We travelled to Zoraida with Solresor, stayed 2 weeks All Inclusive, we were a party of 2 adults and 2 children 3 and 8 years old.
Staff: As previous travelers says, the do not speak English, some a couple of words, some don’t even know beer and four ;) So our tip is to learn some basic Spanish before going here that will make your stay so much better. There is some bar personnel that do not seem to like their job you learn who they are and then try to avoid them. Pool staff are mostly friendly and they like their whistle’s a lot ;)
Food an dining room: Food is average or slightly below average compared to other AI. You would expect a lot of vegetables and fruit since the hotel is situated in the middle of one of the world’s largest greenhouse areas but the vegetables are boring and repetitive and overcooked, first week the only fruit served was apples, bananas and oranges, none of them any better than the fruit we buy at home which was really disappointing. When travelling to this area I expect to eat mainly fruit and veggies and that the quality of this should be very good. There were some dishes that I would rate as good (veal in mushroom sauce, mussels and the grilled fish if you can stop them from grilling it 3 times longer than it should be grilled, if you know how to ask them in Spanish they will grill it to your liking), mostly the food was “well we eat something”. Breakfast only serves white bread so we ended up buying bread in the supermarket next door and bringing that to breakfast. There are soy milk and lactose free products available upon request. Dining room is very noisy, and there are no tables outside, try the “pizzeria” behind the water slides, smaller, quiet and you can sit outside! We eat two nights at taco bar “Gambio” 10minutes to the right on the beach walk and up the street at the small Tivoli, VERY good and cheap! Try it! We also brought fruit from dining area to eat as snack since the snacks included in AI did not include fruit but only hamburgers, chips and sandwiches. Wine was served on bottles which we really liked, and Cava was also included in AI. Ice-creams on AI-list did not include any popsicles but the hotel gave us popsicles from the ordinary ice creams for our milk allergic child, would have been easy for them to have a popsicle on the AI-ice cream menu!
Pools: Very cold if the night temperature is cold, but still ok I think. The children’s pool and the water slides are great! But the pool rules for the large “adult” pool is way too strict, you are not even allowed to play with a small ball, that’s a shame, the pool is enormous and there is room for both play and swimming – why not just divide it with a swim line? Our 8-year old would probably have done “less harm” playing in the large pool than going mad in the small children area…. Pools do not open until 10 am, with kids that are up at 7 that is a long time to wait. You need to be up at 7 and reserve a sun bed if you want it any way near the children areas.
Beach: Pebbels, do not bother to bring sand toys. Cold water if wind is from the west. Nice playareas along the beach though!
Rooms: Small but functional. The small space could have been used more wisely, for instance the refrigerator could have been placed on a shelf leaving room for suitcases below, the bed-side-tables could have had some drawers. The one big thing we didn’t like was that the room only has one free socket, which makes it hard to charge two phones during the night which lead us to have to use the sockets in the bathroom, bring a splitter! There is a hanging rack on the balcony – points for that! Shame there isn´t hanging space in the hallway, a couple of simple hooks on the wall would have been great! The beds are hard, if that is a problem for you, bring a foam mat or like. If you travel with small children I would advise not to use a cot but instead push one bed against the wardrobe and place the baby there, also if you have a large pram there is a risk you do not manage to get it through the hallway. Cleaning was ok. There was no soap for the zink but the small bottles with shower gel, not particularly environmental conscious to use small bottles! AC worked fine and was without a charge. Rooms with a sea view is recommended but be aware that there might be large music from the entertainment until 11 pm. Rooms do not have iron boards and iron and in fact you can´t get it from the reception either so do not bother bringing clothes that need ironing.
Animation: Kids liked the mini disco and the staff in the children area was very nice with the children! The pirate magic show was REALLY good, the rest of the entertainment was not up to the same standard, the music was often very loud. Animation team spoke several languages which was appreciated. Aqua Aerobics was fun but not very “aerobic”, as a workout it sucked, as entertainment it was brilliant, more Wacka Wacka to the people! There was a lot of animation we did not attend, there is a busy schedule every day, if you want to you can be busy from 11-11 :D
Other: The gym was fairly good equipped; I brought my own TRX-set so only really needed somewhere to hook it up. The basement also has a room with air hockey, pool tables and more, sorry it did not have any indoor play area for the children. The indoor pool was closed when we stayed here. There is a small play ground with a slide and some slings.
To sum up, a very nice hotell that could have been so much nicer with some small changes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within the Evenia Zoraida Resort and enjoying a beachfront location, the Zoraida Garden shares all the facilities of the Zoraida Park: extensive gardens with sunbeds, palm trees, a tropical pool, a brand new Aquapark with slides and pirate ship, 2 tennis courts , Fitness Room with sauna and heated indoor pool, Snack bars, pool bar, hairdresser, shops, free parking facilities… The 342 rooms were completely renovated and are modern, comfortable, with stunning views and equipped with wood floor, queen size beds, 32” LCD flat screen TV, individual air conditioning unit, telephone, safe, fully fitted bathroom with hair dryer and beauty mirror, and balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Evenia Zoraida Garden Hotel Roquetas De Mar
- Evenia Zoraida Garden Roquetas De Mar, Almeria, Spain