Having rented many apartments in Spain over the years, both private and company run, my conclusion is that Manilva Green Apartments fails to meet expectations. Their prices are reasonable, but the downside is the lack of customer care. I stayed in apartment 114 for 12 nights at the beginning of March. ‘Carlos’ (the friendly’ish Brit receptionist from Rhyl of all places!), said I had the best apartment on the first floor. He could have been right, as it was an end apartment with an additional two windows in the end wall overlooking the garden and sea view. The one bedroom apartment itself was bright and airy. The views of the mountains and coast were fair, but unfortunately the curved apartment block is north facing. This means you get about half an hour of partial sun as it rises first thing in the morning, so forget about getting that all important tan sitting on your terrace. It can also be quite cold and a wind spot up there atop of the hill.
As for the “well equipped” kitchen I beg to differ. It was below par for the average Spanish apartment. It consisted of a microwave, toaster, non-electric kettle, coffee maker, two-burner cooker top and a mishmash of pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. No can opener, no corkscrew, and no tea towels. No washing machine either. Most Spanish apartments have a washing machine and even some a dishwasher comes as standard. I gather there are laundry facilities at cost located somewhere along the floors.
The bedroom is the standard two single beds put together with bathroom en suite. The idea of the two sinks embedded into the unit, although it looks good (a sort of his and hers) is impractical as the splash back alone means the water runs over the unit and onto the floor not to mention your legs! The lounge was fairly roomy with a sofa bed, a standing chair, dining table and four chairs. The TV was small cheap and nasty with tinny sound and a variety of standard free view channels including Sky News and BBC.
Other facilities: Double and single yellow lines on the road restrict car parking and there are only a handful of spaces off-road at the front of the hotel, which are used by the staff. There’s underground parking, which I found to be quite tight even though I was staying off-season and not many guests’ cars were parked. Sometimes the auto garage doors didn’t open. I’d hate to be there when the underground is full. There’d be little room to manoeuvre a car. I gather Wi-Fi is free in the bar area, but there are two standing pc’s at cost. The “24-hour” onsite supermarket, which the bar person or receptionist will open for you at any time of the day or night is expensive. I paid €1.20 for a litre bottle of water. You can find the same in the standard supermarkets for 24 cents, but this is what is called ‘convenience’ as there isn’t anything within walking distance. In fact the apartment block is quite remote, with no facilities within walking distance. I would think a car is a must unless you really like walking. The nearest port is Duquesa at the bottom of the hill, about a 5 min drive. In the other direction the nearest town is Manilva about a 7 min drive. The Italian themed eatery was closed during my stay, but I gather you could get simple meals and coffee in the main bar area.
My main concern was the zero servicing. I stayed for 12 nights and at no time was the apartment cleaned or serviced with fresh towels or bedding. They do say that the apartment is cleaned “before and after” your stay. What a ridiculous statement to make? This is even more poignant for longer stays. Everyone expects an apartment to be cleaned before their stay! You’ll have to buy your own toilet rolls. You get one roll for your entire stay. It would also be a good idea to take your own towels. This is way below par for company run holiday apartments. In others I’ve stayed at in the same area they were serviced every 3 to 7 days on average. Half way through my stay I asked the night receptionist when my apartment would be serviced. He said he didn’t work there and was only standing in that night, but would ask the regular staff to do it the next day. Needless to say it wasn’t. I won’t be staying there ever again as you can find better quality, better run apartments for around the same price in the general area and a lot closer to facilities.
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