Good hotel with great location near a very good beach with shallow and warm water.
Good variety and quality of food and affordable drinks. Only needs to improve the rooms quality and the smell on the restaurant when grilling fish.More
lovely hotel very spanish
Great hotel, spotlessly clean, good food choices.
Room was very comfortable overlooking the pool.
Resort was very Spanish, you need to have a basic understanding of the language as pretty much everywhere is Spanish speaking. We had some interesting meals via rough translations.
Lots of fresh fish, you can see them trawling out in the bay and bringing their catch into the bar to be cooked.
The resort was very quiet with not much to do, if you want to lay flat in the sun and stroll down to the beach bars in the evening for some chilled out live music then you will love it.More
LynnWray, Wellingborough, United Kingdom
Not what we would grade 4*
We preferred to organise a taxi from the airport through Holiday Extra's and arrived at the Hotel a minimum of 40mins before the bus arrived with other members of our flight.
We were greeted at reception by the staff efficiently they were very pleasant. We also received a glass of Cava albeit this was by the Thomson representative Diane who was a very nice lady.
Our room (4128) overlooked the gardens which are immaculately kept and snack bar area. We did request on booking a sea view however, this was somewhat ambiguous simply because yes we could see the sea on tip toe looking sideways but not exactly what I would commonly refer to a sea view from a balcony facing the sea.
The room although adequate in our opinion could do with a little tender care being furnished in distressed painted cabinets, lampshades hanging off and paint on the curtains etc. Not exactly what I would class as 4 star accommodation.
We stayed at the hotel from 31st August 2014 (Sunday) until 7th August 2014 (Following Sunday) and the restaurant was very pleasant with a good variety of food up until the Wednesday however, Thursday it all became very unpleasant. The hotel had taken in a greater number of guests and the chefs were under immense pressure which resulted in under cooked meats, queuing and when you did fill your plate at the buffet style restaurant it was a nightmare fighting your way back through the crowds to your table.
The resort itself was very quiet with a few bars and restaurants and bus stop where you could catch a bus for €1.30 into Ayemonte which was a larger town with shops, marina, nice free to enter zoo that had tigers, Lions, Black Bear, Monkeys, Swans and Reindeers.
Would I go to the Barcelo Isla Canela again? No not what I expect from a 4 star hotel
Would I visit the area again? No Not what I expect from a resort to quietMore
S1CEN, Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
Fantastic holiday destination
Just returned from a wonderful holiday . The hotel is brilliant , fantastic food, excellent drinks,beautiful gardens. The staff are friendly, cheerful and very efficient. The interaction between the staff is jovial and relaxed ( unlike at some hotels) . There was no sun-bed rage .The pool toilets were spotless and the ladies toilets even had fresh flowers .The pool was big enough to get away from any pool-based activities.
Outside the hotel there were bars, cafes and a supermarket although as on an AI package I didn't eat out. The beach is amazing , a "proper" bucket and spade beach that is big enough not to feel crowded.
The promenade makes walking easy , and an added bonus is the lack of hassle from touts/beggars.
Will i return ? Most certainly .
I note some folk have complained of the colour of the bathroom suites .... if its functional and efficient what's the problem ?More
great to go back
Always determined to return to this hotel. First time I'd done that since started my travels in 1982. I gave excellent review last year so can only praise the chefs even more. The quality of the outstanding buffet, cooking, presentation exceeded even last year. Loved the animation events, aqua gym was such fun. Got a couple of riffle shooting certificates too. Quite good beating all the men, one day, at 66!! Eric does an amazing job, he oozes enthusiasm . Ok so the bathrooms do need a bit of updating as does the entertainments lounge. But this hotel has a lovely Spanish feel and the character must be kept please. Giant soft sand quiet beach across the road, minutes on the hourly bus to wee fishing village Punta Del Moral, then wee Spanish town of Ayamonte with pretty tiled seated plazas. What more do you want? You are in Spain here. Yes I'd go back.More
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