Nov. - Dec. 2013 Two week in apartment 118; probably the best situated room we have ever had; ground floor with grass area outside, sea view and five meters from the pool. We booked a single bedroom 'Premier' apartment which had lots of space but with a bathroom that needed totally refurbishing – tired and slightly musty smelling, the bathroom towels were inadequate, tired and worn – take your own. Although we hadn't intended doing much cooking, the kitchen was a joke; two ring cooker which looked like it hadn't been cleaned in months, a toaster, microwave and coffee machine – but only one socket. Thomson advertise a 'Nespresso' coffee machine in 'Premier' apartments, for which we took our favorite capsules, only to find a 'Tassimo' unit; after complaining, this was changed after a week.
We were pleased with the apartment, but we heard people complain that some of the 'Premier' apartments had limited sea views and overlooked the street of the vacant slot on the western side. Also apartments 1 thru' 38, in the rearmost blocks were dark with limited sunshine and could be damp. The “HD Hotels and Resorts” web site offers a chance to book a particular room, not sure if you can use this if you've booked thru' Thomson.
Maid service five times week was perfunctory - a quick mop of the floors but minimal cleaning the toilet, sinks, bath and shower. No waste bin except in the kitchen, so difficult to recycle bottles etc.
Limited TV channels, although the bar had multiple sports channels, and wi-fi, advertised as 'public areas only'. We found the wi-fi worked, sometimes, in both the public areas and our room.
Breakfast as adequate but we did wonder how they differentiated between guest on 'self-catering' and 'bed and breakfast' basis. The bar was fine and the food good but the kitchen seemed to close about 7 and the bar at 9. Not much was done to publicise the resource and as a consequence was poorly used.
The Thomson brochure for 2014 shows different types of apartments available, including a 5 bedroom apartment, in an adult-only complex, this seems a bit strange.
All in all, the location, by the marina and only a leisurely stroll along the sea front walk into a town, is superb; provided you are not in an apartment bordering the street, very quiet.
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