Hmmmn, before we set out to hotel paradise costa taurito, we had read a lot of reviews that convinced us we were in for a rough ride. Thankfully, these turned out to be unfounded despite all the issues we had on our trip.
Firstly, the hotel is in an enclosed sub city 35 minutes away from the airport and for a gran canaria trip, we would recommend car rental as the first choice especially with a family and young children. This gives the option of exploring other towns with ease whilst there.
The paradise resorts in taurito all share a similar style of hotel, with all inclusive options, family entertainment, waterpark, directly located on the sea front as well as supermarkets, salon, spa, gift shops, atm machine and so much more.
We arrived quite late after check in, and found everything to be smooth and easy going. Parking is free directly in front of the hotel and as long as you are able to nab a space, then life is made so much more easier. We all received our different colour coded wristbands so we could access food, drinks, amenities and attractions.
The bedrooms are clean, modern, good sized and as described both on their website and in pictures. There is a standard crt television that could do with updating and a lack of english channels but to be fair you should not be indoors watching tv while on a hot sunny island.
The bathroom was spacious also, with a very clean bath, good working shower, a vanity desk and mirror for the sink and the wardrobes were also large enough to store all our belongings.
Wifi is not free at this hotel, which could prove a bit of a snag for those wanting to communicate with loved ones at home.
Once we were settled in, we treated ourselves to our buffet dinner which consisted of a starter section, a mains section and a dessert section. The first night was comforting because we had read so so many bad reviews we thought that once we ate, we would either go sick or hate the taste.
This was not the case however, there were fish and meat options as well as a wide range of salads, bread and we noticed that drinks including red wine and beer are all on tap, yes thats right all running through dinner unlimited to drink.
After dinner, we took a walk through the whole grounds and marvelled at how massive the whole complex was to accommodate a lot of families. The entertainment area called Arena Plaza hosted families from all the Paradise hotels and also had other children's activities including mini golf, mini disco, trampolining, carousel, bowling, snooker etc. These obviously come with an extra price tag but you can imagine how easy it would be to literally walk out of your hotel onto a children's/family funfair without breaking a sweat. There is live entertainment every evening and the Arena Plaza bar also serves unlimited drinks until about 11 pm. There is also a discotec for the adults that runs from 11pm but the drinks in there are not inclusive.
After a very comfortable night's sleep, we awoke to a buffet breakfast which I would probably say is where they struggle a bit on the options. It's not that breakfast isn't edible, it is quite nice but the options are very repetitive on the combo of eggs meet eggs meet eggs again and sausages in three different shapes. There was still a good range to cover all eaters except non pork or vegetarians who would be reduced to toast and eggs and beans and tea for breakfast.
We explored the grounds some more for the rest of the day checking out the hotel pool, the gym which is located next to Villa Taurito and having some fun on the beach and at the water park. Do note that the pools in the water park are all salt water pools and this is warned. There are floats for both adults and children available and quite pricey too but once gain to be fair it is for tourists so will be priced at that rate.
Lunch was very very nice with freshly barbecued chicken and fish outside on the deck and other meat and fish options inside. All guests were spoilt for choice and we were quite impressed at how friendly the staff were especially a lady called Maria who helped us when our baby hurt her lip and provided unlimited hot water for baby's milk.
We never used the hotel pool opting instead to spend days out at Puerto Rico and Puerto De Mogan which are both thirteen minutes drive on either side of the hotel. We would recommend using the second exit both times at the roundabout onto the GC1 motorway when leaving the Taurito enclosure which is much safer as it is a bunch of new roads and tunnels rather than the steep hills recommended by the Navigation. Though the scenery is beautiful on the exit directed by the navigation, ongoing works and bends make the roads quite difficult to manage but not dangerous.
Meals and service for the remainder of our stay were very good and we were provided a packed lunch for our early morning departure which we requested at reception a day before.
Now the snags are, the buffet meals are targeted at everyone and can be eaten at two or three locations on the complex, however if there were fussy eaters, I would recommend Puerto de Rico which has a Chinese buffet, quite cheap at seven euros per adult and four euros a child.They also serve a buffet breakfast there and there are other cheap breakfast and lunch options in Puerto de Rico from about three euros a person. The meals are also targeted largely at the Russian and German guests that frequent the resort so be prepared for a lot of pork! A lot of simple sauces that would normally be vegetarian had pork in them and this is not always clearly stated so do ask the staff who in turn have to ask the chef.
The drinks asides soda and alcohol are squashes parading as juice.Expect orange, apple, pineapple and any other juice you ask for to taste exactly the same as they are all watered down squashes and don't make good mixers for any cocktails so stick to 7up, Cola, water and get a vodka with 7up so as to avoid disappointment. This is a running theme at all the bars including the pool bar, piano lounge, arena bar except at the discotec.
For the rooms, the cleaner expects you to pre-clean before she cleans otherwise you pretty much find your room in the same state and whilst she does the bed up, sheets are not changed every day, so if it is stained by a child you might find yourself using them for a day or two more. The air conditioning does not work if the balcony door is opened and it is best to get a room on the 2nd floor up because ground floor (floor 1 in the lift) rooms are directly next to the pool and piano lounge which wouldn't be a very good idea during busy periods.
Although only one lift was working when we were there, we never had a complaint about lift waiting periods or difficulty going up and down because once you're out for the day, there is no need popping in and out of the room for anything else.
Be warned that there is a fee for pool towels, so bring extra if possible and sun loungers at the water park and beach are about three euros each with extra charges for umbrellas though there are combo deals.
The charges on the beach stop at 6pm at which point the beach loungers are free for all.
Overall, good service for what the resort is supposed to represent, good environment for families, younger people are better off at puerto rico or playa del ingles whilst older people would probably prefer puerto de mogan.
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Costa Taurito Hotel Mogan
- Costa Taurito Mogan
- Paradise Costa Taurito Gran Canaria/Mogan