I have rated the Riomar as very good as compared with similar hotels and not with 5* establishments. I read a lot of negative comments on here and heard quite a few whilst at the hotel re the lack of air con and the quality of the meals. Most of these came from returning guests so I guess despite the need to raise it at every opportunity,it couldn't have marred their holiday experience too much.
LOCATION: ideal. At the quieter end of the resort but within easy walking distance of the centre, marina, bus station, river-walk. Plenty of good bars and restaurants in close proximity
HOTEL: Pleasantly surprised. Huge terrace with lots of seating to watch sunrise, sunset and everything in between. Lovely cool and peaceful indoor lounge which is lightly used. Rooms - we did not have a sea-view room but were offered one with 48 hours of arrival. By then we had decided that we enjoyed the evening sun on our spacious balcony and would stay put. The fan was adequate to cool the room. My only issue was the small bathroom which was red hot after the 2 of us had showered and it was impossible to return their to do hair, make up etc.
RESTAURANT AND MEALS: No issue with cold food or choice. I often wonder what people feast on at home....Lots of salad and fruit options. Meat, fish, veggie choice at every meal-time. If I am being picky, I was underwhelmed by the desserts but not a big issue. The restaurant would benefit from a bit of reorganisation to make it feel a bit less congested. This hotel has a lot of elderly guests and lines can be slow moving at times. Food replenished timely.
SWIMMING POOL AND SUN TERRACE: The pool was not used a great deal whilst we were there (older guests). It is deep and only the kiddies pool suitable for cooling off if you are not a good swimmer. Now for my only bugbear....people who put towels on loungers at the crack of dawn and then do not use them til late afternoon if at all. This is not acceptable to me at any time but when there are only a few loungers available (about 30) it is infuriating. The hotel management need to address this so that all guests have an equal chance of getting a lounger at 9am when the terrace officially opens.
ENTERTAINMENT: Wed and Sat - drag act and impersonator singer - seemed to go down well with guests 50+.
STAFF: Polite,professional, smart.A couple of reception staff did not speak or understand English and this has the potential to be a little frustrating.
OVERALL - value for money hotel in a lovely resort but do not stay here if you rely on air con, are a fussy eater and are not prepared to rise early to grab a lounger.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Riomar is right on the beach. It's a calm hotel in Santa Eulalia del Rio wich is perfect to spend a family holidays far away from other noisy zones of Ibiza ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riomar Hotel
- Hotel Riomar Ibiza/Santa Eulalia Del Rio