We stayed in the Riviera Beach 2 hotel. Which is the all-inclusive hotel. Riviera 1 is for half-board guests.
I fully agree with the previous reviewers saying that this is not a 5 Star Hotel by most European standards. However I would like to point out that you do not pay 5 Star prices to stay here neither. So if you do come here, please do not expect to be waitered on, the service here is very laid back, which I personally like.
Room - All rooms are sea-facing which is brilliant. We have stayed on the 3rd floor on the last 2 occasions and my fiancee loved the view and got some amazing pictures of the pool, beach and sea. The rooms are fairly basic but the bathroom makes up for the lack of quality furnishings. The room is cleaned every day by the maid and we always get excited coming back to the room to find what she had done. Usually she would do some interesting designs with the towels or bed linen, and even my fiancee and step-daughters night-clothes. One day she even made a crocodile out of 4 different towels and the crocodile had hold of my step-daughter's clutch bag in it's mouth! Very good!
Food - There is a huge variety of food which even the fussiest eatiers should be able to find something to eat. At breakfast time one of the cooks will cook you fresh pancakes outside, inside there is the usual range of hot and cold items. For lunch and dinner there is usually 4 different types of meats to try cooked in various sauces or plain. In the evening there is a BBQ outside so you can also get some BBQ meat from there. The food is all self-service. My only complaint is that during meal times it can get very busy and sometimes difficult to find a table. This is usually caused by most people staying for the entire duration and not leaving after they have finished. Also there are notices at the entrance of the restaurant regarding dress-code and taking food out of the restaurant, but these are not enforced. I understand you go on holiday to relax and they request you were trousers in the evening, but most of the people just wear shorts and t-shirts.
Drinks - Again when in the restaurant there is a little bar in there where you can ask for a drink, or even better you can help yourself to the wine from the barrel. The wine is an acquired taste but after the first day or so you do get used to the taste of it, just like their beer. The bar-staff in the lobby bar are very friendly and most of them have been there for the past 2-3 years.
Location - The hotel is perfectly located just outside the main resort of Golden Sands (about 15 minute walk) so if you want to be away from the noise and hussle in the evening then this is the perfect place. It has it's own beach, life guard and the beaches and swimming pools are kept to a good standard.
Entertainment - The Animation Team this year have been amazing. There are 6 of them (3 boys and 3 girls) and their enthusiasm is brilliant. They have the perfect blend of trying to get everyone involved in various activities (usually darts, water aerobics, beach football, boccia, cocktail games etc) however if you say you are not interested they will leave you alone. They also run a kids-club which my step-daughter thoroughlly enjoyed. They can speak basic english, german, russian so accommodate all nationalities. In the evening, they will either do a show in Riviera one, or in Riviera 2, there will be a mini-disco, quiz night and bingo. The latter can be quite amusing as they are doing it in 3 different languages. Even if you walked past one of them they always knew your name, asked how you are and had a smile on your face. They even made a point of coming to say good-bye when we had to leave.
Summary - This is not a 5 Star hotel, but you have not paid 5 star prices, so please do not expect the service you would normally get. Rooms are basic, but at the end of the day it is simply a place to sleep and get showered etc. they do have their own air-conditioning which is great when you come in from a very hot day. Amazing views from the room. Huge variety of food for even the fussiest eaters and unlimited drinks.
We will be definitely going back there for the 4th time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newest and the largest hotel in the resort. Innovations in design and architecture. The hotel has a big conference room with 300 seats. It has a SPA & Wellness centre offering mud healing therapies. With number of international awards for service quality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riviera Beach Golden Sands
- Riviera Beach Hotel Golden Sands
- Riviera Beach Bulgaria/Golden Sands