I stayed at Aloe Club Resort from 25/06/2014 to 05/07/2014 with a party of ten, which included two couples, a 19 month old and a pregnant lady (from one of the couples), and an age range (baby aside) of 18-50 something, and the hotel was able to cater for all of our various needs the majority of the time.
We unfortunately didn't get off to the best start, due to our booking being under the wrong name following a late change in our party's lineup which wasn't communicated to the hotel, but this appeared to be the fault of the hotel's agent, youtravel, or our booking agent, onthebeach, and not at all the hotel's fault (who told us they had similar issues outstanding from previous years that they had yet to receive their payment for from their agents), who would have been out of pocket if they hadn't prevented us from formally booking in until onthebeach sent them a revised invoice with the correct lineup (which actually took 24 hours, but after the first 2 or 3 hours Aloe did let us into our rooms, with the 'compromise' of the first day guaranteed free even if the revised invoice didn't arrive at the hotel. We very obviously very relieved that it did arrive just before the hotel would have been forced to charge us all again.....).
The hotel is quite compact but yet spacious. It is currently undergoing unobtrusive refurbishments to what would have been the cabaret room (but was temporarily reopen for us as the world cup room, with a projector and a few rows of seats in an otherwise bare room). The actual entertainment and stage is currently in the large concourse by the shops, and it's biggest stars are the two ladies who dance with the kids mini disco every single night around 830pm, and are always smiley and entusiastic (by the way you won't be able to leave this hotel without the spanish kids song 'chu chu wah' thoroughly embedded into your brain!), and especially the DJ with the Monster cap whose enthusiasm and distinctive 'oo-ah' sound before every track really makes everything so much more entertaining and memorable.
The meals were good, with a range of options available at each sitting, but more or less the same overall range every day. The cooked breakfast range was identical every day, and the dinner range always had plain rice with a vegetable in it (a different vegetable each day, although one of the last days appeared to be black pudding?), plain pasta (or with a basic sauce), chips, a tray of vegetables (aubergine and courgette being the most regular here), chicken nuggets, basic pizza and chicken nuggets. In addition there was usually a meat stew (often goat or pork meat), and some sort of roast meet available. Veal meals were sometimes part of the range but there were always other options on those days, so this would never be a problem for anyone who isn't comfortable with veal. In theory each night's dinner was themed around a different country's cusine (Mexican, Italian, Chinese etc), but as the normal range formula was stilled used it was only a loosely applied theme.The restaurant also had a pudding table with a range of interesting, if somewhat unidentifiable, deserts and fruits, and a salad and cold cuts table and an basic ice cream bar with four tubs of flavoured ice cream. All the food in the restaurant was self service and all you can eat, as were the hot drinks and juice, and for lunch and dinner the fizzy drinks and lager (pulling your own half pint is not as easy as it looks!). Breakfast is 08:00-10:00, Lunch 13:00-14:30 and Dinner 19:00-21:00. Between lunch and dinner there was a burger bar open (though I never tracked it down personally, but my holiday mates did. The burgers seemed to not be beef though, and were a little rare, but they also did frankfurter type sausages and chips. We were initially told by the excursion bookers in reception, that packed lunches were available for all-inclusive customers going on day trips, but on the day we needed them we were told by the receptionists that this was not an option, so there seems to be some confusion as to whether they offer this service or not, and as the restaurants at the animal park we visited on the day in question closed earlier than anticipated on that day, we ended up having a very hungry day that day). Also, contrary to what we were told online beforehand, the burger bar is not open between breakfast and lunch, so oversleeping and missing breakfast (and who would want to set an alarm on holiday or have early nights just to wake for breakfast?) means a rather hungry few hours or an element of self-catering (since all rooms have a hob and fridge anyway).
The inside bar was closed as part of the above mentioned refurbishments, but the outside bar was open all day until 23:00, The outside bar is actually partly inside the restaurant. You queue up for their cocktails (two are non alcoholic, and the mojito is fantastic), or lager water or a a range of spirits and others drinks (top tip: ask at the beginning of the week if they do your favourite type of spirit or other alcoholic drink, or you may only discover it by accident later on, since they mostly only promote their premixed slushly cocktails and lager). Although they officially only give you two small cups of drink at a time, we found that this rule was usually waived if we ever asked for three or four, and once or twice we sent a couple of our gang up for the whole group's 'round' without problems.
There are several pools available from the shallow kiddies ones to the warmest and deepest one for adults to swim and muck about in, all this biggest pool is commandeered several times a week for organised water polo games, which are fun, if slightly unruly, for those who take part, but a little inconvenient for those forced to leave the pool, or unable to get in until the game is over, though as I say there are other pools still available but they are either smaller/shallowe or slightly chillier.
The location of the hotel is about 20 ish minutes walk in either direction to the nearest shops and pubs, and there is a slightly hidden but beautifully tranquil and natural beach within about 5 minutes walk, although the main touristy beach (with hireable pedaloes etc) is about 20-25 mins away but there is a free bus from the hotel there every day at 10am, returning at 1pm for lunch.
The rooms were fairly good, with pool facing balconies. Our room (227) had a shower but the rest of our party, in rooms 226 and 326, had baths and bidets instead. For some reason we never got given any toilet rolls by the room service ladies in our room, but the other rooms in our party did get them, so ended up buying our own in the local HyperDino. One slight concern about our room was that occasionally water from the bathroom above (we assumed grey water from the shower) drained through a vent above our shower, causing water to cascade down through our shower. We assumed this was when the room above (not part of our party) had a shower, and we weren't sure if this was a fault with the plumbing or a just a bizarre plumbing feature in a hotel who were focussed on not wasting water or electricity whereever possible.
Overall the hotel does need some work, and the immediate local area is also being quite extensively worked on, but the enthusiasm and hard work of the staff more than makes up for it and most people would enjoy a stay here whether they want an active holiday (archery, aquarobics, water polo, football, kids clubs, dance lessons and discos all available at various times) or a quiet holiday (due to the small size and slightly remoter location). Suitable for all ages and group types although there are many staircases inside and outside the hotel which might slightly hinder less abled guests (though this would totally prevent them from moving around the hotel as there are ground level rooms, and some ramps around the area of the restaurant and main concourse.
One final concern was that there was apparently a robbery in one of the other rooms whilst we were there, but the talk around the pool (and I must stress this was only what other guests told our party) was that this affected a larger group staying at Aloe, and only some money was taken, and that ipads and phones and other valueble items were left unstolen in the apparently unlocked room (balcony doors are often left open to keep the rooms cool, and it is fairly easy to move from one balcony to another, as we ourselves had to when our party locked ourselves out of one of the rooms, so remembering to shut the balcony door up before leaving the room is recommended if you have valuebles in the room, or don't choose to hire a safe for your money/documents etc) so this would appear to be more likely a case of someone within that group and not an actual breach of hotel security (but as I say this our own feeling based on other guests' information told to us around the pool).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Corralejo, just 1 km from the beach, Aloe Club Resort offers apartments set around a series of swimming pools. Free WiFi is available at reception. Fuerteventura Airport and Puerto del Rosario can be reached in 40 minutes from the Resort by car. Aloe Club Resort features a 24 hour reception. Staff can provide tourist information about the area as well as bicycle and car rental services. You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Aloe Club's buffet restaurant. There is also a poolside bar serving drinks and snacks Other facilities include a gym and table tennis facilities. Each air-conditioned apartment features a lounge area with a sofa and a TV, a private bathroom and a kitchenette with a microwave and hob. There is also a private terrace or a balcony offering views of the complex or the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloe Club Hotel Corralejo
- Aloe Hotel Corralejo
- Labranda Aloe Club Resort Fuerteventura/Corralejo