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by Sue Craft
Bury, England, United Kingdom
September 26, 2011
Cardiff, United Kingdom
January 27, 2008
From journal Nerja - a week on the Costa Del sol
by Fiddle Fingers
West Calder, United Kingdom
October 11, 2003
The houses are set alongside narrow and winding roads giving the illusion of being in a small village.
There are 2 outdoor swimming pools and one indoor pool, restaurant, bar, grocery store and laundry on site. It is about 1.5 km from Burriana Beach and 1 km from the centre of Nerja.
The main problem is the reception staff who have a deserved reputation for being unhelpful. They are without doubt the most unhelpful we have ever come across. The reception is only open from 10am to 2pm and 4 to 8pm; if you arrive outside of these times, I guess you have to make special arrangements to get the keys to your accommodation.
There are at least 4 different receptions, so you have to make sure you go to the Nicosol reception if your arrangements are through RCI. As a timeshare it leaves a lot to be desired. There is no welcome party, no organised activities, and very little information is provided so you are pretty much on your own for finding out what is available and what buses to catch. There is a local bus service, which takes you to Nerja every 30 minutes at most times of the day.
The house manual seemed to consist mostly of notes left by previous occupants. One person mentioned to make sure that the windows on the doors to the terrace are kept shut when you go out as they had been robbed of everything. The thieves had slit the mosquito netting and used some kind of tool to left the bottom bolt on the door. Some other groups of people had valuables taken from the safe. There were no signs of forced entry to it seems to me like an inside job. At least 3 groups of people had lost valuables from the safe in the few months before we stayed there so we decided to carry our passports, cards, and money around with us rather than put our trust in the safe.
It seems to be more of an accommodation rental establishment rather than a timeshare. It's the first timeshare we have stayed at where you have to pay for sun beds around the pool and at €2.30 they are not cheap. Also, as someone said in the house manual, it is the first time they have had to buy their own toilet paper. There is no courtesy room or a place to leave your luggage if you arrive outside of reception hours. There are no telephones in the accommodation although there are 2 public telephones in the commercial centre. All the problems could be easily solved so it is very unfortunate that they haven't as the resort itself is lovely and is fairly well maintained.
The buses to Nerja are very cheap and leave from El Capistrano village around 10 to and 20 past the hour.
The on site supermarket has the essentials and is reasonably priced and is situated next to the reception. There is a larger supermarket on the main road just outside the village. The on site laundry washes and dries 7 kg of clothes for 7 euros. You leave your washing in the morning and collect it the next. There are many photo opportunities in the 'village' there being many flowering shrubs flowing over the garden walls.
Our accommodation was at Pueblo 120A which was very close to the bus stop, reception and seemed to have a larger garden than the accommodation next to us. I suppose you would call it a terraced house although it is officially called a villa. We were due to stay at Castillo 9 the second week, but after a little persuasion we convinced them to let us stay at Pueblo 120A. Castillo 9 is a detached villa, but is some way up a hill from the bus stop and is not very close to the supermarket. There is satellite TV with a large selection of English speaking channels. One major item that is missing is air conditioning although 2 moveable fans are provided. There is also an iron and ironing board for any washing you may do or have done at the laundry. The bathroom had recently been refurbished. The beds are very cheap, nasty and squeaky. There are plenty of drawers and the wardrobes are quite large with plenty of hangers although the units with the drawers are past their best. We had a small problem with ants, but no other insects so we were not overly concerned by the ants. They disappeared when we put ant powder down. The garden contains many fragrant flowers as well as a grape vine and a small orange tree. Although we didn't cook any meals the kitchen was well stocked with appliances having a large fridge/freezer, cooker, oven and microwave. There was also plenty of crockery, pans and cooking utensils. Our terrace had seating for 6, a table and a barbeque. There were 2 sun loungers in the garden and one of the outdoor swimming pools was immediately across from our back gate.
From journal Nerja 2003