The hotel and rooms are very clean inside apart from the outside bar area which smells at night and there is bits of broken glass that have not been cleaned up properly.
The hotel is dated and needs an upgrade. The rooms are a good size but the furnishings have been there for at least 20 years.
The food can only be described as OK as there will be something for everyone but it tends to be repeated daily.
The evening entertainment was fine thanks to a rather nutty Italian who did the best job out of everyone in the hotel but at 11pm on the dot it all stopped prompt. If you fancied a drink after that you had to go out.
The pools were locked up at 6pm and there was no where to sit in the sun to have a drink after that.
To be honest we spent nearly every day away from the hotel as close by was the beach and bars that had a bit of atmosphere that the hotel was lacking in.
I would not go back to Isla Bonita again.
Food whilst repetitive was of good quality, hot food was hot and my wife loved the salad selections. Breakfast, well there was a great choice, hot english, continental, cereals, juice, lovely coffee, couldnt fault it. Lunch and evening meals again a great choice, 2 meat dishes, 2 fish dishes and a separtate kiddies buffet too.
Entertainment team - especially Dani the Italian were very good and worked tirelessly to keep those who wanted it very happy. Had some great games of water polo and water basket with Dani as the referee - you do have to play to Dani rules though!
The pool on the "left hand side" of the hotel "A" block was heated, some days to bath temperature, you had to get OUT to cool off!!
All in all, excellent value for money and I will return.
Travel operator: low cost.com
Travel operator: broadway travel
Travel operator: icelolly.com
Travel operator: lowcostholidays
Travel operator: a1
On arriving at the Hotel we were greeted by friendly and excellent staff who checked us into our rooms. These were BIG great value for money ,one bedroom apartments with a sep bedroom 2 x twin beds and a cot supplied foc ,with a sep lounge and a small concealed kitchen area with fridge and cooker (although you do not get dishes etc. as you are AI) and bathroom with an powerfull excellent shower which was cleaned every day of our 10 day stay,the maid was vey friendly . We had ground floor which looked onto pool area.
Pools, again, brill. You do have to que and stand inline for the sunbeds because they are quite strict about their "not before 9am rule" which is very fair when you think about it... anyone putting towels down before 9am - be prepared for them to be removed from the bed and taken to reception.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner you always found something to eat - you are not in the UK so dont expect to eat British food but you do get pizza, chips, burgers on occasion. Our 21/2 year old always had something so that's saying something! Food was very nice. Yes, it could have been hotter on occasion but there was a micowave. As you would expect in August, it was very busy but the staff and chefs coped brill with the amount of people coming and going. There are snacks of bagettes, popcorn, crisps etc. put out as well at certain times of the day.
Entertainment was really good. The night they did with the balloons was so funny, I thought my sides would split! Constantly getting people involved although there is no pressure whatsoever. Pool volleyball, tennis, shooting, football, pingpong etc. The childrens' club only started in July this year and they have it down to a tee - the children there had a ball from what we could see.
the bar closes at 11 pm strict .
All in all we had a really great holiday at the Isla Bonita and would defo go back again.
Travel operator: Travel Republic
We heard some one complain to Thomas Cook rep about cold food so I tried to find some the next day and could not however at the following breakfast found the cold meat selection. Some people ???
Pool side could get slippy I saw 3 kids slip one gave his head a bang. Beach 10 mis away and lots of cheap drinks and food on the way lagers 1 or 1.5 euro even on front.some one told me it was more expensive as you went towards the main strip but we never got there.
Travel operator: Great late deals
Travel operator: Monarch
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