Having just returned from a week at the Bahia Princess I thought I'd share some thoughts whilst they're still fresh.
We travelled as a family of 4 (two boys aged under 11) during half term and we were mainly attracted to this hotel because we've stayed in Princess hotels before and the Thomson price looked like particularly good value for the school hols. We paid about the same price for half board here as some of the better self catering apartments in the Canaries so I was a bit nervous about why it was so heavily discounted ... I never worked out why because there were no horrible surprises. On balance I think we did get a bargain.
Being a family of 4 we were housed in two adjacent twin rooms but these were not interconnecting and meant an adult and child in each ... we've had this in other Princess hotels (three times in Maspalomas Princess and once in La Palma Princess) and it's always a bit of a frustration.
Still, as many others have commented the rooms are fairly good on space and impeccably clean, as is the rest of the hotel. We found the quality of food to be good and there was always a broad selection ... to be honest, I think anyone disatisfied with the food here probably needs to accept that the buffet format isn't for them and might want to think moving up a price bracket to a hotel offering a true restaurant service (i.e. you're not going to get a la carte dining at this sort of price, guys).
I'm not sure I'm adding anything new to existing reviews in reconfirming that there are 3 pools (actually 4 if you include the baby pool) with two being unheated adult pools and the main pool being the only pool kids are supposed to be in.
I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the main pool because some of the photos do make it look rather small. I had to bite my tongue a few times when some adults were wanting to do lengths in the main pool and clearly annoyed that kids were daring to play and ... splash (the horror!). They seemed to conveniently forget that kids are excluded from the other two pools which are also more linear in their layout (and therefore better for swimming?).
This probably takes me to my gripe with our holiday, although it's not actually the hotel or its excellent staff at all, it's the way it's marketed. Whilst Thomson offer it as a family hotel in my view it doesn't really fit the bill. The two other Princess hotels I mentioned above have massive pool areas and plenty of space for kids to roam. The Bahia Princess doesn't. Although it has fairly grand "architecture" it's actually quite compact and I can see why it's so popular with couples and particularly the older set as it's only a short walk from any one part of the hotel to another (I'm not being judgemental here!). There's no shortage of sunbeds and there's plenty of choice around the terraces as to what sort of location you want to relax in. Whilst I've singled out older couples, it's probably great for younger couples and those with babies/toddlers too but when it comes to more active kids it all feels a little constraining even though the animacion staff try hard to entertain.
Evening hotel entertainment isn't really our thing but I know for others it's a really significant factor - it seemed to be a bit hit and miss and from our location in rooms 3001/3002 we also found that there can be a bit of conflict between the mellower piano bar/terrace music and the noisier (brasher?) entertainment lounge. If it wasn't for the view we might have preferred the noise of the road at the back ... which really didn't seem that bad when we were there.
The location of the hotel is, well, OK. It's a 2 minute walk down to the beach and there are plenty of ameneties close by: several supermarkets, cash points, reasonably priced restaurants, cycle hire etc can be found within 100-200 metres. Despite the Thomson blurb, the local beach and seafront doesn't really feel any more upmarket than Las Americas. Take a 10 min walk westwards along the seafront and you get to the much nicer del Duque beach and notice the difference (but there's also a big difference in price too).
The Bahia Princess is a nice, clean hotel that is well served by it's professional and attentive staff. I would thoroughly recommend it to couples looking for a pleasant, relaxing week who maybe like to be entertained into the evening or who want to get out and explore a bit.
If you're looking for somewhere to take school-aged kids or teens then I think there are probably better options in the area (we've stayed in the Marylanza a couple of times and have appreciated the large suites/balconies it has).
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