Europa Beach Hotel
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Okay hotel, but dissappointing food
I booked this holiday online, feeling confident about it after reading some of the reviews. However I do not agree with all of them.
The hotel was kept to a good standard, however the food was not great, it was more like school dinners. We ended up going off to other restaurants four nights out of seven. As there was not much around Analpsis that was open, so we ended up paying 20 Euros to get to another resort.
The snacks that are available all day aren't much to be desired, not very nice pizza or not very nice chips, and thats it, I would at least expected toasted sandwiches, burgers.
This was not the best of holidays, and was also ruined by the weather. If the weather might be bad when you go then there is nothing to do in the area and the local bus stop is a 40 minute walk from the hotel.
Excellent value for money
Booked this holiday via internet after reading TripAdvisor reviews. The hotel is a little isolated but there are good, cheap local buses to get you out and about. The main bar is the only area open in the evening, with the pool bars serving drinks all day until 6pm. The rooms are basic but clean, with everything you need, including TV for news channels. We started off on the ground floor which was a little dark, but were changed on request to a room overlooking the pool which was really bright and comfortable. The Chef does a wonderful job, and we enjoyed every meal, which were varied, hot and fresh, with a good supply of vegetables, (and the home made bread is 'to die for' )! All in all we had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, and would certainly revisit the Europa.
After reading some of the reviews already in existence on some sites about the Europa Beach, I was a little concerned about what we may find when we actually arrived, but our worries were completely unnecessary.
The Europa Beach Hotel was separated from the beach by a very quiet road. The beach closest to the hotel was ok, but was very stony and rocky below the surface of the water, so we did tend to walk further along to bathe. The village of Analipsis is about a 10-15 minute walk along the beach, and has far nicer sand, and is a nicer area to bathe in.
The hotel itself was very clean and well maintained, with a very large, well presented lobby area with plenty of seating. The rooms were clean and smart, although basic. The dining room was spacious and on no occasion during the entire week did we experience problems finding a table. The food was great, and I was most impressed that chips did not appear on the menu on one single occasion, although they are available daily at the pool snack bars, along with pizza slices. The labelling of the food could have been clearer, but I don't think this was any big problem. My 9 year old son managed to find something that he liked every meal time, although specific kids items (burgers, chicken nuggets, etc) were not offered. Not a bad thing, in my own opinion. Packed lunches are also provided if you plan days away from the hotel.
The hotel grounds were immaculately kept and very well planted with beautiful shrubs. Gardeners were evident daily tending to the grounds. There were two pools both with free loungers. The loungers were a source of irritation, as guests left towels on loungers from the first day they used them to the very end of their stay, as there was no requirement for them to be removed overnight. I did point out to the hotel that this was an unacceptable practice. Even so, loungers were not really in short supply, so it wasn't a big problem. The pools themselves were clean, and one had a small tiled slope connecting a little kids pool to the main pool which the children could slide down on their inflatables.
Entertainment was provided every night. English visitors were in the minority with guests being predominantly French. Even so, the entertainment team did perform their turns in numerous languages, so it was watchable.
Overall, I think the Europa Beach was great. A very quiet location............not suitable if it's nightlife you are looking for..........but great for families. Don't be put off by the bad reviews you may read. I think people often have very high expectations when this isn't really justified by the price they are paying.
Great All Inclusive
The Europa Beach hotel is situated about 25 minutes walk away from the main village and beach area right on the sea front. It does have a nice clean sandy beach just outside, which isn't run by the hotel, but is only used by the hotel guests due to its location. The beach is still well kept, with sun lounges, walkways and a shower at a reasonable cost. The Hotel is lovely; it is fairly new and very well presented and has been well maintained. The entertainment staff are very friendly and there is a lot of choices for adults and children, including table tennis, boules, volleyball, water polo, discos... The food was very good; it was always well presented and cooked, with a good choice. However it is real meals like fish, pastas, spaghetti, vegetables, soups and various meat dishes, so no chips/burgers etc if that's what you want. The selection of drinks is also very impressive with far more cocktails and spirits then many other places would offer. Overall a very good holiday destination and a good all inclusive package, if not ideal for those who like a more central location.
Loved the staff x
This was a marvellous Hotel, the staff were friendly and helpful, this was a far better hotel than I was expecting.. would definitely return asap
Very clean and tidy, but...
We returned on 27 Aug 04 after a week's stay at the Europa Beach, Analipsi. We found the hotel to have an impeccable standard of cleanliness and the food was excellent. The pools were clean and there were always beds and parasols available. There were a few negative points... We drank several beers from the poolside bar every day, yet remained completely sober, in fact on occasion we bought some bottles from the hotel shop to just get a kick! The rooms are above average, but are separated to one adjacent room by a thin fire door. We were frequently wakened by the loud snoring of our neighbour. The entertainment we thought was very amateur (seen better at Haven)although the animation staff were friendly. Be warned, it's a long walk to the nearest habitation! George the restaurant manager is friendly when you first meet him, after that he will ignore you. The pools are deep and hardly gradual. Watch your kids if they can't swim.
An excellent holiday for all 4 of us.
Nothing is too much trouble for the staff.
The food was tasty and we enjoyed trying the different foods on offer. Meals were easy and uncomplicated - plentiful food well-presented and a wide variety.
The room and the complex were very clean. The pools and communal areas looked after well. Towels provided and replaced as necessary.
20min walk into local village with good range of shops and eateries, but other tavernas along the beach front if you wanted to eat out.
Coach trips are available.
The kids club meant the grown ups got peace and quiet each morning and afternoon.
We had a great time and would happily return.
Ideal location for a quiet break
This hotel is listed as 4 star by the tour operator. This clearly is misleading and is a lot closer to 3 stars. However, this doesn't mean that the Europa isn't a nice hotel. It is. The staff are extremely friendly and are approachable. This is an all inclusive package, and I suppose that being spoilt in a 5 star Cancun hotel hasn't made it easy to go down a notch or two. Again, the food is varied and pleasant to eat, although if it's fantastic flavours and spices you're after, this menu doesn't have it. Pasta's, meat dishes, fish and vegetables. Salads, soups, fresh baked bread and amazing cake desserts make up the daily buffet. American breakfast is also good quality. Two pools, one fresh water and the other salt water. Plently of loungers, although get up late and you've missed the boat. Drinks available nearly all day and location is beach front and hot. Clean room, daily maid service and roomy. Shutters also give darkness when requiring those afternoon naps.
I would return without hesistation.
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