Stayed at hotel from May 26th to June 3rd. First year this hotel has gone all-inclusive and it shows. All-inclusive finishes at 11p.m. most A/I hotels we previously stayed in it has been either 11.30pm or more usually midnight.
On the first night we had just got a drink in at around 10.50 when we decided to get another one before A/I finished. The four adults had two drinks each ( not excessive I think when entertainment and bar stayed open to midnight ) when the bar manager came past and mumbled something in broken english about being "impossible to drink them in time".
Now I know A/I inclusive is not for everyone ( we started going A/I three years ago when euro/pound exchange became excessive ) but we feel that not having to bother about snacks, kids cokes etc. makes it easier to budget.
Worse was to follow: snack bars are only available to A/I at certain times so you were constantly looking at your watch to make sure you didn't have to pay.
We have always been to A/I where when you want a snack or a drink you can just go and get one. It didn't spoil our holiday but at a time when you are looking to chill out it was a minor irritant.
The hotel itself was excellent. Pools, rooms, restaurant, and most of the service was very good. I just feel that if you are going to offer A/I you should embrace the concept and not treat A/I guests as second class citizens. ( By all accounts a lot more hotels are going down this route due to the receding number of clients going half/full board )
This holiday was booked independentley and cost around £ 2400.00 for two adults and two children so you can imagine the cost if we had to pay for meals and drinks.
The food in the hotel was so-so. I'm not a picky eater and usually found something to eat but with what looked like the cheapest cuts of meat, breakfast/lunch leftovers being served up for dinner with little attempt at diguising their previous existance and some weird combinations, some of our party struggled.
The sweets however where excellent and the service in the restaurant was first class. The pool bar ran by Rafael was also very good with cheery and swift service. The lager in the hotel tasted good but the local spirits where weak and unbelievably served from an optic. ( I have never in over 20 years of travelling to spain been served British measures at a bar ).
The main bar service was very slow mainly due to two bar staff whose combined age must have been close to 120 years ( deciding to fill the ice bucket everytime I was at the bar despite getting plenty of tips from our party )
The entertainment was excellent with one particular act made up of three black guys from Ghana superb.
The surrounding area of the hotel is quiet but shops, bars and restaurants are less than ten minutes stroll away ( we had a meal in The Buccaneer an english bar which was nice and friendly ).
Calella is about ten/fifteen minutes stroll away and has a much better selection of bar/restaurants and an excellent shopping centre.
In Short: good points
Great hotel for families especially kids
Mostly Decent service
Overall good facillities
Below average A/I ( better ones available )
Slow service in the main bar
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