I suppose hotel reviews - just like revenge - are dishes best served cold as I would have slated this hotel had I written this straight after arrival. But after seven days it gets a decent rating due to the sheer friendliness and enthusiasm of its staff and the quality and value of the all inclusive offer. Public spaces are very smart including the restaurant and the buffet style meals provided decent quality and a wide choice, including at breakfast. The location, by the way, is superb - literally right on the beach and boardwalk for the wonderful little bars and restaurants for B and B and HBers (Talamanca is delightfully unspoiled).
Now for some downsides. While bathrooms are spotless the rooms are rather tired. Stained carpets, a tiny TV from the 1980s (albeit with Sky News), no safes and a bed (one queen size double when I'd actually paid for a twin) which looked as if it had come from an army camp and gave me a bad back on the first night! My room was in a quiet corner of the hotel though (with a partial seaview).
The pool and garden area - while wonderfully positioned for all-day sunshine- is a bit chaotic dominated by smokers (even allowed at the outside bar - very unpleasant when ordering a drink or snack) and by the claiming-this-sun-bed-with-my-towel brigade. It's a nice pool but I spent most of my time on the beach.
Finally - no free wi-fi but instead a bizarre pay as you go voucher system while not wildly expensive expects you to use up what you've purchased on the same log-in (yes even 12 hours!).
As I recall the Playa Real closed for a season a couple of years back and that was an opportunity methinks to totally overhaul the place - which clearly hasn't been done in the bedrooms.
I won't be going there again unless the rooms get a make-over and smokers are confined to a converted phone box (!) but I have to say the staff (particularly at the pool bar) were incredibly friendly and helpful and ensured I enjoyed a very pleasant stay in spite of my first impressions...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Currently closed for renovation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Real Hotel
- Playa Real Talamanca
- Ibiza Bay Resort & Spa Talamanca