Bungalows Castillo Playa
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great value for money
"This was booked last minute as we both needed a cheap holiday in the sun to make up for the poor summer weather in Scotland and we weren't disappointed.
We did as advised by other reviews to take a taxi from the airport - took approx 10 mins and cost 12 Euros.
I'm always apprehensive about cheap accommodation but our apartment was very clean. Fresh smelling towels and bedding. All the kitchen utensils, crockery, microwave etc - all clean.
The location itself was perfect. A few minutes walk to a massive beach and if you're prepared to walk an extra 10 minutes there is a beautiful beach in front of the Atlantico Centre.
There were plenty places to eat and drink. Some pricey but we never had a bad meal and you certainly got your money's worth. We had a couple of great breakfasts at the Scotch Corner. We were handed 20% discount cards for El Patio and the Mexican Corner - the meal at El Patio was fantastic. We also ate at the Italian in the shopping centre but it is very pricey and have tasted far better at cheaper the price. I can't really comment on any of the bars as we tended to stay in with a bottle or 2 of wine and beer.
There are a few Netto supermarkets in the area. One about a 3 min walk from the apartment. It has all the essentials you need. Yes, some items are extortionate if you are buying British brands. You could walk or take a taxi to the Spar in the Atlantico centre where you will find it a lot cheaper.
We had a fantastic holiday here - just what was needed. The weather was excellent - well into the 30s. We would certainly come back here and stay at the bungalows again. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for cheap, clean accommodation in a great location."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of October 2009
Brilliant location & perfect for couples
"As others have said, Caleta de Fuste is very close to the airport, so avoid paying for transfers with package deals & just get a taxi from/to the airport. We didn't wait long for a taxi in either direction & it cost us 12 Euros (incl tip) each way. The apartments were perhaps in need of a little attention in terms of maintenance as some of the fittings & furnishings looked a litle shabby, but overall, we felt that our bungalow provided what we needed for a 10 day stay. We didn't see any insects at all in our apartment, other than the odd fly or mosquito & any cockroaches lying around outside the apartments were cleared away by staff in the mornings, so we were impressed with this attention to detail as I hate cockroaches! We were in Bungalow 302 which was an absolute sun-trap! We got the sun from about midday until it set around 9pm, so it did get very hot in the apartment as we stayed there in July/August. We found it very hot at night & didn't hire a fan, so it could get a bit sweaty, but was bearable enough! The sun terrace was kitted out with 2 chairs & a table for drinks/snacks & 2 sun-loungers for which mattresses were available upon request. The closest beach was literally about a 3 minute walk away from the apartments, so ideal if you prefer to sunbathe for a few hours, then take a break, & head back down to the beach for more sun later in the day. We found that this part of the beach was quieter than the others as there were more rocks along the water's edge, but as we are not swimmers, it suited us fine for a quick paddle to cool down. There are lots of stone wind shelters along this part of the beach, so, although it was fairly windy for the duration of our stay, once we were settled down on our towels, it was roasting hot! If you wanted to cool down all you had to do was sit up, so ideal!
For bits & bobs, the Eurospar in the Atlantico Centre along the beachfront past the Sheraton was cheapest, although we found the Nettos which were located close by reasonable for the likes of soft drinks compared to a New Year holiday in Gran Canaria, so I guess it's all relative! (For example, a 2 litre bottle of Coke was 1 Euro 59 in Eurospar & 1 Euro 92 in Netto & a 5 litre bottle of water was 1 Euro in the Eurospar & 1 Euro 45 in the Netto - it took us about an hour's round trip to walk to the Eurospar & back, including shopping time, so was a fair chunk out of your day, but worth the savings if you are buying a lot at once)
For eating out, I'd definitely recommend the steaks at Fado Rock. This place was packed out every night & quite often had queues of people waiting to be seated, so, as a result, service could be quite slow. We were also charged 18 Euros for the house cava which turned out to be a bottle of cheap plonk called Dubois which you can buy for less than 3 Euros in the supermarket! I would avoid Tony Roma's as the menu is quite limited (ribs & burgers mainly) & expensive for what it is, although the staff were attentive. We also had a meal at the Windmill Tavern just along the road from the apartments - chilli for me & pork chop for my husband - both of which were awful, so would avoid going there! As Big Brother fans, we popped into the Scotch Corner for a drink to catch up on the show some nights & found the eviction nights on a Friday to be busiest!
As we are also karaoke fans, the best karaoke for us was at the Slap 'n' Tickle pub a bit further away at the Happy Centre (http://www.caletalive.org/slapandtickle.html), although it was a bit quiet, so closed at 1.30am each night. In general, we found the resort to be much quieter than we'd expected for the time of year & a few of the bar owners we spoke to agreed that it had been much busier in previous years. They also mentioned that many customers were taking all inclusive deals due to the weak pound against the Euro, so this was having a major impact on business. There were lots of families & couples, not so many teenagers/20-somethings, so the nightlife was very much geared towards the older crowd.
Overall, we had a great break, everything we needed was on our doorstep, the weather was fantastic & we came back with some Euros in our pocket!"
- Travel date: Thu 13th of August 2009
"the bungalows and the gounds are keeped very tidy be the staff. The bunglows had 2 single beds in one room and the kitchen/ living area was a good size, in the kitchen area consisted of a microwave,toaster,kettle,fridge,2 hob cooker and a full cupboard of cooking utensils which included pans,plates,cups and glasses for upto 4 people.
As i went in June 09 for 10 nights the complex was very quite about 14 other people their at the time. The sunbed around the pool are free (about 40 of them) and you also have 2 sunbeds on your patio, no umbrellas. The bar on the complex varied on closing has not many were in when i stayed closed between 8.30pm to 11.00pm. The maids come 5 days a week (Sunday & Thursday OFF). The staff are great and very helpfull and would have no problem stopping here again has the shops,bars and beach are only 5 minutes walk away. have a TV 1 euro per hour.
Disadvantage is that as being only 15 minutes from the airport you do get aircraft noise which last for a maximum of 30 seconds and can happen up to 10 times a day, which i felt was liveable.
The other one is that thier is no air-con, i believe that fans can be rented for about 10 euros per week.
The beach is a golden fine sand and as a walk way round to the marina.
There are bars and restaurants but they where not very busy as a lot of people are going all-inclusive, the all area was very quite.
Prices for a beer range from 2 - 3 euros, breakfast 3 - 5 euros and meals from 6 -8 euros
a taxis to the airport is around 10 euros."
- Travel date: Tue 21st of July 2009
"stayed here for one week, really good holiday, bungalow very clean, spacious and excellent self catering facilities. pool bar small but staff very very friendly, made to feel very welcome.
location very good near to all restaurants, bars, shops and beach. overall a very good holiday would definatly reccomened and would return tomorrow."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of May 2009
Cats and Dogs
"Dogs barking 24/7 and cats that come into your room if doors or window are left open,1/4 mile to shops and beach"
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of May 2009
cheap & Cheerful
"Just returned great location for town and beech, But be aware of plane noise as you are on the flight path. Although didn't bother us, could some as can be loud. Not for older children which is great as really only for couples. Bar ok, but we dont really socialise when we are away as want our own space and time together, but you could have a good time in the bar if you want. Excellent restaurant ( Fado Rock steak house ). Dont recommend mexican as very bland. Beds a little hard and maid service not great, beds not changed in the week and towels only changed once, Although if we were to have asked I'm sure they would have changed them. Shopped at Spar which is 10 min walk right out of hotel,as cheaper than Nettos and recommended by reps also. Recommend walking along the front to feed chipmonks BUT be aware a few rats as well. OVERALL ENJOYED IT WOULD RECOMMEND TO FRIEND AS CHEAP GET AWAY ..........."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of April 2009
"we went here at the end of march 28th the weather was great the bunglows were better then we thought very clean staff great and very helpful will be going here again as we made a lot of people how live out there and weather was hot for the time of year ."
- Travel date: Mon 20th of April 2009
Good all rounder !
"We have been to Costa Caleta area several times Found these bungalows were good value in a good location Booked with Direct Holidays we didn't book transfers costing 20gbp each a taxi costs 10euros each way for 4 or us! This little complex of 80 bungalows in blocks of 5 was basic could do with an update but had everything you needed Bungalows ending in 01 to 05 were away from the neighbours yapping dogs and got the sun from late morning until early evening We stayed in 102 & 103 which was very private There is a small wall & plants between each bungalow Nos beginning with 2, 3, 4,5, 6,& 7 all looked on to each others patio Nos starting with 8 looked onto the front which had people & traffic passing Nos starting with 1 looked onto the back road which is a oneway system very little traffic or people passed Table & chairs as well as 2 sunbeds on each patio so didn't see the point in paying 10 euros for 2 beds & parasol on the beach Cleaners were OK but I think they forgot to clean us a few times but we got clean towels 4 times & clean bedding twice during our 10 day stay The reception staff were helpful & spoke good English the bar staff were nice as well Found the cost of food expensive this time - Lurpak spreadable 5.euros 11 cents & milk was 3euros 99 cents !! There are 2 bakers nearby which was great to get fresh bread everyday & cakes! Also there is a place which sells cooked chicken etc really good & cheap The Windmill nearby does great fish & chips also they do takeaway A must is the little fish restaurant looks like a white garage on the beach but beware it's pricey but a great experience On the other side of our bungalows was a new complex Cay Beach which are worth a look
This little area has everything close to hand and is on the flat the people are nice & helpful even the tourists The Saturday market is not too good & the African traders can be quite rude The beach walk goes on for miles it is stunning with different landscapes from golden sand to rocks & not forgetting the chipmunks
We hired a car do shop around as the prices do vary we got to see all the island
Yes we will certainly be going back very soon & would book these bungalows again
We would say this area is for young families / older people certainly not for disco lovers !"
- Travel date: Tue 14th of April 2009
Bungalows castillo playa
"This is the first time we had visited the islands not knowing what to expect we booked at the bungalows castillo playa in caleta de fuste on arival we were greeted by the receptionist who spoke very good english as my spanish was not very good she was helpfull and made us feel at ease straight away. We went to our bungalow to setle in as we were traveling with friends we were able to have bungalows next door to each other our first impression was that the bungalows were well kept clean and were well equipt with cups plates cutlery with microwave oven and a double burner hob on the cooker and plenty of towels in the bathroom the only down side was that you had to put 1 euro per hr in the tv and the reception was not very good we thought it was very expensive if you had children it would cost you if couldnt get out . The gardens around were well kept the pool was in nice condition although it was a bit cold owing to the time of year the pool bar had tv internet and was well stocked with happy hours from 2 till 3 and 7 till 9 with a very friendly staff. The beach was clean and plenty of nice sand it could be a bit windy at times but there is plenty of areas you can sit out of the wind were people have built stone shelters . Food is quite expensive so always shop in the hypermarkets although there is a local shop who will give you discount depending on how much you spend again very friendly staff who speak good english if you can i would advise you to bring some food with you if you get it in your case such as cearels dried soup ect if you are chocoholic put some in your case as chocolate in the islands is very expensive . We had good weather and came home with a nice tan we would return to caleta and we would return to bungalows castillo playa . We would like to thank all the staff for making are stay so pleasent and we would recomend this location for a relaxing holiday."
- Travel date: Sun 8th of February 2009
Great Location, lovely bungalows
"Went to these bungalows in January for 2 weeks, booked on the internet through Travel Republic and got flights with Ryanair. I'd researched where these bungalows were in relation to the airport, so we caught the bus from the airport for 2.15 euros each and got off at Calete de Fuste, about 15 mins or so trip. The bungalows were within walking distance from bus stop (about 10 mins) so easy to get to. The bungalows were lovely, large living space/kitchen with 2 ring cooker, fridge, microwave, kettle, and toaster. Nice size bedroom and bathroom. Maid service every day. Only downfall what most people moaned about was the coin operated tv (1 euro for 1 hour).
With the exchange rate now (1 euro to 1 pound) it was very expensive here, especially buying food. Luckily I had taken a lot of stuff, bacon, cheese, tins of salmon, ham, tea, coffee, sauces etc, so was able to keep the costs down a little. Milk and bread which you have to buy were double the prices in England. At the complex there is a bar which has two happy hours offering beer at 2.50 euros a pint (Â£2.50). We were buying 1 litre bottles of San Miguel for around 1.22 euros from Spar supermarket at the Atlantico Centre (about 15 mins walk) The Netto stores are very expensive for fruit and veg, and everything in general!!! Weather wise it was windy but the sun did come out a lot and if you found a sheltered place to sit it was lovely. Our bungalow (305) had the sun all afternoon so was great for sunbathing. The ones with even numbers (200s, 400s etc) were on the opposite side so only got the sun in the mornings.
We walked for miles, even to Rosario (past the airport) took us around 2.5 hours along the sea front (very rocky though, not comfortable for walking really) then we caught the bus back. Rosario is lovely to roam around in, not very big but nice. We have been to Fuerteventura before, so we didnt travel far this holiday, we have really exhausted it.
Overall a good winter holiday destination, but now expensive with the bad exchange rate.
Would definitely stay at these bungalows again."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of February 2009