My husband and I spent 2 weeks in this hotel in March 2013. We enjoyed our stay very much. Most guests come from northern Europe and there were only a few other English couples. Our room on the 4th floor was east facing and we had a lovely view each morning of the sunrise over the beach. The room was clean, spacious and carpeted, with 2 sunbeds on the large balcony besides a table and 2 chairs. There were no coffee making facilities, but the fridge was free to use. The walls in our room were painted plain brown, which was boring to look at, but the beds were the most comfortable that I have ever lain on!
We were on a half board basis and found the breakfasts and evening meals always excellent in presentation, variety and flavour. While the servery area was rather small, empty dishes were quickly replaced so that food was always fresh.
The public areas were always clean and well maintained. There are no gardens in the grounds, but there is a large swimming pool that we enjoyed using. The hotel had a very good system for allocating sunbeds. We chose our sunbeds on the first morning, and they were then labelled with our room number to mark them for our exclusive use for the duration of our stay! From the hotel grounds you can walk out through a gate directly onto the beach. This is generally well maintained and monitored by Red Cross beach guards. We walked along the waters’ edge all the way to Playa des Ingles. The sand dunes are very interesting and worth exploring. Be warned, though, that once you go beyond the Blue Flag beach area, clothing is optional, and there is an extensive nudist area both along the beach and inland among the dunes.
The hotel staff were happy to sell tickets for excursions and activities offered on the island, and this may be cheaper than booking through your tour operator. All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful, although most did not speak very good English.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The IFA Faro Hotel is ideally situated close to the sea, a very short distance from the very south beach of Maspalomas and its lighthouse, on the island of Gran Canaria. Thanks to its perfect location you can enjoy fantastic sea and beach views, with their 6 km of golden sand dunes which extend to Playa del Ingles. The hotel, with a 4 star category and elegant architecture underwent a complete interior, solarium and swimming pool reform in 2005 and 2006. These reforms give a mixture of an up to date image and provide a notably brighter atmosphere to the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ifa Faro
- Ifa Faro Maspalomas
- IFA Faro Hotel Maspalomas, Gran Canaria