Joakina is a jewel if you want peace and quiet. It's minutes walk from beach, old town, railway station etc yet is on a quiet street, has been renovated with heavy doors and double glazed windows and together, this makes for a wondrous silent retreat in a busy touristy city. It also has reliable strong wi-fi. An important plus.
There are four rooms. Three have a balcony and one does not. Instead it is open to the central lightwell. I have to stress that this review applies solely to this room. We arrived in hot humid conditions to find that the room was almost as hot as outside - and had no air con. Luix, the friendly and helpful tri-lingual proprietor gave us a small fan. It was on day and night during our four night stay. We opened windows and doors as often as we could without compromising our privacy and the room simply heated up again each time we were in it. The central lightwell is covered and on the fourth floor so simply doesn't help to cool anything down. I would guess the other rooms with balconies did not have this issue when the cool change came through - our room was still too hot to sleep in comfortably.
Re sleeping, despite a modern renovation and lovely shared bathroom, the beds were hard single ensembles with barely cushioned wire springs. I had to use both sheets and a towel underneath me at night to avoid a sore back and legs. It was hot enough that I certainly didn't need them on top of me!
Luix also runs the place with his mum. She was nosy enough to look into our room several times from the shared bathroom and on one occasion, saw that we had hung up a jacket on a hiking clothes line in the room simply to air it out - it was dry. She leaned out of the window and gave us a serve about not washing clothes and letting them drip on the floor. We had done no such thing and appreciated that wetting floating veneer floorboards would be a bad thing - we are home owners too!! However the rooms do not have a single clothes hoist or door / wall hook even to hang your wet towel each day. When you are sharing a bathroom this is quite important. The nosy mother would also appear each time we used the shared bathroom to make sure we had left it clean. We felt a bit spied upon.
So this is not a negative review as our stay was restful and pleasant and I would recommend Joakina only if you get a balcony room. There are just a few issues that need attending to to raise the bar to anywhere near the 80 euro we paid. This central room is not offered at a discount and based on all of the other places we have stayed in in Spain, it is worth about 50-60 euro.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adults only Pension, recently renovatedd. All ensuite rooms have balcony view. Two shared bath bedrooms, one of them with balcony view. Great for city center quiet area, after visiting the town, working, etc. Rooms have free wifi, TV, heating, hair dryer, acoustic isolation, linen and towels changed everyday or when requested.Parking agreement available at La Concha parking. ... more less
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