Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Salmonella Food Poisoning!!

Salmonella Food Poisoning!!

Traveler rating:
Coba: Gran Bahia Principe Coba: "Watch out for salmonella!"
TRAVELBUGTeesside, TEESSIDE, ENGLAND Apr 22, 2007

My experience with this property took place in:
April, 2007
Would I recommend this hotel to my best friend? probably not
My ratings for this hotel are:
Rooms
Location
Cleanliness
Check in / front desk
Service
Business service
I recommend this hotel for: Young singles, An amazing honeymoon, A romantic getaway, Girlfriend getaway, People with disabilities, Families with young children, Families with teenagers, Tourists
I selected this hotel because ... Beach / Sun, Museums / Cultural / Historical sites, Outdoor / Adventure, Great food / Wine
My age: 35-49
Traveling group: Family with teenagers
My visit was for: Quality time with family
We did not know what to expect when we arrived at this resort after reading varied reviews onTrip Advisor. Straight away we encountered problems with the rooms. We had upgraded and asked for a double room for ourselves and a twin bedded room for our sons aged 17 and 19 near ours. A simple request you might think with a site as large as this but no! Apparently, each block contains only one type of room and if we wanted our sons to have twin beds we had to exile them to a block at the other end of the site!! Despite the king size bed being made up of two singles pushed together they would not supply two mattresses so that the boys did not have to sleep together. Our request was passed on from one department to another and despite our rep's intervention, we got nowhere.

Despite this, we really enjoyed our stay but found it tiresome to have to get up at 7am (6.30am in some parts of the resort) to put towels out to reserve loungers which you had to do if you wanted to lie in the sun.

The buffet food at the resort was plentiful but although there was a large selection, it was of variable quality and didn't change much from day to day and we found the Mikado and Oriental a la carte restaurants to be the best of an indifferent bunch. Unfortunately my eldest son started with gastric problems the day before we left and had a dreadful journey home. We took him straght to the doctor when we got back to discover that he had salmonella food poisoning!! Since we only ever ate at the hotel during our stay we can be 100% certain he contracted it at the Gran Bahia- not a very nice holiday souvenir!!

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