What a fabulous place!
My boyfriend and I stayed here between 11th - 18th July 2014 and were very happy with our stay.
We had a 50min bus transfer from the airport and were greeted at the hotel with drinks and big smiley staff! The lobby was very grand looking and impressive.
Check in was a lil busy but it was to be expected as everyone on our flight was staying at this hotel! Obviously a popular place!
Reception was very helpful taking the time to explain a lot of things and concierge was on hand to help with luggage. A very helpful, organised and impressive start.
Our room (2260) was lovely and we had a balcony overlooking one of the many immaculate garden areas (landscaping is gorgeous here!)
You can eat at any of the 4 restaurants (3 of the 4 require booking for dinner which wasn't an issue). All lovely buffet style food. There's b'fast, snacks, lunch, snacks and then dinner provided so you can't complain you're hungry!
There are various bars to drink at, including a lovely swim up bar at one of the 4 pool areas (2 pools are in the kiddie area). There are also a few help yourself areas so you dont have to queue...these don't just have soft drinks and tea etc but beer pump and wine dispensers! We used these to fill up our water bottles with ice cold water - although reception are happy to give you as many fresh bottles of water as possible free of charge. They are room temperature though so we used the pumps. You do have fridges in the room to store them for later.
The hotel and all areas, including the few minutes walk to the beach are impeccably clean and well maintained. The beach in lovely too.
You may wonder why after all this I haven't rated this place a 5? Well my boyfriend got extremely unwell on the eve of day 1 so we were stuck in the room for 4 days...which made us realise how rubbish the air con was. The fan was sooo noisy and rocked so bad we didn't use it incase it fell down and the beds are extremely uncomfortable. They are very hard so i used the 4 fleece throws in the wardrobe under the sheets to soften it which made it bearable. The pillows are awful and in need of replacement too.
Although there are many many tv channels in all sorta of languages which is great that everyones catered for the english ones were s bit rubbish. The kids and music channels were ok bt not for us. The movie channels just showed extremely old movies and were boring.
As I say none of this would really have mattered if we weren't stuck in the room as long as we were so as long as you don't get ill you'll have a 5/5 experience I reckon.
I'd definitely go back (maybe pack my own pillows and topper lol) and hope to not get ill so we can enjoy fully.
We need another holiday now after the stress of the illness lol! Not sure what caused it...food? Pool? Doctor said it was the air? £100 for that visit so go prepared and get travel insurance!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The All Inclusive ClubHotel Riu Chiclana, is designed like a village and is located in a tranquil setting in the Novo Sancti Petri resort area, the long and wide dune beach "La Barrosa" is right next to the hotel. The location is ideal due to its proximity to the Airport Jérez de la Frontera (XRY-60 km) and Chiclana (8 km), and invites you to explore the area as there are many attractions nearby. The hotel has 832 comfortably furnished rooms and offers many amenities. Relax with a massage or get in shape at the fitness center. 5 outdoor pools and 1 children's pool. For the youngest guests there is the RiuLand Kids Club (for children from 4 to 7 years & 8 to 12 years) and for adults, day and evening entertainment. For lovers of gastronomy, apart from the main buffet with live cooking stations we offer Andalusian and Italian cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Chiclana Hotel
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- ClubHotel Riu Chiclana Novo Sancti Petri, Spain - Costa De La Luz