. The bedroom was large, with plenty of space, a nice balcony, with table and chairs, comfortable bed and good bedding, plenty of surfaces and space to unpack. Room service was fast and good. BUT breakfast was a scrum, tables were crammed together, the juice and coffee were undrinkable, it was all serve youself with not a waiter in sight to help with any appliances, the food was uninspiring and the general atmosphere was chaos and "every man for himself" with food running out and not being replenished. A pity because the pools were superb and tranquil. Perhaps the doors should have been opened to give guests the option to escape the rowdy breakfast room onto the terrace, or let guests spread farther back rather than "corralling" them all together including large, very noisy family parties. One other point, who on earth thought it was a good idea to design the floor outside all the guest rooms with bobbles that your case makes a loud racket when dragged over???

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

However be aware that there is nothing else to do in the area apart from walking along the seafront promenade.The hotel is in Retamar, a characterless retirement district , several miles from the charming resort of Cabo de Gato .We are huge fans of the Barcelo Santiago hotel in Tenerife and have been several times. This Barcelo was disappointing in comparison. All inclusive was no longer available when we arrived 27/9/12, it was clearly end of season - no entertainment at all day or night - the buffet although very good, got smaller each night as the number of guests decreased. We had booked a front sea view terrace room, but asked to see it before taking our luggage up. The room was spacious and lovely, but the large terrace looked over the pool and outside bar area - sea view , but a long way off. The balcony was overlooked from the room above as well , offering no privacy for the extra cost . We asked to see a room nearer to the sea and were given 233 which was fantastic. It was on the top (second floor) the closest to the sea the hotel has to offer - with beautiful views over the palm tree lined promenade and out to sea. Ceiling fan was a bonus as we didnt need to use air con, but disappointed not to have tea/coffee making facilities in the room, particularly as all inclusive also not available.We enjoyed our stay, but feel no reason to return.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

To start we hired a car very cheaply from Europa car at the airport for the week. very large free car park. And we were all inclusive

Arrived at the hotel on the 20th September the hotel seemed very clean and the staff checked us in really quickly. There are no porters at the hotel so you will have to carry your own bags.

Room. Well i wasn't expecting such a large room just the 2 of us. it was all very very clean i have to say and nice and tidy. the mini bar you get 2 bottles of water and that is it. the safe is free to use which is a good thing.
Now i am an ex smoker and as there was notices every where saying no smoking the guy in the room next door was smoking in his room and the small came into ours i wasn't happy about this and that went on for a few days. and the bar was just below our room so had to had the patio door shut most of the time, as people smoking on the bar patio.

Food. Now our first day was good there was a fair amount i could eat. i can't eat seafood. well it would have helped if they had labled all the food items as i couldn't have half the things as you couldn't tell what they were. and then the cross contamination what a hell that was so i went hungry for a few days well most of them. we ordered from the bar a few times but wasn't impressed.

Pool area. had some broken tiles and the pools in areas needed a deep clean but as it is the end of the summer i could understand this, now we arrived on the Thursday as told that the pool bar/snack place was closing on the Sunday. so we only had the main room and the bar to eat in. we deidn't have a problem getting a sun bed at all and there seemed allot to go about.

Spa we didn't use i think the price they charge is very steep. 16euro for an hour just to use the spa and have a treatment.

Staff i have to say short old guy on the bar what a pain in the neck. all the other were fantastic the 2 younger ladies doing the bar were fab and so were the lads.

other bits. there was a wedding on and good they took over every where and everything was really annoying at times.
I also think that the staff should be able to talk to parents who allow their kids to run wild in the dinning room. one it is not safe and 2 it is not a playground.
Another thing i was rather upset about and it was our last day we had asked the reception staff if they knew of a wineries in the area and we had a map shoved at us and told no. what annoyed us was the following day an English couple turn up get a full on tour as well as a run down of what is in the area including what we had asked.

Over all would i go back? yes i would and the same time of year.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

I went there with a friend who lives in Spain. My flight arrived at Almeria airport 9.15, the hotel is a very short drive from the airport and we were parked and checked in by 11.00. The hotel had agreed to let us have a room as soon as we arrived, which was very useful as we could unpack and and sort out our spa appointments for the next 2 days. We paid 30 euros to keep the room until 6pm for following day so we didn't have to pack early.

Food is good, the buffet extensive and staff are all helpful and pleasant. IT was the last weekend of the Spanish school holidays so there a lot of children there but they were all well behaved.

Spa staff were helpful and gave good service. We were so relaxed after two days of treatments we plan to go again next year.

Room was spacious, quiet, good views and very clean.
PRices were good.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Calle Juegos de Casablanca s/n | Retamar, 04131 El Toyo, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Almeria > El Toyo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in El Toyo
Price Range: $64 - $357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Cabo de Gata 4*
Number of rooms: 230
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