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Apartamentos AR Caribe
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Our holiday did not get off the the best of starts, firstly finding these apartments was a nightmare. The coach driver left us off in the wrong place, we wandered around for about 2 hours, lugging around suitcases trying to find the apartments. It was very late and both my boyfriend and I were tired and hungry after a long day travelling. When we eventually found the apartments there was NO reception. Instead we had to ring a number to contact the staff at a sister hotel..the phone number didnt work, so once again we had to set off to find this other hotel in order to get our keys for the room. It was a bit of a joke. After handing over the 120 euro deposit we finally got into our apartment.

We were pleasantly surprised, the apartment was much bigger than we expected, with two bedrooms, a separate kitchen and a living/dining room. However the two single beds which we pushed together to make a double bed were really uncomfortable!! The pool was also a bit of a let down as it is tiny and the pool side with loungers would only hold about 10 people max. One thing I hated about these apartments was the wild cats that roamed around all day and night.

The perks of these apartments: close to a supermarket where we bought fresh croissants and bread every morning. 5 minute walk from the sea front with bars and restaurants (although it is about a 15-20min walk to the main lively area with the nightclubs and arcades).

Overall these apartments are cheap but not cheerful. Definitely spend a little extra money and stay in a hotel with a decent pool, and a reception which makes you feel safe. Llorett de mar is a wonderful place so dont let these apartments spoil your holiday!!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

again on most sites the confusion seems to arise because originally there was a caribe hotel in a different location of lloret (now closed) - we arrived at night and directed wrongly by the coach driver, having wondered around for about an hour we found the closed caribe hotel with the help of a local bar owner. We then asked directions from a local hotel - the girl was great even with limited english to identified where we needed to be and organised a taxi for us, it was only a 5 min drive, but we were tired hungry, and angry. On arrival at the caribe apartments they said it always happens . The reason for this is that most of the companies advertising the apartments have the info mixed with the caribe hotel stating there are 160 apartments with other facilities mentioned - the caribe apartments have no more than about 12 apartments.Warnings should also be made re the 120 euros demanded on arrival. All of us ended up with bites not mosquito bites, I believe were bed bugs - I dreaded going to bed please get them to throw away the matresses........

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank dennydoncaster
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

My daughter and myself arrived in lloret at 12.20 in the morning the driver of the coach told us the wrong directions to apartments so we were left walking the streets in a strange country until 2am when a friendly waiter got a map out to show us the way, when we got to caribe apartments we then had to ring a number to get some one there to book us in and give us a key, not before we handed over 120 euros deposit, he then proceeded to take us to our room which was up on the roof so we had six flights of stairs to climb a mortise locked door then our apartment, he gave me a list of items which were in the room and how much each item was if broken or dirty so my daughter done her own list!!and it was now 3.30 in the morning but there was a broken chair no kettle broken leg on table broken toaster and the room looked liked it hadn't been cleaned at all, the holiday it's self was good but hard going every time you had to go up and down six flights of stairs, the only up side was that we had the whole roof terrace to our selfs , the pool is just the size of a large garden pond and there was nowhere to get drink apart from your room and that are not allowed round the pool, (pond) there was never anyone on reception and when we did check out the young kid asked if l had cleaned the room as he couldn't be bothered to go and check, but believe me l left it cleaner then when we arrived!! L know this was a cheap holiday but there standards are a lot lower then l expected l would never book on low cost holidays again their discription is so so wrong and shouldn't be allowed, stay here at your own peril!!!!!

Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
Thank Carol K
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

poor standard of apartments, decor very dated and dirty in places. the door handle. in our room was broken. no handle on the wardrobe door both were reported but not repaired, but we were questioned about them before recieveing our deposit back.
the apartment was not cleaned during our weeks stay nor were our towels changed,
we were also told if our towels were dirty money would be deducted from our deposit of 120.00 euros, reception was a woodern hut and not maned the whole time.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank singnellie
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We booked Caribe Apartments via the booking.com 1 month in advance.We supposed to stay there for 9 nights and we received booking reservation.We had booked 1apart.with two bedrooms...When we arrived the reception was closed and there was a notice that we should collect the key in a different hotel.We went there and to our surprice-they told us that in booking system there was a mistake and the had not booked apart. for us!!!They offered us different apart. BLAVAMAR for the same price.The hotel was close to the beach for only advantage,interier in the room was very poor,they wanted deposit 120EUR and card reader was broken...ants in the room, noisy street below,torned blanket...different level of accomodation-terrible.There were lot of people with this story.We wanted to publish the details in the hope that it would warn other travellers,we think that is just a trick how to sell terrible rooms.We hope that the owners will change their approach.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

(This is my 17 Year-Old-Daughter's Experience)
We went here on a girls holiday. If you are going here I think you can guarantee that the transfer will drop you off in the wrong place and direct you in the wrong direction, and make sure you know the difference between the Caribe Hotel and Apartments! On a negative note the reception area was rarely manned and the staff could be quite unfriendly. Be prepared to have to pay a £120 deposit per room and it is a bit of a trek to the strip, though this does mean it is quieter in the night and more chilled in the day.
However the deposit meant that the rooms were in relatively good condition with nice cooking equipment and the pool area was pretty decent. We really liked our apartments and all in all Lloret De Mar is a really fab place to go on a super cheap holiday to!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

I went to these apartments for 5 nights, we were abit dubious after reading some of the reviews but I noticed on here that somone said it is a 1 star hotel, and in that case, it was a really good standard!
The cons for us were that there was no air con, and our shower was full of beach stones when we arrived which we reported but we had to report it 3 more times before it was fixed on the 3rd day! So for 4 girls without a shower was hard going!

The staff were friendly, but there isnt always someone around if you need help. The outside balcony areas were really nice but you have to keep the noise down after 11pm, but we were too hot to sit in the hotel room itself!
Nice little pool area and ice cream hut/reception.

The 120 euro deposit is a bit worrying when you read the invoice and charges and how the room needs to be left, but we gave the place a basic clean and paid 1 euro for a broken glass and we were fine.

Really good location, so close to the beach etc. We did find that the switches outside all of the apartment doors looked like light switches, so at night you hit them on, then find out that its actually the door buzzer to that individuals aprtment! (there are 2 switches, 1 is a light and the other the door buzzer) That happened to us quite a few times so don't expect anyone to be at your door!

We had a really good time in Loret, and thought the apartments were good value. They were probably glad to see the back of us mind!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Pare Claret,18, 17310 Lloret de Mar, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Costa Brava > Lloret de Mar
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #34 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Lloret de Mar
Hotel Class:1 star — Apartamentos AR Caribe 1*
Number of rooms: 15
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