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Occidental Isla Cristina
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Isla Cristina
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“For the second time, excelent!”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

One more time, me and my family chose Barcelo Isla Cristina for one week family vacation. Once again, it was a fantastic week where we could enjoy the pool, the food, the beach, the animation with a fantastic weather.
One special mention to the animation team that was amazing! They managed to animate the pool, the children and the evenings and everybody loved!
The food is great.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Arrived 25/07/2014. Check in very easy and pleasant. Room clean and airy. Meals varied but
Always had to join a long line! Most of guests Spanish! Outside in town streets not paved in gold but paved in dog poo! Not many shops or restaurants but loads of Spanish bars! Streets could be cleaned more. And one thing no buses in town and few taxis! Have to say would not come again

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Spike696
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Stayed 2 nights in June on Business -deove by Hire Car from Faro
Location looks better on the web site (Jet 2) -but the Hotel is located in a semi urban area with a road between the Hotel and beach
On entry the reception looks dated -but the decor is of the era of dark tiles
Rooms are a good size -but again its obvious the hotel has been open for some years
There are swimming pools/bar in the grounds with plenty of "animations" for the children
The clientèle were predominantly Spanish families and couples
Buffet service was of a good standard -but it can get very very busy-with long queues after 21:00
Breakfast was also good -eggs and bacon if you wanted it avaialble
There is an extensive sandy beach across the road -but it was quite wind swept when I was there
Staff were very friendly and the hotel was always kept clean
Parking is an issue
I enjoyed my stay

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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5 Thank SKYLOW
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Inverkeithing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

2nd visit to Costa de la Luz,great hotel with mainly Spaniards & Portuguese.lovely room with pool & sea views.It was very quiet during the week and busy at weekends,but there were so many sunbeds we could move around to suit.
Could not fault the food, plentiful and all fresh with lots of variety.
On first impressions of Isla Cristina weren't great especially the dog mess on the pavements( soon got used to avoiding it)! there are some nice plazas and shops but not many.
Islantilla along the coast, where we revisited, has a nice promonade but we were "ripped off" on the return taxi fare so it left a bad impression, although it's still nice.
No fault of hotel but there's no rep,no book and we had to find out from reception on our last day when we would get picked up for return to Faro.
Final very good point, Spain is much cheaper than Portugal, and on our flight from Edinburgh we were the only two going to Spain. The animation guy said we made the right choice!
Try hotel Barcelo if you want some where very Spanish and not touristy.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Estimado Bunt0 . Gracias por su amable comentario y por valorar su experiencia , pese a algunos detalles quer comenta , tan positivamente e imparcial . Tomamos nota de lo que podamos mejorar y agradecemos los comentarios sobre la animación y personal .
Sobre los puntos externos al hotel , estamos intensamente informando a las autoridades locales de éste problema para intentar buscar la solución definitiva y que realmente repercute sobre el destino.

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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Stayed here for a week in September, on an all inclusive basis. Overall, it was very good - not fantastic, but reasonable value for money. The first few days the hotel was quite busy. Around the pool it was quite noisy with children. Our recent holidays have been to adult-only places, so this was a bit of a shock. There was always plenty of beds though, and we never really struggled for shade. The hotel has a "no bed blocking" policy, and say they'll move your belongings if you are away for 30 minutes. We never saw this happen, and we were away for longer over lunch without an issue.

The food was reasonably quality, but pretty repetitive. Salads, breads, and cooked meat and fish. The turnover was quite quick, and while the food wasn't outstanding it was more than adequate. Eating at a buffet while there's lots of kids running around adds a certain excitement to getting your food back to your table.

The all inclusive covers beer, house wine, soft drinks and some spirits. You can pay for the things that aren't covered, and the "extras" are at a reduced price. In the week we were there, we were fine with the drinks that were included. At the pool bar is a beer tap and soft drinks that you can serve yourself. The bars could be quite busy and service was slow. The free drinks end at 11.30, which is quite early for a holiday place.

The room itself was fine, clean and serviced daily. We hardly used the balcony, and the sea view was a bit pointless really. It's a very wide beach, so the sea is quite a way from the hotel. Only a couple of English channels, but that wasn't much of an issue. The wifi in reception was quite good, and almost reached the room on the third floor.

Gym is a bit basic, one running machine, a cross trainer and some weight equipment. It was really warm in there too.

Couple of minor moans - the corridors are long, and it can be a bit of a trek from the lift to your room. They're also dark, the lights come on with motion sensors and were a bit slow sometimes. The gym is closed on a Sunday, which we found annoying for a holiday resort.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

Really enjoyed our stay, food good, location suited us and near to beaches which are excellent, not a commercial area It is a working town and the hotel is suited to the Spanish visitor, which we enjoy, nice ferry over to the next island, well worth a trip, and the walk along the boardwalk down the restaurants on the beach. I would stay here again and hopefully soon.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
5 Thank Blevo
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Marchamalo, Spain
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Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

Barceló Isla Cristina is an amazing beach hotel (4 stars) located at Isla Cristina Huelva.
Rooms are big and comfortable, and staff is very nice and always willing to help.
There are amussement activities for kids, and adults. And the pool is big and convenient, divided in three areas of depth. If you come with kids you don't really need to worry about them.

The beach is only 600 meters away from the hotel. It is a big one and water is cold, as opposite to the Mediterranean ones. I really like the atlantic beaches like this.
Food is really amazing, but if you get tired of being in the hotel, there are nice seafood reataurants around, 5 minutes walking distance.
I definitely recomend this hotel and there is no doubt I will come back soon.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Occidental Isla Cristina
Address: C/ Doctor Delgado Carrasco s/n, 21410 Isla Cristina, Spain (Formerly Barcelo Isla Cristina)
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Isla Cristina
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Isla Cristina
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Hotel Class:4 star — Occidental Isla Cristina 4*
Number of rooms: 343
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The Occidental Isla Cristina**** hotel (belonging to the Barcelo Hotel Group and formerly the Barcelo Isla Cristina) is located on the seafront at the wonderful Isla Cristina beach in the province of Huelva, which is surrounded by a protected natural area. Its proximity to the airports of Faro (Portugal) and Seville, and the most interesting places in the area, make this holiday hotel a perfect spot. The 233 rooms and 110 apartments boast spaciousness and quality features, and include all the facilities and services you could need for a pleasant stay and an unforgettable holiday. The Occidental Isla Cristina has a buffet restaurant and bars with the All Inclusive option, some of which feature poolside terraces. The facilities include a massage room, fitness studio, sauna and meeting room, as well as golf clubs and paddle tennis courts in the vicinity, hiking, cycle track and a long list of other activities to make sure you won't get bored this holiday. A professional entertainment team provides guests with a complete range of sports and leisure activities for all ages. Youngsters will experience a real adventure in the Barcy camp, sleeping in a large tent in the hotel gardens, as well as enjoying numerous fun activities especially thought out for children of all ages. The Occidental Isla Cristina is a fantastic hotel for a dream family holiday on the Costa de la Luz. ... more   less 
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