Forewarning: this review contains some important info about local pharmacies and drugs system.
I've booked this hotel last-minute via OnTheBeach website. All was absolutely cool and dandy from the moment we checked-in until the moment we checked-out. Everyone speaks English and is very helpful even in the event you need to find an open pharmacy in the middle of the night. They'd look them up and call a taxi for you.
What they don't necessarily know is that local pharmacies in San Antonio Town (the Port) don't give away any medication unless you have a receipt from a doctor. Not even pain relief for a burned back. There are local pharmacies that do give you this without a receipt, albeit in very small dosage (which is mostly what one needs anyway). So if you're stuck with itching burning blisters all around your back and have nothing to relieve this pain, you're out of luck until 9:00AM when the first local non-town pharmacy opens. Take this into consideration while in Ibiza, as this seems to be pretty common over there from what I'm told by taxi drivers.
Back to hotel now. We've received room with a view to the sea side which was absolutely marvelous. However, there seem to be more hotels/apartments being developed which would cover this view in the future. The view also covers a nearby street and hotel's swimming pool, both of which were never noisy and allowed us for a good night sleep, so thumbs up there as well.
The hotel itself is located in the Bay area of San Antonio which is the quieter part. The town (Port) - which is about 50 minutes walk or 10 minutes by a boat-taxi (3 Euro) - is always crowded and noisy and it's where all the clubs are. So this was really a win-win situation for us - we could sleep well and had the rush part of Ibiza nearby as well if we wanted to.
Rooms themselves are clean and also cleaned every day, with the classic "Do Not Disturb" sign if you don't want it to be cleaned. Housekeepers are always in good mood, singing along their cleaning duties. There is a cooker, a fridge and some cutlery, plates and pots to take care of self-catering needs in the room. TV and air-conditioning works fine, just don't forget to ask for a remote control (10 Euro deposit) for both of them. Bathroom shares a single air ventilation, so you can literally hear the other person in the room next door taking a dump. But yeah, depends on who you get for a neighbor. We had a Spanish couple - shouting during the day, sleeping during the night.
Swimming pools are great, there is a life guard from 10:00 to 18:00 present and drinks and snacks are served from the bar at the bottom floor by some very professional bartenders.
There's only a single main street going thorough this part of San Antonio, so you can find all markets and souvenir shops there. Beware of prices though - the ones further away from hotel have quite different prices (they are also bigger than the small-ish supermarkets). So 8-litres of water can cost you 2:25Euro or 1:60Euro, depending on where you buy. And water is quite a commodity on Ibiza, as the local purified water is not recommended for drinking.
All in all, this is a great hotel with great staff and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The three-star hotel is located at San Antonio Bay with a beautiful sea view. It is surrounded by restaurants, boutiques, souvenirs, chemist and many entertainment options for the whole family. The distance to San Antonio town is approximately. 3.5 Km and just a few meters from the hotel you will find Punta Xinxó Beach. So as to move around, and at your convenience, there is a bus stop a few meters away from the hotel connecting with the nearest beaches and San Antonio Town. Big solarium terraces with two swimming pools for adults and children. Dining room with buffet service is available for breakfast and dinner. Shared gardens. Bar on the terrace. Social halls equipped with air conditioning and Satellite TV. All rooms are fully equipped with bathroom, TV-SAT, telephone, air conditioning and terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riviera Ibiza, Spain