Booking a sea view room is a must as the views are stunning and as there is no air con the sea breezes helped keep the room manageable in the heat.
The Staff were all friendly and efficent.
What I did like was that you kept the same dining table throughout the holiday; tables were set to accomodate couples or families. Although you could always find something to eat, it was often luke warm and didn't always look appetizing...my partner said I was just being a snob, but I cannot stand cold food when it should be hot.
We had a lovely 2 week holiday and would return to the Riomar.
There were no sunbeds around the pool, only chairs and no parasols. There was a small area to side of hotel with beds and umbrellas.
The breakfasts are the usual bacon and eggs plus beans, tomatoes and so on as well as continental. Occasionally some oddities such as mixed vegetables and mini-pasties! Actually surprising good at 8.00 a.m!!
For dinner there is an excellent salad bar, only a couple of choices for the mains, but always something worth eating. The cakes were good as was the ice cream.
There was no entertainment at all in mid-May but that wasn't a problem for us.
The sunbathing area is on a lower terrace and there were beds for all. The pool is on the main terrace.
We have been to this hotel four times over the last seven years and enjoyed it every time - roll on 2013!
Despite staying half board the tea/coffee machine was turned off for the evening meal and we were charged for water with our meal! Food quality was so-so but you get what you pay for.
During our week stay there was entertainment on our first night only but as the season was drawing to a close there may be more earlier in the year.
The pool set up is bizarre with a separate sunbed area on a lower terrace behind the pool, with tables and chairs around the pool. This means if you have younger children you cannot watch them from your sunbed.
To sum up: a reasonable hotel to use as a base but don't expect anything flashy.
Bar and restaurant staff very friendly, Apart from the one we got this year but didn't ruin the holiday! Go and try the Riomar for yourself as the hotel is in the best possible location in the resort! I took 2 teenagers and they thoroughly enjoyed it for the 6th year running even though it is a quiet resort.
Family run hotel with a family feel. Missing it already!
Travel operator: thomas cook
Travel operator: sunset
Travel operator: Air Tours
Problem is that they cant cope with the Hotel being full with families. Its not there fault, Thomas Cook have turned 2 bedroom rooms into Family 4 bed to increase profits, thus doubling the amount of people in the Hotel. This then creates a School Dinners traffic jam at mealtimes & a massive amount of bodies around the pool.
Monika & Lorena on the reception desk (ace people, very very helpful) said that July was a lot quieter & less families. Everybody bar the owner stated there should be no more than 2 adults & 1 small child in a room. So,
1. I would recommend this hotel but not during August for no more than 3 in a room.
2. Read up on hotel, there is no air conditioning & fans are useless in high heat.
3. Food is buffet. It is repetitive. Its reasonably nice, but the cook sometimes makes
4. Entertainment is almost zero at night, in Hotel & at Resort.
It was a good holiday, we knew it would be busy, so we were prepared. Unfortunately, the room size & food let it down.
I wouldnt go again, but then I dont usually return to the same location twice.
Travel operator: direct holidays
The rooms are large and airy, and our room looked like it had just been painted up, the tiled floor was kept immaculate as was the cleanliness of the room and hotel. The bathroom had bath, shower, toilet,bidet, and sink and there was always plenty of hot water. There is air conditioning in the foyer and in the dining room but not in the bedrooms as yet, you are allocated your own table in the dining room and you keep that one for your stay. We couldn't fault the food or the service this is only rated a two star but we have had far worse food in a higher rated hotel, and the dinner plates were always hot. The staff in the hotel were always polite and would do anything for you and there was always a smile be it from the receptionist or the dining room staff. The hotel had a relaxing atmosphere and there was plenty of chairs and tables to sit outside and have coffee. The pool was spotless with a childs section and there are sunbeds in the graveyard area at the side, so called because of the sun worshippers being stretched out!! A pool and games room is also attached to the side of the bar area. Given the location and cleanliness of this hotel I would recommend it to anyone who likes the peace and quiet. Will we bo back again? Certainly in September.
Travel operator: Thomas Cook
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