We stayed here from 23rd July to 31st July 2011, firstly I want to say that the hotel was spotlessly clean and the little bungalows were gorgeous, the whole resort is kept beautifully. OK thats all the good points done!
Seriously, one of the worst All Inclusives we have visited. There are very strict times for the meals and we were served the same meal selection for both lunch and dinner for a whole seven days. It is a tiny restaurant with around four main meal choices. It does have a large salad selection but I was still starving most nights. Dinner is served between 7-9pm, but around 8pm they just stop refreshing anything so if you are down after that there is slim pickings! There is a midnight snack available from 1130pm-midnight which we thought would be burgers or something, but no, it was a watery cauliflower soup - for the whole seven nights!!! The drink selection is the worst I have encountered, I asked for rose wine and the bartender in all seriousness pourned me half a glass of red and topped it up with white!! The rum is ok but watch the guys behind the bar because they more often than not just give you the mixer with no alcohol. We werent drinking a lot but when you pay good money for All Inclusive you expect more than a few glasses of cola. The service is also terribel unless you are German, There were a few really nice waiters but the majority were very lazy and acted like they had better things to be doing. On our first night we sat for over half an hour and had finished our starter before we were offered a drink, they then came and took our empty glasses without offering another. The bars also have weird serving times, the bar by the beach shuts at 9pm then opens again at 11pm for an hour, you have to move to another bar for the other two hours? Really annoying!
The pool is really small too, we never managed to get a sunbed round the pool area as they were all gone by 7am and there arent very many. We thought that because there is a separate kids pool with slides round by the kids club that the main pool wouldnt be too busy, we were very wrong. We actually only managed to go in the pool three times because it was full of hundreds of kids jumping in and playing. I was really gutted about this because I really look forward to relaxing in a nice pool. We went down to the beach everyday, there are loads of sunbeds there with good parasols. The beach however is crap! The shore is really rocky then about every meter in the water there are sharp rocks that just appear. My husband cut his foot, ankle and shoulder. You would try and swim or float and next minute you were hitting rocks. Really unpleasant.
Side itself was quite interesting. The hotel is centrally located and you can easily walk right round the town, eaily and safely as it is so busy and friendly. We visited teh ampitheatre and apollos temple which was gorgeous. There are the usual touristy shops and bars which are nice to look round. I reccommend the Side Beach Club where we had dinner one night and went for Mojito cocktails a few nights after dinner.
This is the first holiday I have ever had where I was quite happy to be coming home. I am not a fussy person about food and things but this place really brought out the worst in me. When you have worked all year and looked forward to a holiday, its really dissappointing to be constantly finding faults with things you expect to be fine. I could not fault the rooms, they truly are lovely and clean, as is the hotel in general. It is just the food, bars, drinks, service and pool area that let it down. I know the hotel is only rated as three star by Thomas Cook so we shouldnt have expected too much, but I can think of better ways to spend my money.
My recomendation to you is to not book this hotel but look at others in Side which looked much better. This is not good value for money, or for anyone on a coulpes holiday. We had read all the reviews on here before we went and thought it sounded great but we have no idea which hotel these people had visited because it doesnt sound like the Can Garden Beach!
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