Myself and my boyfriend stayed at this hotel for a week in October half board. We were the first stop on the coach from the airport which took around 25 minutes and when the coach pulled up you heard a little gasp from some of the other passengers (this is not a joke!). The reception is very grand with very high ceilings and beautiful vines and plants hanging down from the three floors. It took about ten minutes to check in although i wouldn't have liked to have been at the back of the queue as there were only two people on reception. We opted for the safe, and having read the reviews on here went for the fridge with drinks package. We were told that because it was about 9pm we would have to come down to reception the following morning and order this.
We went up to the room and were very impressed with what we got, the bathroom was a very good size and the shower was very powerful (watch out if you have sunburn though!) The beds were a good size as was the balcony. There were 2 complimentary bottles of water on the table - which was much needed - and on the search for where the fridge was we discovered much to our delight that it wasnt locked and was fully functioning so we never bothered to go down to reception the following morning and saved ourselves 20 euros.
Thankfully when we arrived we were still in time for dinner so we headed down to the restaurant which is located on the lower ground floor of the hotel. We had to show the little yellow card we were given on checking in (we weren't told at reception that we needed this for dinner it was just because i wasn't sure i would be able to remember the room number that we took it with us). I had read previous reviews that you had to wait to be seated even though at that time there was about four other people in the restaurant, so we did just that. We didnt wait the following night as it looked like other people didnt and got sent to the back of the queue like naughty school children which annoyed me slightly. The choice of food is very good and we learnt our lesson on the first night when we started at the grill and filled our plates, then by the time we got to the other end we had found lots of other stuff that we wanted to eat. I know people will say you can just grab another plate and go back but we were so stuffed after the first plate we never bothered. For the rest of the week we looked at everything that was on offer first before choosing what to go for. Breakfast was more or less the same choices everyday with the exception of one or two things but it was a good and varied selection. The only time the food was slightly disappointing was Friday night and breakfast on saturday morning, clearly their stock hadn't arrived as the choice was no where near as good as it had been and they didn't have some of the basics. Lunch most days was eaten at one of the pool bars, they do lovely ham and cheese toasties and other toasties for a reasonable price. One lunchtime we went to the hacienda restaurant which is a bit more formal and order the prawns in garlic oil which were beautiful. We were expecting it to come with chips or salad as the pictures of the food around the place suggested they would but it came with a bread bun which was disappointing. We ordered another bread bun each to go with it and this turned out to be more than enough suprisingly.
Entertainment at night wasn't brilliant i didnt think, we didnt go to watch any of it but our balcony overlooked the stage where it took place. This said however, it didnt bother us as we spent the nights either in the bar next to the mini golf drinking cocktails, playing pool or taking the bottle of wine we bought at dinner up to our room to sit and drink on the balcony. When we first arrived i thought the prices at the bar were a little steep, for example it was 4.80 euros for a whisky plus 1.50 euro for a mixer. However when my boyfriend ordered a whisky the barman practically filled the glass to the top so it was at least a triple measure and by the time we ordered a few more it had grown to at least a quadruple - 2 or 3 of these and you didnt need another drink. The cocktails were the same, i only had 2 a night as the measures of alcohol were huge..that said the alcohol didnt overpower the taste of the cocktail. I recommend the strawberry daquiris if you are partial to a cocktail!
The pool area was amazing, there are about 5 or 6 different pool areas, some of which have a gradual incline to them which is nice if you are a bit of a whimp and like to ease yourself gently into the pool. These ones tended to be heated i think (or at least they certainly felt heated!). People mention in their reviews about the 'beach' area being like cat litter. I would certainly agree with this, although strangely you do get used to it by the end of the week. It really hurt our feet on the first day but after that you seem to build up a tough skin!
I never thought when i came on this holiday that i would be the type of person that was happy to lie around the pool and not get out and do stuff but i suprised myself, maybe the location had something to do with it but the hotel was so nice and well equipped that i didnt really feel that i was missing out on anything. We took a wander to the beach one day and got accosted by a few timeshare people, one was fine when we said we werent intrested the other stupidly asked the question if we were older than 25 so i lied and said no just to get away. We werent that impressed with the beach, there are a few bars and cafes along the beachfront but only two had seating outside one of which was ridiculously expensive and the other had about 5 tables. I would say 90% of the restaurants catered for germans with all the signs and menus being in german - not what i was expecting at all and you dont really want to sit inside a stuffy cafe when its beautiful outside. We also spent the afternoon at the waterpark which was a little overpriced and a bit baron looking but the majority of the rides were really good especially the inflateables and it turned out to be a really good day. It was very cloudy on the day we went which was a good time to go as it was warm but it meant you didnt get sunburnt whilst walking around. The food was overpriced and took ages to be served but was really nice when we finally got it.
Overall this holiday was exactly what we wanted - fun, relaxing, lovely weather and affordable and we even talked about coming back again next year which i never normally do!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Maspalomas & Tabaiba Princess is perfect for families with children, golfer (there's a golf course right behind) and those who just want to relax by the pool. The two u-shaped buildings Maspalomas Princess and Tabaiba Princess share a huge pool landscape including an artificial beach, with pool bars and a relax-island. The Maspalomas & Tabaiba Princess is situated in Maspalomas, in the south of Gran Canaria. Within walking distance there is the golf course Maspalomas Golf (300 m) and Maspalomas beach (1,5 km) with its famous dunes. Gran Canaria Airport is located 35 kilometers from the hotel and the resorts Meloneras and Playa del Ingles 3 kilometers. The Maspalomas & Tabaiba Princess has two main restaurants with live-cooking, offering buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner. The À-La-Carte-Restaurant "La Hacienda" in the pool area serves tapas and international cuisine. Gentlemen are required to wear long pants and shirts with a sleeve in the evening in the restaurant. A total of 9 bars complete the gastronomic offer of the Maspalomas & Tabaiba Princess. The huge pool landscape of the Maspalomas & Tabaiba Princess boasts 6 outdoor pools, including 2 kids pools and a pool with an artificial beach, wooden parasols and a sand volleyball court. Some of the pools feature sloping entrances. The animation team hosts activities such as aquagym, aerobics, archery, beach-volleyballs and darts. Furthermore there is the option to play table tennis, mini golf, tennis, billiard and giant chess within the hotel. For the smallest guests there is a mini-club, kids pools, mini-disco, a playground and a special miniature hotel, the so called play-hotel. There are 439 rooms and suites in the Maspalomas Princess and 434 in the Tabaiba Princess. As a standard all rooms feature air conditioning, minibar-fridge (€), satellite tv, balcony or terrace and bathrooms with bathtub-shower-combination, hairdryer and amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maspalomas Princess Hotel Gran Canaria