Registered: September 2005
Review Date: Wed October 17, 2007
||Would you recommend this Riu Resort? Yes |
Price paid per week?: None indicated
| Rating: 0
Bob E Review (Thanks Bob)
As you must know the “European” Riu hotels are very different to the Caribbean resort type Rius. Personally I feel the main difference is that fact of safety and well being. To quantify, one feels perfectly safe to move around “off site” and I feel that this is actively encouraged by Riu this side of the Atlantic.
As I’m sure you are aware the daily and nightly entertainment is somewhat lacking compared to the enthusiasm, staff numbers and the various skills of each of the Caribbean resorts animation teams. This is even evident in the ClubHotel Riu Chiclana even though it is one of Rius largest hotels worldwide although the theatre is very well appointed and spacious. It is primarily indoor seating but has the usual Riu situation of sliding/opening doors leading onto a courtyard with tables and chairs and naturally a bar.
Food is also not so varied and can become a little “sameish” and usually adopts the regional or host countries staple diet. There are also smaller time windows when both food and drink are available and generally no snacking facilities or late night drinking.
In the bedrooms, which are up to the usual high standards of Riu, you will find a fridge for your use but it is not stocked with soft or alcoholic drinks. Bottled water is available (inclusive) at reception but don’t forget this when checking in!
The ClubHotel Riu Chiclana is a “stand alone” hotel catering mainly for the Spanish and can get quite loud with plenty of boisterous families. It is very child friendly but if you want a good adult retreat, there is a first class beach bar and restaurant down a few steps on the beach but beware it is not part of Riu therefore take your wallet.
The Moroccan ClubHotel Riu Tikida Beach is a very welcoming hotel. It’s in a country with different cultures and beliefs which makes your stay very interesting. It is kept to a very high standard of cleanliness and staff discipline although one member of staff did ask me for a tip! In all my visits to Riu I have never been approached by staff pressurising me with stories about their family finances.
The Director and Sub Director make a point of meeting their guests sometime during their stay. This was a nice gesture by the local management and we would sit of an evening with drinks together sometimes discussing ideas on how to improve the ClubHotel Riu Tikida Beach experience. Again the main restaurant was a little “sameish” although this was made up having two themed restaurants. The Moroccan restaurant is a “must do” as it is a culinary delight for those of us who like spicy, not hot, food. You are seated in low Bedouin style seats around a large square table and other guests, the same nationality, are place with you.
Beware; if you like bacon for breakfast, you’re stuffed! I must admit the evening entertainment here is the worst so far. The hotel has a lovely theatre but the short shows are lost somewhere in translation. Don’t let this bother you though as the hotel is well placed for trips into town either via walking the lovely wide beach (not of an evening), Noddy train or taxi. Locals are friendly and love bartering.
While out on your travels you can also exchange your wife, husband, partner or lover for a few camels but check on the currency markets first! Again no drinks in the room fridge even though this is an “all inclusive”.
This is a good and interesting hotel; unfortunately it has no reciprocation with the Hotel Riu Tikida Beach, located across the road, as this hotel is a franchise.
Both these hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote Resort hotels are certainly recommended but cater for primarily European customers. You don’t have to travel the other side of the Atlantic to get the Riu standards that you may be used to but you don’t get the fabulous warm weather and warm seas this side of the pond!
This only reflects some of my thoughts on the European Rius I’ve been to and I hope you find it useful and interesting.