Laid-back Las Gaviotas is ideally placed, just minutes from bars, restaurants, and the beach. It's a pretty place, too - with bright white bungalows ringing the pool. A buffet restaurant is on hand, too.
This place has clinched a great location. For starters, it’s only a matter of minutes from the beach – a ribbon of soft volcanic sand peppered with sunloungers. Plus, it’s close to a seafront promenade that runs all the way to Puerto Del Carmen in the south, and Arrecife in the north. It means you’re in a really central spot if you want to head out.
The complex itself is made up of a collection of whitewashed bungalows which are grouped into blocks and are all close to each other. Inside the bungalows, things are simple and homely. Think neutral walls, oak furniture and pretty floral fabrics. There’s plenty of space, with separate lounge areas and bedrooms. And they come with fully loaded kitchenettes, so you can make snacks and meals whenever you want.
When you don’t fancy cooking, though, just head to the buffet restaurant. Cooked breakfasts are the mainstay in the morning, and you can get a choice of eggs every day. At dinner, the menu includes classics like steak and chips, as well as local favourites like seafood dishes and paella. Plus, because this place is less than a five-minute walk from bars and restaurants, you’ve got plenty more dining options close by.
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Unbeatable value holidays
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Food & Drink
Bed and Breakfast
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol and soft drinks 11.00-22.30. Tea and coffee. Light snacks 11.00-22.30. Ice-cream 11.00-22.00.
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Pura Vida pool bar
Offering a selection of snacks.
7 outdoor pools
There's a pool with sunloungers and parasols in each section of the complex. Two of the pools have a a children's area.
Gaviotas III buffet restaurant
For breakfast, lunch and dinner. This place offers classics like steak and chips, seafood specialities and local favourites.
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superior 1-bedroom apartment
Superior 1-bedroom apartment sleeps 3 adults and 1 child up to 12 years or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years with an extra camp-bed. Maid service 3 times a week, towels changed twice and linen once a week.
1-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 3 adults and 1 child up to 12 years or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years with an extra camp-bed. Apartment is situated in a separate block to the main facilities and have a fan, kitchenette with vitro ceramic hob, microwave, toaster and kettle and a lounge. There's maid service 3 times a week, towels changed twice and linen once a week, including arrival day.
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Cleaners are few and far between
The apartments are set in a very quiet area and not very far from the beach. They are ideal if you want to stay in a place where nothing happens.The apartment we were in was very clean and tidy but got no sun so was really cold during the night. A small electric fan heater was supplied but it proved to be insufficient to heat the entire room so we sat down every night with blankets around us trying to keep warm. On arrival we were advised that the cleaners would be in 5 times a week and the towels would be changed twice. After complaints to the reception and the Thompson rep the cleaners turned up once, some 4 days after we arrived.This was the only time the cleaners arrived and the only time the towels were changed. On one occasion they did empty a waste bin but did nothing else. Another time a lady knocked on the door, handed me two toilet rolls and a black bag and indicated that I should empty the bin. If you are going to this complex with a family I would imagine with no cleaners the place could be in a mess by the end of the week. The only entertainment this complex had was on one night when they put on a special dinner with some flamenco but then charged 20e per ticket to attend. Be prepared for the Germans to nick all of the sun beds by the pool early in the morning and not use them all day. Aircraft noise can be an issue from about 8am. The landing and take off direction can change from day to day so some days are quieter than others.More
BlueRoseIs, Newport, United Kingdom
Happy with our stay altogether. Only minus was the cleaning of the room. E.g not all towels were changed, even though they were left on the floor. Great location, easy to travel with bus to Playa Blanca and Arrecife. Great service from reception staff! We stayed in the upgraded bungalow, worth the little extra money. Unlucky with the weather. Quiet in this time of the year. More
Lovely area shame about these apartments
Booked this accommodation for 3 nights purely on reviews seen here and it's apparent value for money. Positives: The area of Matagorda town surrounding these bungalows is lovely. It has a lovely clean beach and plenty of bars and restaurants many which do takeaway service. It's is close proximity to the airport 5 mins in taxi and â¬10. My partner is an avid plane-spotter and there is an area of beach, which is 50yrds infront of airport runaway, where you can see aircraft take off and land. We stayed in a one bed bungalow. It was of adequate size with flat screen TV and what looked like a newly refurbished bathroom. We went full board and the onsite restaurant was clean and the food was delicious. However I do have major gripes with the restaurant which I will get to. Negatives: we arrived at reception desk at 12pm and was told we had to wait 2hrs for the room. The TV is free however they ask for â¬10 deposit for TV remote ( we found out that we didn't need remote as the TV turns on and can change channel by using buttons on the side panel of TV. To use the safe in your room it costs â¬18 per week non refundable. Unacceptable!! As for free wifi. Forget it!! It's non existent and apparently you can only get it if your placed in Block 8. I don't find that very fair on the other 7 blocks. The shower is diabolical!! We had warm water for all of 30 secs each day. We had maybe assumed on first night that water tank maybe wasn't that big to accommodate the mass of people taking showers before dinner time so we tried again at midnight at 5am at 7am and at 2pm with no luck. We would have complained but we had to already phone reception for clean towels as they had not been changed for 2 days, even though cleaners had been and we had left the dirty towels on the floor assuming cleaners would exchange them like they do in other places I've been around Europe!! The restaurant is a shambles (even though the food was nice) Dinner is buffet style. Not enough variety of things. I was lucky I could scrape together a full plate. They only serve water or wine. We asked for a cola and said we would pay extra but it wasn't allowed. Eh!! Lunch time is a set menu and the food was fab but the waitress came to table rhymed off what was on offer in broken English. We has no clue what she was saying and I think one day it took us a good 5mins to ask for something as simple as chicken and Chips. It was mind numbing and very embarrassing I feel for her and for us. To rectify this a menu written in various languages should be placed down to guests so we can actually see what's on offer and to stop any embarrassing miscommunications. If this was done then I feel the restaurant would be a lot busier at lunch as we were only people there. Get it sorted Las Gaviotas Final word. I won't be backMore
Although Las Gaviotas is a self catering complex there is a restaurant on site and also plenty of shops or restaurants local which makes for a relaxing holiday. Most areas have a pool or it is just a short walk to the beach. Ideal. We have been several times usually Feb/March time and found the weather and amenities good.More
Beverley I, Cradley Heath, United Kingdom
Where are the cleaners?
We arrived at around 7pm and checked in. The receptionist gave us the relevant information and said that cleaning was 5 times a week and no cleaning on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Our first surpirse was when she said my colleague will take you to your accommodation and there was a minibus outside. We were driven to our bungalow which was on Block 8. There are 8 blocks in total, all spread out over a rather large area which made it feel too impersonal. We were informed that the bungalow had not as yet been refurbished but that did not matter to us. It was clean when we went in so we were happy enough. However, there was a distinct lack of cleaning staff. On the Monday, someone came in and put some toilet rolls. Tuesday - nothing. We reported this to reception and were told that it was a bank holiday but the cleaners would be working Wednesday instead. Wednesday came - no cleaners. Thursday - yippee - bungalow received a visit from cleaner. Friday - at 5pm someone came to the door with a black bag for the kitchen bin and took away the used one. Of course, Saturday there is no cleaning. So in all, we had the accommodation cleaned once in the whole week. Although we spoke to another guest who said Las Gaviotas was her favourite site I did not feel at all at home there and would not want to return.More
lizziedripping2015, Newport, United Kingdom
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