In August 2012 we stayed as a family of four at the Best Mojacar. There were not many British families in the hotel, in the first week of our holiday we saw only 3 other families. For us this wasn't an issue though it was different to what we'd normally expect on a package holiday. For example, only certain reception staff could speak English. Some notices where in Spanish with no English Translation. Lunch and Dinner started an hour later than our norm - 13:00 and 20:00. The entertainment (we'll come to that later) and Jacuzzi pool stopped during siesta time, in fact the pool was deserted between 14:00 and 17:00!
The rooms were large and clean, a little tired but overall we were pleased. There were plenty of sun beds and the pool was a good size. There where complimentary beach towels which could be changed each day. You had to pay a 10 euro deposit per towel which was returned at the end of our holiday. Wi-Fi was free but it was quite flaky. You needed persistence to use it but I managed to download a few books to my kindle and I had access to my email on most days, so not too bad!
We were really impressed with the food. There was enough variety to keep us happy! There was fish and meat cooked in front of you at each meal. We didn't experience the issues with luke warm food that have been mentioned in other reviews. We where AI and for us the food and drinks ( You could have a bottle of wine with you meal) were excellent.
The service at the Bar has been mentioned in many of the reviews about this hotel. I can't disagree that initially we struggled to be understood. It was slightly embarrassing that our knowledge of Spanish was so limited that we were unable to assist. It forced us to Google a few words to help us get served! By the end of the week we didn't have an issue. But, and there is a but, when the bar was busy the Spanish guests did get served first which did cause me frustration on one occasion and I eventually had to demand to be served. On the positive side it was very easy to structure your day so that you avoided any queues. We found that our schedule ran slightly earlier than the majority of the Spanish guests. If you went to lunch at 2pm you queued to enter the dining room but at 1pm it was quiet. The same applied in the evening and the Bar was empty at certain times while at others very busy.
Entertainment - It was in Spanish, but to be honest this didn't actually matter. The quality could be debated but the only thing you remember is that it was SO loud. I asked to move from our sea view room after the 2nd day as the volume in the room was the same as outside! We were moved to a corner room - it was a big room - still loud but slighty less so than in our original room. Basically you could not sleep before 11:30pm which seems reasonable unless you have young children! Between 11:30pm and 11:00 am when the 'entertainment' started again, it was virtually silent. I must stress that if you're looking for a quiet holiday - the 'entertainment' may cause you some distress! This was the negative of the holiday for me.
My children, aged 5 and 7, did go to the kids club on most days for about an hour but I must admit that it was geared to the Spanish families and think that some children may not have been happy joining. Saying that my children were welcomed and there was one rep who spoke English well.
There wasn’t much to do in the surrounding area but buses ran frequently and for about a Euro you could got to Garrucha or the Old town which was well worth a visit. The Thomas Cook rep appeared to have very little knowledge of the local area which was disappointing.
Overall we had an enjoyable holiday that provided excellent value for money. Am I booking to go back next year – no. But would I go back again, for the right price and with some ear plugs – yes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Best Mojacar is located in Mojacar, a few meters from a Golf course and just in front of the sea. It’s an ideal hotel for families and couples who wish to enjoy an exceptional holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Mojacar Hotel Mojacar
- Best Hotel Mojacar
- Mojacar Best Hotel
- Hotel Best Mojacar Almeria, Spain