We were a little concerned how good this hotel would be given the mixed reviews. First impressions on arrival was that it was very clean although dated. The room was small, especially as our 11 year old daughter was in our room and we had to move onto the bed if we needed to pass each other. Other than this the room was always very clean and the cleaner was a lovely lady. The bath left a little to be desired with a few black mould spots on the shower curtain and the showhead could do with replacing but it was all adequate for a 2 week stay. I think we were lucky as ours seems to be one of the larger rooms. We stayed in room 209. The hotel was a mix of Russians, Austrians, Germans and British but I would say majority were Russian. Please if you are having an evening meal do not go down at 7.30pm when it opens unless you want to be pushed and shoved around - I found this to be the Russians who seemed to have no manners even pushing our 11 year old daughter out of the way to get to the food. This completely spoilt the dining experience. We would suggest going down for meals around 7.45pm as the pushing stopped once the initial rush had stopped and we found it less hectic around the serving area although there was still a fairly big queue - I think one cause that the chef grilling the meat was fairly slow and kept disappearing into the kitchen. Apart from this the food was very nice although very repetative. Drinks were brought by the waiters, 1 litre bottle of sparkling water 3 euros, large beer 4 euros, small bottle of pop 2.50 euros, and I think 4 euros for a litre bottle of coke. The prices were the same in the upstairs bar. Breakfast was nice but if you want fried eggs you may be in for a wait, depending which waiter was cooking the breakfast on a morning. There was the usual continental breakfast and toast with fried eggs, bacon and frankfurter sausage on the grill and also a big dish of scrambled egg and occasionally Italian style baked beans. Don't bother with boiled eggs as the machine was quite dangerous to use and we saw one women getting splashed by boiling water as the machine was caked in limescale and wouldn't work properly. Breakfast time was usually fairly quiet around 8am getting busier from 9am onwards.
There are sunbeds around the pool which it has been stated are 2 euros each to use. When we were there they were free and the only charge was if you need a towel and they were charged at 2 euros each. Be warned by the end of our holiday the sunbeds were reserved by 7am with towels on them. If you can't get a bed by the pool the sunbeds/deckchairs on the beach were free and absolutely fine and you could still use the pool as it was less than 10 seconds away from the beach. The beach was lovely and clean having been cleaned every morning and there seemed lots of sunbeds available every day but this may now change as it reaches high season. There is a path between the hotel and the beach which is great for going for a run and very safe. I went for a 4 mile run a few times a week but it did get busy with runners/walkers around 7am-8am. I eventually found it better to run along the cycle track on the main road as it was very quiet around 6.45am and actually more sheltered and cooler. There is also free bike hire at the hotel, you just need to leave your passport with the hotel reception when using a bike then picking it back up when you return the bike key. The main road is extremely busy on a Saturday evening with not much room to walk but cars are prohibited from 8pm to 6am from using it although there are plenty of bikes to watch out for on the cycle path.
We paid extra for a sea view which was great and seemed the best view from the hotel although on a weekend the noise around 3am was terrible when it seemed the nightclubbers were going home and there were lots of them so sleep on a Saturday night was a disturbed one. This went on until around 4.30am then the bin men came at 6.30am but this didn't affect us as much although it could be heard.
I must just say Lisa the travel rep for Thomson Holidays was fantastic. She was there every day, even on her day off she could be found round the pool and no problem was too much for her. She was in fact the most helpful travel rep I have come across and certainly knew her stuff.
We went to Verona and Lake Garda on a day trip and I can highly recommend this. We had a fantastic day out and it was well worth the money.
Would we go back to this hotel? No - it was a good holiday, not one of our best but we enjoyed it and glad we went. The hotel bedrooms could just do with updating although nothing can be done about the room sizes, just go with the expectation that they will be small then you will not be surprised.
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