48 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Clean and Tidy
"when i read the reviews i thouhgt ho no but from going in the hotel to leaving the staff were great made us very welcome.the pool was great for the kids the pub on was good for the grown ups Alison the boss very helpfull Ali im back next year please could you provide a baby chair suzanna great las allways laughing shell/stevenice couple .jimmy always on the go simon cowel if you read this you must hear the girl katie who sings in the pool bar she has the x factor outside the hotel every thing was near by beach.shops.cafes.resterants we had a great time well im going now il be back alf middlesbrough"
- Travel date: Thu 21st of September 2006
"Our holiday was great.. i am 14, i went with my dad and my sister!.. there wasnt alot of things to do in & around the apartments but we dint expect anything because it wasn't a hotel!.. but there were a few singers in the evening!.. The pool was good for during the day!.. sunbeds came in usefull all day, but like with every holiday location you have to put your towel out early or you have to sunbathe on the floor haha!.. the apartment's towels did smell but we had our own so we used them often!.. great holiday though and i very friendly people!.. i would defiantley advise to go!.. and if you do visit.. mambo steak house/o'donohues irish bar which is situated to the left of the apartments reception!.. its a great bar with great staff!.."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of August 2006
i wont be back
"after ariving back today i feel i have to let people no what there about to experiance,the appartment was falling to pieces, the fridge was rusty as was the plate rack, it smelt musty and damp the security of your room is inadequate plug sockets were hanging out the wall (2) a light fitting had exposed wires a plug socket was smashed and burned out,the bedding was stained the towels provided were shabby and smelled,our bedding weren't changed for 10 days and that only happened when i placed it in the middle of the appartment floor our bins were only emptied on occasion,the water heater kept you awake at night and leaked there was also a very strong sewerage smell when you flushed the toilet or turned the water tap on and the bed they expected you to sleep on if there is more than 2 of you was like a park bench the plus side is the location was central to the ammenaties the restaurant next door la fuente was excellent even though the prices were slightly higher than most the service and food were superb, the red lion pool bar on the complex deserve a mention for there friendly atmosphere ,helpful staff and there meals were very good and value for money"
- Travel date: Mon 14th of August 2006
"This hotel is disgusting, it was recommended by a travel agent who obviously ripped us off. The place was falling apart, appt was dirty on arriving, cupboard door literally hanging off, bathroom not clean, plaster falling off walls, towels smelled and were ripped (maybe 5+ years old). Room was cleaned 3 times during our stay not each day. Would never go back or recommend it to anyone. Awful place."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of August 2006
Basic accommodation but clean & adequate...
"Basic accommodation but clean & adequate, maid service everyday. Staff friendly. Nice swimming pool.
On site bar The Red Lion, friendly with good entertainment. The only thing we were not happy with were the towels at the apartment as they smelt old & musty.
The resort is ideal for families & couples lots of good places to eat out. Many of the bars have English names which sound a bit corny but don't be put off."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of August 2006
We couldn't have wished for a better room location!
"We arrived at Villa Florida about 8:30pm, and were greeted at reception by a very pleasant man who was very helpful and efficient. We handed in our passports, rented a safe, " as recommended ", and we were handed our room key and also a print-out of the complex with the route to our room highlighted in flourescent marker pen, excellent!! the last thing you need after a long day is doing laps around the complex searching for your room dragging heavy cases and 2 tired kids with you.
We passed the "Red Lion ", a very welcoming, friendly bar on the complex ( they do a great breakfast! ) where there was a singer entertaining quite a few families. We found our room straight away, "A room 20 yards from the pool" we,ve always requested pool view but never had it before. The room was very warm upon entering, fans can be hired from reception but clean & spot-less. We checked the cupbards, It was equipped with the usual pots & pans, serving spoons, a chopping board and 4 of everything, such as plates, dishes etc, a fridge with freezer compartment, a two ring hob, kettle & toaster, everything we were going to need during our stay. There was even sachets of coffee, tea-bags, sugar and a large bottle of water waiting for us.
We decided to get unpacked when there was a tap on the door, Reception had noticed on our passports that it happened to be my Wife's birthday, and had kindly sent over a bottle of wine for her!
Next morning after a very hot sweaty night, we decide to explore . The Villa Florida is very clean and the pools are cleaned every morning. There were no Germans at all while we were there but the Brits now seem to put their towels on the sun loungers first thing in the morning and not return to them until about 4pm in the afternoon. after 3 days of us sharing one lounger I decided on the days we were going to be at the pool all day I would beat them to it.
The Apartments are in a great location and has handy shops & restaurants on the door step. I thought at first that the little shop on the front of the Apartments was expensive , but after visiting the various netto's that were scattered around, quite a few items were the same price or cheaper.
The beach and harbour were about 10 - 15 mins walk away. There is a nice cool, windy walkway along the sea front, where wild but tame chipmonks come out and will eat nuts from your hand The beach is man - made but very nice with a good breeze. The sea was nice and not too deep for the children to play in. The sea area nearest to the harbour side is the best as it isn't rocky under foot.
At the harbour you can go whale watching, 40 euro per adult for two hours and if you don't see anything you can go free until you do!. When walking around, Beware the scratch card touts, like us, I didnt speak to anyone who" hadn't "won a" free holiday", (read the small print!) from the selection of prizes, for 90 mins of their precious holiday time.
A lot of the gift shops tend to sell the same merchandise but the price differs so shop around! We ate out every evening, The Slow Boat II, was fantastic, if you get a takeaway the portions are a lot bigger than when you sit down, We ordered too much and coulndn't eat it all. One of the most reasonable places was the Happy Burger (don,t be put off by the name,) the steaks were great so were the half roast chicken, we struggled to get a table more than once!
One Sunday evening our stomachs were rumbling, when we stumbled across 'Slap 'n' Tickle' , family bar. what a find!. Not only did we have the best food ever during our holiday, there's a playroom for tots, playstation and computer for the older kids, and a pool table., The staff were fantastic with kids and adults alike, Scully and Reece kept us laughing and entertained, night after night with Quizzes & karaoke, Afterwards there was usually a singer on. It was great to know your kids are safe and occupied, in a no smoking area of the bar and it gave you a few minutes to yourself to relax and have a drink.
I had read reveiws on The Villa Florida and Caleta de Fuste and was quite worried by some of the comments, but I had no need to be, " we only saw 3 live cockroaches in two weeks", while out at night. But I must say " the towels do smell," we found that if you hang them out on the patio before and after using them, the smell goes away. The maid came in every day but Sunday. We would definately return to the Villa Florida Apts, we had a great 2 weeks that went too quickly."
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of August 2006
Basic, but adequate!
"The Villa Florida apartments were basic, but provided a good base to explore other regions of the island.
After reading the other reviews on this website, we were some what worried about the standard of acommodation. However it was slightly better than what we thought it would be! The apartments are clean...apart from the towels, which had a strong musty smell, so i advise you to bring your own! The bed spreads were also musty and had a few stains, however the sheets are very clean and crisp! The maid comes in most days, a does a pretty good job!
We did not have to pay for a toaster/kettle/Tv which was good!Although you dont get any decent tv channels...but it doesnt matter when your on holiday!
I advise you to pay 12 euros for the saftey deposit box for a week...as the locks on the apartment door are rubbish!
The only real problem about the complex is the noise at night...the bar on the complex has entertainment at night which is really loud...and sometimes not that good, especially if you want an early night! Also you get quite a few children running past making lots of noise!
Calete de fuste itself is a pleasent resort, very suited for families. Very touristy with lots of english owned pubs...The dome does a good english breaky!!!! Other good restraunts include the italian...Cassonatra, very nice food! And Slow Boat Chinese is very good value for money!
The beach is lovely, although no waves! Lovely clear water with lots of sealife! If you want waves, walk south/right on the path behind the beach and there are more lovely beaches around the corner!
I would reccomend a visit to the sand dumes, the beach opposite is lovely...lots of waves...watch out for the nudists!
Overally a lovely holiday, good acommodation and a nice resort! Very good value for money aswell!
Fuerteventura is a lovely Country, with breathtaking beaches! Worth a visit!"
- Travel date: Tue 1st of August 2006
We have just returned from a two week st...
"We have just returned from a two week stay at the Villa Florida Apartments in Caleta De Fuste (Fuerteventura). Rooms very spacious, Well equipped (Kettle and Toaster Included) and clean. Only negative thing is that the towels were not absorbent and smelt bad. Television 1 Euro for an hour, but the channels are all in Spanish.
Pool area very clean and no fight for sun beds even at 1pm.Both main and toddlers pool good size.
Red lion pool bar was excellent - Prize quiz and bingo, different singers every night and a large pool table. Staff helpful and food was good.
Reception staff also very good.
Our tour operator was also excellent & arranged 2 trips for us (Zoo & Lanzarote). We traveled with Thomas Cook
All in all this was an excellent holiday and we would definitely return to the Villa Florida Apartments."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of July 2006
Villa Florida was great!
"We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Villa Florida apartments in Caleta de Fuste (Fuerteventura). Rooms very spacious, well equipped (included kettle and toaster) and clean.Only negative is that the towels were not absorbant and smelt bad so bring your own.Television 1 Euro for 1 hour, but all the channels were in Spanish!
Pool area very clean and no fight for sunbeds even at 1pm.Both main and toddlers pool good size.
Red Lion pool bar exellent - Prize quiz and bingo . Different singers every night. Staff helpful and food was good.
Reception staff were really good too.
Our tour operator was exellent too + arranged 2 tripts for us (Zoo & Lanzarote). We travelled with Thomas Cook.
All in all this was an exellent holiday and we will definately return to the Villa Florida apartments."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of July 2006
Weâve just returned from 2 weeks in th...
"Weâve just returned from 2 weeks in the Villa Florida apts. Although they are classed as 3*, we feel 2* is more than adequate.
The apartments are rather dingy and dark, even on the upper floors. There is no kettle, a fridge which really needed defrosting, and a bath which for me, was O.K, was no use at all to my husband who is 6ft 4". The storage space for clothes (one 1/2 wardrobe/shelves) was woefully inadequate and we ended up with clothes hanging all over the place. The towels provided were very threadbare and had a very strong musty odour, (theyâre not changed very often), and we ended up buying some beach towels to use instead.
Beware, also of lack of security. There are no all- night staff, and one family on a ground floor, were robbed of everything while they slept, with no sign of forced entry, and very little sympathy. This apparently, has happened quite a lot in the last couple of years! The resort itself though, is great. Pretty laid back but with plenty of live entertainment (limited in our case because the World Cup was on!).
The Dome is a great bar and if nothing else...you must see Paul Simon a singer who was with Union Gap....heâs terrific! Good food at Tony Romas, excellent breakfasts at "The Sportsmanâs" and great Chinese food at The Slowboat 11 (right next to the complex!) We'd definitely go back (just to feed the chipmunks along the promenade). Jo"
- Travel date: Wed 5th of July 2006
2 adults, 2 children aged 12 and 14, ver...
"2 adults, 2 children aged 12 and 14, very clean well kept complex, the bar was ran by two English lads when we arrived but was closed down and a lady and her husband took over, whilst we were there you could see the improvements coming to light. The accommodation was basic, had to hire fans kettle and toaster, not expensive.
Villa Florida is central in Calletta, great restaurants nearby, pool is on the small side and difficult to get sun bed when busy. Rep from Thomas Cook was excellent and we found the villa Florida standards high and enjoyed our stay there."
- Travel date: Tue 9th of May 2006
This resort was perfect, with the rooms...
"This resort was perfect, with the rooms comfortable and very clean. The cleaners come round every day and do a wonderful job.
The apartments are in a central location with everything a short walk away. The complex has The red lion snack and pool bar (privately owned) which is run by a lovely English couple. The bar provides daily and evening entertainment. All you need for a fantastic Holiday.
- Travel date: Wed 31st of August 2005