We returned to Santo Tomas to stay at the Hamilton Court apartments, where we had stayed about 10 years ago and enjoyed a peaceful holiday with access to one of the best beaches on the island. Hamilton Court Apartments are now surrounded by noise. Immediately next door to the west is the Las Dunas entertainment centre. This used to be contained within a large wood and marquee type building, but it has moved outside onto one of the two tennis courts, so if you have the misfortune to be allocated an apartment on that side of the property, be prepared for a nightly blasting of high decibel cabaret type entertainment until about 11.00pm. The Lord Nelson hotel to the east of the apartments has become the home of the Italian group "Veraclub" which caters for young people and people with young families. At different times in the day the peace and quiet of Hamilton Court pool terrace, is rudely disrupted by "Happy Camper" type entertainers blasting instructions and music over their very powerful sound system. As if that wasn't enough, the Italians take over what is left of Santo Tomas beach for organised games, aerobic sessions and volley ball. I say what is left of the beach, as the vast majority of the beach is now allocated to franchises of permanently sighted straw beach sunshades mounted on fixed poles, each with the mandatory 2 sunbeds for hire at great expense. Actual free beach space is now extremely limited. To complement the noise levels there is the Victoria Playa Hotel, again periodically playing loud music through the day and hotel entertainers encouraging the residents to be happy!!!!
Finally, across the road from the apartment is the BUCCA bar, which established a whole new meaning to the phrase "loud music".
Hamilton Court Apartments has moved with the times and installed WiFi, but charges 2 Euros per day, which considering most good hotels and many villas are now providing WiFi free of charge, indicates that similar to Spanish car rental companies, they really are determined to wring every last Euro they can from their guests/customers via hidden or additional charges.
On a positive note the Lady Hamilton restaurant, within the apartment complex, provides a good menu of freshly cooked to order food, which whilst not cheap, for the most part is fairly reasonably priced. Service provided by Maria and Sarah is excellent, they really cannot do enough to make you feel welcome.
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