This seems to be one of the furthest hotels from the airport if you get a transfer, so if you can drive, rent a car before you leave the UK, we used Auto Europe (Goldcar) and you can get there in about 40 mins, very straightforward on the motorway. The hotel is on the top of a hill so you will need the rental car to go anywhere, or you will need a good pair of walking shoes or a taxi. I cant imagine how older people or families with kids manage without taxis. Free parking at the hotel.
On to the hotel. The place is staggered down a hillside over 9 floors, reception is on the 9th floor, and there is a little glass lift outside to take you down to the other floors, best rooms are on level 6 and above. Lower down is nearer the pool, level 4, better if you want to stay by the pool all day. We didn't use any of the facilities, pool, restaurant etc, just the room.
We speak Spanish but the staff seemed to speak ok English to the other guests.
We had room 614. They say 1st impressions are important and they weren't very impressive. Flaking paint and broken tiles. The bath had some black mold in the grouting, but that wasn't really a problem. Ants managed to get in somewhere every day but we didn't see any cockroaches (in April).
It was very old-fashioned, the beds were too soft and they were two separate beds, and we were told there were no rooms with double beds in the whole hotel. Shower was ok, there was a bidet, you got two towels each and one for the floor. Take a hairdryer and adapter with you as there aren't any, I read that you can hire one but they don't always have them. There was a kettle, two electric rings and some crockery and cutlery, enough for 3 people. No microwave or oven. We had to use the extra blankets to cover the window at night as there weren't any blinds, only a thin orange curtain, so take some blackout curtains with you, or at least some bulldog clips! They clean twice a week and make the beds up. There was no washing up liquid or dishcloth, only a tea towel, so you can only rinse plates and cups.
There is no air conditioning so it will be hot in the summer, I suppose they rent fans. The TV was 1 euro an hour!! Very silly not to have free tv really! Someone left 41p on ours so we used that up! Internet on two pcs in reception, I think it was 15 mins for 1 euro, no wi-fi anywhere. There was free wi-fi in lots of the bars and restaurants.
There is a plastic table and chairs for you to take outside and sit on the balcony. Nice view from room 614, I can imagine it's even better higher up. Room 614 isn't near the lift either and it's very quiet at night.
Amadores beach was wonderful, great free parking. Puerto de Mogan is also great, a few kms away. Playa del Ingles and Masalomas have natural sand dunes but it's very windy and my husband got hurt saving me from a flying beach umbrella so be careful with strong gusts of wind on these two beaches, the other ones are in smaller coves and are safer for swimming.
To eat, you can walk to the shopping centre about 5 mins away but it's a bit like Skegness and was full of chavs and reminded me of the tv programme Benidorm! It seems like all the food places close at 10 or 10 30 so it was difficult to eat at our normal time of 10pm, so you have to get out early! You can take a taxi or the car to Amadores beach, a nice place was Portofino and the go to Ciao Ciao for ice cream, it was wonderful. Puerto Mogan had a great place on the front called El Interno, something like that, with a great view of the beach, there were more expensive fish restaurants by the port and it's very very pretty.
All in all, it was an ok place to use as a base, you need a car to get around or you have to take taxis, which seemed cheap and plentiful. The island itself seemed much browner and greyer than Lanzarote or Tenerife, not much greenery or palm trees till you get further north, we visited Teror, Firgas and Arucas on a trip out and the scenery really changes in the north, that's a nice trip to do one day if it's cloudy. The weather was windier than Tenerife, but it was an ok experience, we booked with On the Beach and the flight was with Thomas Cook. I thought there was more to do in Tenerife and Lanzarote though.
Level 6 or above. I read that the ones near the lift are noisier. 614 was very quiet. Sun hits the b...
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