23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Value for money
"Location close to beach swam in sea every day . Room clean as a new pin fab domestic staff .Block one overlooking pool is close to bar &restaurant . All staff are exceptionally polite accredit to the management . This holiday all inclusive is good value for money for a weeks break in the sun.Entertainment although at the very end of the season was still on every night & very varied.Difficult to please every nationality but they worked hard to do so &were super with the children. Pools were lovely & all facilities were well maintained .Food was plentiful & of good quality restaurant staff super efficient . From the little bay down the road you can board a little boat to San Antonio for 6 euro return .Couple of good bar /restaurants opposite if you fancy a change . Bar on beach does an excellent smoked salmon & avocado salad ."
- Travel date: 18th October 2013
"this hotel is lovely & clean staff are very helpfull & the animation team are great,there was always plenty of choice with the food so we never went hungry,i would go back to this hotel altho british are the minority but it didnt bother us all that much.not much around this hotel, a couple of shops & bars but the bus stop is just around the corner or walk down to the small bay & get the boat bus into san antonia bay or the hotel will order u a taxi.if u want a sunbed then u have to go down about 8oclock or u wont have much luck after that gettin 1,if u put a towel on b4 8oclock & go back to your room u risk gettin your towel took of by pool staff so i used to sit on bed till hubby came down."
- Travel date: 21st July 2011
"We have just returned from 4 day break celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary at the Barcelo Ibiza. Having stayed at previous Barcelo hotels we were at first quite disappointed. Noisy , basic rooms, no where to sit in the shade to have a drink. However after a good nights sleep we decided to go to the beach for the day . A bit annoying when paying for all inclusive ! My picture of lying by the pool sipping a cocktail was just not going to happen. Guests reserved sun beds from early morning till late even though they were clearly having lunch or siesta and the staff were not bothered. There were just not enough sunbeds to go round. Red wine with dinner was chilled and not good, although all other drinks perfectly ok. The staff were great very friendly. All in all a good hotel for families but not for couples . Food in restaurant was good but not brilliant, not really suitable for vegetarians. Snack bar food awful. Perhaps our expectations were too high , although we may return once we have grandchildren !!"
- Travel date: 11th July 2011
service with a slap!!!!
"We arrived at hotel on 18th june 2011 at 9.12pm the reception staff seemed very helpfull and guided us to the restuarant at once as Dinner was finishing at 9.30, we informed them there are another 5 of us to come we had got taxi they had taken bus,they may need something to eat,they seemed as though they understood and i thought were making provisions for them, but when the other 5 arrived 40 mins later there was nothing for them to eat,My daughter is vegietarian the snack's werent suitable being hot dogs, ham burgers and cheeze and ham toasties, the first few days they were really good at making just a cheeze one up for her,then there was staff change over and the girl said they didnt do that?our party consisted of 15 but your only allowed two drinks person at a time, everyone else having got there drink i went to the bar only to be told drink whats on table first??the bar states it closes at 11 when in actual fact it closed at 10 to most nights, when i asked at reception for them to confirm my taxi the staff said you could do this yourself they do speak english? In saying all that the food is good maybe bit boring but probably best choice i have had at an all inclusive,the rooms are spotless, walls are bit thin you can hear everything, Do take a hairdryer they are not in rooms which is first time i have found that, they dont hire out irons and to have it done is quite expencive,if your a tea or coffee lover take a kettle as you cant have any from 11pm till 8am there is short supply of sunbeds,there is nothing wrong with the hotel that a lesson in manners for the staff couldnt sort out,put in hairdryer and veggie opetion at snacks and you'd have a winner!!!!!!"
- Travel date: 27th June 2011
We stayed at the Barcello Ibiza Port des...
"We stayed at the Barcello Ibiza Port des Torrent for our annual summer holiday. First impressions were pretty good it was nice and very clean. Booking in was easier than I thought compared to previous reviews we had read about the staff not speaking much english it was also done very quickly, only downfall was that because we arrived before midday we were told we would have to wait until at least 2pm before we could go to our rooms because they still needed to be cleaned. Plenty of entertainment going on throughout the day for adults and children. There are 2 small and 1 generous size swimming pools with a jacuzzi which you have to pay for costing 2 euros but make sure that you are sat in the jacuzzi and another family member puts the euro in otherwise everyone else gets in leaving no space for you (which is what happened to us!!). The only downfall with the swimming pools is that if you're not there by 7.00am then there were no beds left as people were leaving their towels on them.Rooms overall were clean and tidy however you'd most probably get a better nights sleep sleeping on the floor comfort is not top priority. Beds had slats on the bottom with most of them broken in half so it was hit or miss whether you fell straight through the bed depending were you sat!! Rooms were cleaned everyday with clean towels, air conditioning was good after a thump but only worked if you were in the room as attached to your room key was a key to control the lights and fan, wardrobes were nice and spacious with adequate clothes hangers.Restaurant was clean with staff very welcoming, all drinks soft and alcoholic were self service having as much as you like, one thing we did notice with the soft drinks is that they always tasted of salt so stick to the lager or the wine!! Varied range of food everyday meat, fish, pasta and salad, also wide range of desserts, ice creams and fresh fruit. Daily entertainment was ok, the animation team did not stop all day from water areobics, water polo, volley ball etc. Nightlie entertainment was a bit dissappointing, 8pm started with the kiddies disco or show which they had practised throughout the day which lasted an hour, abit of music in between then a show at 10pm which consisted mainly of dancing, a owl show and a parrot show (once you've seen 1 parrot show you've seen them all).Our one and only complaint would go to the Thomas Cook rep Sam. She attended the hotel on Sunday afternoon for the welcome meeting and informed us that she would be attending the hotel on various days between a certain time should we wish to see her for any reason, she also told us our departure details would be placed on the board in reception the day before our departure. The day before we were due to travel home there were no details of our departure on the board which meant we then had to contact Thomas Cook 24 hour helpline which wasn't much help as there was no reply!!Overall I would recommend this hotel to families. Don't think it would be suitable for young couples as there is not enough nightlie adult entertainment going on. San Antonio Town is only a 5min ride in a taxi costing between 8-10 euros or a bus which leaves every hour costing 1 euro 45 so if you don't mind not being in the thick if the night life then it will be ok. "
- Travel date: 25th August 2008
I have just come back from a weeks stay ...
"I have just come back from a weeks stay from the Hotel Barcelo Pueblo, on arrival the staff were friendly but some did not speak English very well so we needed a litte bit of help from other holiday makers while trying to check in. The rooms in the hotel are quite small but very clean infact the whole of the hotel is clean i couldnt knock anything about that, fresh towels were brought in each day, bins emptied and the beds were made this was normally after half past ten so we didnt have to get up too early. There is quite a lot of choice when it comes to the drinks on all inclusive but again sometimes the bar staff didnt understand what we were trying to tell them and we often came away with the wrong drinks. I would not encourage anyone to go all inclusive at this hotel if you are a fussy eater i myslef struggled and ended up spending most of the holiday money trying to find somewhere to eat as there was nothing in the hotel. You are fine if you like to eat fish every night and chips or eggs with cream in apart from that you will be a little stuck, on a night you are not allowed to eat the bread rolls or are offered any drinks so i advise you to get one from the bar before you go in as you wont get one once inside. The food is very continental but if you are hungry enough you will find something the bar snacks are excellent and only shut once the main resturant is open you can help yourself to chips, burgers, cheese and ham toasties and hotdogs theres no limit to what you can have. The hotel itself is very large with three swimming pools which are cleaned daily but there is a bit of a rush if you want a sunbed with a brolly as it does get very hot i was having to get up at quarter to eight to fight to get a bed. If you like the sun and are not bothed about the shade then there is no rush there are always plenty of sun beds available and there is a childrens pool and play area which again is kept very clean. I didnt rate the entertainment very much as it was all in Spanish including in the day but there was always something going on such as water games or darts. The staff all seemed to be very friendly and helpful nothing was too much trouble. The only other thing that spoilt the holiday slightly is how far away the hotel is from everything there are three shops directly opposite the shop and it is about a 15 minute walk to the beach where there are two bars if you want to find night life then it is a half an hour walk but there is a bus that will take you down for just over one euro. Overall it was a nice relaxing holiday just a shame about the location and the lack of food i wouldnt go myself again but if your looking to stay in the hotel and make the most of the all inclusive then i would advise this to you. "
- Travel date: 19th July 2008
The actual hotel was a nice clean hotel....
"The actual hotel was a nice clean hotel. Pools were kept nice and clean and rooms were cleaned every day. Hotel staff were nice and friendly. Not many English people there at the time staying in the hotel. Food was very Spanish not much choice on anything else. It definitely works out cheaper for all inclusive there. We spent Â£400 food and drink in a week even thou we had breakfast and tea included in that. No childrenâs menu or nothing much really for young kids. Very friendly thou towards children. Entertainment is rubbish and all is finished by 11. bar not to supposed to shut until 1 but did shut earlier. Nice quiet resort and was lovely for a chilled out week. San Antonio was a 5 minute bus ride from hotel and was good for a day out as port des torrent is quiet. The beach was a 5 minute walk from hotel and was nice and clean and had bars and restaurants right on beach front. First Choice good company to go with."
- Travel date: 9th October 2007
"Hi, We have just returned from the Barcelo, four of us, two eighteen year olds and two fifty year olds and we all had a really good time. We went all inclusive which i recomend because the isolation of the hotel makes getting food outside the hotel quite hard and the few local restaurants seem to be quite expensive. The food was all good but the menu was a bit repetitive with a large amount of fish and pork nearly every night. Plenty of spirits and choice on the all inclusive drinks and the small snack bar is serve yourself on beer, wine and soft drinks. The pools are lovely with the small snack bar pool being quite deep and more suitable for adults and the larger pools being very family friendly. The local area is quiet and there is a small beach with pedalos which are good for an hour out at sea and are very cheap. There are boat trips to san antonio regularly and they are priced at 6 euro return. I dont recomend the bull bar by the beach because the service is really bad and the waiters are more like zombies than people. Overall a great holiday. If you are going there im sure you will have a really great time!!!"
- Travel date: 8th July 2007
"Returned from this hotel after a short break in Ibiza at the weekend. The hotel was booked via Aplharooms and the flights via Easyjet. Hotel: Rooms were very clean, hence being cleaned everyday. Decoration was quite old looking, although the air-con was a new addition. Food was just about right for a 3* hotel nothing special but all looked fresh and tasted good. There was show cooking at lunch and dinner, I think all tastes would be catered for food wise. The hotel has 3 pools, we visited the 'sports' pool which has its own snack bar. Amazingly the pool never really got busy, even more so as this bar had 'help yourself' beer and soft drinks! We did not get involved in any of the entertainment during the day but its fair to say there was somthing going on all the time should you wish to. Resort: Having visited Ibiza 7 times this was the first time we stayed in this area, aside from the hotel there really is VERY little else to do in the evening, the beach about a 5-10 min walk has a couple of bars but little else, which would mean a bus/taxi ride to the town if your looking for the nightlife. During the day a water taxi runs from the beach, not sure when the last one departs in the evening, this costs 6e return. In summary I would recommend this hotel to my friends, we stayed All-Inclusive (our first time) and found this to be good value here on a short break, not sure if I would want to stay All-Inc for over week tho as I think it may be a little boring. We stayed all -inc for 4 nights in July with flights from Stansted for a total cost of Â£249 each."
- Travel date: 8th July 2007
"just returned from a lovely weeks break at the Barcelo pueblo in Ibiza.Will try and make this short and sweet but to the point!! lovely clean modern hotel. lovely pools (again poolside cleaned and always tidy) no fighting for the sunbeds!!! Friendly happy staff . good food.(all inclusive reccomended) A taxi to san antonio cost just 9 euro or a few euro on the bus so if its busy streets and crowded beaches you are after then its only a short ride away! To sum up its just a great place to have a nice relaxing holiday and at the same time our 6 year old had the time of his life."
- Travel date: 24th June 2007
Great hotel away from the "Blackpool" areas of San Antonio
"Just returned from a week at the Barcelo Pueblo Ibiza. (26/5 - 2/6 /07). What a great hotel. Top end of a 3 star category, the only downside is that it's nearly in the middle of nowhere. If you want a relaxing holiday without lager louts/clubbers then this is perfect for you. About a 45 mins walk to the "Blackpool" type area of San Antonio Bay, but a pleasant walk in the daytime nonethereless. The rooms are spotless, cleaned every day, with fresh towels to boot. The hotel is in great condition, pools and all surrounding areas very clean. About 40% Italians, 40% Spanish, 10%French & 10% British. Plenty of sunbeds - last week was the kids school holidays and still we managed 6 beds together everyday. Kids are well catered for - animacion has things for them to do all through the day, from volleyball/football/crazy golf/ water games/uno/cocktail games. Adults have rifle shooting/archery/water polo/volleyball etc. There are 3 main pools. The bottom pool is oval & has a kids section joined to it, the middle pool is like an oblong olympic type pool, and the top pool is in the sports area with kids pool and a separate jacuzzi(the only prob for us was that the top pool/jacuzzi & bar didn't open until the 1st June and we came home on the 2nd - it doesn't say this in the brochure though). In the top sports area there is a volleyball court on sand, tennis/basketball/football courts. A 9 hole mini golf, 2 kids play areas for younger kids and an outdoor gym. A pool bar with outside seating is also up here. I would say that about 95% of the hotel guests were on all inclusive. We were on a half board basis, but being as there are only 3/4 bars across the street and a 45 min walk to "the nightmare of the 18/30's area" which we didn't want to go anywhere near, then it would obviously be more common sense to go all inclusive. The food is good, a salad buffet, hot buffet containing meat & fish dishes but only 1 veg, and a grill where food is cooked fresh in front of you. Of coarse, there were people moaning that it was catered for the Spanish/ Italians etc, BUT GUESS WHAT - YOU'RE IN SPAIN. If you want fish & chips or pizza and chicken nuggets THEN GO TO SKEGNESS OR BLACKPOOL. All the staff are very friendly with a special mention to 'LOLI' in the dining room- she was fantastic. I would definately return to this hotel, in fact I'm just looking to book for the same time next year - but on an all inclusive basis. ENJOY!!"
- Travel date: 18th June 2007
We went to this hotel only a few weeks a...
"We went to this hotel only a few weeks ago now, 9th May 2007. The temperatures soared up to 35c, which was a probably when the air con was only just being fitted into the hotel. I should think this is up and running by now, but it didnât really help at the time when you have prickly heat and a fan blowing hot air around. The hotel itself is beautiful, very nicely set out and I would recommend coming to this hotel in season, as more opens. The rooms were nice but the bathroom was not as clean as it could have been. The food was very nice most nights, but there was a couple of nights were the choice was just fish, and if youâre not a great fish eater, you can have chips. Donât expect full English either. Eggs is as far as it goes Iâm afraid. The entertainment was very good on the nights we caught it with a bird show and exotic dancers, San Antonio seems to be the place to go in the evenings. With a bus costing 1.40E each for a single. Or a taxi costing 9 Euros. Staff were very friendly and helpful, but not when you get a gecko in your room and you canât get it out (ended up moving rooms). There are lots of geckos in Ibiza, completely harmless, and you see a lot, just a bit of a shock when you have never seen one and there is one on your ceiling. Overall the holiday was lovely for relaxing, not much to do in the area, but not far away there is a lovely beach (10 minute walk) and san Antonio."
- Travel date: 30th May 2007
Top traveller tips for Occidental Ibiza
"If you want a different room just ask !"
"Go to the beach if you dont like daytime entertainment"
Occidental Ibiza is also called
- Barcelo Pueblo Ibiza Hotel
- barcelo hotel pueblo ibiza
- pueblo ibiza barcelo