.....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.
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