“ Address: Carrer de Madrid, 16 / 07830 Port d'es Torrent / Ibiza, Illes Balears / Spain „
As I write this I am on a sun lounger round the pool at the Club Maritim Apartments in Port des Torrents, San Antonio Bay, Ibiza. Unfortunately as I type this up, and you read this I am now back in the cold UK, but at least I can get cuddles from my cat as she's far more forgiving of absences when the weather is cold :) Anyway back to the review I wrote in my notebook by the pool (see I didn't forget Dooyoo :) )
The apartments actually have two pools, ours is the smaller of the two, I say ours as it's right outside our apartment block (2000). It is round, the pool not the block, and would be ideal for children at only 0.5 meters deep, not that we have seen any. It's usually pretty quiet and has plastic sun loungers that aren't very comfortable, but compare to sun loungers in other places we have been. The water in the pool is freezing as it seems to be topped up most days, there can't be much chlorine in it as we saw a cat drinking from it. This was the only pool we sat around as it was so convenient for our room as we were self catering. The hotel is split into several smaller blocks of 3 floors, there's no lifts that I saw so really only for the able bodied. The blocks are set out between gardens (well grass stuff and palm trees), the pools and of course paths.
**So what do you want from a hotel?**
Well if you are like us a decent bed, bathroom, balcony and as we are self catering a kitchen. Good service also helps, and a nice pool. Before I proceed I should point out this is the kind of place you book for a cheap hotel, and is only 2 star, and I think the hotel does reflect this.
So did it live up to my expectations?
Perhaps the most important part of any hotel stay, these are twin beds which can be easily pushed together if you want. We have both found them comfortable. There is a sheet with a cover on the bed, and extra blankets in the cupboard if you want them. We didn't need them, but they looked well like brown blankets :) In our room there is also a small sofa, which looks like it doubles into a third bed, I don't think every room has this.
This is ok, clean if a bit dated with the trim yellowing. It has a bath with shower and shower curtain, toilet, bidet and sink. There are also some shelves to put your things on, and sachets of shower gel and shampoo are provided, although I never used these. The shower isn't great, and there's a real knack to using it, on full power it sprays straight across the room hitting the far wall of the bath and flooding the room and passage if you haven't closed the shower curtain at that side (yes we did it). The other extreme is that it's so weak it doesn't actually wash of all the soap, so there is some effort involved to get it just right especially for washing shampoo out of long hair.
Ours is large with a plastic table and chairs overlooking the pool. We are on the third (top) floor and pretty south facing so it is a little sun trap which is nice. The only downside is there is no where to dry your clothes or towels, some of the rooms have racks but ours hasn't, so i've been using the latted stool from in front of the dressing table :) There's also no light on the balcony, so on a night you are pretty much sat in the dark.
Our room also has a dressing table with stool (when not used to dry the clothes), built in wardrobe, table and chairs and a kitchen area. This has a small 2 ring hob, fridge and sink, as well as cutlery, plates etc. There are plenty of pans and a small hob top kettle. Enough to make a snack but not a three course meal, but then we used it to make tea / coffee, and to keep the fruit, cheese spread and beer cold and it did this.
The room also has a brush and mop should you need it, no dish cloth but these never seem to be provided.
There is also free air con with just a 10 euro deposit for the remote, this works well. There is also a tv, again if you want the remote you need to pay a deposit for it. We never bothered as it's an old fashioned tv with buttons, although we have never found an english channel, but did get to watch "Ghost" in spanish.
**Other hotel facilities**
The hotel boasts a small gym, sorry even for dooyoo I wasn't tempted to use it in 25 degree heat but I did see someone using it, a jacuzzi which was out of use, a multi court for tennis, football and basket ball. I don't know if you can borrow bats as i've never investigated. As i've already said there are 2 pools, the second is a small rectangular one and is quite deep at 2.8 meters we haven't used it but it always looks busy, and has a life guard. Next to it is the restaurant and bar, and some outside tables. We never used any of these being self catering, we did look at the restaurant but it didn't look very inviting so I don't know if you could pay to use it if you weren't all inclusive, and with the bar we have never bothered as we just go to our room if we want a drink. To go all inclusive it was 37 euros a day, although this is probably cheaper if booked with your stay. I asked a couple of people about the food and they all said it was ok. In the area of the bigger pool is a pool table which is 1 euro a game.
The hotel also offers safety deposit boxes which are located in the reception area which is 24 hours. These were 4 euros a day, according to the price list, we never used one as at over 40 euros for a two week stay these seemed very expensive especially as the hotel has a reputation of stuff going missing. You can also pay for wifi or a computer, we haven't bothered just using the free wifi in a local bar, and paying 2 euros each for a pint, as if we needed an excuse :)
This has been pretty good the rooms are cleaned most days, and the bed linen was changed during our stay. There is lots of information around the reception, and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Our only real complaint is the nasty surprise we received on the day before we left, the hotel was closing so we couldn't keep our room on (at only 15 euros and a 8.30 p.m. pick up we had planned to). This also meant we had to take our stuff to the hotel next door and use their pool on the last day, not ideal. Although in fairness out of about 100 rooms only about 10 seemed to be taken on our last night.
**Location, location, location **
If you are like me you use the hotel as a base to see the area (Yes even in Ibiza). The hotel is about 5 min walk from the sea, but it's rocky. Although it has steps if you want to swim or snorkel like us. The nearest beach is maybe 10-15 min away and is tiny, we never used it as we hired a scooter so went to one of the bigger beaches. The hotel is in Port Des Torrents at the far end of San Antonio bay. San Antonio town is about 45 mins walk away (but then we weren't walking fast) or you can get the taxi boat for 3 euros each way. There is also a bus from outside the hotel. Whilst the hotel is 45 mins walk from the clubs of San Antonio, the hotel is at the end of a one way strip and there are plenty of restaurants,bars and shops a short walk away. The water taxi is about 10 mins walk away but not easy to find. If like us you are not planning to spend every day at the pool then you will more than probably benefit from renting a scooter or car, although parking is at a premium near the hotel which is why we decided to spend 115 euros for the week on a scooter (we relaxed for the first week by the pool). I should point out that my husband has a motor bike in the uk. In fairness even without the scooter you can get around and see plenty in the area.
The hotel was renovated in 2005 (it says in the welcome book) and to be honest 8 years later it shows signs of wear. The hotel is clean but is definitely on the cheaper side of hotels, but we only paid 650 pounds for two people for the flight, hotel transfer and one suitcase for two weeks so can't really complain.
We were actually moved to this hotel from our original choice, but before I accepted I checked reviews online these mostly complained about thefts from the room, and noise. When we were there, there was a security guard who patrolled the grounds on a night, I had requested an upstairs room, as I felt it would be more secure and we had no problems, although we did hide the few valuables we had. Noise is something you have to expect in ibiza, especially in cheap hotels, they are always going to attract the late night clubbers.
**So would I go back and recommend it?**
Yes I think I would, being at the end of the strip I don't think it's ideal for clubbers as any savings from the hotel price would soon be lost in the cost of late night taxis, but for someone just looking for a cheap base for a sunshine holiday I think it's a great option. I think after everything is considered I'll give it 3 stars, a great cheap hotel.
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