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From the moment we arrived the owners made us very welcome, there was fresh fruit and bottles of water in the apartment for us. The apartment was spotlessly clean throughout, and well stocked with utensils and crockery. The beds were comfortable and the sheets perfectly clean. Our bath towels were changed once during our stay, which we hadn't expected, and was appreciated. Overall we were extremely pleased with the apartment, and also the owners who were not intrusive but were available if needed.
The only downside was we found the area quite noisy outside in the early hours, lots of noisy people walking back from the restaurants throughout the night, local businesses opening (car workshop) and the street sweeper driving up and down daily at 5:30! Whether this was because we had unknowingly booked during the local summer festival I can't say, I wish we'd done our homework as a group of people drumming out in the street at 06:30 was a shock to say the least. If you're not up for this wake up then avoid being there August 1st!
Some areas of Playa de San Juan have yet to embrace tourists, our Spanish is poor and we had a few issues with communication as English is not widely spoken here. There are lovely sunsets, but we were made to feel uncomfortable a couple of times during evening walks by locals sitting in groups outside restaurants, who were clearly talking loudly about us, and watching us, as we passed. This being said the majority of the establishments we visited were warm and welcoming.
The beach was very clean, and we had no trouble getting loungers (2 loungers with a table and shade €7:50 for the day) with waited service from reasonably priced beach bar if you wanted it. Safe swimming, but pack flip flops as the sand is very hot and pebbly at the waters edge.
Was a bit nervous as it was the first time we have booked privately so wasn't sure what to expect. There was absolutely nothing to worry about. Katherine was super helpful and answered any queries that we had before hand. The apartment had everything that we needed. The towels and bed sheets were only changed once during our 10 night stay but we did not find this an issue as there was a washing machine available, so we washed any towels that we needed to and with a huge double balcony there was plenty of room to leave things out to dry. The balcony got the sun in the afternoon and there was a canopy that you could use if the sun got too hot. The location of the apartment in the hotel was perfect on the first floor with a pool view. Couldn't use the pool bar however did not find this an issue as the apartment was so close to the pool so could pop back for any refreshments that we needed. Entertainment staff at the hotel included everyone and they are great. The hotel is in a great location with shops, bars and restaurants on the doorstep and a 5 minute walk to the marina/ beach (although there are a lot of inclines getting back to the hotel! - good exercise!). I would however recommend if you do struggle walking to get a taxi or minibus from the airport that can take you up the small hill to the hotel entrance as a coach cant get you up there. There is a Hyperdino opposite the hotel and another small supermarket which is a couple of minutes walk turning left out of the hotel. I would recommended Victoria's restaurant, also just to the left of the hotel - very cheap meals and breakfasts that were just as nice as anywhere else, we went there a lot during our stay. Also visited both waterparks (Siam Park and Aqualand - tip money off vouchers for Aqualand in Hyperdino and McDonalds) which were a free 15 minute bus ride away or around 5 euros in a taxi. There is also a taxi rank right outside the hotel which is useful. The air conditioning in the apartment was nice to be able to put on when returning on a warm afternoon/ evening. There is also a dvd player if you take your own dvd's which is good to entertain the children whilst getting ready as the children's Disney channel is in Spanish (not that my 3yr old minded!). The only suggestion I would make is to possibly have a spare set of keys for the apartment as we only had one set. Other than that no complaints - a great stay! Wouldn't hesitate to stay in this apartment again