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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Competa, Costa del Sol, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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mike r
Dayton, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Dated, bug infested and disinterested owner”
Reviewed 24 September 2015 for a stay in May 2014
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Bugs invaded and owner gave us practically empty bug spray. Tough to find and no parking. dogs guard pool so did not use. Basement smell musty, power failure and ill equiprd kitchen and unit. No coffee pot. Owners not responsive. Needs updating badly

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
29 Sep 2015
This review relates to a stay over a year ago, May 2014 and we are curious as to why it has taken so long to submit it and feel that the recollection of your guests may not be as clear as it might have been had it been submitted immediately following their stay. Infact some of the points raised are so inaccurate that we wonder whether they do relate to another property.
Additionally we do not regard this as a fair review as you did not stay at the property yourself. We had no idea that you were not the person who would be staying at the apartment until you brought your guests to us. Your guests clearly had not had any input into where they were staying and were expecting to stay in the centre of a village. They certainly did not know they were going to be staying in a rural setting. It was clear from the moment they arrived that it was not the kind of holiday they liked and they would have preferred to be on the coast where they could walk to everything and also so that they did not have to drive as he was not happy to drive a car with gears.
To address your particular comments:
a) Bug infested - the gentleman came and told us that ants were getting under the door to the apartment. My husband went down with some ant powder and liberally placed it outside of the door. He left the remainder of the preparation for the clients to use. We have a note in our visitors manual asking that people ensure that food is not left on the surfaces as, during the hot weather, it does attract ants. Unfortunately your guests did not take any notice of this and left food and rubbish bags in the apartment, hence the attraction to ants. We were not made aware of any other “bugs”
b) Difficult to find - we give comprehensive directions to all apartment guests. I am assuming that the gentleman who arranged the trip did not pass this onto the people who stayed in our apartment. These directions have been honed over the 10 years we have rented the apartment and we have only had a couple of people who have not found us first time.
c) No parking - we do have parking for three cars on the drive.
d) Dogs guarding the pool - We have a gate which leads up to the pool and the dogs will sometimes go down and sit behind it to say hello to visitors as they are friendly and curious. Anybody who has met them will vouch for the fact that they are not dogs that "guard", if only! As you will see from other reviews, many people have commented on the friendliness of the dogs and for some it has enhanced their holiday. We make it clear on the website that we have dogs by posting a picture of ourselves and the dogs. If people do not like dogs then they can make the decision as to whether Casa Rey will be suitable for them. If we are aware that guests are not that keen on dogs we keep them out of the way.
e) Basement musty. We do not have a basement so cannot comment on what might have smelt "musty", I can only assume this might have been another property that they stayed at during their tour of Spain.
f) Power failure - in Southern Spain we do still sometimes have temporary power outtages, these last for a few minutes and are now extremely infrequent.
g) Ill equipped kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with everything that we feel people need for a self catering stay, including a cafetiere for making coffee so not sure why they have said there was not a coffee pot, I particularly remember showing the lady where it was as this was the first thing she asked. We do ask guests on a regular basis if they feel that there is anything else that is needed in terms of utensils etc and have always been told that we have everything and more.
h) Needs updating badly. The pictures on the website show the apartment as it is. It has been updated since then to include a Smart flat screen LED TV and a Bluetooth music player and is painted at the beginning of each season.
i) Unresponsive owners – the only time we were contacted by your guests was regarding the ants and this was resolved straightway so we are unsure as to what this might relate to.
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Annawii
Umeå, Västerbottens Län, Sweden
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful & charming”
Reviewed 4 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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Casa Rey is located in a beautiful area with the most fantastic view over the landscape and you can see the ocean from the house. The appartment was over our expections with a comfy bed, very fresh bathroom, a full quipped kitchen and very roomy overall. We got to use the pool as much as we wanted and the owners are very kind and helpful and they're dogs are super cute. It's 5 minutes drive from the most beautiful town I've ever been to - Competa. It's titally white and filled with cosy streets so we went there every day just so feel the atmosphere. It takes around 45 minutes to Nerja and it's also worth a visit.

We were very pleased with our week at Casa rey and will hopefully book it again!

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Liked best: The poll and the area
Liked least: The only thing I didnät like was that the appartment didnät have a freezer.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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estherwri...
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“~X~ Perfect! ~X~”
Reviewed 2 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015
2
people found this review helpful

My friend and I have just returned from staying at this beautiful studio. Tastefully decorated inside and most comfortable. It has everything you need including wifi! The owners Alick and Debbie are the perfect hosts. Most helpful, they are there if you need them and are not if you don't! as they do not impose at all. My friend and I were made feel most welcome, from the moment of our arrival until the moment we left. The beautiful swimming pool is perfect for the hot sunshine, and the breath taking views are absolutely stunning. This place is a perfect retreat to get away from it all. However it is also within easy walking distance to the beautiful and charming little town of Competa. It is a traditional little Spanish town that will capture your heart! Everything you need is in this little town. There are many restaurants and a few little shops that you can wander inside. In the main square is also a beautiful church, a must see! Occasionaly it has an English speaking service on a Sunday at 6pm. If you want to venture out of town there is a regular bus service, and also taxi service. In the town you can also hire a car if that is your preference. There are many places to go and see not far from Competa. Therefore you have the best of both worlds, either stay by the pool and totally relax or go and explore the many beautiful places surrounding the area! I would highly recommend this place I have no complaints, only that I did not want to leave! What made our holliday extra special was the adorable little dogs 'Timmy' and 'Madddie' they made our holliday feel 'home from home'. Like their owners they are there only if you want them to be! Overall this holliday studio and location, along with the owners service is such a great value for the money!

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Liked best: all of it!
Liked least: having to leave!
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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North Yorkshire
Reviewed 16 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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Liked best: The position, facilities and the hosts
Liked least: Nothing negative to say
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Alison T
Surbiton, null, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place, great value”
Reviewed 6 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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person found this review helpful

This Apartment is in a lovely location not far from Competa. It is kept very clean and tidy and great views. Helpful friendly owners and I would defintely stay here again.

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Liked best: Condition of the property and views.
Liked least: Leaving the property
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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kiddy
Level 6 Contributor
298 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“A little disappointed”
Reviewed 21 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

The picture of the studio looked lovely but sadly we were a little disappointed because we thought it needed a little bit of TLC but for the money it is a reasonable option .It does have lovely views and is very quiet .

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
22 Sep 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Casa Rey. We are sorry that the apartment did not meet your expectations. As you will see from previous reviews this is the first time in 9 years that we have had anything other than a positive review and many of our guests have returned several times. It is decorated inside and out at the beginning of each season and is equipped with everything we feel is needed for an enjoyable holiday. You do not mention the areas that you feel are in need of TLC and we would very much appreciate it if you could mail us to let us know so we can address them for future customers. We do feel, however, that Casa Rey offers excellent value for money.
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Chris S
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A little oasis of calm and relaxation”
Reviewed 6 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this oasis of peace and tranquillity.
Debbie and Alick were the perfect hosts - there if you needed them, but left you to your own devices. It was a prefect location for walking in the hills above Competa and there are several walks which can be done from the apartment and the views are stunning. The property has everything you need and is spotlessly clean.
The directions we received were spot-on and we got there with no difficulties.
We can highly recommend this property.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Nothing
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