Just got back after a short break. I didn't book this hotel in particular it was given to us as part of the booking system with low cost holidays. Its located close to a main shopping street and close to beach and train station.
Me and my wife got to the hotel at about 9.45pm and on arrival i cheerily said Hola! and explained we had a room booked. The bloke behind the desk raised his eyebrows, i'm not sure as if he was surprised that we had booked or that it was a "And you think I care??" look.
Well he shuffled about for a minute before handing us a 4 euro tourist tax bill. I had no idea about this and if I had a family of six staying for two weeks it would have been a lot more than 4 euros.
The bloke then started looking around,gave another bloke a shout, they both looked around. It became quite obvious they had lost the room key!
Now I wasn't too worried but it would have been nice for them to explain, ask us to take a seat, offer us a coffee maybe. I get the feeling that he could speak some English but couldn't be bothered to. I can only talk the very very basics in Spanish but I would have tried.He also took our passports and wouldn't give them back. He just said "Tomorrow" (see I said he could speak some English). Now the lady receptionist who was on the next day was very pleasant.
Eventually we got a key and was greeted by a very basic room with two single beds pushed together. ps. the matresses are made of concrete I think.
I'm fine with basic but a kettle and some coffee/milk would have been nice. Also no tv. I know its Spanish but its good to have something on in the background while your getting ready to go out. The bathroom was tiny with no ventilation. Just a shower, sink and a toilet that leaked. We had to put a towel on the floor to soak the water up. I would have said something but I didn't want to get blamed for it and I get the feeling that they probably knew anyway.
On the plus side the room was cleaned daily with fresh linen and towels. Our balcony had a bit of a view of the top of hotel/pool but also some hills in the distance. The rooms below us upto level 5 were stuck in darkness as the balconies were in between two sides of the hotel so no scenery at all.
Breakfast from 8.30 - 9.30am, cereals, coffee, juices, selection of meats and cheese. Evening meal you are given a time slot. Ours was 8.15 - 8.30pm! 15 min to get your food and leave. No coffee, all I saw was water. Food was ok, selection of meats/veggies, pasta and fish. Deserts were rubbish...apples, plum, pears. None which were ripe. On our last day there we saw a woman with a load of kids getting into bother as she'd overstayed her 15 min slot. I don't think she'd actually realised but I think she'd struggle to get all the kids fed and watered in 15 min.
The rest of the staff we met were very nice. The bloke behind the bar was also the DJ playing some pretty bad 70's and 80's music mixes but hey we weren't there to sit in the hotel bar!!
While we were there it was pretty quiet, the most noise coming from the lift. I think there's only one lift in the hotel and it seemed to be in full flow everytime we wanted to go up...and we were on the top floor (6).
So my overall view....if you don't care about basics, leaking toilets and receptionists with poor attitude then this hotel is for you. Personally I'll be going back to one of the H.Top playa hotels or similar and giving the Continental a miss.
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