We stayed here for a week around Easter in April 09 (I am writing this from the hotel lobby on our last evening - Internet is available only in the lobby for a few euros). All in all, we had a very nice stay.
The hotel's location is nice - in a relatively quiet part of town, but still within a 10' walk from the center with lots of bars and restaurants. Just one word of warning: they are building a boulevard right in front of the hotel now, so there is quite a bit of construction noise right now. We were lucky because they didn't work for the Easter holiday, but I suspect noise will be a big issue for the next few months. Also the view was probably not as nice as it was - or as it will be.
The rooms were reasonably spacious and reasonably clean - nothing special but also nothing (much) to complain about, and with great views of the Mediterranean. The hotel itself has three parts: 1) the 'old' hotel itself (with rooms that looked pretty small from the outside), which is directly ON the beach; 2) a 'new' hotel building across the street (rooms looked a bit bigger, still with views, but you have to cross a - relatively quiet - street to get to the beach), and then 3) a set of 'villas', again directly 'on' the beach which are more like apartments. We stayed in the latter - we had unit 27 on the ground floor and room 30 on the top floor. The first one (27) smelled pretty mildewy and was smaller; the upper-floor one (30) was definitely the nicer one (bit bigger, nicer views, no smell). The 2-bedroom 'apartments' have most of what you need for 4 people (plates, glasses, silverware, pots and pans, etc. - even a pitcher for sangria :) ). They have one bedroom with a 2-person bed (and a bathroom with a toilet, a nice sink and bathtub), one bedroom with two single-person beds (and a small bathroom with just a toilet, a shower and a small sink) , and a fold-out couch in the living room (with sea view from bed!). Both units had a nice balcony with a table, 4 chairs and 2 chaises-longues. There is a washing machine in the kitchen; no dishwasher. TV only has a few channels - no satellite tv. Curtains are great - fully block the sun/light if you want to. The room had an airco-unit, although we didn't use/need it. Furniture is indeed a bit iffy, but the sheets and linnen were clean and renewed once (in a week).
The reception people were extremely nice on multiple occasions. Their English was OK and they were very friendly. The bar person in the hotel went out of his way to be useful - giving us some salt when we needed it, opening a wine bottle for us and even giving us an extra cork when he accidentally broke it. The bar is open until midnight. The food is so-so - breakfast better than dinner (we only ate there once - and did not go back: we ate either outside or in the room the rest of the time). The food was edible and plentiful, but that's about all you can say about it. The pools are NOT heated, so they were still freezing cold in April - but our 9-year old daughter still had a GREAT time in it (the sea was MUCH colder!) One recommendation: if you go to the (nicer) beach on the other side of the hotel, there is a nice restaurant RIGHT on the beach (down the stairs to the right), not expensive and with pretty good food (I recommend the brochettes). The beach there is nice; two chairs and a parasol cost 8 euros for an afternoon. Many French, British and German families on the beach.
We did not have problems parking (for free) - not always immediately in front of the hotel, but in one of the adjacent streets. Be advised that there are two vacant adjacent lots one street inland with lots of parking space - but you have to find the way to get onto them (hint: it's two streets inland, and you have to drive over a sidewalk between a garage and a road lamp onto the first lot, from where you can easily drive to the second one which is one block away from the hotel). There is also a paid parking at the hotel itself, but we didn't use it.
So again - this is in our opinion a nice ***. If you're looking for luxury, this may not be your best bet, but if you're looking for good value for money - Perla Marina did not steal its name!
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