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Hotel Riu Atlantico - recommended
My husband and I stayed at the Riu Atlantico for a week, at the beginning of October 06, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The hotel is spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. The staff (particularly those on reception) were very friendly and helpful, despite our lack of Spanish.
Our room was large, with a lovely balcony overlooking the pool, and more importantly the beach with a sea view!
Weather was great, and far hotter than we expected at this time of year - around 27/28 degrees, and hotter.
Most of the guests fight for the sunbeds around the large pool area, but there is a beautiful sandy beach at the back of the hotel, which is a minute's walk. This beach was practically empty, and the sea clear and warm - would recommend that visitors do this rather than the boring pool option.
Food at the hotel great, and lots of choice, for both breakfast and the evening meal.
Resort itself very quiet, a local supermarket, a few bars/restaurants and a marina, but that's about it. This is the place to go if you just want to relax and not do very much.
All in all, we would definitely return to the hotel again in the future, for another week of rest and relaxation, in lovely surroundings.
From 9 - 16 March 2007
We stayed in Riu Atlantico for a week.
Although we thought it was not going to be a sunvacation (in this time of year), we had really nice weather. An average temperature of 20-22 degrees. Mostly sunny, some days were a bit clowdy.
The swimming pool was nice, but very cold. There is a inside pool which is heated.
The breakfast and diner were fine. The choice is plenty!
In the nearby surroundings of the hotel, there is not much to see.
It has a small shopping center, but only the supermarket and a small number of café/restaurants were opened. The hotel lies directly at sea and is close to al little harbour.
It's nice to have a hired car (it was included at our trip).
Isla Canela / Ayamonte is very close to Portugal, so you can see both countries. We visited for example Faro, Monte Gordo, Niebla and -off course- Sevilla (beautifull!!).
When we visited, most other guests were olderly people of mostly were German. The hotel personel speak very good German. They are friendly and will gladly help you.
For us, this was a great stay.
We will probably not have chosen this hotel for our summer vacantion. Main reason is that the swimming pool is a bit small (we are used to big ones).
But we believe you can have a nice time at Riu Atlantico.
Relax at Riu
Just returned from a long weekend break at Riu Atlantico.
I will get the minor irritations over with:
1-We hired a car from Seville but the hotel do not provide detailed directions, despite an emailed request - so use route planner.
2-Towels. You can use their beach towels for a returnable €5 deposit per towel. However, they only become available at 10.30am (although I'm sure they are locked in a closet somewhere) and we did not have any our first day as we arrived mid-afternoon. The hotel should reserve some for new arrivals as most of the towels dished out were for existing guests who wanted fresh towels.
3-Late check-out. I asked more than once for a slightly late check-out to ensure our 2 year old had his siesta. Couldn't/wouldn't accede to my request .
4-Only 1 room available for showering for those who've checked out. I would imagine this would defeat the idea of staying at the hotel if a coach airport transfer decided to use it at the same time.
1-Away it from all location, quiet, with a beautiful beach 2 min walk away. Lots of surfers but also ok for kids.
2-Despite 358 rooms, with almost 100% occupancy we never felt as though we were on top of each other, although the pool area did get busy;
3-Sufficient sun loungers with cushions and 1 parasol for every 2 beds, which at 30-35C is needed;
4-Good-sized rooms, with BBC1 and ITV (if that's what you want to watch). Bathroom with bath and power shower;
6-Very pleasant staff througout the hotel. Waiters in main restuarant very helpful and organised;
7-Broadband €1 for 12 mins;
8-Great for kids with a shallow, safe pool and early evening entertainment in the main bar.
9-Lovely marina 1 min walk, with bars, restaurants, ATM and mini-market if you want to get provisions;
10-Hands on Director who is visible and approachable day and night;
11-Left the best till last, the food. Had 1 mediocre lunch with over-cooked steak (being British it is assumed it should be cremated) but the main dining room is difficult to fault. There are choices to suit all tastes, a lot of the fish (salmon, sea bass, panga,etc.) and meat cooked at the chef's stations. There is a comprehensive, reasonably priced wine list. I see that in previous reviews there complaints about being restricted to an early or late sitting, but whichever one you choose you don't have to wait/queue for a table.
We didn't use the indoor pool or other facilities in that area so can not comment;
Certain to return.
Just arrived back from the Riu Atlantico 5th October excellent hotel spotless clean, very friendly and helpful staff. Arrived late at night after a 3 hour delay at Manchester airport, the hotel had arranged a very welcoming buffet for us on arrival, check in was very efficent,our room was lovely and cool as it was still very warm outside it was spotlessly clean with lovely white sheets on the beds, a well stocked mini bar which is reasonably priced lovely sea view, which we had not prebooked!
An excellent choice awaited us at the buffet breakfasts and it was the same for the evening meals, always a great variety, there are 2 sittings for the evening meal 6.30 and 8.30, as we like to eat later we had the 8.30 sitting which was perfect for us.
Very clean pool area with plenty of sunbeds and there is a life gaurd on attendance by the pool. Fantastic 7 mile beach right on the door step never crowded as it is so large ,weather was just perfect for this time of the year. Resort itself is only small and very quiet just a handful of bars ,couple of shops and supermarkets.
Would highly recommed this hotel for a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday, not for those wanting lots lots of night life.
Three of us stayed at the Riu Atlantico for 2 weeks at the beginning of September and had a fantastic time. It was our first time to Costa Del La Luz and we were impressed.
The hotel is lovely. It is clean, modern and spacious. The staff are very friendly; representatives from all the staff, from the cleaners to the management, participated in the welcome meeting and greet you at each evening meal.
We had a room facing the front of the hotel. We had a good view and the room was clean. The pool area is spacious with plenty of sun-loungers and sun -shades so we didn't have to fight for them. The pool is lovely and we wouldn't say it was cold at all; quite refreshing! The hotel is set close to the beach which has lovely clean white sand. The pool bar is also reasonable and the activities were plenty. Aqua Gym seemed to get quite a few takers! You can also hire towels for a 5 Euro deposit and change these as many times as you like during your stay.
The food is varied and we found plenty to eat in the fortnight. The only gripes we could find were that most of the tables in the restaurant were set out for couples. This wasn't a problem for the evening meal but for breakfast it was a real struggle to find a table. The staff were also too busy to help us find a table.
The times of the evening meal were also disappointing. We found the 7pm sitting too early and the 9pm sitting too late. We opted for the 9pm sitting, which was quieter, but we found we often missed the entertainment, which started at 10pm. Mind you, the entertainment was sub-standard so this wasn't that big a deal. It seems that over the years, in order to have a great hotel, some things have had to give!
The bar is drab in colour but as for it being smokey, we didn't find this at all. The smokers went out onto the terrace so maybe they have introduced a no-smoking policy following feedback.
We were incredibly disappointed with our rep who we found to be rude and ironically, not people-friendly. The trips are also extortionate -in total approx 78 Euros to visit Seville. We were also not told of the extras we would have to pay once we got to Seville (entry fees to the Cathedral and Palace) before we booked the trip. Seville in itself is well worth a visit but beware, it was hot!!
We had a fantastic holiday at this hotel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing break. It is true that it is in an area with not much to do but it is a work in progress. We visited the other two hotels down from us and are very glad we picked this hotel for our holiday.
Great Hotel built within a soulless, lifeless and completely isolated location
This is great four staff hotel with friendly, helpful staff making you feel welcome. The rooms are spacious with a fully stocked minibar, bright colours and fairly decent air conditioning. The food is fairly decent with great choice, although bland on the odd occasion. Most of the hot food was round one counter meaning extensive queues but did not bother me as much as it seemed to bother many others. The hotel reception is common of most four star hotels, the indoor and outdoor pools are frozen cold but generally alright once you're in. The entertainment is terrible and held in the dark and grey evening bar, but a few drinks and you'll soon enjoy anything. The indoor gym is basic with many machines needing repaired or renewed. The winter garden is fine for after dining relaxation, as if you haven't already being doing that all day, as there is generally nothing except a marina, a couple of bars and lots of soulless apartment blocks surrounding the hotel. The marina is lovely, but after walking around it a few hundred times in a two week period, it slightly looses its charm. Most of the hotel clients are over 60, and may appeal to them, golfers, those wanting the desert island experience for maybe a week, or of course though with plenty of money who enjoy flushing it down the toilet. We don't do much nightlife ourselves but even this resort was pushing the boat out. Take care ps book your trips via the thomsons website under extras as they are almost double the price in resort.
Nice but expected more.
We booked 4 double rooms altogether with more than a month's anticipation but were very disgusted to find that getting seats together at the restaurant for dinner/ breakfast could not be arranged. The hotel is superb but has definitely seen better days with towels, carpets and general upholstery looking very worn out.
It was rather difficult to find the hotel although there were plenty of signs on the road, they appeared very suddenly and for a foreign driver it was rather stressing. Also if you get lost it's difficult to find your way in the winter with little residents and loads of closed streets with building sites and such.
The choice at the restaurant was rather reduced for dinner, not so much for breakfast. We spent two nights there and hardly any of the items varied on both first and second courses and puddings.
The entertainment was what can be expected for a winter programme. However, the restaurant seemed very busy and we had to wait for over 20 minutes to get seated on the first night.
The spa area also was rather reduced, with only one heated swimming pool (with rather coldish water), no jet shower or jacuzzi and sauna/steam bath not included in the price.
The decoration is very stylish, the hotel has an amazing size and features also a tennis court and an swimming pool that goes under the building on some areas.
The room has an interesting pentagon shape, private balcony and amazing views whether you are looking over the beach and swimming pool or over the neighbouring Isla Cristina coastline on the other side.
The lounge areas are extensive and exquisite. The parking costs can be saved by parking around the area, there are a relative number of spaces in the winter.
Overall nice but if I went again I would choose one of the more modern hotels in the area which are in occasions cheaper, although not all are open in the winter.
Great hotel and facilities
Having stayed at Riu hotels before we had certain expectations of what Ru Atlantico could offer. The Riu website gives great overview and is certainly not misleading. The hotel is imposing on arrival and looks great from the outside, and just the same on entering. The welcome drink, efficient service on check in and luggage carried to the room could not have been better. The room was excellent, great sea view and balcony. We had asked for a junior suite and well worth asking for.
The pool area had loads of beds, never a fight for them, but it wasn't August so not sure what it might be like then!
The food was excellent, great choice and very fresh. Always a great choice of salads, fish, meat, pasta and vegetables with a vast array of desserts. These could be similar each day but after all, there were still over 12 choices so unless you took a bit of each, could easily avoid complaining of repitition.
The entertainment was perhaps the most disappointing but this was the begining of a new season and one of the acts we were told would not be coming back as they weren't up to standard.
There isn't much to do in the area so unles you want to go the bed early are really stuck with the hotel entertainment. You certainly need a car here unless you want to spend every day by the pool or on the great beach. It is remote to say the least but a great place for relaxing. We found it cheaper to rent a car from Faro on arrival fro a week than pay for a transfer to the hotel and hiring a car for just a couple of days. Check with car hire company first though as with some you can pay up front for everything rather than lots of hidden extras for insurance on arrival.
Not sure we'd go back in the middle of summer but for an early or late break for a week, we'd certainly receommend it. Maybe not th best place though if you have teenagers of looking for lots of night life.
We stayed at this hotel for four nights and the beginning of May 2007 and found all aspects of our stay to be superb.
We were greeted with a glass of champagne at reception while we admired the brilliant surroundings of the hotel lobby. The reception staff were very helpful and gave us all the details we needed for our stay.
Our room was very clean and spacious, with a mini bar and balcony which overlooked the sea. The only issue we had with the room was that we had two single beds pushed together rather than one double. This made it a little uncomfortable, but we've no doubt that if we'd requested a double bed at reception, they would have gone out of their way to please us. The hotel was very quiet, with no banging doors, kitchen noises, road noise etc.
The hotel's grounds were exceptionally clean and tidy, with staff available at all times if you needed something. All of the staff seem to work extremeley hard and don't hang around waiting for tips, like we've found in most hotels. (We were half board).
The resort itself was very quiet, with not much else to do around the hotel. There are a few shops, resturants and a supermarket if you did want to venture out. The marina is a short stroll out of the hotel's grounds - Isla Canela is a fishing town so boats can be seen passing all of the time. We could have gone on excursions with Thomson to, for example Seville but we found them a little to expensive.
The food at the hotel was of excellent quality, with a vast range both for breakfast and the evening meal. Everything you could ever think of to compliment your meal was available - the best food in a hotel we've ever tasted. All food was fresh, with most being cooked on the spot by the hotel's experienced chefs.
The hotel's swimming pools (both inside and out) were very clean and never crowded. However, they were not heated at the time of year we went so a little chilly to say the least! There is an on-site gym, spa and hairdressers which again, were never crowded. There is a small souvenier shop within the hotel which sells snacks, magazines, toiletries etc - but as you'd expect it was a little more expensive so it's probably best to take a walk to the supermaket.
At the back of the hotel is a long, white sand beach with sand dunes. The sand quality is excellent but we found the water to be a little cloudy and had seaweed. (Maybe this was due to the marina being close by, and also the time of year?). Still, people were swimming in it, so it is proably clean.
Isla Canela is quite a sleepy area so we'd suggest coming here if you want a peaceful, relaxing holiday. Don't get us wrong, you could venture out to a few close by places like Andalucia and a town we can't remember the name of. (A free bus service is provided by the hotel), but we decided to relax, and we came home feeling like we had a break, leaving behind the stresses of life! The hotel did have a fair few older people there, so we did feel a little 'out of it', but it didn't put us off - there were families with children but not too many. There are no high rise buildings or nightlife - the place seems to be quite new and developing. We think there were only 3 hotels around, that included ours.
This was our first time in a Riu hotel and we'd without a doubt return to another. It is worth paying a little (although not too much) extra to stay in this chain. We were so impressed that we will be writing a compliment letter to the hotel to pass on our thanks. Highly recommended!
P.S. ) If you do want a little more infomation about the hotel, try the Riu (official) website - this gives you a great idea of what the hotel is like, with no exaggerations like some brochures do! (Google - Riu)
Good hotel, needs additional minor TLC
This is a good 4 star hotel with very good staff / management who want to give good customer satisfaction.
Great location, 1 min to a great beach.
Good restaurant and food selection, aimed more at adults than children.
Rooms are generally very spacious and clean.
Good Value - Wine from €10-20 which is good for this quality of hotel
The minor downside
Pool umbrellas and sun loungers are looking old
A few tiles are missing
Kids club is a bit limited, but staff are very enthusiastic
Evening entertainment is very hit and miss.
The hotel is on the end of a peninsula so is slightly isolated, great for a quiet get away, minimal night life.
Great family beach (gentle gradient, white sand, cleaned each night, a bit of sea weed). Also has lifeguards and discrete bars. Good value €6 for two beds / umbrella all day.
There is a bar area and small supermarket area 3 mins walk from the hotel. Also here is a travel store which hires bikes and organises day trips to Seville (€24 per adult), much cheaper than the travel reps. There is a noddy bus which takes you on a 15 minute trip up to the main Isla Canela beach.
7 minute walk from the hotel is a Kiddie land which opens in the evening. Has small trampolines, bouncy castles etc. Everyones favourite was the large trampolines with bungie cables, so the kids can bounce really high. Our 6 year old absolutely loved it.
The hotel has a free daily bus service to the nearest town. Market day on Saturday. Its worth a visit.
Sevilles a great visit (approx 80 mins) but it was very hot 40C so not easy on the kids.
A great trip for the kids is the Zoomarine to see dolphines /sealions and also includes a free kiddie fair and outdoor swimming areas. If you can pre-book ( very limited space) there is the option for a 40 minute swim with the dolphines.
In summary a good hotel with very nice staff. Needs some minor TLC and the evening entertainment sorted.
Los Cisnes, Isla Canela, Ayamonte, Huelva