Having just arrived back from a eight night stay at this Senator playa hotel i thought i would review it as i have had to really think about my review before i started typing.
This was our first visit to Almunecar and our first stay in a Senator Playa Hotel .It was 2 adults and our 2 kids 7 and 11 yrs old.From Gibraltar it was a 2 and half hour drive to this small town in Costa Tropical.The hotel was found quite quickly as it is just next to the beach San Cristobal.We got to reception and checked in,also booking a parking space for our 9 day stay which was around £7 per day (75 euros).Even though i personally think Hotels should have free parking i really did not mind paying this fee as its an underground parking(no security)and you can come and go as you please.The car is always cool and protected from incidents that can happen in the street.The same card you get for your room will open the parking gate so you can drive in.The parking entrance is on the road parallel to the hotel.Would recommend everyone paying this fee as the other alternative is parking on the blue lines which have a fee which you pay at a parking meter.
Once checking in was over we headed to our room which was room 420 on the fourth floor.The hotel only has 2 lifts that lead from the -1 Spa/parking to the top floor 8.At first instance this looks like not enough for such a big hotel,but the lifts are the fastest i have ever been on(apart from the one i went on the now missing twin towers in New York).We never had to wait for more than 2 minutes for the lift to come.
Typical hotel room in spain for a family of 4.This one had 2 double beds one beside the other,a small old type tv,a mini fridge,small terrace and a bathroom with a bath sink toilet.We had 4 bath towels and 4 face towels each plus bath gel and shampoo.All of these items were changed or replaced daily.
After a quick round of the hotel i found the hotel up to a good standard although maybe needing a retouch as in some places it was looking worn out.
The hotel has three bars,a restaurant,a Spa(we never went)Gym,a medium sized hall area,mini golf(free for all) and paddle court.
The hotel has the reception entrance which is next to a big Mercadona Supermarket.It also has a rear exit that leads to the beach from the actual pool area.To check in you have to enter through front entrance as rear entrance requires your room key card.
Smaller than we thought although what it looses in size(144 max)it gains in FUN for the kids,as it has 2 lovely water slides which my kids 7 and 11 used at least 1000 times each during our stay.The pool is in need of a facelift as it looks old and worn out.There is also a kids mini pool and a Jacuzzi only for adults with warm water just next to the water slides.
Beware of the serious middle-aged life guards as they do take their job seriously and do tell kids off for using the water slides incorrectly,or trying to get in the adult only jacuzzi.Still its their job.
Sunbeds are more than enough for everyone and at 10 am there are still plenty of them around(no need to get up early).Beach umbrellas more of the same,there is no need to rush to get one although around 12 you will be lucky to get either one.
Take into account that Almunecar does get windy and use of the beach umbrellas is not allowed if wind is very strong,these will be removed by lifeguard.
There is a pool bar from 12.30 which serves all kinds of drinks,free crisps,peanuts and ice cream tubs which are free for all inclusive guests.Slush puppies are great for warm days.
Great service from all involved at this hotel.The entertainment staff Bea,Loli were great with our son,he loved them.The bar and all serving staff is also great.Arturo the bar man/Waiter was great and always talked to us about Gibraltar and showed great social skills.Well done to all at this hotel.
One of the best all inclusive drinks deals ever.Many branded drinks for all.Pepsi,Pascual,Beefeater,Martini,Cruzcampo.JB etc.Minimum supplement payment for other cocktails,whiskeys etc.Although we did not find the need to pay for any drinks.Drinks all day and night.
This is where this hotel looses at least 1.5 points for me(would have got near the 5 mark instead of 3 rating given).
The waiting time at breakfast for bacon and eggs was unacceptable.We are talking about three people waiting in front of me no more.By the time i got my eggs and waited for the bacon to be cooked the eggs were cold.The problem was not enough thought on production of the most popular items at breakfast.....BACON,EGGS AND SCRAMBLED EGGS..these should be ready on heated trays all the time and not cooked depending on the people queuing up.I have been to other hotels were these three items are cooked in the kitchen and then brought out on large trays which soon are empty as everyone gets these popular breakfast items.There was only one lady live cooking,EGGS,BACON,sausages and scrambled eggs and omelettes to order...ridiculous.Just have 30 pieces of each ready on display will soon disappear..sure none will be thrown away.
Mr Hotel manager please for my next visit try to have BAKED BEANS...bacon eggs without baked beans is just not the same..sure costs will be minimum and kids love them.PLEASE PLEASE.
Lovely selection of breads,salads,fruit,yogurts,different milks(soya,lactose free etc)
Tea cofee,juices etc for self service.
Lunch time was a very low point for us,we just could not find enough variety for our kids.No nuggets of fish fingers to be seen.The pizza was always overcooked which was also very hard to eat.The pasta was cold and was only slightly heated up when you poured the tomato sauce over it ...which was just about warmish.
We did not have such a problem to find something to eat..although the food was very repetitive and very badly labeled.It was like a guessing game.Many of the sauced cooked main plates were missing their labels...unacceptable,and it happened every day.We had to ask the cook there what the plates were.
Dinner more of the same.One day to our surprise they served lamb.The cook was carving the leg and the first cuts were great.After a while the lamb that was starting to be cut was all red and looked undercooked.Shame as it was a waste of good lamb.
There is a kebab rotating cooker there which is served and it was a change to see this at a hotel.Shame the cooks have no idea of cooking kebab and they always cut it too soon,leaving it as a blob of kebab on our plate.The days they served the chicken kebab it was more of the same...but slightly better as it was real chicken and the pieces were better cut although 3 mins more of cooking would have given a great cut.
There was fish every day Lubina was great.Tuna was dry but common in hotels.Did find that the other fish served did have too many fish bones and not something i would give to my kids.
Pork chops,lamb chops and beef was good cuts and were usually tender.
Still waiting time for these to be cooked was a bit long as only one person was live cooking this on their own,only helped at certain times.
There was a lady cooking pancakes to order which was nice for kids.Bothe lunch and dinner this lady saved our kids day as sometimes that is what they only ate as the other offerings were not to their liking.
Deserts are not plentiful but do the job.Not the biggest selection ever but there were enough fruits and cakes to go around.
All in all we do feel let down by not the quality of the food but the lack of organisation in the preparation especially at breakfast.It just took too long to get a plate of eggs and bacon.These items should be be cooking all the time and always on display.
Not having Baked beans was a low point for us,Our kids would have had these everyday.To be honest first time ever i have not seen baked beans next to eggs or bacon in a hotel.
Almunecar Playa hotel is one to visit.We will revisit as it does deserve a second and third chance.Not for its food but for its excellent staff that around the clock tend to your every need.For its great entertainment staff that keep kids and adults entertained all day,with games for all.For its great ALL INCLUSIVE drinks offer.For the lovely town of Almunecar which is a change to the cost del sol area,here its such a quiet and peaceful place...you do rest.
Best of all to come home with the same weight before we arrived to the hotel has been a plus for us.
We will return to this hotel ,probably next year.
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- Also Known As:
- Almunecar Playa Hotel Almunecar
- Almunecar Playa Spa Hotel Province Of Granada, Spain