Me and my girlfriend have just returned from the california palace hotel and had a great holiday there. We got a cheap last minute deal and were worried that the hotel might not be very good but we were pleasantly surprised! The hotel is quite modern in its appearance and is very clean. The staff are brilliant and very helpful. The rooms are spacious, nice big clean bathroom.....all the rooms have balcony's which is great. only downside was the beds - we had 2 single beds pushed together to make a double and they weren't very comfy at all. The tv was a bit old but we didn't spend much time sat in the hotel room watching the box.....we were on the beach, so it didn't bother us.
as for the location, it was ideal for us. the hotel is about 10mins walk from the beach and is in a quiet residential area surrounded by a few bars and shops. the 2 bars directly opposite the hotel are great for a quick pint before heading into the town as they do cheap drinks. 1 euro 50 for a pint and 1 euro for a sangria...bargain! we didn't drink at the bar in the hotel as we heard it was quite expensive. the entertainment looked pretty poor in the bar area but we're not one's for staying in the hotel all night so it didn't matter to us. the far end of the beach, where the main bars and restaurants are located is quite tacky so we were very glad our hotel was at the other end of the beach!
the hotel has a small spa area in the basement which we used a couple of times as it was only around 4 euros for half a day. it has a steam room, a jacuzzi and a sort of hydrotherapy pool. the outdoor pool was fine....not too big but hardly anyone went in it so i had the pool to myself most afternoons.
the restaurant was brilliant....the food was very good and the waiters were very efficient. the chap managing the restaurant was a top bloke. we were half board so had breakfast and evening meal....the food did get a bit samey towards the end of the week but there was always something nice from the selection so we never went hungry!
so, to sum it up.....if you're someone who is looking for the nightlife and wants to be near to the bars etc then this hotel isn't for you. if you're someone who likes entertainment at the hotel, then this place isn't for you. if you're looking for a nice hotel, in a quiet area, a short walk from the beach....then this hotel is excellent (if you get a good last minute deal!). The only thing that could have made my stay more enjoyable was a more comfortable bed....other than that, I had a great time!
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