Hotel Barcelo Isla Canela  

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This place markets itself as an Andalucian-style village, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a collection of low-level whitewashed buildings, topped with terracotta roofs and edged with wrought-iron balconies. They’re surrounded by gardens, and there are courtyards featuring long, rectangular water features.

In the bedrooms, expect smart spaces in cream tones. Traditional touches come courtesy of tiled floors and white-wood furniture, while mod-cons include satellite TVs and minibars. Plus balconies look out over the pools or lawns.

Talking of pools, this place has three. The two outside are linked by snaking waterways. You’ll find the other one indoors. Beach fans aren’t left out either - just a short walk across the road is Canela Beach.

In terms of food and drink, the main hub for meals is a buffet affair, with a range of international dishes. Spanish favourites feature heavily, including a local favourite of broad beans with cuttlefish. And nothing’s more Spanish than paella. You’ve also got a dedicated barbecue joint, which is included if you opt for All Inclusive.

As for where you’ll find it, the hotel is in a really quiet spot, about a ten-minute drive from the fishing village of Ayamonte. You can catch a bus there, from the stop close to the beach.

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Selection of local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks 11.00-24.00  Snacks at set times.

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Outdoor pool

With sunbeds, parasols and palm trees on the terrace.

Hotel-run kids' club

Hotel-run kids' club for ages 4 to 14 years.

Buffet restaurant

Selection of Spanish and international dishes with a weekly themed buffet.

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twin room

Twin room sleeps up to 3 - can be sold as a single. Minibar on request and at a charge.

twin room with sea view

Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3. Minibar on request and at a charge.

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Second Time Around Sep'13 & we'll be back a 3rd time for sure

We have noticed a few refurbishment improvements since Sep'12 and I have heard they are doing the whole of the hotel in phases (maybe 2014?). At this point they refurbed the showers/toilets near the outdoor pool completely. Nice and clean and bright. Some of the other communal areas have also been redecorated, new furniture. Our room had two beds pushed together, but we had that the last time. The bathroom seemed to have been re-grouted, but not refurbished, it's still Avocado. You cannot fault the cleanliness. We had the same lady as last time looking after our floor and she is meticulous. Overall the room is comfortable, but dated. I think they are redoing all of the rooms also...We enjoyed sitting on the balcony in the evenings and keeping the door open with the voile curtains drawn. All-inclusive board basis. The food is just great - you will have a different theme every night, with the best night being "Market Day" where the chefs and the restaurant staff just outdo themselves. It's a feast of colours and choice. Soooo much choice. But there'll always be 3-4 types of fish (white fish and shell fish), meat (you'll always have chicken plus pork, veal, beef etc etc) cooked in different ways. Vegetarians will also be served well, as although they don't do tofu or quorn type main dishes, the pasta dishes, salads, choice of grilled/baked vegetarian dishes can serve as such. Last year we noted that our all-inclusive menu allowed us to have house wine by the bottle, which this time round was not the case. That may just be overall economy biting. But we were always served with chilled house wine in caraffes instead which sufficed, not great though. But you could get a good deal on local wines by paying a few Euro more, maybe 50% discount on the Rioja, which is lovely, depending on the wine? We didn't bother, as we had spent our budget on all-incl. and that was that. But when going to the bar, you could get some branded beverages, which are not typical "all-incl" local. For instance the "local" but main stream dark rum is called "Barceló" (no relation to hotel) and is the equivalent of Appletons... Breakfast is a great start to the day, you can have healthy cereals, fruit, fry-ups anything really, although the coffee is a mixed bag of allsorts. You really have to be skilled in pressing the right button and swapping cups over, as they don't seem to match volume with cup size...and the taste is mmmhhhsoso. Wifi: Free in lobby area. That was enough for us, didn't have that much time for else. Beach & Area Across the road from the hotel reach the beach in under 3 minutes. This year, the beach umbrellas/sunloungers were a bit busier, so we sometimes were closer/further to the beach. A revelation, as the ones further from the beach are half the price, EUR8per day for two on avg...The beach is white sand and clean and goes on and on, great for a walk. Or hire some bycycles to ride along the promenade around to the Marina Isla Canela, where there are a few more hotels and bars (one English bar for the footie). Take the bus into Ayamonte for a few Euros. September is festival time and the time to go, as this is a week full of partying in the town, with processions, a fair ground with music tents for dancing and / or listening to live music. All different styles. Great time and very lively. Take advantage of any day trips, we usually do 1or2 in a 2 week stay, either wine tasting, trip into Portugal, jeep safari in national park, trip to Seville, Huelva etc. Locally there is more to do, but you'll have to find the kite surfing, sailing school via reception. Maybe try the golf nearby? I think we will the next time round. Entertainment in hotel: Fine to have a drink to in evenings, but music sounds all very similar, ie Europop. *Just go to the bar across near the beach, they have live music and it's a younger crowd. * Sunloungers by the pool are aplenty. The gardens are just lush and the gardeners are constantly pruning, cutting, watering. The water feature centre piece within this Andalucian type hotel complex makes it feel very relaxing. Just sit with a drink by the fountain, rose bushes and enjoy the sun. The lobby always reminds me of a botanic glasshouse. It has large windows facing south, in the middle it has a small fountain and chairs/sofas nestle inbetween palms. In September we regularly had temperatures of 28-29C. The staff - are really what makes this hotel. The dream team of Mario and Juan Antonio and Angela at reception are always ready to help. The hotel were busy when we arrived, but we did get a glass of sparkling to relax with. They also had a number of new faces, practicantes (maybe apprentices?), who were all very helpful. Faultless German, English and of course Spanish/Portuguese language skills that we noticed. Then Isa, Ana, Marta, Jose snr and jnr, then the Maitre de and the Hostess at the restaurant. Not to forget all the chefs having a banter with you over what they think you should try next. At the bar they serve fast and furiously the busier they get, in the main entertainment room and by the pool. Other guests in Sep: Families with smaller children and younger couples, mostly Spanish, Portuguese. English, German mainly on package holidays. We got on with everyone, had a chat, a wave and a nod. After a while you get to recognise some faces and get into conversation, all quite friendly.More

Stephanie T, London, United Kingdom

Great hotel!

We stayed here for a week in Aug-13 and chose the half-board option. First impressions were good, a glass of something sparkly on arrival and an efficient check in - both welcome after hours spent travelling. Our room was a little basic but as with the rest of the hotel was very clean. The hotel has a nice lay out in that there are over 300 rooms but it doesn't feel cramped and as others have commented no problem in getting a sun lounger poolside. I have previously had various all inclusive/half-board holidays but was particularly impressed with the quality and quantity of the food at the Barceló. Each morning & evening the restaurant was set out very well with plenty of choice (and in the evening there were different sections for fish, meats, pizzas, omelettes etc....) As you would perhaps expect there is a good choice of wine too (I recommend the Rioja!) and it is very reasonably priced. The hotel is well situated for getting around - the lovely beach is just over the road and seems popular with families because of the gently shelving sand into the sea. There are a couple of local supermarkets nearby and any perishable items can be kept in the fridge in your room. There is a bus stop just across the road and for a few Euros I would recommend a trip into nearby Ayamonte for a spot of lunch/shopping (perhaps don't visit the free municipal zoo if you are a real animal lover as although the animals appeared to be in good condition the enclosures are small & unstimulating for them and it might be a bit upsetting to see) There is also a daily market opposite the hotel where you can try out your bartering skills for jewellery, handbags, clothes, sweets etc... We had a very enjoyable week here and would just add that a week doesn't feel long enough to discover the local and wider area and also have a few days relaxing so would suggest, to do both, a stay of a minimum of 10 days.More

PammyA99, Stevenage, United Kingdom

Lovely and peaceful, a good choice for relaxing

I would not hesitate to return at some stage, I have never been to a Hotel where you could so easily get sun beds at any time which is a real plus for me. The pool was a bit cold and the sea was warmer and as only a shall stroll over the road made a nice change. Food was fine better if you like fish and we deff. Enjoyed the chocolate fountain, Rooms were dated as mentioned in previous reveiws but as long as you go expecting this then there will be no problem. Enjoyed the Seville trip and the bar over the road which had music on most nights . Transfer from Portugal was just under an hour.More

drats, East Devon, England

Great for a week relaxing

The grounds are extensive and very attractive, bWe spent a week here at the start of September on a half board basis with Thomson's. After seeing our first room which had no sea view as booked there was no problem moving us to another room, all done in minutes. The new room was comfortable and very well appointed. Food was buffet based and very good. Lots of fish and a good variety of everything else. As we had an early departure on the last day an early breakfast was arranged, this had full selection apart from hot items. There was a good wine list with a decent bottle of Rioja available for 10 Euros - watch out for special offers. uilt in an old Andalusian style. Never a problem finding good sun beds around the large pool complex. Just outside the hotel there are several very good bars and restaurants where good lunches are to be had. The bus to Ayamonte stops by the beach This is well worth a visit with plenty of shops and tapas bars to be found. This is a quiet part of Spain and was just the job for a quiet relaxing week.More

Jessies_Grandad2013, London, United Kingdom

Great hotel with fab staff

Stayed here for a week the staff were great and very helpful. I have multiple sclerosis and have injections that need to be kept at a certain temperature. The fridge in the room was designed for drinks and I was unsure of the temperature as my fridge thermometer that i had taken had given up ! No worries Chef to the rescue, I popped in and borrowed his thermometer daily. All of which was met with a smile and some banter. Would definitely recommend this hotel opposite a fabulously long an sandy beach.More

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