Stayed at the Costa Princess on All Inclusive from 9th to 20th July..
Flight out was good and our coach transfer was easy to find and efficient.. we arrived at the hotel about 2.30pm, checking in was straightforward and although we weren't shown to our rooms, it wasn't rocket science to follow signs.
Staff at the reception are fab, brilliant english and very helpful, although the staff who tend to the C.D.S Princess bars can barely understand a word, which is acceptable to a point as you are in spain but its almost as though they lose patience trying to understand you, the paying guest! I found it particularly annoying as there was a very large (15+) family of Spaniards staying at the same time, and they were often favouritised at the bar and the staff and spanish guests would often have very long detailed coversations leaving you just stood there!
The restaraunt times are very flexible, open for 2-3 hours at every sitting; this ensured that you were never packed in like sardines and didnt wait very long for drinks to be brought over. Food was plentiful, and varied, with a salad bar, cold meats and pasta and selection of hot foods which changed every night. A dessert table and also a table of different types of bread meant there was something for everyone.. The chef round the corner serves up different things if you dont fancy whats on the main tables, and the pool bar, open from 10 til 6, served burgers, hotdogs, chips, salad etc all day which meant we never went hungry!!!
The drinks are nice [very strong!!!!], with cocktails inc in all inc. and we never waited more than 5 minutes to be served.
For the first week we never bothered with the entertainment, preferred to chill in the lounge (which is massive) but when we did go in it was average, but what you would expect from hotel entertainment!
Sunbeds were plentiful and many attendants walked around all day cleaning up litter and making sure things were tidy.. Full respect for the pool and lounger attendant as they worked their bums off cleaning the hotel pool EVERYDAY, as by the morning a lot of debris and palm tree leaves etc had found their way in.. i would go down to the longers quite early (around 10) and they would already be out cleaning it.. it was a really well maintained hotel!
The lifts are to be avoided at all costs! if you do need to use them i suggest that you use the one closest to the bar (the one on the left) as i got stuck in the right hand one several times! :S
the rooms are cleaned immaculately everyday (even sunday) and towels replaced daily too. also we recieved a free large bottle of water to the room everyday, which we kept in the fridge in the room (switched on-no extra charge)
You can book free tickets for the buses to Estepona and Puerto Banus which leave from the sister hotel the Andalucia everyday, and pick you up from the same place.. The Puerto Banus bus leaves at 10 and returns at 16.30, with the Estepona bus leaving at 11 and returning at 17.30. You book them at the CDS Princess reception the day before you wish to go.. Puerto Banus was gorgeous and the bus was very comfortable and punctual (make sure you're there- it leaves on the dot!!)
However my boyfriend and i found Estepona very boring and got a taxi back after a couple of hours.. cost us 11.50.
The hotel is right on the beach, however it is very dark and pebbly, definitely wear something on your feet for going down to the sea! Regardless of the beach however, it was nice to be so close to the med! :)
Overall I boked this holiday in the knowledge that it was a fair distance from any other resort or complex so we were prepared for the isolated feeling. I adored my time at the CDS Princess as it allowed for sheer relaxation and indulgence.. but I'd warn anybody who likes to be on the go constantly that this hotel is not for them!
If I could move the hotel to a more central location I'd go back in a shot, unfortuanately it was too far out to go every year without it becoming repetitive.
An absolute bargain for an all inclusive 11 night stay,and from the negative reviews it would seem that some people expect too much for their money..a pleasant surprise and a must for those seeking the sun and cocktails, but little else.
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Del Sol Princess Hotel Estepona
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