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Vera Playa Club Hotel
Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Vera
Reviewed 12 October 2011

We have just spent a fortnight at the hotel.
The hotel and grounds are excellent and we enjoyed our stay except for the food.
This was absolutely appalling,not what you expect from a four star hotel in fact we both lost weight during our stay.
For my National Service I was put in the Catering Corps.,and if we had served food like this to the troops there would have been a riot.
What a tradgedy to spoil an excellent hotel in this way.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

If you're over a certain age and your main objective is to be naked on holiday then this is the place for you. Its a safe and relaxed environment which although is starting to show its age is very clean. The beach is right outside the hotel and you can enjoy a nice long walk with the freedom of being naked. Overall very much geared towards an older, possibly retired, clientele.

If you're under a certain age and want a bit of nightlife, want to meet some people out for a good time, enjoy some delicious food or pop into town to experience local life then go somewhere else. The food in the hotel was canteen quality not resteraunt quality, the land arround the hotel was not dissimilar to a building site, the beach was vast, but again, too many areas looked like building sites and the entertainment was not for me.

It seems there is a definite choice, naturism or all the other things you want out of a holiday. I will not be going back in future, instead I will go to a texile hotel and find the nearest naturist beach.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Visited the hotel last year and I suppose a judge of any hotel is as to whether you would go back or not. Well we did. Standard was pretty much the same, hotel was spotlessly clean , service was pretty good in the bars and restaurants. Check in and check out was swift and easy. Pool is fantastic. Hotel right on the beach and enjoyed many walks along the sea shore. Bars outside the hotel seemed livelier than last year with more entertainment. A great way to start if your a first time naturist.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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P-Stor, Gerente at Vera Playa Club Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2011

Dear Guests,

I would like to thank you for your comments, as it is through them the best way we can improve the quality of our service, understanding the perception of our product and most important the quality and friendly service we provide.

We once again thank you and are looking forward welcoming you to any of our establishments.

Diego González
Gerente Vera Club Hotel****

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Reviewed 29 June 2011

Have just returned from hotel following our first, but probably not our last, naturist experience. Just a few general comments.
Transport to hotel : following advice off TA we rented a car. We used DoYouSpain but I would not recommend them only because they like some others charge fuel on a full return empty basis. It is useful to have a car at VPC but you are unlikely to do many miles. We were charged €72 for a full tank in a Yaris and only used a quarter - this makes car hire ( from Almeria airport) more expensive than it seems. Choose a firm that do full return full for best value. We are going again in August and have paid €109 for a week on this basis.
Food: we found the breakfast quite satisfactory. The comments about the sparrows are crazy - they are around and you can't leave your table but this is only if you want to eat outside and they are not the hotels fault. We only stayed B&B so cannot personally comment on lunch and evening meal but people we met out there spoke well of the food.
Local bars etc : Staying B&B we ate in local restaurants. We found Garrucha very expensive and not brilliant, Mojacar Pueblo picturesque and better value but the very local restaurants very good value if not exactly gourmet standard. Frankies bar is all with chips but bottle of wine €6 and steak for same price. Blue parrot slightly more expensive but better standard - both places pretty typical English owned Spanish restaurants.
Hotel : does what It says on tin ! Good pool area, relaxed atmosphere, nice sun terrace, nice bar and lounge, excellent location bedrooms adequate. Not top 4 star but overall very good. Slight downside was I found most staff generally unfriendly !
Overall : was very satisfied and pleased with stay - relaxed atmosphere where being naturist quickly seems totally natural. Absolutely no sexual undertones with fellow guests being very friendly - Brits in minority though ! We met no other people who were there for first time, ie a lot of return guests which I can totally understand and of whose ranks I shall join in August and no doubt on occasions after that.

Room Tip: Would recommend poolside rooms
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

we spent 2 nights there mainly to experience a naturist setting. It was awesome. Beautiful surrounding, great gardens, fabulous pool. good size room, clean, nice balcony. Very quiet . However we were fortunate to have booked a Junior Suite as it had a kitchenette.. This allowed us to cook our own meals as the food in the Resort is mostly atrocious and the so called restaurant is in fact a barn like canteen.Luckily there are small restaurants outside the complex and specially great supermarkets . Otherwise I would recommend the experience at the Vera Playa Hotel Club.

Room Tip: room with a kitchenette is a must .
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

We must have checked in to the wrong hotel having read some of the previous contributions! If you read some previous reports from us you may gain an understanding that we are not easily pleased. The Vera Playa hotel is brilliant, the food (contrary to what others say) is outstanding, the variety is very extensive at every sitting and most fish and meat is cooked to order before your eyes. The service staff are very efficient and friendly, and regarding the sparrows, this is not a problem unless you leave your breakfast on the table unaccompanied. Overall, the hotel has a great relaxed atmosphere and guests from all nations are friendly and everyone makes an effort to chat to each other. Of course, you have the odd weirdo (more often than not a single man) perving around the pool, but naturist venues will always be an attraction to these sad individuals. The hotel room, reception and pool area are very clean and well maintained, beds are good quality, however the hotel could do with a little cosmetic update in some areas but this can be understandable in the current economic climate. We were surprised to meet couples who had paid as much as a £1000.00 more for a two week stay booking through Penge Travel, we booked on-line with Travel Republic and got a great deal (we did call Penge to see if they could offer a comparable deal but they wouldn’t move on their brochure prices). The only negative we found was the hotels evening entertainment; this is chronic unless you have children! English guests are certainly in the minority and little attempt is made by the entertainment staff to accommodate the English language, however when it is attempted it is incomprehendable. We only walked down to the beach once because we were happy to stay around the excellent pool all day where drink and food is 'on tap' all day, but the beach is clean although a bit shingly on the feet. The only reason why we won't return next year is because of the evening entertainment that focused on about six children until midnight totally ignoring and insulting the majority adult guests. There is little alternative entertainment outside of the hotel other than a cafe' like English bar (Frankies), a gay bar and swingers club. After midnight the hotel's disco opens but we only stayed until 1.30AM whereupon it remained quiet and lacked atmosphere (no DJ just piped music). Overall we had a brilliant holiday at the Vera Playa Club and would recommend it to others. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you want any more specific information. Finally, a message to the hotel management, consider increasing the entertainment budget and raise your game with the entertainment quality focusing on the majority adult guests; the children are more than catered for during the day and early evening.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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P-Stor, Gerente at Vera Playa Club Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2011

Dear Guests,

I would like to thank you for your comments, as it is through them the best way we can improve the quality of our service, understanding the perception of our product and most important the quality and friendly service we provide.

We once again thank you and are looking forward welcoming you to our hotel.

Diego Gonzalez
Gerente Vera Playa Club Hotel.

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Reviewed 24 August 2010

Rooms not too bad, have been to better naturist hotels, Food poor, flies on dishes, and outside service, also bad with sparrows pecking at the food. Would not recommend eating in hotel, I used to go out to the Blue Parrot, where I found meals that I could enjoy, some nights they have entertainment on, and the owners were very friendly, tried Frankies Bar, but not much going on.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Vera Playa Club Hotel

Address: Av. Islas Canarias, 56, 04621 Vera, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Almeria > Vera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Vera
Price Range: £47 - £199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Vera Playa Club Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 281
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designed as an oasis by the beach, 4* Hotel Vera Playa Club is the first naturist hotel in Spain. Located in Vera, at the seafront and in one of the best and most sought-after nudist beaches on the coast of Almeria, it is decorated with bright colours and includes different large and bright common areas with natural plants. ... more   less 
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