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Fiesta Hotel s' Estanyol, Ibiza 22/08/2007

Great location, great views, great!

Fiesta Hotel s' Estanyol, Ibiza My partner and I along with two friends, stayed at the Fiesta Hotel S'estanyol at the end of July 2004 for 1 week (Thomson Holidays). Our holiday was booked as a Freestyle holiday, which mainly caters for the younger clubbing generation. The reps were friendly and helpful when we needed them but we tended to fend for ourselves and stayed away from the entertainment that was provided in the hotel, so you’ll have to find that out for yourself if you are going (let me know). We found the hotel to be rather dated in decor but the location more than made up for that. We had a room at the back of the hotel, which did not have a balcony and the ceiling fan (no air conditioning), squeaked when you switched it on, but it made no difference to the temperature of the room when it was switched on anyway! The rooms were kept clean by a daily maid service with fresh towels. There is a 24 hour reception where you can exchange travellers cheques and English money for Euros and hire safety deposit boxes. They also have fans, fridges, parasols and various other items for hire (I recommend a fan as they rooms are very hot!). Be aware that you will have to pay a 60 Euro deposit for your room when you arrive which you will get back when you leave, this can be a shock if you haven’t budgeted for it – as we found out! Our check in was fairly smooth, although we had to wait for our rooms as they weren’t ready when we arrived. There was an air conditioned bar serving hot food and snacks throughout ...

Flamingo Playa Aparthotel, Benidorm 16/06/2006

High Rise Heaven??

Flamingo Playa Aparthotel, Benidorm We stayed at the Flamingo Playa Apartments in May 2006 for a 2 week self-catering family holiday, 2 adults and 2 children, which we booked through Thomson for £800 (we managed to get both of our children on a free child place as we had other adults travelling with us). When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by the receptionist in and were able to check in pretty swiftly. The only problem we had initially was that my sister had pre-booked the use of a cot through Thomson, which cost her £40.00. When she enquired about this at the reception before we went to our apartments she was told that she would have to pay again for it and that Thomson should not have charged her for the cot in the first place! She ended up paying £80 all in all for use of the cot. When we got into our apartment I was surprised at how small they were compared to how they looked in the brochure but was pleasantly surprised by the size of the balcony which spanned both the living area and the bedroom with patio doors leading from each room. I have never stayed in an apartment before so have nothing to compare it to, but I thought it was a bit too small for a family of four. The cleanliness of the apartment left a lot to be desired, there was dust everywhere and the bathroom was rather grubby. The cleaners only came in four times whilst we were there and then only mopped the bathroom and the hallway area! Our towels were only changed on these occasions too. The view from the balcony was okay and ...

JD Wetherspoons, The three John Scotts, Hull 10/02/2005

JD Wetherspoons The Three John Scotts - Hull

JD Wetherspoons, The three John Scotts, Hull Wetherspoons – Hull (Three John Scotts) I have been a fan of the J D Wetherspoon’s chain since I was a student as they provide cheap booze and value for money food. Whenever my partner and I visit other towns or cities we often try to head for their local Wetherpsoons as we know what we will get for our money, as quite often we have tried other establishments for a change and found them disappointing; with Wetherspoons we are ‘safe’. One of local Wetherpsoons, ‘The Three John Scotts’ is modern and appealing. This was once the location of the main postal sorting office in Hull, and still sports the original letterbox outside. The toilets downstairs are the old storage and sorting rooms. It has one large room set on different levels and has huge windows which let in plenty of light. There is a designated smoking area in the centre of the pub as you walk in the door but everywhere else is non-smoking (but I heard recently that Wetherpsoons will be banning smoking from all of it’s pubs soon – good on them!). There is also a generous family area. Scattered around the walls there are various pieces of art (painted by local artists I think) and some pieces detailing local history. This particular venue also has a very substantial outside area, which is lovely in the summer. It is quite enclosed and provides quite a suntrap on those few and far between sunny days that the UK has. Contrary to other reviews I have read on Ciao, I have the found the food to be good value ...

Ibiza (Spain) 07/02/2005

Ibiza Uncovered

Ibiza (Spain) This was our first time to Ibiza and we decided to brave the party island and stay in San Antonio Bay just 2.5km from the main town of San Antonio. We stayed in the Fiesta Hotel S’estanyol with beautiful views over the bay and a beach right outside, literally on the doorstep. The hotel was mediocre and did not have air conditioning in the rooms but the location was perfect. Just 2.5km from San Antonio Town it was a pleasant walk back (approximately 30 minutes) after a night on the town. Alternatively you can take a water taxi which takes approximately 10 minutes and costs about £1.20 but the last one is at midnight and things don’t usually start kicking off in the town until then. A taxi back would cost about £3.00. I had visions from the television ‘Ibiza Uncovered’ with lager louts and young girls flashing their boobs but it was nothing like that. The bay was suitable for young and old. There were people with young families, teenagers and couples and we did not feel threatened in any way whilst having a night on the town. The bars are open until around 4.00am, some until 6.00am so if you don’t want to pay the extortionate prices to go clubbing there’s plenty to do. The bars around the hotels on San Antonio Bay switch off their music outside and close their doors at midnight so noise can’t escape and disturb people who want an early night, but people can still carry on drinking if they want to into the early hours. Most of the bars offer free shots and ‘two for one’ ...

Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool 31/12/2004

Norbreck Castle Hotel - Blackpool

Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool My friends and I decided to have a weekend away because it was one of their birthdays. We booked for a two-night weekend break at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool through National Coach Holidays on 19 November 2004. The brochure described the break as being ‘All inclusive’ and we looked forward to fact that we would be able to drink copious amounts of alcohol for free (and why not!). We paid £89.00 for two night’s dinner, bed and breakfast with drinks also included from 7.30pm – 10.30pm in one of the three bars in the hotel. When we arrived at 1.30pm we were met in the lobby with a poster telling us that we were unable to check in until 3.30pm, this was our first mishap. The décor in the lobby was okay and the hotel on the surface seemed rather nice. We made our way to the bar (as you do), to kill a couple of hours before we were allowed in our rooms. The bar area was spacious and airy, with a large conservatory. We got our second shock when we ordered drinks from the bar - £2.80 for a pint of Kronenberg. Now this may be what most people expect to pay but I was disgusted with the price. We didn’t even pay that when we stayed in London and we were half expecting it there. When we eventually got our cards for our rooms we excitedly made our way up to inspect what we had. We opened the door and were hit with the smell of, what I can only describe as – urine (or the kind of smell you get when you’ve left your washing in the machine for too long after it’s ...

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, London 29/09/2004

Holiday Inn Bloomsbury - London

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, London My partner and I, along with a small group of friends decided to book a weekend away in London through a local coach company and were placed at The Holiday Inn – Bloomsbury for our two night stay. We paid £105 for two nights including our coach travel to and from London. When we arrived we were impressed by the exterior and found the hotel lobby / reception area to be light, airy, contemporary and inviting. Check in was swift considering they had a couple of coach loads to attend to and the staff were very polite and friendly. We were then given a key (well a card) and room numbers and went to our rooms to get settled in. We were all quite excited albeit a bit hot and bothered as the journey had been quite a long one (we were travelling from East Yorkshire). When we got to our room we put the card into the slot and the door refused to open, we weren’t the only ones to have this problem as most of our party couldn’t get in either! We had to go downstairs and get our keys ‘reprogrammed’ but this was the only hiccup along the way. When we eventually got into our rooms we were impressed, they were clean, tidy and fresh. We had a television, which greeted us with our names on the screen and this had the facility to order room service through. You could also view your bill for the services you had used through the television and actually watch television if you required! Our room did not have a good view as it faced in towards the centre ...
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