There was nothing especially wrong with Palas Pineda, but nothing especially right! We booked through a budget late availability provider, so can't really fault value, but were not inspired by what we experienced. We asked for a sea view, as the holiday was to celebrate my 40th birthday, we had one alright, (if you leant out over the balcony) but were put next to the service elevator, so knew exactly when the staff arrived each morning.
On arriving in the bar on our first night, we sat at the bar, ordered drinks, then turned to see the tail end of the ballroom dancing evening. It was then that we noticed that NOT A SINGLE TABLE had a single drink, and that the average age of all present was at least 60! I am not ageist in any way, but there was absolutely no atmosphere in the bar at all. In fact, I spent the next couple of days looking for the real hotel bar!...I had found it!
The breakfast buffet was all there..., well, some here, some there, some over there, and some back by the door! The appalling layout meant that people were literally everywhere! Coupled with the confusion of new arrivals every day, breakfast was quite a stressful experience. Choice was fine, with a cooked & cold selection, pastries, cereal etc. Other reviews mention the rudeness of waiting staff. I’m not sure I can agree, as not a single one spoke to me all week!
The resort was described as being known for gentle sea breezes. We nearly got blown away from the poolside! The indoor pool was ok, but a little grubby. We did not eat at the hotel restaurant, as it seemed to specialise in sushi and tapas... an odd combination!
Although there was a fridge in the room, there were no mini bar contents. Not really a problem, just worth knowing. There were no facilities for making a hot drink. There was a safe, but you had to rent a lock, at about €4 per day. There is free WI-FI, but only in a narrow corridor near reception, as the signal is too weak anywhere else.
At a hotel claiming to be 4 star, I would have expected at least the offer of assistance with luggage. We had none. This was not a problem as we could cope, but when a coach load of guests arrived, at least 8 staff came rushing from a service door to meet them! This left us feeling like second class citizens.
If you are looking for something cheep and basic, then the Palas Pineda is for you! If you want something special.... go somewhere else!
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- Also Known As:
- Palas Pineda Hotel La Pineda
- Gran Palas La Pineda
- Gran Palas Hotel La Pineda