A classic (definitely not boutique style) hotel, traditional Andalaucian style building, with central garden with fountains & waterfalls, leading to two swimming pools linked by a channel. Very clean and well maintained throughout hotel and garden areas. Close to magnificent sandy beach. Cycle way and promenade walkway side by side link to marina at Punta de Moril (about 1 hour walk), also possible to walk on safe pathway to Ayamonte. Hourly bus service (senior rates) link both locations on circular route. This strip development a mix of aparment blocks & hotels but none above 6 x 8 storeys. Beach cafes etc at each end of promenade. Easy link by ferry to both Isla Christina (not a lot to see except beaches) and Vila Royale, Portugal side of River Guardiana (time differnce of 1 hour!). The coastal dunes and development strip of Isla Canela is separated from the mainland by a huge sea marsh and two wide canals a distance of some 3.5km. A fantastic nature reserve changing at every tide. We were lucky to see flamingoes and many other types of wading birds. Stand and watch the effect of the changing tide levels (approx 2.5m) on the sea marsh streams and channels, an amazing sight. A wilderness in the raw, but scattered with smallholdings, views across to Ayamonte and the mainland of Spain & Portugal. A tourist hotspot this is not, but enjoy this part of Spain that is as yet still very Spanish without being spoiled by mass tourism. The Baracelo hotel was as we anticipated by researching the web site and delighted in the classic Andalucian style of architecture (it has the feel of a Roman villa - where was the senator and his entourage). Yes the bathroom ensuite was very dated and in need of a refurbishment, but the room and balcony with supurb views of the gardens, swimming pools and sea, was as we wanted and not disappointed. Yes, we have had many bigger rooms etc but also paid a lot more for them. Large double bed was very comfortable and we were never disturbed by any external noises. Yes again, as mentioned by others, the air con. unit was not particularly efficient, but adequate. One major plus for this hotel are the staff, without exception from reception, bar, restaurant and not forgetting the cleaners, we were greeted, smiled at and received first class attention and service throughout our stay of two weeks. (We have travelled extensively to all continents and stayed in small B & B'snto 5â + hotels, the service and smiles here were second to none! Maybe its because we also smile and attempt pleasantries in the local language!! Many of the staff were keen to assist in the correct Andalucian pronunciations. Ah well keep trying. The restauranr and meals were buffet style and opening times over extended periods for all 3 meals times. Of course the fare is for the mixed international clientele not just for the British palette. Always a large choice of hot and salad type foods. Again certain nationalities want to eat as soon as the restaurant opens and at this time a queue forms but quickly disappears. Advise wait a short while for first eaters to disperse and enjoy a less hectic experience. The food counters are constantly refreshed and we never experience any shortage of foods. The servers worked frantically in their areas and quickly served our drink orders and cleared used plates. This certainly is not al la carte but good and varied food to provide for a mixed international clientele. A good holiday not spoiled by the mixed weather unusual for this time of year.More
Wait, eat later 8.30 ish for pleasant meal. Food good ,choice ,heat etcetera. Weather disapointing,but we enjoyed the river cruise today. Shame about rough sea /jelly fish. Evening entertainment ok abba flamenco both enjoyable.yes there was bingo. Barcelo hotels are of a good standard.More
We booked this hotel via Thomson (avoid this tour operator) for 2weeks. I caught a severe ear infection 4 days into the holiday,directly after using their pool (of course they denied any responsibility). You are situated in wasteland with hotel complex after complex and no amenities. Which believe me, you will need if you're left in the same situation we were. We were offered a free lunch as a sorry, which we denied since I couldn't eat, then free alcoholic shots (that I couldn't drink due to antibiotics). We spent over 400 euros on buses,taxis, medical bills and pharmaceutical products. Emotionally speaking we lost our entire break and we were left stranded with this situation in a foreign country with little direction to medical help. I was ill for the remainder of our stay and unable to fly unless I took full responsibility for the chance I could lose my hearing altogether. I took the risk as I couldon't stand to spend a day longer in this place. The food got bland really quick,they don't cater for food allergies/intolerances but they did guide me on what I could and couldn't eat which wasn't much. The room was substandard (not 4 star) but it was cleaned well throughout our stay, shower was dark and dingy. The Anamation team were rather annoying as they tried to recruit people for daily activities, we felt pestered. We had a horrific holiday, wasted money and couldn't wait to get home. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone and urge you all to steer clear. If you wish to visit this area which I think is lacking any Spanish culture whatsoever and you just want to relax then use the hotel Melia, this looked more professional and at least had a pharmacy nearby. We are emotionally scarred from this experience and out of pocket big time. A holiday this was not, AVOID THIS HOTEL.More
Martin David L, Ayamonte
DO NOT GO HERE
We have just returned from the worst holiday we have ever been on. No way on earth is this hotel 4*. Air conditioning did not work properly, sometimes not at all. There is one restaurant where you have to queue sometimes for half an hour, the food is either cold or not cooked we saw people taking food back several times during our stay The restaurant staff were very unfriendly and uninterested. Entertainment was practically non existent, 4 times during our stay the main entertainment was BINGO. Rooms are very dated and tatty and are lacking in facilities. We did most of eating in the one and only beach bar across the road as it was edible. Needless to say we will never return to this hotel and would not recommend it to anyone.More
A diamond in the rough
This hotel has a charm that is easy to grow fond of. staff are excellent and attentive. public areas are pleasant and well maintained. Buffet resturant had excellent choice and quality. Location was peaceful with a superb beach just across the road, easy access to bus service to nearby Ayamonte and the local harbour. The only draw backs were the rooms and connecting corridors which were tired and in need of a revamp (though beds were comfortable) and the entertainment room where sofas were grubby and thread bare. With a little TLC this hotel could be a true gem. Despite everything we loved our stay here.More
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