I dont usually write reviews as I'm not usually easily pleased but not a moaner either. I just wanted to write this as I was apprehensive about going as I'd read so many bad reviews.
We booked this as a budget holiday, we usually go further afield and always stay in 4* plus but we wanted a bargain as we now have a baby and I am a full time mum so couldnt afford anything luxurious.
After entering the hotel and the appartment, I was pleasantly surprised. The reception and room was a little old fashioned but it was clean which was the main thing. The room was fine with a safe, spacious balcony, roomy living room and 2 bedrooms. We had only booked a one bedroom appartment but because we had the baby they put us in a 2 bedroom.
As soon as we arrived it was the babys bedtime, they sent the chambermaid up with a cot for the baby immediately. The first night, our shower leaked, this was 9pm and they sent the maintenance man to check it over and a cleaner to mop up the water, you cant ask for anymore than that.
The food was ok, not excellent quality but definately edible. I'm a very fussy eater and I dont eat meat but I still managed to eat a good meal every night. Breakfast was everything from cold meat and cheese to cooked breakfast to pastries.
From other reviews, I was expecting it to be a party hotel with loud music and groups of young people but it wasnt at all. There was more middle aged people and families there. I saw one group of young lads and they looked very much out of place there.
The location was perfect, 5 minutes walk from the beach and promenade. Supermarket opposite the apparments which must stock the same amount as a local Tesco, they had everything there! The hotel was 2 minutes across the road where we could use the pool and entertainment.
The staff were polite and helpful. The baby would sleep at 10 so I asked them to come after 12 every day and this wasnt a problem.The rooms were cleaned every day, fresh towels everyday (I was more than willing to use them twice) clean sheets everyday, again couldnt of asked for any better.
Our room was right by the lifts and stairs and the whole block is open so you can hear people walking up the stairs then through the corridors to their rooms. Some people are so inconsiderate coming in at 1am and slamming doors and shouting. The first night I couldnt get to sleep for 2 hours but thankfully it didnt wake the baby. The rest of the week, I got used to it and slept fine. If youre a light sleeper or love your sleep, take earplugs.I'm sure if it was a major issue they would be more than happy to move you.
I chose to stay in an appartment so I had everything I needed for the baby, eg, microwave, kettle etc. Just a few points to bear in mind if youre staying here (ecspecially with a baby):
There was no microwave or kettle (to sterilse bottles, warm milk etc)
We had to pay £20 to use the safe.
The rooms were quite loud, if youre a light sleeper, take ear plugs.
Dinner was 7.30pm which I thought was quite late as our baby usually goest to bed at 7pm.
The water in the taps is BOILING!! I burnt my hand a few times, be careful with children.
With our 1 year old son, we wento to Aqaupolis and Portaventura and had a fantastic week.
All in all, for a budget holiday and for the price we paid I was very pleased and would stay here again.
Hope you enjoy your holiday!
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