Just be prepared - if you get there on a day they host people for "cruises" - the lobby and all public areas - just hell.
The suitcases are everywhere, people are sleeping by the pool on their bags, like refuges, simply being afraid to leave thir bags somewhere. Hotel is in real chaos these days.
And after those cruise people leave - it is back to normal hotel again.
Normal lobby, even stylish, normal friendly staff.
I have no idea how they survive those hordes of middle aged and very loud tourist - and they truly deserve a praise for that.
They just keep doing their job/
We were not with the cruse - and the first day we couldn't even walk through the lobby. The hotel is not equipped to handle so many people at once.
They are seriously understaffed.
The second day - when cruise people were gone - we finally got to enjoy the premises.
The cafe serves great breakfast. The oriental restaurant is a gem. Talented young chef. We ate there twice. Nothing to complain. Very creative presentation. Very reasonable.
The views, the marina, the location - all these creates special ambiance.
If you happened to get there with cruise people - just run away then. Wait and come back when they are gone.
It is amazing how things get managed there under the circumstances.
The staff deserved 5 stars. The upper management, sitting somewhere in corporate offices, and having no idea what's going on here with cruises madness - deserves 1 star only.
It is a shame to abuse such a great hotel in this way.
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