I travelled here with 9 other friends all of us aged 18 and 19! So we got there at about 5pm and the sun was still shining and it was blazing hot! When we got to the front desk we didn't really have to wait that long as my friends and I ran ahead of the other 60+ guests!! They took our passports and said we could collect them the next day (which I thought was a bit dodge). The safe was €30 or something like that but well worth the money.
The hotel itself is ok I guess. Nothing to write home about but not shabby either. Its just there. The rooms were a bit 80ish but one of my friends room was actually much bigger and nicer in comparison to mine, which was next door!? The kitchens are ridiculously small but I thought the way they had a breakfast bar was cool. We didnt really use the kitchen much anyway.
The room was big enough I guess with 2 single beds and an average sized wardrobe. The bathroom was modern in comparison to the rest of the apartment with a nice powerful shower! The best thing about our rooms were the fact we were on the third floor in the centre of the block. We had the most amazing views of the beach and sea which is only a 5min walk max. down the road.
The receptionist is a rude cow and doesn't have any personality at all. What can you expect though when the manager is even worse. He ordered us a taxi one night and told us he had negotiated with the taxi man to charge us €30 for a destionation half an hour away. The taxi man charged us €80 and the manager lied to us saying he had never said anything about a €30 fare. So watch out for him.
The pool is lovely and always has plenty of available beds around it. The only bad thing is that all the apartment balconies look over onto it and you feel really self conscious when your in it as all the people seem to like watching you swim? The food in the restaurant is ridiculously overpriced and ming, dont eat there.
We ate out at a different restaurant each night. Hooters food was quite nice but expensive-ish. You can get a meal in some places for real cheap but seen as we got our drinks for free pretty much every night we tended to splash out on food!
We got our drinks for free as when you are walking down Veronica's strip (the main strip where all the clubs and bars are) there are about 10 reps working for each club. There are about 30 clubs and bars so you can imagine how many reps there are! What they do is hassle you and promise you the moon and the stars (in drinks!) to come to the club. They get a euro for each person they get to come in which is why they are so eager and forceful. Our first night there was quite daunting. The reps pounce on you from all angles and WILL NOT take no for an answer! One rep literally picked me up, put me over his shoulders and started squeezing me until I agreed to go to his club!
In the end we went to 'Flirtz' which is a disco 60's themed club which is hilarious! We all got 2 free cocktails, 2 pitchers of cocktails and a shot each for free just for going in! When we finished all them and had to start buying our drink, we were pleasently surprised at how cheap it was!
Don't bother going to Linekers. The reps there are the only ones that actually lie to you about getting free drink. Once they get you in, the go off where you cant find them and dont bother getting you the free drink promised to you!!
On the way home, you have to walk up 'the hill' which is actually grand to be honest. Not a bother at all. We always stopped off at 'Mr Cut' - a 24hour discount store which sold cheap drink!!
You have to sneak it back in as the security in the hotel are REALLY STRICT about the no noise after 11pm rule. We had security called to our door almost everynight. Fair enough some nights we were loud, but other nights when we were quite they came anyway. Seriously, there's no escaping them!
The cleaners came every second day and did an alright job I suppose. There were a good few cockroaches found in all of our 4 rooms, and we are all very clean people!!
On check-out, security checks your room to see if any damage is done and then radios down to reception to give them the all clear. If it is left in an acceptable state you get your €100 deposit back. Some people had the police called on them because their room was so bad!
All in all, it was a fantastic holiday. And I definetely would have to say The Caribe was a major contributor to that. Its in THE PERFECT location, not too close or too far from everything!
Definetely wouldn't recommend it for older people or families as you would feel and be TOTALLY out of place!
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