It's interesting to read the other reviews of this place - they vary between love and hate. I think the important thing to take into consideration is how much you are looking to pay. If you want a high class hotel, you have to pay a lot more than you do for this place. It's reasonably priced, but the star rating is probably about right.
We went out of season, which meant the hotel was not very well occupied. It is situated in a little suburb, surrounded by holiday flats and houses (most of which are empty or for sale). You can just about see the sea from the upper floors, but the views are mainly focused over the pool area. There is a free bus service to the local shopping centre, where you can access a nice beach.
We were in Room 106. A ground floor room with access to the pool area. The two single beds needed new mattresses as the springs were quite noticeable. Some redecoration wouldn't go amiss, but the room was basically clean and tidy. Like other guests, we found that the rooms and communal areas were inhabited by tiny ants. We just made sure our tea and stuff were kept out of the way.
If you want to watch TV, you'd better start to learn Spanish, as the set in the room only receives local channels. There is wifi access, but you have to pay for it.
The pool area was clean and tidy, but beware of banging your head on one of the thatched sunshades. I learned to my cost that they scratch! The pool water isn't heated (or if it is, it's not heated very much) so be prepared.
The pool bar serves food during the day - a small selection of snacks are available. Breakfast is a choice of the usual English stuff or a continental option. Dinner is a buffet, usually with a choice of meat and fish, together with vegetables and potatoes/chips/rice options. The food is served hot, but some might find the lack of choice restrictive, especially if you have special dietary requirements.
We found the staff to be friendly and helpful, with a good grasp of English and a patient understanding of our poor Spanish.
The sports facilities looked impressive, but we didn't get to try them out, so I can't comment.
If you book an apartment, take a travel kettle with you. There are cups, plates and other bits and bobs, but the kettle is an optional extra that has to be paid for at reception.
The hotel is very close to the airport and if you're making your own arrangements, I'd probably recommend a taxi. We booked a transfer with ViajesUrbis, who run lots of services from the airport and had to wait about an hour after we landed for the coach to arrive. Given that you can see the runway from the back of the hotel, it's a long time to wait. On the subject of planes, the hotel is close to the landing approach, so there is some aircraft noise, but it isn't intrusive.
In summary, the hotel is suitable for a quiet sunshine break. There is no intrusive music blasting out and no entertainment team to disturb your sunbathing! The staff are hard-working and friendly. The food and drink are adequate and the rooms comfortable but in need of some sprucing up. Bear in mind that it isn't in a central location or near a decent beach, so don't be disappointed if there's nothing to do but relax.
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- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel Castillo De Elba Hotel Caleta De Fuste
- Castillo De Elba
- Elba Lucia Sport & Suite Hotel Fuerteventura/Caleta De Fuste