This beachside hotel comes with a duo of pools and restaurants, and it’s big on activities, too.
There are 2 lagoon pools and 2 restaurants – 1 does buffets, the other is a speciality grill. You’ve also got an A to Z of activities, while in the evening there’s entertainment in the theatre.
Location-wise, this hotel hits the right spot. It’s right on a sandy beach, and it’s just a few minutes’ walk from shops and bars in the centre of Costa Caleta.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals.
Local beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and water 10.00-23.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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Barcelo Thalasso Spa Centre*
You'll find the spa 200 metres away from the hotel offering a range of beauty treatments. You can choose from a variety of massages, body wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures. Plus there's a whirlpool bath, sauna, Turkish bath and indoor and outdoor pools with hydro-massage jets. If you're staying at the hotel you'll receive a discount on the entrance fee.
This large, saltwater pool comes dotted with palm trees, plenty of sunbeds and a roomy sun terrace. It's also heated in the winter.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll be able to check the menu and see what tasty dishes will be on offer, as well as the ingredients used, up to three days in advance on the computer based menu planner. Gentlemen are asked to wear trousers for evening meals. This restaurant has air-conditioning and highchairs are available.
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Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
These air-conditioned twin rooms are tastefully decorated and are provided with a balcony or terrace for a bit of outside space. Your room can sleep up to 4 - with double or twin beds and a sofa-bed suitable for 2 children. There's a satellite TV with access to Eurosport and BBC News. And there's also a hairdryer and a phone. Just so you know you can request Wi-Fi*, a safety deposit box* and a minibar* in resort.
Twin Room with Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
These twin rooms have a view of the Atlantic from the balcony or terrace. Your room will be suitable for 2 adults and 2 children with a double or twin beds and a sofa-bed. There's air-conditioning to keep you cool and there's a satellite TV that shows Eurosport and BBC News - plus there's a phone and a hairdryer too. Just so you know Wi-Fi*, minibar* and a safety deposit box* can be requested in resort.
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My honest review of the Barcelo.
We booked our 7 night holiday to the Barcelo a few days before departure (very much a last minute booking). Just for a bit of context - we are a family of three (my husband and I, and our six year old daughter). We are frequent holidayers to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, and have stayed in a wide variety of 4 and 5* hotels on both islands. This - in my opinion - is one of the best ones we've ever stayed at (especially for a 4* hotel). I read some of the negative reviews before we booked this break, but given the fact that most reviews were excellent, we decided to give it a go. I'm quite fussy about where I stay, and although standards are obviously subjective - mine are usually quite high. I have not been disappointed. **Positives** Overall - the hotel is fabulous. We've found it to be spotless, spacious, and with a lovely warm atmosphere. As others have said - it's located in a great position, with the harbour just a 10 minute walk away. As the hotel is only 20 mins away from the airport, you're here in next to no time. Although the hotel is massive, we've never once felt overwhelmed or engulfed by it (which is how we felt at the Sandos in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote). Everything is easy to find, easy to get to, and well laid out. Even at busier times, it still seems to feel spacious (aside from one evening at dinner, which was a bit manic). We upgraded to a 'Superior Room with Hot Tub' for approx 385 Euros for the week. We booked through Thomson, and then emailed the hotel directly for the upgrade. The cost was 38E per day per person, with a reduced rate for kids. Our room was one of the very modern upgraded rooms, of which I believe there are only 6 (all ground floor). We were very impressed with the room overall, especially in the way it is presented. The room was spotless, and the main bed is amongst the comfiest we've ever had. Plenty of storage, and lots of space on the outdoor patio. The 'hot tub' is really a whirlpool bath, which I think is actually better as you empty and fill it each time you want to use it (so it's not a hot tub in the traditional sense). We've found the food to be of an excellent standard. All hot, fresh, and with a good variety. For some of the reviews that said there was no choice - I think you do have to come to a hotel like this with some kind of realistic expectation of a 'buffet style' restaurant. We felt it's one of the better ones we've experienced - with nice touches like fresh smoothies at breakfast. Our daughter LOVED the Mini Club, and went most days. I have to say - the setup for the kids here is exceptional, and one of the best we've seen. The pirate theme is fabulous, and the area where the kids club is is a very high standard, and imaginative. Our daughter also did the 'pirate fun' night. The kids go for 7pm, and finish at 12am - the whole evening is a lot of pirate fun, including dressing up, face painting, a treasure hunt, goodie bags, and a film. It was 20 Euros for this, which we felt was excellent value. It did have to be booked in advance, and we'd definitely recommend it. The evening entertainment that we saw was great - obviously, again, you have to have a bit of common sense with regards to your expectations. You're not staying at Broadway! If you want a laugh and a bit of fun, the shows were excellent. The Wifi here is free, including the rooms. It was excellent most of the time. **Negatives** In all honesty, I wouldn't say that we have anything 'negative' to say about this hotel, or our holiday. But we did have some thoughts that we *hope* would help other travellers (to at least be aware of), or provide some honest feedback that management might find useful. None of these things were big issues - just little things that we noted along the way. 1. Our air conditioning could have been MUCH better. We did actually bring this up with management twice, and to our knowledge - either no-one came to look at it, or they did and there wasn't much that could be done. In this extreme heat, it was almost too hot to sleep at night in our room. We managed - but it could have been better. 2. We felt that our superior room was more focused on design than functionality. As beautiful as it was, we felt that more attention had been paid to the way it looked as opposed to how it functioned. For example - no towel rail on the inside of the shower cubicle. No chairs whatsoever (we had the sofa bed made up for our daughter). Trendy lights that look great, but aren't so good for seeing what you're doing! :) No clothes airer outside (so nowhere to put towels up to dry), and no outside light (meaning we couldn't enjoy sitting outside in the evening). Probably the biggest frustration for me was the fact that our room didn't have a desk. This probably isn't an issue for most people, but this was a working holiday for me - and I NEEDED a desk. I double checked on the website before we upgraded to this room, and it lists 'desk' as one of its features. There is a low-level coffee table, but no desk. We asked for a desk (or even a small plastic outdoor table and chair), but were told this wasn't possible due to health and safety. In all fairness, the hotel did offer to move us to a room that did have a desk, but we much preferred the room we were in. Like I say - this wouldn't have bothered most people, but it did significantly affect my time here. I had to work mostly from the pool bar, which wasn't ideal, as there were tonnes of distractions :) With all of that said - we would definitely upgrade to one of these rooms again. NB: If you're travelling with a teenager or older family member, be warned that these modern rooms don't have a separate bathroom. The wash basin is in the main room, and the toilet and shower cubicles open up straight into the room, separated only by frosted glass doors. As we're a close family unit (with no shame!), it didn't bother us. But I could imagine it would be an issue if you were a family that needed or appreciated more privacy. 3. The usual issue of people reserving sunbeds - others have mentioned this already, but just to add to that - people obviously don't stick to the rules here. It didn't bother us so much because we had a private patio with two sunloungers, but I could see how it could bother others. After 9am, finding three sunloungers together is a no-go. 4. As others have mentioned - dinner finishes at 10pm, so if you have a late flight - be prepared for either a dash to the restaurant (like we had to), or go out to get something. I do think the hotel could offer something very simple like pastries or sandwiches for those who are arriving late, and miss dinner. Like I said - these 'negatives' have by no means spoiled our holiday, but we share them with the hope that others might find them useful. To summarise: we've had a fabulous week here. We've made some friends, had a lot of laughs, and will be looking forward to our next visit here. We've already recommended it to our friends and family.More
Lovely hotel in a great position
Very good value for an all inclusive hotel. The rooms are comfortable with plenty of room. The restaurant is lovely with good food but not enough variety. We loved the sunbathing areas and the pools. There are lovely walks especially along the coast as the breeze is exhilarating.More
Relaxing sunshine break
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday by the pool or beach this hotel offers both as it is situated on the beach. If you fancy a walk or stroll you can leave the hotel grounds directly onto a wide pedestrian walkway. The hotel rooms are a good size and are well appointed with a decent sized balcony. We were all inclusive and although there was only the main restaurant there was always plenty of choice to cater for all tastes. We were looking for a seven day break to recharge our batteries and this did the trick. Hotel is only ten minutes from the airport so if you don't have transfer from airport taxi would be about 10-12 euros. Hotel has a bar/snack bar by the pools which is more than adequate if you don't want a large lunch - open from 10am to 11pm. There is also entertainment in the hotel with something on every night - always well attended and I have to say of a better standard than some I have experienced in the past. For a relaxing break with guaranteed weather I would recommend this resort and hotelMore
Entertainment done right
Booked the place for some time off amongst friends - matched all expectations and exceed the ones regarding entertainment thanks to the amazing animation staff. Special thanks goes to "Settemari" and the Italian team. Bunch of lovely guys that could have not been any kinder, nicer, funnier. Never intrusive, always available to give people the best time. Be it sport classes, a good chat, self defence classes or cabaret nights. Great job guys. The rest of the staff from the international team was equally nice at any given interaction, you cannot help but having a good time. Overall, I'd give barcelo a great thumbs up as the structure that put together two such nice teams of friends with great chemistry and professionalism. As for the hotel itself, very clean, nice pools, beach with ocean view is 50 mt away, ok food(as in good quality, could use some more variety) Goes without saying, we came back happy and with a bunch of extra friends met along the way :) Best Davide More
Overall fairly good - BUT sunbeds an issue
We are currently staying here and I have to say overall it's fairly good. The rooms are very clean and well laid out, the buffet food quality is excellent and the staff are really friendly. The one negative thing with this hotel is SUNBEDS.... if you don't want to be out there at 7 am reserving beds by the pool then you've got no chance - and I'm not willing to do that ..... I have to say it's the English doing it more than anyone else and despite big signs saying you can't do it - nothing happens so we spend most days at the beach which is disappointing as the hotel has 3 nice pools. ( salt water ) The all inclusive here is excellent albeit the dining experience is hectic - just trying to find a table can be difficult and no one really helps you, hence why we have eaten out quite a bit - that's not a criticism of the quality of food, we just prefer a more relaxed meal that's all. I was VERY disappointed to have to PAY for an iron and for the safe - we wanted an iron and so have to pay 30 Euros !!! to have one for our stay PLUS 30 Euros for the safe key ....... it's things like that that for me let this hotel down and that's a couple of reason why I would not come back - there is simply no need to charge people who have already paid £5000 for a holiday to use an iron and lock their valuables away ?!! Overall it's a nice hotel and the staff are nice but for us personally, not a patch on Alexander The Great in Paphos where we stayed last year... More
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