I've given it three stars because I can't do three and a half, and it is not quite a four.
An excellent hotel. Clean, efficient, super friendly. Front staff all speak excellent English and even when we tried out our Spanish they replied in English - possibly something to do with our Spanish! The rooms were very clean and well appointed. Efficient air conditioning. A litre of bottled water came with the daily room service. Clean towels. Spotless bathroom with endless supply of toiletries. NB No tea or coffee making facilities, so take your own kettle, mugs and tea bags, if you have room in your suitcase. The food was great - not sure where the adverse comments from other TripAdvisor reviews come from. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all buffets, with an enormous supply and variety of cold meats, cheeses, salads, cold fish, sea foods. Likewise an excellent and varied supply of hot foods, meats and vegetables. Desserts to suit all and bottomless supplies of ice cream. Copious amounts of fresh fruit available in enormous piles and similarly vast amounts of bread of all types. NB butter is only served with breakfast! Be aware that the Spanish tend to eat much later than the Brits, so the last half of the sittings for all three meals became incredibly crowded, with pandemonium ensuing from the large number of children (see comments below on children too). For a quite meal eat at the beginning of the sittings. The Snack bars opened at lunch and tea time too, so it was impossible to be hungry. The all-inclusive bars had a good variety and quality of drinks. The only beer I saw available was San Miguel. More bar staff would have reduced the long queues for drinks. That said they were queues, not a free for all, with everyone waiting their turn, so we must be grateful for the politeness of the Spanish.The pools provided more than enough sun beds and parasols, and as with the rooms, and all public areas, they were kept spotlessly clean. We saw the public lavatories being cleaned continually and they were still servicing them at eleven at night. The facilities and rooms were first class. My wife and I both had full body massage in the Spa whist we were there. It was first class and very well done, and at €38 for 50 minutes very good value.
There were just a couple or three flies in the ointment -
The Spanish approach to children being the first. The hotel was at about 80% capacity whilst we were there, about 700 all together (the vast majority being Spanish), of which I would estimate 400 were children, average age 7 to 9. During the day the children enjoyed themselves around the pools, laughing, shrieking and running around. To be expected, and not a problem. The entertainment available for them was excellent, again around the pool areas. The problem was that the entertainment for the children continued until ten thirty in the evening (far too late) and by this time it was on the staging used for the adult entertainment, consequently the adult entertainment didn't start until around ten forty five in the evening and of course the hordes of children were still around too, with no sign of them going to bed.
There were safes in the rooms but only available at some €13 per week. They should have been free.
WiFi was available free of charge. Accessible in the public areas of reception and the indoor bar, however the speed was not good. I checked the download speed a few times and only managed a meagre 1mbps download speed once. Obviously the more people on line the slower it became.
All told a good, clean, friendly hotel supplying excellent food and drinks, but just a little let down by the late night childrens' entertainment.
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- Cabogata Mar Garden Hotel Club El Toyo
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- Cabogata Mar Garden Hotel Club & Spa El Toyo, Almeria, Spain