The Hotel Riu Chiclana doesn't scrimp on facilities. This lively hotel teams access to the beach with great pool and dining scenes, and a packed entertainment schedule.
The Hotel Riu Chiclana is a grand-looking whitewashed property, spread out among manicured lawns and palm-lined walkways. It’s got peaceful surroundings, but is only a 10-minute walk from the beach. There's plenty in the way of activities here, too.
This hotel does family-friendly with a deluxe twist – the pool area has a faux lighthouse and a children's splash park, the buffet restaurant is all dark wood furniture and linen, and you can upgrade to a roomy family suite.
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Having been to a lot of Riu hotels we wanted one not too far away. This was a two hour flight from Gatwick and a 50 minute coach journey to the hotel.This hotel was situated in a quiet part of Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain
The hotel is large with nice rooms which are clean and comfortable. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and the food is of a good standard with plenty of choice.
There are plenty of sun beds available but we weren't there at a peak time.
There are two outdoor swimming pools , a kids pool and an indoor swimming pool. There is also a swim up bar and two other bars.There is a small well equipped gym and a disco.The entertainment isn't great but we weren't bothered about this.
There is a beautiful beach which is lovely to walk along but you do have to encounter quite a few steps to get down to it. The beach was very safe and clean. Sun beds are 5 euros for the day.
Overall an excellent hotel with incredibly friendly staff, would definitely recommendMore
sue c, London, United Kingdom
A very relaxing holiday!
Very impressed with the hotel and grounds, the whole place was spotless. The pools and area around were very pleasant with plenty of sunbeds. We went off season so there was only one restaurant open most of the time but the food was great, lots of choice and all good quality. The atmosphere in the restaurant was a bit frantic at times so if you want to enjoy a leisurely meal I would suggest sitting away from the main thoroughfare. Hotel staff were incredibly friendly and helpful from reception to the maid service and the management team were exemplary. Wasn't too impressed with the evening entertainment but we enjoyed sitting in the outside bar chatting so weren't too bothered. All in all a great holiday.More
Strawberry682, Fareham, United Kingdom
Two different holidays in one!
We stayed here for a week to relax and get some sun. We arranged our own flights and hired a car to drive from Malaga to the hotel. Check in was smooth & our cases were quickly taken to our room. We had paid extra for a larger room & it had a sitting area & large bathroom & lots of storage space. It was cleaned daily.
The hotel was very busy at the beginning of our stay with lots of Spanish people staying. This did not bother us during the day as we found a quiet area for sunbathing away from the busy main pool. There were plenty of sun beds & parasols to choose from. At meal times however the restaurants were extremely busy and at 9pm each night it was completely manic!! It was as if a swarm of locusts descended on the restaurant! It was not conducive to having a relaxing meal. There were three "speciality" restaurants...Andalucian, Italian and The Grill. We were disappointed to find that these were buffet style as was the main restaurant and found the food to be similar in all four. We always found something good to eat. I enjoyed the salad bar most of all. Breakfast and lunch were also ok.
When we got to Friday 11th Sept we were told that the speciality restaurants were closing as it was the end of the busy season...and what a difference! The buffet was so much quieter & we were able to enjoy our meals in more relaxed surroundings. We were even able to sit where we wanted to in the restaurant!! The restaurant & bar staff seemed happier & more relaxed on the Saturday too!
Local spirits beer & wine were included. No branded spirits available.
The entertainment team were enthusiastic! They mostly mimed to music with different themes. There were a few different acts in the evening from outside entertainers. We went to the piano bar one night and there was an accomplished pianist playing. There was karaoke one night which I enjoy! Someone must have requested more as it was on for an extra night!! Great fun! We went to the disco which was not well attended but was fun. The DJ was open to requests but tended to play more for the Spanish crowd! The only area with wifi was in reception which was disappointing.
Overall a reasonable hotel. We found it a holiday of two halves. The manic first part & the quieter second part.
We visited Cadiz...a lovely historical town...well worth a look...and drove into the countryside to Arcos de la Fronterra a really beautiful place.More
margaretrae, Carnoustie, United Kingdom
More suited to families than couples
Date of stay 13 - 27 September. Room number 21-62, travelled independently. We chose this hotel because we've stayed at many RIU's and generally find their standards to be above average. In this respect this hotel came up to par with others, but you have to bear in mind that the largest numbers of guests here are Spanish, and despite the time of year we travelled here, the place was overrun with not only small children but school aged ones as well, which came as a bit of a surprise.
If you are a couple looking for peace and quiet, this is not the place for you. The areas around the pools are constantly noisy with screaming children and well as noise from all the activities taking place.
This aside, the rooms are well appointed with more than ample drawer space, a decent sized bathroom with shelving and a reasonable sized balcony. However, the walls between rooms appear to be paper thin. You can hear coughing and snoring etc, so imagine what this would be likely with noisy guests who watch TV, talk loudly or have screaming kids! We were lucky that our neighbours either side were as quiet and considerate as we were.
The beach area is lovely and at low tide you can walk for many miles in either direction. If you are looking for shops and bars etc, forget it. There are just a couple of shopping complexes that open extremely late and most of those were shut up. Having travelled independently this didn't affect us, as most days were out exploring by car and walking. Two weeks here without a car, for us, would have been very limiting and we would never have chosen this resort.
Evening entertainment was not as good as that experienced in other RIU hotels. If you like to dance you will be very disappointed. After the kids mini disco there is an hours void of nothing other than kids racing up and down - no dancing to music or a band until the show starts, which here is 10 pm. After the show there is a mass exodus. There is a disco which starts at 11pm, but they play the type of music that kids nowadays enjoy and given the average age there was 50+, they ought to cater for the clientele. We left after one drink.
Food in the restaurant was very good and comparable with other RIU's. Despite the large numbers of guests if you went into dinner shortly after 7pm, it wasn't at all crowded. There are two other restaurants which are by reservation.
Waiter service was a little slower than that experienced at other RIU's, but having said that most staff were friendly and helpful.
To be avoided is the Thomson Jerez trip. We booked this because we didn't fancy the idea of driving there. Overall this was very disappointing, with an exceptionally and unnecessary early start, given the fairly close locality. Firstly you're given a brief tour, then left to your own devices. Unlike some other historical Spanish cities, there is little to commend it. At midday you are taken to see Jerez Dancing Horses Show (optional) This may appeal to us, but for us we exited during the interval. We felt it smacked too much of circus type entertainment and we were vary concerned about some of the antics the horses were expected to perform.
Worst of all is the meal afterwards. Yes, you are entertained with a gypsy flamenco show, but the food was slow to arrive 2.40 and bear in mind you've left the hotel at 8 am! To say it was dire is an understatement and most of us complained. The only highlight was the flamenco.
Your final visit is to the Gonzalez Byass bodega. We were given a guided tour with a sherry tasting at the end.
Having previously visited Seville, if you're planning on doing only one city trip, I would recommend this instead.
If you're hiring a car, the beach and roman ruins of Bolonia is a must, as is Arco de la Frontera.More
Be prepared for large and noisy
This hotel is beautifully appointed, spotlessly clean and all the staff very happy and helpful. Although we knew the hotel had 800+ rooms, we did not expect the 2,300 guests. Most of the guests are Spanish. It is their custom to shout when they speak.They keep the children and babies up very late at night.
All 3 restaurants are buffet-style. The main one is extremely large and noisy. Because the Spanish go to dinner after 8.30pm and they queue outside the door before being shown to their tables, all the rest of us, mostly Brits,some Germans and Dutch went to dine from 7pm because it was less crowded and quieter.The varied menu is very good particularly if one likes seafood but there are other choices.
The entertainment does not begin until 10pm and is not very good but the resident team do their best. One night a professional group of flamenco dancers performed and they were absolutely excellent. That was only one night out of 14. About 9pm the kareoke sometimes took place but most of this was poor.
There are two outdoor pools, one with a jacuzzi and a swim-up bar and a childrens pool. In my opinion the water was cold. There is a very small grassed area, most of the hundreds of beds are side by side on concrete. At various times of the day loud music is played.There is an indoor pool which was also cold and the jacuzzi was permanently full of shouting Spaniards.
None of the blocks of rooms are near the beach. This is down below and reached by a lot of steps but it is superb when you get there! Our room had a good distant view of the whole bay and I would recommend Block 21 Room 58, 56 or 54 top floor which only has two short flights of stairs.
We have never booked an adults only hotel but this hotel has certainly made us consider it in the future.More