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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My husband and I spent 1 week in Barcelo Isla Canela from 17 September to 24 September.
It was intended to be a short get away straight after our wedding to fill the gap before our main holiday to Hawaii next year, but to be honest we would both be happy if we didn't have anything else planned.
The hotel is nestled on the longest most beautiful beach we have ever seen and there are beautiful views aplenty where ever you go. We visited the nearby towns Ayamonte and Isla Christina, both of which offer a splendid authentic Spanish experience.
Back to the hotel itself, the building is lovely and always clean and well kept. All of the staff are lovely and were very accommodating. My husband is currently learning Spanish and he had great fun conversing with the supportive staff who helped him practice and improve.
The entertainment team at the hotel Aris and Pedro are both fantastic and made our week. We had so much fun doing the activities with them and just generally laughing with them. They are a credit to the hotel and have left us both saying "Exceleeeente!"
We were all inclusive and made full use of the delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffet was always delicious and my husband swears that the ice cream there is the best he has ever had. We also drank our weight in Cruzcampo and Sangria. Suffice to say we have come back with holiday pots!
It is also worth noting that the hotel has fantastic wifi for its size, we had wifi everywhere in the complex.
We will definitely come back again as we loved the area and the hotel. Some reviews say it is boring with nothing to do, but we completely disagree.We had an amazing time and could have happily stayed another week (although we would have come back with even bigger pots then!)More
Ceris C, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Just arrived home after a fantastic week, This hotel is a little gem. I am looking forward to going back next year. it's quiet and there is not much to do, but you feel so relaxed and calm. The staff are wonderful and the day and night entertainment is brilliant.
The food is great and the hotel is so clean The gardens are neat, such a pretty place to relax. Last of all the beach what an amazing sight.More
Cyrusjo, Blackwood, United Kingdom
Good hotel in a lovely location
hotel is in a lovely location, the beach across the road stretches for miles and because it's so spacious is never crowded. Not a lot to do in the area other than walking and relaxing, makes for a really chilled holiday. The furnishings in the hotel are dated, but that did not concern me as it was spotlessly clean. My only complaint is that the communal areas are not big enough to accommodate guests in 350 rooms. Sometimes there was a queue to the restaurant at meal times and although the quality of food was excellent, it was quite an ordeal going to the self service counters due the the number of people all pushing and shoving. I am aware that the hotel is undergoing refurbishment and I really think it would benefit by expanding the dining area in some way or having sittings, so that there aren't so many people in there at once.
Overall a good holiday, though as I said the communal spaces often felt claustrophobic.More
sisterbecky13, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Autumn break for 7 nights
Booked with Thomson. Hotel facilities are excellent, public areas are very well kept, buffet breakfast and dinner was really good. This is a real spanish resort with super beaches and plenty to do. Hotel prices and local bar prices are very reasonable reflecting the fact it is not over run by mass tourism. Rooms due for upgrade over winter monthsMore
Truly Relaxing week!
Booked this late holiday with Thomson as we had been to the area before. The Hotel, although a bit dated, is spotlessly clean and the grounds and gardens are immaculately tended. I understand that it is due a refurbishment to a Thomson Platinum hotel over the next year so will look forward to seeing that when it is done. The Hotel is right across the road from what could be the best beach in Spain!It is miles of golden sand with hardly anybody on it. We paid extra for a sea view and what a view we got - our room was on the first floor overlooking the sea and the swimming pool with a large balcony. The room was ample for 2 of us and the bed was so comfortable.All the staff were friendly and polite even though they didnt speak much English and we dont speak much Spanish but we got by.The Dining Room was rather old fashioned and could get busy at times but our rep advised us to try and eat early as the Spanish tend to eat later - this avoided queues especially in the evening. You can hire a safe in your room and also they provide beach towels, for a deposit. There were always plenty of sunbeds at all times of the day.
There is not much to do in the vicinity but there is a bus which stops right outside the hotel which takes you to Ayamonte for 1 euro 30. Ayamonte is a lovely authentic Spanish town with pleasant squares and lots of restaurants and has a pleasant harbour area.From here you can take a ferry taking about 15 minutes to the Portuguese town of Villa Real de San Antonio. This also is a charming little town with more nice squares and historic buildings. We ate in a fish restaurant which was full of locals (always a good sign) where you could select your own fish from a refrigerated cabinet.In the other direction from the hotel there is a "Noddy" train which takes you to a marina where you can sit at a bar and watch the boats come and go.
We went on an organised tour to Seville with Thomson. Our Guide, Jose, was excellent and gave us a really good history lesson as well as advice on where to go.However, we were a little disappointed that our rep in the hotel did not tell us that we could have obtained age related discounts on admission to various sites on production of a passport or driving licence with proof of age. We could have saved ourselves over 25 euros on that day. The only other criticism we had was that there were no facilities in the room for tea and coffee making, which is unusual for a four star hotel. They did have entertainment in the evenings, singers, magicians etc., but this wasnt our scene so we didnt see all of it.
Overall we had a really relaxing week and the weather was very kind to us for late September. Would certainly recommend this hotel and look forward to going again once it has been updated.More