Comfort and a Good Location
Duquesa Playa Hotel Apartments (Ibiza, Spain)
Member Name: dkm1981
Duquesa Playa Hotel Apartments (Ibiza, Spain)
Advantages: Great location, well equipped rooms, completely accessible
Disadvantages: Only very partial sea views from the higher floors.
-Booking and First Impressions-
We booked it through a hotel search engine and got a good deal on it at £450 for five nights. It's not the cheapest place on the planet, but hotels in Ibiza aren't cheap in general so it we were happy with the price in comparison.
We arrived quite late at night (as is the case with flights into the Party Isle) and after a thirty minute taxi drive we were pretty tired but the welcome we got from the night staff was brilliant. The guy who greeted us spoke perfect English and was unbelievably happy and friendly considering that he was on duty and two in the morning. In fact this was a bit of a theme throughout our stay - the staff were all brilliant, from the front desk staff to the owner who we saw enjoying the pool with his family.
The entrance to the hotel is very welcoming too, bright and warm colours and comfy chairs all around. It is very modern, mainly thanks to the fact that the hotel is only about four years old. It has been very well thought out and the results are good.
I'm not sure if we were upgraded or whether we had paid for the room that we got but it was absolutely huge! It had two bedrooms, a lounge, a dining room and two bathrooms as well as a fully equipped kitchen. The rooms were all big too - easily as big as the apartment my husband and I lived in when we first lived together and more than enough for a couple of days' rest and relaxation.
The rooms were all tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The bedrooms had plenty of wardrobe space and the beds were very comfortable. There were extra pillows in the wardrobes as well which were much appreciated. The two bathrooms both had baths and showers. The showers were nice and powerful and the bathrooms didn't get covered in water as is often the case in hotels abroad. The lounge had a huge corner sofa in it as well as a large flat screen TV. There were only Spanish channels available, which wasn't a problem for us although it is sometimes nice to have BBC News or the equivalent. The kitchen was great and had everything we needed - cooker, microwave and more utensils than you can shake a stick at.
The thing we liked most about the room was the little extras that were included. The bathroom had a little basket that had razors, shaving foam, shampoo, shower gel, shower cap and soap and the kitchen had a pack that included washing up liquid, dish cloth and sponges. All of these things when you are self-catering are expenses that you don't consider before you go, so they saved us quite a bit and were very welcome and a nice touch.
The location is one of the best things in a long list of good things about the hotel. It is just 50 yards in one direction from the amazing harbour and promenade beyond that, and 50 yards in the other direction from restaurant row, which is a lovely little open street with outdoor tables and a community feel that is lined with a variety of restaurants. There is also a Spar right across the road which is especially good if you are self-catering.
If you want to explore the island, there is a bus station about ten minutes' walk from the hotel that connects directly to Ibiza Town and to many of the island's other resorts as well as offering a through the night bus to the main night clubs in San Antonio Bay.
Our favourite facility by far was the heated roof top pool. It isn't the biggest in the world but is big enough to do laps in. There is also a small pool for children. The area around the pool has a few sun loungers - about 15 in total. It doesn't sound like many, but we were there in the height of August and always found somewhere to sit. In fact on some of the days we were the only people there, which was great.
Another great thing about the pool, and in fact the hotel in general, was the fact that it is totally accessible. There are stair lifts and ramps everywhere and there is even a motorised chair that can lower you into the pool. It is certainly something I have never seen in a hotel before - that much attention to accessibility, but absolutely everything has been thought of.
There is a restaurant attached to the hotel. We didn't eat there but there are details in the rooms about the menu and the special daily deal which seems to include three courses for around ten Euros. There is also a bar on the rooftop which is an honesty bar during the day and a cocktail bar in the evening. There are lots of comfy seats scattered around that make for a lovely evening looking out over the harbour below.
There is an internet lounge down stairs as well as free wi-fi on receipt of the password from reception.
Overall I would totally recommend the hotel - it had everything we needed and more and would be suitable for short and long term stays alike.
Summary: Recommended for short and long stays alike