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Presidente Hotel
Edinburgh, Scotland
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“Like the Curate's Egg....”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

.....the hotelPresidente is good in parts. This was our first package holiday as a family - we travelled with our 3 year old. In truth, it just wasn't the right choice for us - we're probably accustomed to a bit more independence and more exposure to local culture than we got from a Thomson 'family resort'. Things we liked - staff very helpful and friendly, views from the hotel are fab, wi-fi, the kids' splash pool was a total hit, the room was always well cleaned and there were fresh towels every day and Portinatx itself was very pretty and laid back with a beach that was sandy and safe for toddlers.

Things that we liked less - we paid extra for a sea view but we discovered on the first night that it was so noisy that we had to move. Until 11pm you couldn't tell the difference between outside on the balcony and inside with the doors shut. Very crabby and overtired 3 year old does not make for a happy holiday. We were moved without a problem the next day but no mention of reimbursing the not insignificant supplement we paid, which I feel was sold under false pretences. We would never have booked it if there had been information at the time of booking about the noise levels - evening entertainment took place beneath those rooms every night. I would agree that the rooms were a bit dated.

The food served was almost exclusively British - which is fine and the quality of most was good - I would just have enjoyed some more local fare as it's part of the adventure of a holiday for us. I did think that some of the options for kids looked a bit ropey but our little one could eat at least one of the adult options each day so it didn't disrupt us.

We specifically booked half board rather than all inclusive to give us a bit more freedom and so we could spend some of our holiday cash on the local facilities and services, rather than just on a multi-national holiday company. However, it's an expensive way of doing things if you want to buy the odd coffee/soft drink/beer in the hotel. The latter two were both served in small plastic cups (about the size of the beaker you get to skoosh your mouth out at the dentist) and 2 cost 5 euros.

The hotel also has lots of scheduled activity, pretty much from 10am until 11pm - quiz sheets handed out at 10am, aqua aerobics at 11am, bingo at noon, etc and there was incessant music belting out all the time too. I know that this will sound perfect for some, but there isn't really any alternative if you don't want to join in.

You also have to be up sharpish and get your towel on your preferred sunbed if you want a space by the pool.

So, all in all the things we disliked were a question of personal taste, rather than a reflection of quality or service. We had a good holiday but only by doing things that would make it work for us - going to the beach for a part of the day, eating in local restaurants, using the play park by the sea, etc. I don't think we'd go back and I would only recommend it to friends who I knew wanted full immersion in a British package holiday experience 24 hours a day.

Room Tip: Ground floor at the back of the hotel if you prefer quiet over the view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Presidente and it was brilliant. 2 adults and 2 kids. Food was great, drinks were great, entertainment and kids club was excellent. The staff were always friendly, polite and helpful at all times and all of the facilities were immaculate. I can't understand anyone having any problems here. We will be returning for two weeks next year. We were devastated at having to go home !!!!!

Room Tip: Who actually goes on holiday to sit in a hotel room. They are basic but immaculate.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Food was great, something to suit all tastes. Rooms basic but very clean and maid was in everyday unless you put up the Do Not Disturb sign.
Beer and wine was fine, tequila sunrise was good too! Dont mind the plastic cups at the outside bar - after all its for the safety of the kids!
Kids splash pool great for toddlers, my wee one could have stayed all day.
The entertainment girls worked their butts off day and night and my wee boy loved them.
Evening entertainment was fine if you take it for what it is.
I had a great time, would recommend this for families - dont go if you a) dont have kids OR b) dont like kids!!

Room Tip: rooms 163 - 168 are over looking the front of the hotel which is nice and quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2013

We stayed here I mid September weather was still good hotel room was a little basic but clean. The maid cleaned the room every day and changed towels on a daily basis. Food overall was good both my children 3 and 1 had no problems finding something to eat. We did stay all inclusive but did eat out twice in the evenings, only because we find a lovely Italian overlooking the beech.

We didn't find the hill a problem at all, my little girl managed it too!

Resort is lovely if you like a quiet holiday.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013

Have just returned from a great holiday at this hotel. Admitedly the hotel was a little basic, but for the price paid this was to be expected. The hotel was clean, and the staff were friendly and helpful. The buffet breakfast lunch and dinner offered a good and varied selection of food.The rooms are not huge, but they are adequate, and, let's face it, how much time are you going to spend in your room except when in bed. The children had a great time. The Thomson entertainment team were excellent. There were plenty of activites for both adults and children. This is a family resort so there are lots of kids around the pool area, but if you are there without kids or your children are in the Thomson kids club you can get away from the noise and activity by going to the adults only chill out zone. The main beach in Portinatx is just 3 minutes walk from the hotel, though there is quite a steep hill. The resort of Portinatx is lovely, and I would certainly prefer it to the busier, larger resorts like Es Canar. If you want to explore the rest of the island, which is definitely worth doing, I would recommend hiring a car for a day or two as the bus service from Portinatx is very limited, especially at weekends, and the Thomson organised excursions are expenxsive,

Room Tip: You pay extra for a sea view, but these can be some of the noiser rooms as many of them overlook the...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2013

The hotel was extremely clean but could do with updating - especially the bedrooms, public toilets and the gym. The hotel never felt too busy, even though it was August and full. You could normally find sun beds, but they are very close to each other. The entertainment is geared towards younger children (primary school age)but the entertainers worked hard to keep both children and adults happy. There were some activities for teens - especially if they like football, pool and table tennis. The highlight of the daytime entertainment was normally the water polo losing team dance. The restaurant staff were very efficient and the manager was there at every meal to greet guests. The food was nice - plenty of choice - fish, meat, vegetarian options and the profiteroles were definitely the highlight there. The fruit and vegetables was always fresh and tasted much nicer than in England, The adult only area was a nice oasis especially the cocktail bar. It is definitely a hotel geared towards families, I wouldn't go as a couple.

The resort was quite expensive if you are going out for lunch but Portinax was lovely. My only criticism would be that the bed was very hard and uncomfortable and it was difficult to control the temperature of the room. I think the owners need to think about spending some money to update the hotel as it could become quite run down if left for too long.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2013

Just got back from a 2 week family holiday 3,6 and 7 year olds loved it a big hotel with lots of space to run around the 2 pools for small kids was a little cold but they loved it. Tea time live was the kids happy from 8 untill late. Lots to see amazing views take a very good camer ! The sea is so clear we all fed the fish with bread, the hill from hotel to the beaches is a steep one to get down and very hard with a pram and if your hard of walking to get back up ! ! There was a lot of choice with the food but there was always chips for the kids. The best part of our holiday will always be meeting holly pop she was amazing with our 3 children my daughter loved her so much she is a credit to Thomson holidays from booking 2 amazing trips on 1 she come with us and was very insightfull about the place and taking the time to play with us in the sea she made our holiday one to remember and would live to go to any hotel she is working in x all round a good holiday

Room Tip: We was at the back and it was quiet friends stayed at the front and said late and early people was m...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Presidente Hotel
Address: Ctra de San Juan, Cala Portinatx, 07810, Sant Joan de Labritja, Ibiza, Spain
Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Ibiza > Sant Joan de Labritja
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Sant Joan de Labritja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Presidente Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 270
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