The Elba is deserved of it's five stars and doesn't come with some of the snootiness that can come with 5 star hotels in Europe.
The hotel is well maintained and very clean all round. The rooms are spacious and well equipped. Classically finished but with up to date furniture not lacking in quality. Beds are comfortable and every room in the hotel look out on to the sea which is literally spitting distance away. So no issues with the view. We had the standard room but family rooms looked even better for space.
Food in the hotel is of the highest standard and its worth giving consideration to meal plans especially the All Inclusive. The evening buffet comes out around €110 for 2 adults and 1 Child lunch around half that but the drinks are a little toppy at about €3.50 regardless of it being a beer or a soft drink or a coffee or a water. My only complaint is this seemed a bit expensive for water/soft drinks/Juice or bottle water. But All Inclusive certainly would be a good shout for those spending most of the time in the hotel.
Staff are one of the biggest assets here always friendly always helpful and approach everything from a how could we help this guest approach. The pool bar guys do not stop all day long and keep smiling although they could probably do with one more staff member there. A cocktail can slow it all right down. Staff here are some of the best.
A note on location as this comes up in quite a few reviews. The hotel is on the outskirts of town. It's a solid 40 minute walk into the Port area with restaurants and bars but I would recommend having a car for here as we went back and forth a lot and explored the area too because Sotogrande, Marbella, Puerto Banus and Gibraltar are all on the door step and each within 30 minute drive or so. With a car we didn't think too much of it all but without I think we would have. So if you like pool and relaxing and eating is a pleasure here anyway then you won't worry, if you like to pop down the road for a change of scenery then a car or good walking shoes are needed. Just dont rent from Goldcar!!!
Overall awesome hotel, staff are great, food is excellent, non-alcholic drinks could be a bit cheaper, needs a car but we will be back 110%.
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