The Hotel Barcelo Isla Canela not only boasts a trio of pools and beach nearby, it's being given a makeover for summer 2016.
This place styles itself as an Andalucian village, with low-level whitewashed buildings, terracotta roofs and courtyards. Lots of the hotel is being refreshed for summer 2016, including the bar, indoor pool, snack bar, buffet restaurant and lobby.
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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We booked last minute and were very happy with this hotel. On arrival we were given a glass of bubbly and made to feel very welcome. The room was small for three of us but the beds were were very comfy and you only sleep in them so it was fine. The rooms were clean and had everything you would need. The hotel food was excellent, loads of choice, pizza and chips for my son and tuna, paella and lots of lovely salads for me!. The pool is lovely and we never had a problem with us beds, this is a very Spanish hotel and as such they get up late so don't arrive to the pool till late, they also prefer the beach. The pool was very quite early afternoon but around 4 all the beds had gone and pool is full. I would say at meal times go early 7 ish to avoid any rush, the Spanish will go about 10 and it looked very busy. Lunch at at the beginning as again by the end it gets busy. The bar area and staff are lovely, the animation team are very good. The evening entertainment is variable but to be honest it's a laugh! There is not a lot around but you can get a land train down to a little Marina area, this is a relaxing place to be not for someone who likes to do things you could be a little bored. All in all for a fussy person like me I would say go it's very nice.More
Jacqui W, Worcester, United Kingdom
Some good bits some not so good bits.
Just returned from a weeks holiday at this hotel. As the title says some good bits some not so good bits. Before you book this be aware that it was 90% Spanish families at this hotel which didn't bother us and in fact we quite looked forward to. However that said you have to understand that the hotel very much caters for the Spanish market. The food was ok but very very repetitive. Now I love trying new food when I'm travelling so that aspect wasn't a problem but the variety was very limited although we found something we fancied most mealtimes. The evening entertainment doesn't start til 10pm which we found a drag as there was a lot of sitting around after dinner. I was travelling with an 11 year old who likes to eat around 7.30pm so we had a big gap between the end of dinner and the start of the entertainment. Needless to say we only saw one show in the whole week so I don't feel able to comment on the entertainment as a whole. As the Spanish like to eat late and stay up late then I'm sure this would have suited them more than it did us.
The rooms were extremely tired and dated although the beds were comfortable. I understand they are having a renovation over the winter ready for summer 2016 and I'm sure this will be a huge success. Must also mention that the swimming pool was VERY cold. I didn't manage to do more than dip my toe in. It was even too cold for my daughter who has been known to brave arctic conditions but even she. Couldn't be enticed in.
The staff at the hotel really makes a difference. They were friendly,courteous and went out of their way to be helpful. The animacion team were great. Extremely enthusiastic and worked very long hours indeed. A special mention goes to Pedro who is a real asset to the hotel. But all the staff including waiters,waitresses,bar staff and reception staff were all great.
We took a trip up to Seville for the day and I have to recommend this highly. What a beautiful and interesting city. Had an absolutely fantastic time and would like to return to spend a weekend there.
In general we had a nice week at this hotel. Nothing amazing but no real complaints either. This hotel is outside of the main area of Isla Canela which meant we needed to take the small train from outside the hotel down to the marina in order to find a bit more activity going on. Had we know this then to be honest we probably would have booked a hotel that was more central. But if you manage to find a good deal then go for it otherwise wait till next year and go when the hotel has had its make over.More
TrollyDolly185, Cowbridge, United Kingdom
Last minute booked 48 hrs before coming here
Great last min holiday - great hotel - nice place - fantastic beach. Make sure you try the Puerto De Indias strawberry gin from the beach bar opposite the hotel it's awesome. Rooms spacious and extremely comfortable. Meals all outstanding. Great value for money. More
Roger T, Falkirk, United Kingdom
Fab August Holiday.
We have just returned from a weeks holiday at this hotel with our two teenagers (daughter 14 and son 15). The hotel is a typical Andalucian style and is situated in a fabulous position on the beach. Lovely walks at night along the promenade and bars/restaurants on the beach. The pool area was lovely with plenty of sun beds and parasols for everyone. Mainly Spanish at the hotel and no need to reserve the sun beds. Best hotel we have been to for the sunbeds and parasols. The pool area, reception and restaurant area were very clean and staff friendly and helpful. The bedrooms are on the small side but we had a great balcony overlooking the pool and sea - we had 2 twin rooms next door but one to each other. The only negative points are that the rooms are in need of refurbishment as look like 1980s style and the stair wells and corridors are very dimly lit. The hotel is due for a refurbishment before Summer 2016 and will then be a Platinum hotel. Would luv to go back to see it then. Got the best of both worlds with this hotel as just over the bridge from Portugal and only a hours transfer from Faro Airport. Will definitely return.More
MARIEBL3559HD, Grantham, United Kingdom
Stress free enjoyable holiday
We've just returned from a last minute 7day half board holiday through Thomsons. Mum, Dad, 14yr old daughter and 11yr old son had a great time. We pretty much stayed by the pool with my son kept occupied by the activities put on by the entertainment staff.
Food and drinks in the hotel and the surrounding area were very reasonably priced. We tended to take lunch in the hotel as the service was much better than local restaurants and bars.
All the staff, from cleaners to reception staff to kitchen staff to the entertainment staff were friendly and welcoming.
Majority of people staying in the hotel were Spanish (seemed to be a lot from Bilbao and Madrid) with maybe 30% of Brits and Czechs(?). Mainly families staying at the hotel with bars closing at midnight which was appropriate. Hotel attracts nice people; no shouting or roaring, no attention seeking, nobody I saw as drunk...great for families.
Hotel building sympathetic to surrounding area. Hotel and pretty landscaped grounds very well maintained.
Food was plentiful with loads of choice. No complaints from us. Good different discounted wines each evening in the bar. I think we we're paying about â¬10 for a bottle of good quality red wine.
The rooms were more than adequate; cleaned every day and beds made. Air conditioning very good. Weather was great so only needed to really sleep in the room so the colour of bathroom sanitaryware wasn't an issue!
Wifi more than adequate for catching up on news and downloading from Spotify
Minor issue is that to get to an ATM you need to take a 40min bus ride (only â¬1.30...cheap as chips) into the nearest town Ayamonte. Ayamonte worth a visit to have a stroll so not a big issue
My son and I played golf at the nearby Isla Canela golf course. Pretty, well maintained course and fairly reasonably priced; we paid â¬90 for 2no green fees and a buggy. Hired clubs for â¬16 per set. Staff at course we're very welcoming and spoke good EnglishMore