After getting fed up of the costs of single room supplements in the all inclusive hotels I decided to try a private apartment. As I travel with my 84 year old Father, I have to take many things into consideration.
• Firstly is it accessable and close to local entertainment and amenities?
This apartment certainly is, situated overlooking the marina front, there is a supermarket, restaurants, bars and gift shops directly underneath, and you can watch the marina come to life each morning from the balcony. The town centre is close by, accessable up a rather steep hill, however this was manageable for my Father at 84. If you need to travel further afield Taxi's are parked close to the entrance of the marina. I recommend a taxi to Playa del Arena, only 4 euros, and the beach there is beautiful, it is a pleasant walk back following the coast path. Closer to the apartment there is the most beautiful pool and cafe across from the complex main entrance, very reasonable prices for breakfast with views of the ocean and spectacular waves crashing against the harbour wall and cliffs, very entertaining! We visited every day! For evening meal directly underneath the apartment I recommend the La Paella Tapas Bar, the owner and staff are exceptionally nice and seemed to really care about how your stay is going. In the town square, there are many traditional spanish restaurants, a handful of 'british' bars that focus on the typical football, and TV all day, and typical holiday cabaret, this type of bar is not for us so we stayed at the more tradtional spanish bars throughout most of the holiday. We did however visit The Corner Bar on a few occasions as one of the owners (Dave and his partner Jan) went out of their way to make us welcome. So this apartment is situated in an ideal location for our needs.
• Is the apartment comfortable ?
The photographs dont do this apartment justice, although it is dated, and could do with a re-vamp it is very comfortable and spacious. It does not have 3 bathrooms as stated in the original description, it has 1 shower room containing shower, loo, and bidet, and 1 loo with a sink. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, the front bedroom is exceptionally pretty with window to the front and side, beautiful views from both. The kitchen is well equipped with oven, hob, fryer, grill, large fridge freezer, microwave, many utensils, except I could not find a cork screw, so I bought one and left it there for the next guests! I also could not find a kettle! Not a problem though as I used the microwave for our morning cuppa! There is an abundance of hot water at all times of the day for showers. (I once stopped in hotel where I had no hot water for 2 weeks, so this has become a thing of high importance to me wherever I travel)! There is a laundry area with a washing machine at the back of the apartment, however it is strange looking thing, and I could not figure out how it worked! There are plenty of towels and bedding supplied.
The lounge is large, comfortable large sofa, large dining table, TV with spanish and the main british channels for those who prefer to stay in and catch up with the soaps! We did not, we went out each evening. The balcony is large, with the most lovely views of the cliffs, the marina and the island of La Gomera, cannot stress enough how perfect this location was for us. However, do not expect that stopping on the marina is quiet, work starts at the boat yard early, the fishermen head out early each morning, and the very large waves crashing against the harbour wall with the boats tied up against each jetty can make a fair bit of noise of a night. This did not bother us one iota, but for those wishing for peace and quiet, they need to be aware. The complex itself is very pleasant, many are residents, with lovely plants and flowers, to the entrances, sadly our plants had died making the entrance look a bit scruffy.
All in all, I would stay here again, it was good value for the price we paid.
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