Hotel tip: We got a sun facing bungalow it was very nice.
Travel operator: Monarch
Travel operator: Sunsaver
Hotel tip: reception /bars staff helpfull
Travel operator: Monarch
The bath had mould around the sides and was chipped on the base of the bath and had gone rusty. I complained about this and an odd job man came and painted over the rust. The fridge was also rusty inside, which I also complained about.
The food was average. I was told that I had to pay for the ice cream, though in the brochure it said that it was free for all inclusive. The entertainment was mainly line dancing, in Spanish. I did join in, as I was so far out from the main town; I was advised by reception staff that It would be dangerous for me to go out of the hotel alone at night.
Playa Blanca is beautiful and the trips I went on, were good, though the hotel charged more, than others on the trip had paid. Some of the reception staff were unhelpful and others were good. The staff told me that they feared for their jobs as there was going to be some changes, though I saw the managers son enjoying and drinking the profits with his friends, who were rowdy and rude among people staying there and appeared cocky with staff in front of his friends.
I hope very much something has been done since my stay at this hotel. I did make an official complaint when I got home.
The two electrical bulbs in the living rool were of 40 Watt, we changed to 100 Watt ourselves, than it was o.k.We heated the living room in the evening by the hair-drier of my wife, than we were happy and had a fine time with Cerveza and Tinto.
The breakfast was English and continental, with vegetables, tomatoes cucumber, just like we love it.
The evening buffet was superb, every day something new, all tasting very well, we were really happy.
The entertainment didn't interest us, because we are already elder people 66/67.
Hotel stuff was as friendly as necessary.
One pool was heated up to 26/27 centigrades, fine to swim.
Travel operator: Alltours
Overall we had a decent time and a good rest. The hotel has some really good points. It is very well set out with a fantastic pool area with plenty of sun loungers albeit without mats, so a bit hard after a while. One of the many pools was heated, which was a bit of a godsend in December as the unheated ones really were freezing.
We have two daughters 8 and 6 and the eldest finally plucked up the courage to go on the water slides albeit with cold water! (Would be great fun in the Summer). All the rooms were single story one bedroomed apartments which were scattered around the pool area and were kept very clean by the maids at least 5 times a week.
We were all inclusive but there was a microwave, two electric rings, fridge and plenty of cups, cutlery etc. The food was a bit of a let down in the self service restaurant i.e. most of it was only lukewarm and if you didn't like pork or chicken or fish, you had to fill up on chips which even the children can get fed up of after 3 days. The salads were good as was breakfast - fried and boiled eggs, bacon, beans (which were sometimes out of the tin!) and plenty of cereal. Dinner was a bit of a joke and never varied from day 1, just a scaled down version of the evening meal. Drinks were available all day with beer on tap and coke, orange, sprite etc for you to pull your own, in the pool bar during the day and from the hotel bar at night which saved a lot of queuing especially at night.
Other drinks were widely available apart from whisky and red wine in the bar at night. Strange that you could get red wine at the pool bar and in the restaurant but if you wanted it in the bar you had to pay for it, even though there were 5 white wines to choose from on the all inclusive menu!
We found the staff, especially the bar staff, to be very friendly and liked to joke with the children who thought they were great. Reception staff were also good, not being sexist but the guys more so than the women in being efficient.
We had a bit of a problem with a coat rail which fell down and we had to ask twice for it to be fixed. The rooms were basic and looked like they could have done with a bit of a spruce up, especially the bath which had seen better days, again the shower rail fell down but I managed to wedge it back up! and the television ceased to work towards the end of our holiday.
Entertainment was very poor apart from the guys who ran the mini disco which the children enjoyed. The live entertainment consisted of a spanish duo who sang virtually the same set of songs every night. They couldn't harmonise, had to use the words, and pronunciation was dreadful. But I heard they were only there for two weeks and from January there is a new entertainmnet team in the hotel so it might get better.
Location was poor for walking to the sea front and took about 15 - 20 minutes along a busy road or across a gritty unlit shortcut to get down to playa blanca. A taxi back was just under 3 euros but was worth it for the kids sake.
Weather wise we had three sunny days and 4 cloudy days but a constantly warm temperature of about 65 degrees, which felt warmer out of the wind.
I have put that we wouldn't return to this hotel but we did have a good time and if it were to have a refurb then we might be tempted again!
Travel operator: On Our Own
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