Me and my girlfriend stayed there for two weeks in September 2013. It was nice and clean, the only thing that let it down for me is that you had to pay for the wifi if you wanted it in your room and around the other parts of the hotel (didn't work in the night time bar though - it was only free in reception). I didn't like the glass panels around the pool either which put me off from getting in the pool. Other than that the food was really good compared to other all-inclusive's we have been on (However we did eat out most evenings - as that's what you do on holiday). The A.I paid for itself in drinks alone so if we didn't fancy eating in at the hotel it wasn't a big deal. There were set times for breakfast (never made it up on-time), dinner and then evening meal. (dinner and evening meal consisted of more or less the same food), There was a pool bar which served burgers (not sure they were cooked so only sampled one), hot dogs were OK & Chicken nuggets I think were turkey? There was also a bowl of nuts and ice cream you could help yourself to all day long. The best bit about this A.I hotel unlike last time when we went to Turkey is that you are allowed more than one drink per person so if your other half was sunbathing you could fetch them a drink and you both didn't have to get up. There were also paying guests at the hotel so the beer, wine and pop wasn't on free flow to help yourself, but there was never much of a qeue if any at the bar and the staff were really friendly and knew what you wanted before you even asked them. One little old guy even taught us a bit of Spanglish which was fun as we had to order the drinks in his language otherwise he pretended he wasn't going to give them us.
The first week of our stay was just after the school summer holidays had ended so hardly any kids at all which was great, but the second week noticed loads! (Nothing there for kids - no play area or anything so if your reading this and thinking of taking the kids I would give it a miss) The entertainment wasn't bad, better than any other hotel we have ever stayed at in fact (but then again we don't go to a hotel looking for entertainment - would have sooner paid a bit less and just gone out in the evenings). The kids disco every night did your head in as you had to sit through the exact same thing every night to get a good seat for the act. The room where the acts were was set out terribly - really difficult to see the stage due to the pillars so if you weren't there for the kids disco you wouldn't get a decent seat. Also as soon as the acts finished the music was turned down really low - there were a couple of "disco" lights, but never used. We were some of the youngest at the hotel (30 & 33) so even if they had put some music on no one would have bothered dancing. Then again that didn't bother us as most nights we walked into town. The night life is very sedate. We only found one decent bar - Rute 66 and no night clubs (there looked to have been a few, but not sure if they had closed down permanently or if September was the end of the season and we had just missed them?), other than that you had to go into the "Centro" for any other kind of dancing type night out, but that was just full of chavs - loads of 16 year olds first time on holiday away from their parents making fools of themselves (yes I was jealous as Im too old for that stuff now). Anyway getting back to the hotel - it was too close to the bars to get a taxi, but a little bit too far to walk. Getting a sun-bed was never really a problem for us, there were always a couple empty by the time we made it round the pool, but I can see if you were a family you would be struggling to all get a sun-bed together (they weren't very comfy either). The red wine you could have at dinner time was chilled - why do they do that in foreign countries? It was room temp from the night time bar. One other point to make is when you arrive there's no one to show you where your room is, reception just draw on a little map, we managed to find it after circling the pool with our cases looking like fools, but as the days went on plenty of other people did the same and even gave up and threw a strop which was fun to watch. We went in the gym a few times which consisted of 2 treadmills, 2 x-trainers, 2 spinning bikes and a few weights (sadly no concept 2 rowing machines). It wasn't air conditioned so were ringing with sweat when we were done and there was a sauna in there too which was OK too.
I don't think we will be visiting this hotel again purely because of it's location (Still young enough to want to go out clubbing - Just!) and the fact that we are not in our 60's yet, but it looked OK for those that were. We didn't bother hiring the safe as it was very quiet and never saw or heard of any trouble at all. We spent £406.62 on day trips which weren't worth it. Holiday cost us £1,882.00 with Thomson's, and we took about £2000 spending money.
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