Having booked a seaview room, we had to settle for a double room on arrival and this was very basic. The fridge in the room didn't cool, the TV remote control was at best erratic, and the pillows were uncomfortable. The drinks in the sky bar were overpriced and all that this location had going for it was the sea view.
The restaurant was the only positive aspect of a dismal experience even if the menu was limited.
We have had the pleasure of being at far better albeit less hyped hotels than this and we would never stay in the Barcelo Hamilton again.
The hotel was spotlessly clean and the beds were changed every day. The curtains for once did block out the sunrise which is directly on the seafront rooms first thing every morning.
Food was a wide range of varied hot and cold items on the buffet - all were very good and tasty - bacon was the best ever I have had in Spain.
The hotel staff were very helpful, courteous and polite. The 'entertainment' was very poor - but then we don't go on holiday for entertainment.
The hotel is best suited to mature guests - there is no kids club or playarea. Th
Mahon has a daily market where there is fresh furit and veg, meat, fish and there is a massive supermarket underneath it.
I will definitely be going back there.
Travel operator: Saga
The swimming pool area was quite small with not many sunbeds and, being v enclosed got extremely hot.
Es Castell as a resort is a little isolated and with limited opportunities to explore on foot. However it was v easy to use public transport into Mahon and from there to other parts of the island.
Possibly best for a quiet, relaxing holiday. Car parking is quite restricted.
The all inclusive package was good and the buffet meals were always extensive and well presented with a good choice.
One week was enough for me
Travel operator: First Choice
he pool was adequate & very clean, but rather small with a noisy spa pool. There were always enough sunloungers & reserving them was stricly forbidden.
All the staff were very courteous & helpful.
Unfortunately, we, along with several other British couples had been sold this holiday hotel as "adults only".
There was a large number of noisy, ill behaved children & babies at the hotel. When we approached our holiday rep, he said the hotel was only "recommended for adults" & he would look into getting us moved. He never came back to us on this.
The situation was then made worse by a party of Spanish schoolchildren, who woke us up by returning noisily to their rooms at 11.30 - midnight all week.Wherever we went, there was a squawling baby or unruly child & parents seemed oblivious to the disruption they caused to others.
This spoiled an otherwise good holiday.
Travel operator: First Choice
Rooms at the front have the best views across Mahons natural harbour, but the sun goes off here around lunch time.
The rooms have no fridge or kettle. The bar staff will chill your cava & supply glasses (free).
We found all the staff really helpful & friendly.
Most guests were very friendly, with a large proportion on SAGA holidays all inclusive.
The entertainments seemed to be low key.
We found a car (PT Autos) essential, even for visiting a beach.
Travel operator: Independently
The food ( dealing with a multinational clientel) is of a high quality. The entertainment is lively, but the wonderful thing is that it stops dead at 11.30pm giving a restful and quiet night.
Again, Barcello have come up trumps, happy to reccomend it to anyone (No I'm not a Barcello employee, but I have not visited a bad hotel of theirs yet).
Travel operator: Own arrangements
Travel operator: Direct Holidays
Booked for 2 weeks AI for June 2005 - first one ever for us. Not a problem with anything . Hotel spotless, Food - probably too much but you have to give it a go. Staff - good with a few unique characters.
Entertainment is limited and targeted at the time we went to a mature audience - this did not effect the overall holiday -
We are going again in May 2006 - superb deals via Barcelo 75th anniversary, direct flight from Manchester with Monarch, Car Hire - sorted - can`t wait
Travel operator: Eclipse
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