My husband and I went to this hotel first week in September. Will keep the review short. We had a great time. Room with sea view was lovely and spotless. We were half board. Dining experience was great. The ambience at this hotel was the best thing about it- it was so chilled loved it and thank you to Lesley for fixing the bike problem. Beautiful place can't wait to go backMore
Errol30, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
On the strength of rave reviews we booked a holiday at hostal La Savina in Formentera. Where to start ?? The hostal is nice enough ,advertised (complete with pictures) as being on the edge of a crystal clear lagoon complete with small beach. What the pictures don't show is the seaweed you have to wade thru to reach the turquoise water....seaweed that has turned to an ankle deep , brown sludgy mess, for the first couple of feet and we found this repulsive. It could also have been responsible for the awful smell that drifted around from time to time . Hotel staff are lovely, smiley and friendly. However our air-conditioning wasn't working properly (a must when the temperatures are over 30 degrees) and despite us asking for it to be sorted at least twice no one actually looked at it until the afternoon before we were due to return home. At least we were able to sleep on our last night ! We were half board and the service for our evening meal included a drink. On the first night my husband had beer and I had water. They served the beer in a glass not much bigger than a wine glass and gave us a small bottle of water. They served us two coffees to finish. The second night they asked my husband if he wanted a large beer and asked me if I wanted a large water . We said yes and again were given two coffees to finish. This was our routine for the rest of the week. When we checked out on Fri am we were presented with a bill for an extra 48 euros to cover the large beer and the coffees. The hostal staff had been very ,very unprofessional in not telling us that coffee and large beers were extra to us. They had charged us 4 euros per night for my husbands large beer but he should have had a drink in with the price ...given they only served a half beer as inclusive the extra charge should have only been about 2 euros. However the main point is we should have been informed that large beers and coffees incurred an extra charge. It is a nasty way to treat customers by not saying anything then giving them a hefty bill at the end of the holiday . Kettle provided in room but no drinks so take your own sachets of coffee etc. Mediocre background music is on a loop which drives you crazy after a while. Beware on Sat night they have what can only be described as a beach rave party , It attracts loads of youngsters who drink and smoke on the beach whilst dancing to the loud music. Given the hostals main visitors ore over 50 s and young families it seems a pointless thing to do but luckily the disco (or noise )stops about 10.30 . We understood the Island had lots of soft sandy beaches and there are some dotted here and there. Lots of rocks in other parts abutting the sea with sea weed everywhere and pretty deep water .We were a good 30 mins walk off a pretty beach , not ideal in such hot, humid conditions.I know review is negative but our holiday was nothing like we expected. Formentera is quite barren, deserted and even shabby in parts. Around la Savina marina are only expensive restaurants and a few expensive bars. A handful of market stalls all selling similar goods and a couple of supermarkets and that's your lot. As for hostal La Savina we feel we were treated like second class citizens....not even being allowed to sit and have dinner at the front tables which overlook the lagoon ,these being reserved (presumably ) for when some one better came along. Room tip .. We had room 106. A nice room . However room 105 and maybe 104 will have their view from the balcony obscured by a big tree .More
chrishart, huddersfield uk
I love this hostal!
We went with friends in May and it was just fantastic.
The location, the view, the rooms, the beach, the feeling, the food, the service, the cleaning, the bar and the breakfast buffet. All was superb! Todo excelente! I really recommend this place!More
A perfect 2 weeks!
We spent a wonderful 2 weeks here in August and La Savina is definitely on our list of places to go back to (which is very rare as we always like to try different places).
Our whole experience from arriving on the island of Formentera to leaving was pretty much perfect.
We arrived at the hotel after a very early morning start and had to wait around 30 minutes for our room to be ready but to be honest that wasn't a problem as we sat outside and had a lovely cool drink.
Upon entering the room, our first impressions were that it was really really small but to be honest after that first day we hardly even noticed! It just made us tidy up a little bit more after ourselves and that isn't a bad thing!
We had paid extra for a seaview room and while the room was amazing, in hindsight we wouldn't do it again and that is because it was simply too hot to sit on! We would be out for the day at one of the many lovely beaches, and plan to come back, sit on the balcony, maybe have a drink before heading out for our evening meal but in all honesty we couldn't stand more than 5 minutes! I don't want to complain about the weather as that is one of the reasons for holidaying in places like this but it really meant we couldn't make use of it anywhere near as much as we would have maybe liked to have. It certainly had the most spectacular views of the sunsets and was beautiful to sit outside before breakfast but come the afternoon when the sun was in that direction it really was just too much.
We ate at the hotel on many evenings but also tried a few of the other restaurants in La Savina. I have to say all the food we had while in Formentera was delicious and of a pretty high standard. It isn't cheap however, on average our evening meals would cost around 70 euros for 2 of us which would include wine and maybe an after dinner drink but everything we had was certainly tasty and we never left anywhere feeling hungry, quite the opposite in fact! Some of the pizza's could easily have served 2 people but of course when you are on holiday you don't always worry about portion control! I must point out that I thought the breakfasts at La Savina were delicious! Too nice to be honest and sometimes we ended up eating far more than we should have couldn't decide what to have! Hot breakfast, pastries, cakes, fruit, there certainly is plenty there for everyone to choose from and everything so fresh.
To try and combat some of the inevitable holiday weight gain we hired cycles for the duration of our holidays and used them every day with absolutely no fear at all. Buses, coaches and mopeheads all seem to respect you and give you more than enough room on the road. We probably saw a lot more of the island that you would ever see on the bus or hire car so I would recommend the minute you get there you hire one for your holidays. Ours worked out only 3 euros a day per bike which is cheaper than the buses anyway!
Overall we loved Formentera, the beaches, the food, the little towns and we will certainly be looking to book there again in a few years time.
If I could make one small suggestion to the hotel, that would be to install full size fridges with a freezer section in the rooms rather than the ones they have currently. In the Spanish sun you need a constant supply of cold drinks and there just wasn't the space to store much in the fridge we had.More
Emma S, Sunderland, United Kingdom
"Life is too short to miss a Formentera sunset!"
Just returned from a fabulous weeks break at La Savina in Formentera. The location of this hotel is perfectly situated on what could be described as "it's own private beach". The water is clear, shallow and warm with just a handful of people there at any one time and beds and loungers always available.
As soon as we arrived at the hotel the reception staff were friendly and welcoming, however, there seemed to be a bit of a language barrier with some of the restaurant staff who could come across as a little stand offish because of this. The menu at the restaurant was somewhat limited, but enjoyable, and despite being half board we ate out the last two evenings at another beachfront restaurant Cafe del Lago. Highly recommended and advisable to book as it does get busy.
Rooms were spotless, cleaned everyday, had a fridge and kettle and beds were turned down on a night with a sweet on your pillow. Air conditioning was very effective, thank goodness. Despite what some have said, we were right above the restaurant/bar and once the balcony doors were closed, the sound from here was barely noticeable.
Breakfast is served until 11am and is buffet style with lots of choice from meats, cheese and pastries to scrambled egg and Buck's Fizz. A lovely way to start the day on the terrace overlooking the lagoon.
The hotel oozes a chilled atmosphere with low lighting, candles in every nook and cranny, different seating areas and a constant stream of relaxing background music. We have never returned to the same place twice for a holiday, however, despite others failure to do so, we have managed to book again for next year. Looking forward to it already!!!More
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