The Hotel Barcelo Isla Canela not only boasts a trio of pools and beach nearby, parts of it were given a refurbishment for summer 2016.
This place styles itself as an Andalucian village, with low-level whitewashed buildings, terracotta roofs and courtyards. Lots of the hotel was refreshed for summer 2016, including the bar, indoor pool, snack bar, buffet restaurant, lobby and rooms.
The hotel is in a peaceful spot, about a 10-minute bus ride from the fishing village of Ayamonte. If you’re staying put, there are two pools, a hotel-run kids’ club, plus rifle and archery ranges to think about.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selection of local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks 11.00-24.00 Snacks at set times.
Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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A curvy pool dotted with palm trees on the terrace with sunbeds and parasols.
The hotel-run kids' club is for ages 4 to 12 years.
You'll have a selection of Spanish and international dishes with a weekly themed buffet.
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Deluxe Twin Room with Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
These rooms are decorated in beige tones, and are light and airy. If you like, you can request a minibar*. Rooms come with either a terrace, a full balcony or French balcony.
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Me & hubby got back on 17th Sept after a 10 day. Found the Barcelo in the Tomson (we only go Tomson) brochure, price reasonable for half board & booked. OK so coach was too big to get round the front of the hotel but the short walk up the drive with our Rep Dion, was no problem. We're in our 60's but for less able bodied persons it could be a problem. Dion is the Tomson rep for the Barcelo only & she was lovelly. Our check-in was smooth, reception staff very friendly. Our room was a twin, situated on 3rd floor overlooking a side street on the left side of the hotel as you face it from the front. We werent bothered about a view, to us a room is just a place to sleep/shower etc. cos were out during the day! It was lovelly & quiet so we slept well. No slamming of doors late at night/early hours of the morning like often happens in hotels. Room was adequate in size,very clean. Beds very comfy but the 'bolster' style pillows were rather hard so I used a cushion instead. If your like me & cant function without a cup of tea or coffee first thing in the morning, DO take a travel kettle & plastic cups. There are no facilities in the rooms for that most important start to the day! There are 2 supermarkets, one from the rear entrance of the hotel, one 2 minutes away from the front of the hotel..the latter being the best one. Reception will give you directions, basically down the drive, turn left then right at the end of the road & supermarket is a few yards down on the left. There is a little fridge in the rooms so keeping fresh milk is not a problem. Bathroom is lovelly, complimentary toiletries & a separate hair & body shampoo dispenser in the shower! Brilliant shower!! Its a double headed shower, one overhead 'dinner plate size' lol!.. & then a separate 'normal' shower head. Lovelly soft white fluffy towels that housekeepers will change if you leave used towells on the floor. Usual buffet style meals which is normal the world over & ive travelled a lot. Hotel was busy & yes some people walk around like zombies! Not very many English guests though..we were outnumbered especially by German guests. A brilliant selection of food catering for all Nationalities at breakfast & dinner. Dinner though being manic! Sometimes there would be a queue after dinner has started. A little disappointed in the food because although meat & fish were hot, the servery counters did NOT keep vegetables as hot as they should be! Food Standards here in the UK would give a defo thumbs down on that! Pool area is lovelly but, as other reviews have mentioned, the music during pool activities is too loud! Although children are catered for there is really nothing here for children to do! Temperatures are too hot for them to be either by the pool or on the beach for long! I saw couples with babies/infants who you could clearly see, couldnt cope with the heat. Guests with mobility scooters and/or walking aids would be ok here too. There were a few elderly guests with these aids, there are slopes to enable access. Theres even a special hoist chair beside the pool so they too can enjoy the water, which is brilliant! I have attached a photo showing said hoist. The snack-bar selection of food is adequate, serving staff very nice too.The Hotel staff are all very friendly & helpful but a few more 'bodies' were certainly needed in the restaurant & chefs too behind the serveries. We enjoyed our chill-out holiday very much. The beach just across the road at the rear of the hotel is stunningly huge! Beautiful & peaceful for a stroll early morning! But it wasnt busy at any time! I would recommend this hotel, you will never get perfection anywhere you go! You have to be able to adapt to the country & culture you are in & enjoy every minute of it just as we did! Thank you to everyone at the Barcelo for your hard work in giving all guests a great holiday!More
Barcelo Isla Canela,Spain.
excellent all round hotel, great food n staff service and good entertainment. The resort is quiet with not too much bars n stuff to do but beech is nice. Trips are good, River cruise n especially Seville, went twice in a week.More
Don't go All Inclusive
If you go AI, your treated as a second class citizen, your ignored for paying guests, the snack bar is a joke, a health hazard. Food was very poor, cannot understand some of the positive reviews with regard to food, it was awful. Luke warm, tepid, cheap cuts of fish(Melia was excellent) and very repetitive, 3* at best.More
Graham M, 186460
Family holiday but no children
Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere throughout the hotel. Sun loungers were always available in good areas whether you wanted sun or shade and you didn't need to get up early to get them. food was varied and good although as a party of 5 it wasn't always easy to get tables in the central area which would have been useful as a member of our party was aged 83 and had to walk with the aid of walking sticksMore
Lovely location excellent beach nice hotel!
This is a lovely hotel in a great location near a beautiful beach with lots of bars and restaurants close by. We stayed here for 2 weeks. Our room was deluxe twin with seaview & balcony. The room was pleasant deluxe no. No seaview unless we climbed onto our balcony which we had paid considerably a large supplement £450+. Our daughter was in a standard room which was just as good but with enclosed bathroom overlooking a small Road but a better seaview. I discussed this with the Rep who gave some sort of crazy explanation that if you want a full seaview you have to book an oceanfront room, she did offer to look for another room but looking at the hotel I don't think any room could have a proper seaview. The food on the first week (smoke salmon for breakfast every morning disappeared week 2) was very good, but as we went into our second week which was away from school holidays and peak period the food declined considerably so we ate out more at lunch times and evenings. The BBQ suddenly stopped on a nightly basis and appeared only at the weekend but no notice was given on week one about this. Drinks were good we were all inclusive, most of the staff were very pleasant with a few exceptions. Animation team pleasant although we didn't join in and they don't hassle you. Entertainment was very good sometimes poor other times. The dancing was boring with the main bar being closed so you had nowhere else to go and drink but outside near the pool. The marina is a pleasant walk either on the beach or a good path all the way, lots of beach bars and restaurants on the way. Lovely fishing village over the bridge at the marina with traditional fish restaurants. The main town is lovely with bus stop across the road from the hotel but on our return journeys no buses turned up so we had to get taxis approximately 10 euros. So this is a nice hotel which needs to address a few problems. We will definitely go back to this area in the future, this is a lovely traditional Spanish resort which hasn't been commercialised, but we will probably choose another hotel.More
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