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4
Good
187 reviews
Brilliant
107
Good
52
Average
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  • 4.5 room
  • 4.5 pool
  • 4.5 beach
  • 5 service
  • 4.5 dining
  • 5 amenities
  • 5 value
  • 5 food
  • 5 cleanliness
  • 4.5 location

33 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Excellent value at the Escorial Hotel, Playa del Ingles

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 27th February 2014

"Just returned from a 5 day stay at the Escorial (not my first). The hotel is improving, and in many ways is more a 4 star than a 3 star hotel. Its facilities - especially its wellness center - are extensive and fun. Most guests are from Germany and Northern Europe - and all are courteous and well-behaved. I went as half-board, but then upgraded to all-inclusive for just 15 euros per day extra: it's a real bargain because the basic all-inclusive covers just about anything you might want to eat or drink, all day and up to midnight. Late morning, want a coffee: just step to the bar and ask. Want an early beer, just help yourself. Like an after dinner drink, just ask; the bartenders off major international spirit brands, and the local Spanish wine at dinner isn't bad. Plenty of variety at all three meals, and always one or two dishes cooked to order while you wait. The pool area is large enough, there are plenty of loungers and the water is heated in the winter. There is even a rooftop solarium that is very pleasant, with a great view - although you need to tie down your towels when the wind picks up. The rooms are roomy, the bathrooms well-equipped, with a bathtub (with shower), hairdryer and nice towels, changed every couple of days (as are the nice sheets). Bedding consists of 2 single beds rolled together, mine was comfy. Each room comes with a large balcony (with a nice sofa and table and drying rail). The room is well equipped, including a decent television with dozens of European and North American channels, a nice long desk to work at, free WiFi (that works in the rooms as well as in the public areas of the hotel, and a ceiling fan. Air conditioning and the room safe are a little bit extra, but the room con is probably only necessary in the summer months; I didn't need it. The Escorial's staff are very friendly and obliging, especially the servers in the main dining room (buffet style meals), at the bar and the wellness center and at Reception, Most staff speak some English, many German - as well as Spanish. For all this - and its good location - the Escorial strikes me as something of a bargain; it's certainly full in January and February."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 27th February 2014
  • 5 Location
  • 5 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Value
  • 5 Food
  • 5 Cleanliness

Excellent facilities and food at the Escorial

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 7th March 2013

"Spent a week at the end of February at the Escorial Hotel (a return visit), which proved a success. It has notably generous spa and gym facilities, including a ‘dead sea’ pool, as well as a nice outdoor (heated) pool. On the roof of the hotel was a sizeable sundeck with loungers, a jacuzzi and a toilet. Almost all of the rooms are standard doubles, with a sizeable balcony and a well-equipped bathroom. I didn’t need the air con this time of the year, but in the summer you might want it (at 2 Euros per day). The bathroom has a full-sized tub, along with a good shower, and a hair dryer. There was plenty of hot water. The bedroom is roomy, has a full-sized TV and a refrigerator; the beds were comfortably firm. Wifi was available throughout the hotel. Most guests are either half-board or fully-inclusive. The half-board is very reasonable, and the all inclusive is a good deal if you expect to spend some or most of your afternoons around the hotel (or like to drink). All food is served buffet style in a large dining room, which is very pleasant. Best bit is the cook to order chef – for omlettes made to order at breakfast, and a choice of cooked to order meat or seafood dish at lunch and dinner. There was always a wide range of food choices. Beer and wine is not included in the half-board, but is brought to your table by waitresses, and inexpensively priced. The ground floor public areas are roomy and there are plenty of chairs just to sit down and enjoy a coffee or drink after dinner. The staff were very helpful and friendly, didn’t mind my poor Spanish, and many spoke German as well as Spanish; a few had reasonable English. The clientele is mainly German and Scandanavian, but I heard French as well. Everyone was polite. This is not a luxury hotel, but it is better than its modest three stars would lead you to believe. It’s comfortable, located conveniently and serves better food than most hotels I’ve visited. Its facilities are as good as most 4 star hotels. A great find, I thought."

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  • Travel date: 5th March 2013
  • 4 Location
  • 5 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 4 Service
  • 5 Value
  • 5 Food
  • 5 Cleanliness

Top notch spa, great facilities, shame about the surrounding

4
Good
by
Reviewed 24th August 2010

"World Class spa in basement that is included in your all inc deal, you must go in the rasul (heaven) and the salt pool that looks like it has be dug out of a cave. the gym is exceptionally well equipt too... this place could cost a fortune elsewhere... the only extras you need to pay are for treatments that involve a therapist and the tanning booths - but why bother with them when you have a sun deck at the pool, or a roof sun terrace on the top floor of the hotel. (watch out for the nudists!) the spa tub on the roof is not heated and is iiiicceee cold, but you can't have everything... the spa on the ground is nice temp though, the tennis courts i can't comment on as im not a sporty type, but really can't forget the games room with pool tables, ten pin bowling lanes, comp[uter terminals etc. ohh i forgot the mini golf course on the 7th(?) floor... only con is the area, rubbish tele ( not good during volcanic ash issues) and the safe is hired at a quite expensive rate. The food was good, but could of been more varied... and yep the hotel is full of mature Germans, they are not hostile, or rude - just not exceptionally social! if you try they will try to communicate - so dust of your GCSE German and give it ago (Although English music Kareoke didn't go down well at all!! - not enough david hasslehoff me thinks :)"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 23rd August 2010
  • 3 Beach
  • 5 Pool
  • 4 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 4 Food

very good hotel look for ALL amenities

4
Good
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Reviewed 16th March 2010

"Just returned March 12th 2010. Very clean,food good staff hard working and friendly. Ask the lovley lady in the wellness centre to show you around,on your FIRST day. Not in anyway medical just magical. We only found it on our 11th day out of a 14night stay. Overhall very very good hotel. Would go again."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 15th March 2010
  • 4 Beach
  • 4 Room
  • 4 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 5 Food

EXCELLENT

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 13th January 2010

"Stayed for a week over the new year - family with two older teenagers. a bit worried after reading the reviews, but this hotel seemed to have everything we were looking for. it did not let us down, on the contrary, we did not want our holiday to end. the location is good, near bus station and all major roads, when hiring car etc. we travelled to mogan and took our boat trip from there. all taxis on meter, so no problems. Buses very cheap. local beaches clean and beds quite reasonable. yumbo centre and kasbah were expensive,commerical but ok for a different night out. at the hotel the wellness centre is fantastic, but we love spas etc. The food was magnificent, especially new years eve - red,white and champagne on table - all staff greeting you with cocktails. all staff so friendly, to all nationalities, we had no problem communicating wtih anyone. the nine of review for the rooms, need decorating, but were clean and freshened every day, big fridge in your room. all inclusive means what it says, beer is on tap you pour and help youself, as is water, just fill up any empty bottles for the beach. Ask for champagne wine etc. Anytime and you take to dinner, by pool in room etc. We were served quickly every day/night, despite busy time of year, no preferance shown to germans etc. As this is a german hotel in fact the germans spoke to us in english if they could. With all the endless amenities should be four or five star, will be going again. Wonderful holiday. "

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 5th January 2010
  • 5 Beach
  • 4 Room
  • 4 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 5 Food

Fantastic Hotel

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 24th April 2009

"Just got back from a weeks stay at the Hotel Escorial and I am already planning going back. The hotel was one of the best I have stayed in. The food is varied and plentifull, even for fussy eaters like my 11 year old. The facilities are brilliant and the staff are friendly and helpfull. The all inclusive option is excellent value for money would definitely reccommend."

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  • Travel date: 24th April 2009

Absolutely fabulous holiday and accomoda...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 22nd August 2008

"Absolutely fabulous holiday and accomodation. Reading some of the reviews before we went worried us, but we didnt experience any problems other people have mentioned. Definitely should be rated as more than 3 star. Everywhere was spacious and clean. Limited space around the pool for sun loungers but this was not a problem for us (2x50+ females) as we prefered the roof sun area with tub or the garden with large jaccuzi and children's pool. If you have older children requiring the main pool you need to get a sunlounger early. You are not meant to reserve a lounger but needless to say people did. The food was endless, fresh and hot. Breakfast 7-10, Lunch 1-3 (also bar pizza and snacks from 12 if you did not want to eat in the restaurant), Afternoon Tea and cake 4-5, Dinner 6-9. Ice cream was also available during the day. At each main meal there was so much choice, I would defy anyone not to like something. You could even have your fried eggs for breakfast or meat for lunch and dinner cooked in front of you, if you didnt want to eat from the meals in the hot plates. There was plenty of salad choice, fruit, bread and even a chocolate fountain. The list is endless. Cold non alcoholic drinks are on tap all day, and beer available from 10.30 am, just help yourself. Lots of choice of alcohol and a list of what you can have in your "all inclusive" is in your room. The biggest downfall is having to wear a band around your wrist to show you are inclusive, as you have to remember to keep moving it while sunbathing! The rooms were lovely with balcony, two comfy chairs, a table and drying rack. We were on the 4th floor (430) above the hotel entrance which is on the side of the hotel looking from the main road, so nice and quiet. The sun rose our side, so it meant the rooms were cooler in the afternoon and evening. The windows had blackout curtains, nets and curtains. There was plenty of storage space and a TV, which enabled us to watch the Olympics. Air conditioning available which I recommend in August. There is a gym and wellness centre with indoor pool in the basement. Some things such as massages you had to pay for. Part of the area is for nudists, as is a concealed part of the roof terrace, so beware if you are not into this. There is a crazy golf course on the 3rd floor around a garden built in the centre of the hotel above the reception area. The rear of most of the rooms are around this in a crescent shape. We found the hotel location good as it was 5/10 minutes from the main shops and bars. It was also 10/15 mins from the main beach. A nice walk down but suggest you use the lift back up, which is disguised in a shopping/restuarant area. The beach was lovely and clean with plenty of sunbeds to hire. It was 7.50euros for 2 beds and an umbrella per day, cheaper if you didnt want both of the beds and/or umbrella. It is quiet breezy so the Atlantic has lots of breaking waves. You need to keep children at the waters edge. Not ideal for swimming. Plenty of people with boards so good for this. We only stayed for a week but wish it could have been two. Would definitely recommend it for couples, families or friends. There was a real mix of cultures and group sizes. We had no problems with staff or other guests. Staff were helpful and considering there were at least 5 different nationalities they had to communicate with, they were excellent. If you have a few words of Spanish it is appreciated as please and thank you in any language goes a long way. The only thing at the hotel we paid for was hiring the golf clubs at 1 euro each, so the holiday represented real value for money, especially with the rate of exchange at the moment. The added bonus for us, is that we flied from Manston Airport in Kent, bypassing the need of getting round the M25 to Gatwick. Also car parking is much cheaper (£20 for up to 2 weeks) and within yards of the airport entrance. Within half an hour of landing we were in our car on our way home. Go see for yourself this is a 4star+ holiday, which I rate as 9.8 as nobody is perfect but this is as near as is possible."

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  • Travel date: 22nd August 2008

This was mine and my boyfriends first ho...

3
Average
by
Reviewed 18th August 2008

"This was mine and my boyfriends first holiday away together on are own, we stayed at the hotel for two weeks and we were made to feel very unwelcome, to begin with the hotel was full of Germans who were very rude, seemed to talk about us and stared constantly. I found it very intimadating and it did start to upset me and make me angry towards the second week of our holiday.The Germans seem to be the hotel escorials main priority and we were made to feel like out casts. We were also very angry that for the whole two weeks of our stay we had no English television channels, we were told that they were available with in the price we had payed for the holiday but when we had checked for this all we could find was spanish and german channels, we then complained about this and was told that they were missing something from the saterlite and that it should be sorted by the next day, it wasn't, so every other day we had to ask when this was getting sorted but the receptionists became very rude towards us, there was no apology and they did't want to know, it never was sorted so me and my partner was unable to spend a quiet night in watchin the t.v. We were also told that the air-conditioning was available for 2euro per day so we asked to have this for just one night as we had not had much sleep due to the heat in the rooms and had to get up early in the morning for an excursion we had book and wanted to get a good nights sleep, the receptionist then told us that we was not allowed it for just one night so we explained that it said 2euro per day and it wasn't a weekly charge and she became rude and started storming around eventually doing it for us, the next day we got a phone call from them telling us to return the card although we had only had it for 12hours and we had payed for 24hours. There was a lack of communication from the recepionists to us and they got very rude when you weren't a mind reader. The pool area was satisfactory, very cramped, so we often went on the roof solarium which was very nice and relaxing with amazing veiws and a jacuzzi to cool down in. The Hotel itself is really beautiful, a hidden treasure. The wellness centre is very impressive, The rooms were absolutly fine and kept clean with maids coming in with fresh towls and bedding every day. The entertainment was disappointing with barely any space to watch the acts. I thought the meals were nice with lots to choose from, and the snacks through the day were great. I would recommend the area, and the hotel which is lovely if you are willing to put up with people staring alot and the staff being rude when you are asking for their help. "

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  • Travel date: 18th August 2008

This hotel was great. We were in an exce...

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 25th July 2008

"This hotel was great. We were in an excellent location just a 5 min walk to beach and irish centre. The wellness centre was amazing... I was here for 2 weeks with my boyfriend and we spent lots of time down there! The entertainment is shocking! The only bad thing I have to say about the hotel. However I would recommend that anyone going to playa del inglis should DEFINATELY visit the Yumbo centre which is onli about 4 euro away in a taxi from the hotel. It was the best nights we had with the best shows. The food was ok..considering the hotel had to cater for Brittish, German & Dutch. The rooms were very clean with the maids coming round everyday. Overall I would recommend this holiday to anyone going to playa del inglis. Definately value for money."

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  • Travel date: 25th July 2008

myself and 6 friends have just come back...

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 10th July 2008

"myself and 6 friends have just come back after a weeks stay at escorial hotel on a all inclusive basis well were should i start iknow wow.... what a fantastic hotel it should be a 5 star at least.. the food was great and varied every day we travelled with two very fussy eaters and a vegatarian and lets just say no one went hungry. the rooms were kept exceptionly clean as was the whole hotel. the poolarea was great i read on one review the sunns goes off pool at 2pm this isnt true the sun is on pool from8 till 8!!and the wellbeing centre in the basement is absolutly fantastic the spa and salt pool are nearly as big as the main pool...only one downfall is an awful lot of germans... and they are so rude!! but everything else outwayed that by far. for a really good night out next door to hotel is two bars one called flashback open to 3am then when that closes if u like u can go next door to that to one called the point open to 6am both bars were great we had abrilliant night out in them well wont bore you anymore if u want afantastic hotel at these cheap prices book this one!!!! "

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  • Travel date: 10th July 2008

great holiday at escorial

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 26th November 2012

"I'm just back from a weeks holiday at the Escorial and had to write my review. My advice to anyone thinking of going here is definately go and book this hotel. The hotel itself is lovely,nice big rooms,(we were on the 6th floor with views of the sea to one side and the hills to the other,the sun also worked its way round in the afternoon so it was nice to sit out with a drink before heading out at night and it was cool in the morning). The TV only had 2 english speaking channels,but who goes on holiday to watch telly anyway?? The food was plentiful and loads of choice, although geared slightly towards the mass of german and dutch holiday makers, no-one could say there was nothing there they to eat, chicken, fish, beef etc, also bar snacks available all day , pizza,chips, burgers etc. The drink is also good,smirnoff vodka and johnny walker whiskey,you have to ask for these though, as if you dont, you will be given the dishwater brands. You can also get jack daniels and coke, at 3 euro's a time, which is a bargain, as the same drink in any pub will skin you 7 euro's. the pool is big and clean and in the sun all day. There are plenty of sun beds and chairs and the rooftop solarium has a jacuzzi and plenty of sun beds (as well as a nudist section!). The views from here are amazing, you can see right down to the sanddunes. the wellness centre is perfect relaxation and a great place to chill out and definately worth a visit. There is also a mini bowling alley, pool tables, snooker table and internet cafe with free access 24hours a day. All in all, the holiday was great value for money, the hotel is lovely and if anyone is thinking of this hotel, just book it and go. We used seguro going from Prestwick and everything went smoothly from the minute we left until we came home again. All I would add is there are many nationalities in this hotel, but dont be put off by this, as they are all friendly and courteous, although listening to the entertainment staff tell you everything in 5 different langauges is quite annoying sometimes, but nonetheless, a good holiday was had by all."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 28th June 2008

Do not listen to bad reviews about this ...

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 27th June 2008

"Do not listen to bad reviews about this hotel, whoever dosent like it must be really picky!! Escorial is pertfect, the food is great plenty to choose from the varity is brilliant, the wellness centre is amazing would rate this as 5*, rooms are basic but clean why do you need a fancy room? Maids are in every morning cleaning & changing bed sheets etc. I was also very surprised with the drinks as its all the real spirits, smirnoff vodka etc so you wont be drinking paint stripper like most all inclusive hotels supply. Staff are all very helpful & you never wait long to be served. My only fault on this hotel is the entertainment as its very poor but theres plenty nightlife thats only 5min walk away. This hotel is in the perfect location close to everything, 5min walk to irish centre & 10min walk to english centre. I would recomend this hotel to everyone travelling to playa del ingles."

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  • Travel date: 27th June 2008
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Top traveller tips for Bull Escorial & Spa

  • by senior traveller

    "Go either half board or all inclusive (the former if you expect to use the beach most days)"

  • by senior traveller

    "use the wide range of facilities"

  • by calamitykaz

    "Jumping in the waves in the sea"

  • by Philip001

    "EXCELLENT FAMILY HOLIDAYS FOR ALL AGES"

  • by foxy lady

    "try it, it was a good all round hotel, love it."

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