When we first got out the taxi we were greeted by a frendly receptionist (located in the opposite appartments) with a good grasp of English, who showed us around our appartment and how to work the air conditioning/ safety deposit box/ TV etc.
The room (Room 64) was the one identified in the brochure, was much larger than we anticipated for the two of us. The Kitchette/ seating area was generously equiped, with a huge fridge, Microwave, toaster, kettle and 2 hobs. The TV was hardly used but did have about half a dozen english channels (was positioned high in the corner) Room on Road Level but noise was not noticiable at all, Balcony to the back overlooked the pool (1st floor) and that too was of a larger size than some of our neighbour's- however we did request a large room at booking of the holiday. The pool was small but with only a dozen people around it was plenty big enough- plenty of sunloungers also.
The maid kept the room spotless, changing towels and linen twice weekly and cleaning daily -Except Monday. The Air conditioning was not chargerable unlike other places we have stayed, on the 11th night of the stay it did stop working, after a trip to reception in the morning to report, it was fixed within hours.
The Location was really good, just a short walk (5Minutes) to the beach and shops/ restaurants/bars but far enough not to hear any noise at night. This was downhill via slope/ steps so would not recommend to people with walking difficulties.
One inconvenience was the key fob system, the Key's were securely attached to the Electricity Card- 2 keys one for the front main door and one for the appartment door, however this meant that if one of us went out, the other was without electricity. We came up with a solution!! We handed in the shopping through the front window to the other person and swapped for the keys.... However later on we found out that the receptionist can'' buzz'' you in on request. - If only we had known this earlier!!
The local general store is only 3 doors along the road and sells most items- bread, wine, cheese, jam etc. The local supermarket is 3 minutes walk down the hill with a better selection of items, more supermarkets slightly further along, as is the Old Town wth restuarants and bars, souvenir shops.
We had heard that the transfer coach is quite a long journey and this hotel being at the very last stop, we pre booked a taxi to and from the airport and took about 30 minutes each way rather than the reported 1hour 40 ish.
See photos - would recommend, many people seemed to be repeated returners. Would return to the resort just to stay here again.
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