This is the first review I have written but feel its about time a genuine and honest view was posted about this hotel.
We spent ten nights here from the 27th May to 6th June and although we enjoyed our stay feel that some of this hotels reviews just dont give potential guests correct information. I accept that this is a personal opinion but hope to give you the chance to make a more informed choice.
Right so we arrived in the early hours of the morning on the 28th having made drops at the Suntopia and Holiday Village which looked welcoming with bright receptions and plenty of staff on hand to help their new guests. The Alinn looked closed with no lights on outside and one night porter inside. We like another reviewer had booked late and indeed were put in a suite below the pool terrace (603). The room itself had been recently decorated and at 2 in the morning seemed fine. Closer inspection in the morning showed the tv didnt work, the light in the bathroom was broken, the mini fridge was not working and the shower tray leaked badly. These I reported to reception but only got resolved 5 days later after having to get increasingly firm with the duty managers.
The food is something which makes me even question if some of the reviews are in fact genuine and not fabricated by the hotel. I am NOT someone who wants English food when abroad I want to be able to taste local cuisine. I have read many reviews saying the food is excellent ....on two separate nights we had dishes called white beans in a tomato sauce or red beans....now I'm no snob but I will let you decide as to whether or not Baked Beans qualify as excellent food ? Similarly one evening we had jacket potatoes ....lunch time maybe but evening ?
Without fail every dinner was a rehashed version of lunch with maybe one or two different dishes, the mash potato was instant and the salad options although plentiful were the same our entire stay.
Breakfast is the standard fruits jams honeys and cereals with luke warm scrambled eggs etc. There is one chef cooking omelettes but the queue can get long. One morning we had a dish full of the previous nights carrots sliced and deep fried ? Excellent. ...you decide ?
At lunch you can also get turkish pizzas and pasta as indeed you can in the evening. There is a bbq chef in the evenings who prepares fish and either chicken or kebabs. These are great but on a number of nights the selection available inside in the servery had NO meat or fish dishes meaning the queue was sometimes 15 - 20mins.
Desserts. I read a review which said they were the best the reviewer had eaten at any AI hotel ......I can only thank myself lucky to have never been to the hotels they have stayed in before !!!!! Every lunch and dinner was the same selection of angel delight type mousses, cold rice puddings and sickly sweet sponge based desserts. The only saving grace was the fresh melon.
The location of the hotel affords it fabulous views over Sarigerme beach and the grounds and pool area are lovely. A hotel shuttle bus runs on the hour to take hotel guests to the beach where Alinn guests have use of a rather dilapidated hut serving drinks and light snacks at lunchtime. The beach is NOT private in any way. The Sarigerme beach is a public beach, there were non Alinn guests using the drinks hut and lots of children using the supposed Alinn hotel facilities. This is fine but dont mislead people about the service being offered.
One very important positive at the Alinn was the Panorama bar and only then when being run by the fantastic Carla ( pronounced charla ....previously referred to as Charlotte). The hotel really should realise just how good she is at her job, remembering all guests drinks and always with a smile on her face no matter how adverse the conditions for the staff appeared to be.
So....the Alinn Boutique appears to be a hotel that in the past had been fantastic but the senior management now are seemingly cutting costs everywhere and despite the best efforts of the front line staff the cracks are very much showing through. I cannot honestly recommend the hotel if you are expecting a faultless holiday as other reviews are suggesting you will have as in my opinion you won't - however if you take those ridiculous rose tinted spectacles off, get a good deal and just want a week away from it all then the Alinn coud be for you.
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