Posts Tagged ‘all inclusive’

Hotel Galini, Chersonisos, Crete, Greece

My husband and I have just returned from a week’s holiday on an all inclusive basis at the family run Hotel Galini, Chersonisos, Crete.

Anybody who pays the prices charged by this hotel and thinks they are going to a 5* hotel is deluded and should use a travel agent instead of booking themselves on line. It is an inexpensive family-run hotel about half a mile from the sea and about 2 miles from Chersonisos.

We arrived late in the evening and were tired. The security guard, Chris checked us in: he gave us the key to our room & the remote control for the tv, although we only got one channel! . He was delightful, the room was less so. The room was small. It contained a 3/4 bed and a single bed, a balcony with a table and 2 chairs and an en-suite shower room. There was only a top sheet for the larger bed and the blankets in the wardrobe were very smelly. We asked for these to be replaced with clean ones the following morning and this happened within about 30 minutes. The en-suite shower room, like all I have seen in Crete, have a bucket for the toilet paper. There was no other waste bin in the room. The shower tray was small and badly cracked around the edges. There was nowhere to hang the shower head so we had to hold it when having a shower. However, in general the room was clean but tired very basic.

roomI went straight to bed but when my husband walked down to the pool bar he found it was largely occupied by staff. He joined them for a couple of beers. He found them very friendly and they shared their food with him. The staff do what they can for the guests.

Breakfast is a continental buffet which varies little day in day out. The bread is delicious, the breakfast cake traditional but the beans look revolting and I do not understand why wine is available on tap this early in the morning! Meals on the whole offered little choice. The selection of food is poor, repetitive and luke warm rather than hot. However the salad vegetables and fruit is very fresh and plentiful. Dessert was almost always fruit at lunch time and dinner, which I enjoyed, but some variety would have been appreciated. For some obscure reason no smacks were available during the day, except for ice cream between 2-4 pm. However, although I am vegetarian, there was always something suitable for even me each meal and my husband had choices of meat and fish dishes. He enjoyed most of these and neither of us ever went hungry.

Our room was attended to by chamber maids every day. The linen and towels were changed 4 times in 7 nights. However, the replacements were well worn. Several of the sheets had holes in them or were ripped. Most of the bath mats were well past their. The floor of the room was mopped twice. Hygiene standards are not very high.

The hotel has no lift and has stairs all over the place. It is does not sell anything other than crisps at the bar & postcards in reception and the nearest shop is 500 yards up a dirt track so this hotel is not suitable for those with disabilities or for children in prams or buggies.

There is a tiny kiddies pool. The main pool varies in depth from 1.40 metres to 3.20 metres so it was never warm. Much of the pool and bar furniture was tired and worn.

poolThe staff in the hotel are helpful and do their best. The hotel is in definite need of attention both in its fabric and the service it offers if it is to meet the needs of Western tourists going forward. However, we met some delightful people during our stay and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. So, would I choose to go back to Hotel Galini by choice? No. Would I have a hissy fit if someone took me on a surprise holiday and I ended up there? Also no. Would I recommend Hotel Galini? That is a definite no.

Valerie Penny

 

Cotillo Beach Hotel, El Cotillo, Fuerteventura, Spain

My husband and I booked Cotillo Beach Hotel in El Cotillo on Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, Spain on an all-inclusive basis having looked at other reviews here. We needed a cheap, relaxing sunny break to give us some relief from the UK winter. We were very pleased with all aspects if the holiday. The resort is small and very quiet off season. This suited us, but if you are looking for shops, pubs or clubs you would be better to choose a bigger resort.

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This hotel is set around a rectangular court yard with the swimming pool, plenty of loungers and chairs and tables in the middle. It is all very pretty and well maintainedImage

The restaurant serves a wide variety of tasty, fresh food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. When the restaurant is not open snacks are available in the bar. The food caters for a variety of nationalities.  There were British, French, Spanish, Italians and Germans in the Hotel when we were there. The chef cooks some variety of fresh fish or meat each lunch and dinner time. The coffee is delicious and if you want to you can drink alcohol continually from 10am-11pm!

The hotel is on the edge of the town a few yards from the coast and at the bus terminal if you want to take a trip to Corralejo. There are some lovely coastal walks and a wide variety or plants and birds to spot nearby. The hotel has tennis, table tennis, darts and various other activities organised. There was always something on in the evenings. Sometimes karaoke, bingo or live entertainment

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The rooms are spotlessly clean and the balconies sunny and sheltered.  The staff are all really friendly and helpful. They are extremely hard working and could not have been more helpful.

If I wanted to nit-pick I would tell you that as the staff cover the dining room and bar at the same time we sometimes had to wait quite a long time (several minutes) to be served in the bar if we went in during mealtimes and the puddings were very similar throughout our stay, but these things are very minor.  We had a lovely holiday and would certainly go back to this hotel.

Valerie Penny

Caleta Palace, Playa d’Aro, Spain

This was a quick budget “all inclusive” break for my husband and me after a busy year. It was also to ward off the onset of winter for a week, so our expectations were not high – but Caleta Palace was great – no entertainment at that time of year, but that suited us! The resort of Playa d’Aro in Spain is quieter than many. That is what we were looking for.

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The resort is beautiful. The hotel is perfectly situated with steps leading directly on to the beach. It is a large hotel really designed for the “all inclusive” market and probably more suited to couples or young families than teenagers or young couples.

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Our room was spotlessly clean, and quiet as it did not overlook the pool, but had a view to the mountains at the front of the hotel. It was lovely, The room was cleaned daily. It was huge with both a bath and shower, balcony and separate sleeping area. The room was marvellous.

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We also really enjoyed the food. it is all served on a buffet basis so you can always find something you enjoy. I am vegetarian and my husband is a decided omnivore who likes his meat! Both of us ate well, don’t expect to lose weight! There are always fresh salad vegetables and fruit available as well as fish and meat freshly cooked. Potatoes, rice and pasta are provided and chips are always an option. Cheese, cold meats and freshly prepared mixed salads are available too. Puddings are delicious! fresh cakes, puddings, jellies and yoghurt are available and ice cream and fruit are always choices. I do not understand those who say food is not good – it is delicious!
Snacks are available on the all inclusive tariff in between meals, drinks are continuous and the coffee is delicious.

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The staff at the hotel were kind and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our break and plan to go back next year.

Valerie Penny