Our stay at the hotel started with the receptionist inviting us to take lunch, which was just finishing, and to check in later, since we were probably hungry after the flight. And then it just got better.
We had a seaview suite in the main building and loved it - it was clean and spacious, lacking luxury perhaps, but we expected no luxury for the price we'd paid.
The food was great, far beyond what you may expect of a three-star hotel catering for 500 guests. You could have your breakfast British, German, French and American style: fried meat, eggs, toasts, pancakes, cereal, yoghurt, milk, cheese, cold meat, marmelades, nutella, honey, fresh fruit and vegetables, great bread and buns and yoghurt-fruit shakes in abundance. Lunch and dinner always included poultry, beef, pork, pasta, two kinds of soup (I so miss gazpacho!), rice, fish or/and seafood, fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, salads (German style), bread and buns, wine (definitely not top quality, but white wine was OK). Every few days there was a themed dinner. The desserts could be a bit more varied, perhaps, but you could have ice-cream (always 4 flavors to choose from). And the small things - dates, prunes, dried apricots, sunflower and pumpkin seeds for breakfast, that was just perfect. Some food - eggs, fish, some meat - was being fried in the restaurant to be as fresh as possible. Most importantly, however, no matter when you came, the food was there. Even 15 minutes before the closing hour fresh fish were being fried and bowls of salads were being brought in. And the restaurant staff - quick and nimble, always there, always ready to joke with a child or talk to the adults. (Miguel, if you're reading this, thanks for the tabasco hint for gazpacho!)
We never used the animation - we simply wanted to enjoy our books and our swimming, but the team were young and smiling, always ready for a joke, chatting and even remembering people who never took part in the recreation.
The pool was OK - the heated one, that is, for I never had the courage to get into the other one.
The location was good - nice and quiet. In our room no discos were heard and no music from the bar. The shops were within a short walk, along with plenty of car rentals and pharmacies.
We loved the cats - well-fed and taken good care of, some friendlier than the others, not a single one bothering the guests who didn't want to be bothered.
The poolbar snacks were OK (especially pizza!) but with the great restaurant food we rarely ate them. The cooking-show paella was awesome. Drinks were OK, and nobody objected to taking them to the room, pool, or wherever you wanted to take them.
The downsides? Sure there were some. I'd have appreciated some tea-making facilities in the room, a bit more variety when it came to desserts and tea/coffee in the restaurant with lunch and dinner, and, since I'm at it, better coffee quality. I found the bed too stiff, but that's individual preference. The hotel could perhaps be refreshed a little, Most importantly, the hotel was built with the warm summers in mind, and on colder February nights the bathroom and bedroom were far colder than I'd have liked (nothing that an additional blanket didn't help with, though, but you may want to consider bringing some warm pyjamas if you come in winter).
All in all, despite the few drawbacks, the best value for money we could imagine. Nice room, beautiful views, great food, awesome staff. We regret having stayed just one week and we wholeheartedly recommend Royal Monica.
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- Club Calimera Royal Monica Playa Blanca Hotel Playa Blanca
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