there was 14 of us on a hen party and we arrived late friday night thinking we were 3 to a room but we were 4 to a room. If you've seen the size of the rooms you can imagine our shock. We complained to the staff on reception but they were the rudist people i have ever met. we had to climb into bed from the bottom because they were wall to wall. the food was awful the snack bar would've been closed down if it was in england for hygeine reasons. it is very anti- british the spanish people stare at you like you have 2 heads and try to push in front of you in the restaurant. good job the bars were good and we had a great weekend. try the queen vic, rockerfellas and texas good bars and good music but dont stay at the hotel samba please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
cheap and chearful
we went to samba hotel may 22 till 31 2006 with 2 adults and 3 kids on an allinclusive basis and paid 595 wich is unbelievable cheap through media travel (barter with them) we found the hotel very clean and staff pleasant but the hotel is very much so geared to the spanish oaps avoid weekends if possible poolside very nice plenty of shade for young kids but be aware you can only get drinks from the main bar which entails 200 steps you cant use allinclusive at the poolside bar or victory pub wich made us feel second class you wernt even alloud aglass on allinclusive only plastics AND NO BAILLYS ON ALLINCLUSIVE not even the spanish version. entertainment only for spanish oaps. on the positives nice location food not brill but can allways find somthing. all in all i cant complain but if i had paid alot more i would be asking for a refund try the royal star top class
Dont stay at this hotel,it will effect u 4 life
where do i begin....we got there an told us the room wasnt ready after travelling since 2 in the morning,wen we got in the room it wasnt even clened properly the sheets were dirty an scatty.we got stuck in the end room next to the fire exit door on the 3rd floor were it was blocked off and the room was just dull an there was just enough room 4 2 beds so u could hardly move.the noise of people with kids and beds moving was disgraceful like the people above.the reception people were awful they didnt like english just helped the old people and the spanish.the victory pub was the best thing there and russ the entertainer.the pool wasnt that great and hardly anything 4 kids to do.the rep andy was very helpful (Thomas Cook) really nice person,very nice hotel when u c the outside and downstairs...but just wait till u get 2 ur room,espesially the 3rd floor... A LOAD OF CRAP!!!!!!! it shoulnt b a 3 star hotel an its a hike 2 get any were up the big hill !!!!!!!!
Best thing about Samba is Victory Bar!
This has to be the worst Apartments I have ever stayed in!
We travelled since 11pm the previous day, to be told our room was not ready, we got into our room after 3pm, which is unnaceptable! The reception staff were very abrupt, not very friendly at all!
Our room was disgusting! The brochures show the rooms which face the pool and have been renovated, we were on the opposite side facing a German hotel and a main road. The beds were tiny, the rooms weren't very clean, the kitchen needed demolishing. We stayed self-catering, so needed the kitchen, but I wouldn't use it! We found ourselves going to The Orient Express on the beach front (very nice - highly recommended).
The building is very noisy, we were on the third floor, next but one to the elevators, and it was constant noise. There was a lot of noise from furniture of other rooms on all sides too. The elevators were either out of order or all full so we used the stairs a lot, I am glad we didn't have a pram or a wheelchair.
The Apartments seemed to cater for a lot of Spanish holiday makers, who were all old age pensioners, very rude and very arrogant! There would be two in a lift, they would try to close the door and not let us in!
The pool lifeguard was unfair and biased. We turned up with inflatables and were told we couldn't use them, the next day Spanish children, or children from families with big butch men were allowed to use them, suprise suprise!
If you Travel with Thomson/Sunset your rep will be Andy - he is a top bloke. So helpful and friendly, not a bad word at all for him.
Also, if you are a brit non-allinclusive you will find the Victory pub downstairs great (need renovating - bit dark and dingy), Russ the entertainer is fantastic, from Sheffield a massive blades fan. Its a constant laugh with him and Rob, his security guard mate. Watch out for games like open the box and carribean game, also his own version of bingo - quack quack!
The hotel is on a hill, bit of a hike up and down to the pubs but not that bad if you are fit and able. The pool has about 200 steps down to it, again not bad if your are fit and able.
I wouldn't recommend this hotel unless you hardly sleep (too noisy) and you have no children or disablities, as it is difficult to mannouvre. Also, not recommended if you are particular about room cleanliness etc.
Not the worst place in the world
On arrival some of the guests said welcome to the hotel from hell then went on to tear the place to bits. The food was not brilliant but was reasonable, the rooms while plain were spotless and cleaned every day, the entertainment at night was fine, ok it was in Spanish but what do people want? after all it is in Spain and the hotel caters for German Dutch, Spanish and Brits so to expect it to be like Blackpool is unreasonable, The beer glasses were made of plastic but were ok and the poolside is fine with plenty of space and grass .There were 40 steps to the bar and not 200 as some people have said. There seems to be a wee bit of intimidation from other guests in case you say the place is ok ie if you are the one to say it is fine then you must live in a pig sty.For the money i would go back again, the ritz it aint but i have paid a lot more for a lot less. the complainers seem to be the people who never leave the hotel in case they have to spend a few bob of their own and therefore get bored with being in the hotel all week.
One week in Lloret in peak season? Good or Bad?
"Lloret? Do I really want to go there"
At first when this holiday was booked about a week before I travelled I was very anxious when I read about the resort and the hotel. I'm still youngish but I'm not nor have I ever been one of the 18-30 crowd and I don't do discos.
I packed my ear plugs and hoped for the best.
"Lloret, Fenals and the Hotel Samba"
The main beach of Lloret is accessed by a main street. At the top is the bus station and running down either side of the road towards the beach are discos, hotels a few shops and tourist tat you'd expect to see at Blackpool.
The best time I found to visit that area was at night to laugh at the drunks before going back to my relatively quite hotel feeling slightly sorry for those stuck in hotels where their windows faced a brick wall over a McDonalds that never seemed to close.
I'd had a fortunate escape in the Samba!
I asked at reception for the way to the beach, they asked which one? Before both suggested the 'better' beach of Fenals.
I have to be fair - If you love bars, clubs, discos then Lloret has what you're looking for.
It also has plenty to offer if you prefer a quieter time, you just have to make sure you go to the right hotel and area of Lloret.
It also has several great beaches to the very large and busy main beach of Lloret to the smaller, still busy but feels less hassle of Fenals to all the other smaller and secluded beaches dotted well within walking distance.
It has great acces for trips to Blanes, Tossa, Girona and Barcelona.
& yes, I would go back to the Samba and I'd even risk heading out in August which as everyone knows is tourist silly season.
On the whole every local I met was very friendly and helpful. I can't say I'd be so pleasant dealing with drunken idiots day after day.