Stayed in the hotel August 2-6, 2012. Location is absolutely out of the way, though very close to the beach. To reach the city center of Odessa you take a 15-20 minutes ride in a taxi.
The decor of the hotel is vegas-meets-versace, yet in Odessa it felt quite organic. As of August 2012 the hotel was still very new, I think it started working a couple of months ago - everything sparkled. I stayed in a Royal suite, which was not a suite at all, as advertised, but a large room separated into two zones. Rather large bathroom with a couple of cockroaches lumping around at all times. Thank God I don't have a phobia. Good value for 800 USD a night? I am not sure, it felt more like 500-600 USD, but then again, I am not good with money, and cockroaches in the bathroom never help in assessing the value-for-money ratio. Cheap bed linens and uncomfortable mattresses did not help.
The service people are very nice, everything went smoothly, they were accommodating, though a couple of episodes left me with a raised eyebrow. I asked to reserve a box at Ibiza, the much talked-about nightclub. Not only did I get charged the taxi fair of the hotel clerk going to club to make a pre-payment for the box (that, with their concierge service advertised on the website as "expert"), but when I came to the club I had to pay an extra couple of hundred bucks to get a box that was actually nice. I did not mind paying, but the devil is in the detail and the hotel, having charged me extra for the service, failed miserably to get me a good table, as requested, though apparently it was possible. Last day of my stay, it took 15 minutes for someone to stop by my table when I came to breakfast to ask me whether I wanted to something. The order arrived exactly 55 minutes after I sat down. I was in a very good mood throughout my stay, but usually things like that upset me very much.
On a positive note, I absolutely must compliment the hotel on the food. It is incredible, very unexpectedly so. The supreme quality of the milk products and the usually mundane affairs like fruit salad and bread basket (they make their own bread) at breakfast I had for three days must have given me a hint of the quality of food in the hotel generally, but the dinner I ordered last night of my stay was way above what I expected. Preposterously slow service, but very much worth the wait.
All in all - I cannot say I was disappointed. Generally, in this part of the world I expect to be overcharged, to get grumpy service, and to get bad food. So when I got smiles from the hotel's receptionists and was fed very well, that left me... Pleasantly surprised. Rated average because there is no option for gating just "good" and I am not sure the place deserves a "very good". Would I come back - not sure, but then again, Odessa was spur-of-the-moment decision to start with.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa le Premier is an ultramodern five-star hotel of LUXURY class. The hotel is situated in the historical district of the city, only in 50 m from the sea, not far from Arcadia and a well-known in Europe club IBIZA. There outdoor swimming pool, the restaurant De le Mar, Lounge Terrace with sun chairs, SPA and fitness services only in 3 minutes driving from the hotel with free transfer and a wide range of additional services are for our guests' disposal. Villa le Premier has 15 exquisite and specious rooms with their thought to the smallest detail and excellent interior layout, which creates a warm atmosphere for pleasant rest. Bathrooms deserve special attention. They are created in fine beige and gold tones and equipped with exclusive furniture brands. Room rate includes breakfast, Wi-Fi,room cleaning twice a day, using a swimming pool, rent of sun chairs, parking. Hotel restaurant De le Mar attracts its guests by delicious European cuisine. Services: - rooms of Premium class - outdoor swimming pool - restaurant De le Mar - Lounge Terrace with sun chairs - SPA and fitness near the Hotel - massage, services of hairdresser, manicure - family apartment - parking - room cleaning twice a day - free Wi-Fi - concierge service (24 hour) - Room service (24 hour) - transfer service, rent a car, yachts - laundry service, dry cleaning - meeting organization - excursions. In all rooms: - Italian furniture - electronic key system - marble bathroom (shower/bathtub) - linen of pure cotton - separate work area - individual climate control system - mini-bar, mini-safe - Hair dryer, bath amenities - plasma TV - IPTV - two phones - spacious wardrobe - baby cot is on request - floor heating - bidet - cosmetic mirror - balcony / terrace ... more less
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