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Just returned from a week staying at Riu Oliva beach hotel with my husband and two children. The hotel was such a disappointment. In the brouchure it looked beautiful but I had read reviews that the annex part was somewhat scruffy. This it was and the bathroom itself had a very unpleasant smell. The bath was dirty looking with some of the enamal coating worn away so it looked awful. The room was basic with a very noisey fridge which did keep me awake at times through the night. The food was ok but not a great choice for kids. Sunbeds were an issue as there was obviously not enough for the amount of people staying at the hotel. The location was fantastic as the beach was lovely, beautiful sand and sea. (Bit far away from anything else right enough.) Thomson should have a serious rethink on this hotel as it is by no means a 4 star.
We are pensioners, unaware that a Club Hotel means hordes of noisy children and VERY Loud Motivators - no peaceful areas at all. We did not need a sea view - which means the annexe !! We did not realise that the annexe was full of families and we were allocated a dirty room 17 steps to the first floor and another 17 to the bathroom/bedroom !! We were later moved grudgingly to a ground floor apartment but this often had stiletto trotting ( a sport ? ) after children from the upstairs apartment but at least no stairs. The hotel was full and we asked to move to the Tres Islas much less children - at 80 Euros a day extra !!!
Two chairs on the beach and a parasol are 9 Euros a day if you are not up to getting up at 5.30 to beat the towels on beds brigade. We just hired a car to go to a wonderful quiet beach some 25 ks away. The excursion on a Catamaran (100 UK pounds for two -9.45 to 1.45 ) we tried was very poor value for money indeed with poor food, drinks and, unfortunately, poor weather - not at all as described. The Staff were really excellent but the food was monotonous and a scrum at popular times. The shows at night were reasonable but seats with a view very hard to get.
Not a good experience at all for us. People with children and boozers seemed to like it - we thought it would be like Butlins with palm trees.
The flights were uncomfortable - dangerously cramped with virtually no leg room at all.
The Clubhotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort is in a stunning location!!!!!!! Situated on the golden sand dunes in Corralejo, in the north part of Fuerteventura. If you love the beach and even the naturist areas it couldn't be better.
Having stayed at this hotel on a previous 2 occasions for the very reason of the beach and the variety of things the hotel offered we had no hesitation of booking to go back for a 3rd time.
We had noticed on our last visit that the hotel and surrounding grounds were looking very shabby and in need of repair but had overlooked that as the staff were so nice and couldn't do enough for you and all we wanted was good food, nice clean rooms, good towels and the BEACH!
The Germans bagged all the sunbeds, not that we wanted them which was lucky.
Having just come back we were sadly disappointed. We checked in and had to wait for our room which was in the annex part of the hotel, no bad thing as they are larger rooms. However more shabby than they had been. We couldn't get a towel for the pool and was told that they only provided towels for the guests staying in the main part of the hotel and not the annex. We told them that we didn't bring towels, as we knew they provided them but they said sorry nothing they could do!!
The food is all buffet style which is fine but average nothing special.
The entertainment is fine for the children but geared up for the German guests.
The evening shows are okay and the team work ever so hard that at the moment lots of them are going off on the sick through over work.
There are lots of activities to do if you so wish, throughtout the day until the team go off at 5pm.
Once the show has finished around 10pm everyone seems to go from the show area and there is another bar open where you can carry on drinking. This bar always had some live music on but this year that has also gone.
Overall we had a good stay as we hired a car for a few days. The hotel staff are great but the hotel is not a 4 star more like a 2/3
We spent 14 nights in this Hotel and loved it. Reception staff very helpful and speak english. Room was 527 and had a fabulous sea and pool view. Room was clean and comfortable with air con, sat tv with a few english speaking channels, free small fridge and free safety deposit box. Nice balcony with table and 2 chairs. Maid service towels changed every day and linen 5th day of your arrival. Main restaurant was lovely and buffet service with fresh food and lots of choice, breakfast 08.00-10.30, lunch 13.00-15.00, dinner 18.30-22.00. Snack/pool bar available for continental breakfast 10.30 -12.00, snacks 12.00-15.30, afternoon snacks 16.00-17.30. Hot/cold drinks available from 10.30 - 02.00am in the bars. Enterainment programme good for all ages and on day and night including shows in the evening. When we where there shows finished at 22.30pm which was abit early for us, however one bar stays open until 02.00am and plays music. For kids there's lots inc kids clubs, games, pool and the shows(suitable for children). Staff in all areas of hotel very friendly. There are two themed restaurants which are also included in all inclusive package but need to be booked one day before (And before 09.00am, call reception). The Hotel offer free pool/beach towels and there is plenty of towels in your room so no need to take any towels with you.
The location of the hotel was very quiet and there is no bars/restaurants near it so you need to take a taxi for 5 Euro into the main centre of Corralejo 10mins away or bus just outside the hotel (at the large supermarket) for 2.30 Euro. The centre of Corralejo has many bars and restaurants and shops but we found it very expensive and no cheaper than back home. Bus timetables are available from hotel reception.
The sand dunes which the hotel overlooks are exceptional and the hotel has access. There are sunbed/umberellas available for 3 Euros each. Its a lovely walk along the dunes and the waves in the sea are amazing and worth a try.
There's a small shop in the hotel and a large supermarket outside the hotel (both expensive). There is an internet room and you pay a small fee depending on how long you need. There is a gym, games room, disco (we didn't go it was mainly used by teens), beauticians, swing park, 2 large pools and a children's pool..
At reception you get free large bottles of water throughout you stay.
Overall i'd recommend hotel we had a memorable time. Hotel would suit all ages.
Well what can I say,the hotel is very big and very busy but yet takes the time to make you feel special.
The staff are very attentitive, helpful and friendly.
The hotel itself is on the sand dunes and quite away from the town, if you want to be away from everything this is the hotel for you although the local bus service is very good and the taxi's are quite reasonable.
My problem was with the food....there was plenty of it all kinds of meat, fish, etc however, when It comes to vegetarians its just salads with the occasional over boiled veg. There was some pasta but I am also gluten intolerant which was a complication. I was offered gluten free pasta as long as I gave a few hours notice, which I am never sure what I want to eat at any time!!
They tried their best but they ran out of gluten free bread 3 days before I left.
It is very difficult to cater for everyone however the basic veggie dosn't really need much just understanding that we are not aliens we just dont eat the meat of any type.Finding a chunk of bacon in the mushroom soup really put me off the soups.
The hotel was spotless,there was plenty of entertainment for all the family a really nice hotel but I wouldnt go back.
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