The wedding factory!
Posted Sep 22, 2016
Our stay at the Savoy Beach Hotel was meant as a little treat to ourselves, having been gifted some money, we decided to put it towards a short stay holiday. This hotel would normally have been just out of our price budget, so we were expecting big things here.
Whilst the hotel is well presented, and looks fantastic, and meets the 5 star billing on the outside, pretty much everything else is a major disappointment, so you really need to manage your expectations with this venue. As we were only staying a few nights, and didn't intend on doing much more than hitting the beach the disappointment with the hotel wasn't as bad as the review might suggest. I was really torn between giving the hotel a 2 or 3 rating, but ultimately settled on a 2, because if we had paid the full price ourselves or stayed longer we would've been very disappointed.
The main issue is that first and foremost the venue is run as a wedding factory for Italians, with the hotel as an afterthought. Whilst the wedding parties have their own areas, it's the bulk of the hotel, and the priority is for catering to them rather than the guests. There were several per day during our stay, and it does impact on the service you might expect. You'll notice this when you try and order a drink from the bar, as the barman is always helping run the buffet next door. The "swimming pool" is more a photo backdrop, as it's not a proper pool. Whilst the rooms are large, and kept clean the facilities are very dated.