My friend and I chose this hotel for our vacation because it was among the cheapest ones available, so we didn't expect much and thus were not disappointed.
The place is pretty old and run-down; it probably used to be a fancy hotel twenty or so years ago. We had some problems with hot water, the toilet would keep gurgling for half an hour after use, and the air conditioner was so noisy that we had to keep it off and sleep with our verandah door open.
The cleanliness leaves much to be desired; most of the sheets and towels had stains on them, and the cleaner kept leaving only one set of towels for the two of us, so we had to go and ask for more towels at the reception every single day. Also, the stuff they mop the floors with smells terribly - we once returned to our room just after it was cleaned and had to retreat to the verandah immediately while keeping the door open, even though it meant we had to listen to the drone of the power generator somewhere in the garden.
The breakfast is miserable; we expected there would at least be some fresh fruit available besides watermelons. The bar and the restaurant are ridiculously overpriced.
One good thing about the hotel is that it has its own beach which is kept more or less clean; but there are beach parties on weekend nights, and the sound system they use is terrible - at some distance, it distorts the music to irritating low beats that can be heard everywhere.
Another redeeming quality to this hotel is its location - it's a short walk from the sea-front street in the town center where there are some nice restaurants and cafes that offer good service for relatively modest price.
The receptionists tried to be friendly and helpful - when they were there to be found, which wasn't often; at times, we'd have to wait for twenty minutes for anyone to appear there and give us our room key.
All in all, I cannot recommend this hotel, unless you travel on a very limited budget and prepare to all kinds of inconveniences.
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