We returned to this hotel as we had enjoyed our previous experience so much. I admit to being staggered by some recent reviews and would like to set the record straight from my point of view (just my opinion, of course). Firstly, with regards to opinions expressed so far, out of 362 reviews, 293 regarded their experience as either "very good" or "excellent": that is a smidging over 80%. Either, we all really enjoyed the holiday and were truthful in our reviews, or we are misguided or dishonest; I'll let you decide which is the most likely.
A few have commented on the "Hi-di-hi" atmosphere. Certainly, when we were there, there were, at any given time, between 30 and 40 people playing the games (including myself) and in our first week, at 58, I was one of the older ones. Whilst I can understand that the mic announcements or the laughter might put some people off, as others have said, there are plenty of areas away from any disruption (my wife prefers to read). Still, it's horses for courses and some will never like the games or quizzes. However, one final point on this, to my knowledge, the games and quizzes have always been a feature of "Gold" whichever hotel you go to. I understand that "Couples" is more laid back, so might be worth trying ('though not for me, thanks).
With regards to the reps, Matt and Nicola, they are the best and most professional we have seen, by day and by night. Indeed, when they linked up with Jinx for their own show, it was as good, if not better, than the Thomson Production Team, whose tribute to the Jersey Boys was excellent itself. We also thought that Kelly's vocals (Jinx) were very good and on most nights, after the act, the dance floor was full.
We thought that some of the acts were ok, some ropey and some pretty good (the magicians certainly were).
The food is ok too. I would prefer more veggy options, but I always found something good to eat and the food in the a la carte restaurant is definitely not the same as the buffet restaurant. We dined in there with 4 friends and all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Over the years, we have been to many exceptional hotels. Some were definitely more sumptuous than the Beach and others had better food, but none had a better vibe and none had more friendly and efficient staff, 'though there are great staff all over, of course.
What makes "Gold" enjoyable for us, and particularly the "Beach", are the lovely people we have met and many of those, though not all, were either quizzers or gamers. The games are just a bit of fun, as are the Baftas; if you win a game, you get a prize, but I don't think anyone's that fussed. On this point, hi to Andy, Peter and Tricia who were all there when we were and have made their own reviews.
The bottom line is that we are all different (thank goodness) and each and everyone of us must come to our own conclusions about this hotel; we have, and are returning in November!
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