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Capri Bungalows
Ranked #198 of 220 Hotels in Maspalomas
Preston, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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“Pay the extra and stay elsewhere”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2011

Booked this after reading mixed reviews. Unfortunately this has to be the grottiest and noisiest holiday accommodation we have stayed at. There was even graffiti on the inside and got a few bites whilst in bed - not mozzies - bed bugs. The chalet we stayed in was number B29. It faced a plastic corregated fence on the hard shoulder of a very busy main road (like the M6). All I can say is avoid.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2011

We’re both in our early sixties. We stayed at the Capri apartments (occupying Room A54) from 26/02/11 to 05/03/11.

We arrived at around 9.20 p.m. on the Saturday evening to be met (‘greeted’ would be too generous a description) by an elderly gentleman who we assumed was the caretaker. He did little more than check us in and give us vague directions to our accommodation, his grasp of English being only slight. He wasn’t particularly welcoming, but neither was he particularly unfriendly. In fairness to him I think I myself might have felt a little grumpy about having to stay at my post on a Saturday night in order to sign in a couple of tourists who hadn’t even bothered to learn enough of their host country’s language to string together more than three or four words.

To be honest, our first impressions weren’t sparkling. The site had obviously been constructed in another era of tourism, in the late 1960s or very early 1970s, and it didn’t appear to have been upgraded in any major respect since then. However the grounds were well maintained and the pool area was bright and cheerful. There was an onsite bar, a restaurant and a well-stocked mini supermarket, all of which were pleasant enough.

As regards our accommodation, despite the décor relating to another age and the small (by today’s standards) bathroom and bedroom, the kitchenette was fully equipped with cooker, fridge, utensils and dining table and the bathroom had a shower/tub and towels that were changed every other day when the room maid came in. The bedroom had twin beds with bedside units, a dressing table with drawers and plenty of wardrobe space. There was also a small safe, which was accessible on payment of a fee. The lounge had chairs, a coffee table, a sofa and a television (satellite channels were ‘pay as you view’) – and it opened to a south-facing veranda with a plastic table and chairs. There was also a substantial external clothes drying area adjoining the kitchenette.

There’s no denying that our apartment could have done with some renovation and a lick of paint here and there and that general maintenance could have been better (the creaking cupboard hinges and the tap head in the bathroom that repeated fell off in use must surely have been reported by previous occupants, if not noticed by the cleaning staff). The room cleaning could have been a little more fastidiously carried out too. Walking barefoot on the floor left our soles dirty and the table tops and other surfaces were a little sticky here and there (presumably where the sun-creamed arms of previous tenants had been leaning).

All this having been said though, we were paying nothing like top dollar to stay in this place because this was to be by no means our main holiday for the year. We had come in search of some ‘cheap and cheerful’ sunshine (which we found in abundance) and, for our purposes on this trip, we found the Capri complex to be just about adequate. It was quiet at night whilst we were there, the staff were friendly enough and the receptionist helpful. For all the frills it lacks, the Capri never pretends to be anything more than a ‘1 Key’-rated establishment. In short, you get what you pay for.

If you want it, there’s a free bus laid on to take you down to the beach and the Faro centre (with its huge variety of shops, restaurants and bars) – but it’s a delightful walk of no more than a couple of miles anyway. It’s no further to stroll up the hill (or along the beach, if you’re not shy of nudists) into the much more boisterous La Playa des Ingles. The compact but very attractive botanical gardens of Maspalomas (entry free) are only 15 or 20 minutes away from the Capri on foot and the café/bar with terrific views over the surrounding terrain is only a short climb up the hill from there.

I’ve read many reviews of the Capri bungalows/apartments on various websites. Most of the negative reviews seem to me to have been posted by people who really shouldn’t have selected Maspalomas (indeed, in some cases, the island of Gran Canaria) as a holiday destination in the first place.

Some have complained that there’s ‘nothing to do’. Not true. Amongst all the other attractions, there are sand dunes, the aforementioned botanical gardens, a wonderful protected area of natural diversity and beauty and – an inexpensive bus trip away – the most beautiful port of La Playa de Mogan. In addition there’s a large Wednesday market, an amazing Sunday market at the Faro 2 centre (something like a cross between a car boot and a bric-a-brac) and of course you could, should you wish, choose from a wide choice of excursions to other parts of the island. If however your preference is for bars, discos and lots of nightlife, then you’d probably be better off staying in La Playa des Ingles, rather than Maspalomas.

On some review sites there’s been talk of ‘cockroaches’ invading the place. All I can say is that we certainly didn’t see any! I suspect that few of the reviewers who have referred to this have ever seen a cockroach in their lives and I’m certain that most of them wouldn’t know the difference between a cockroach and one of the harmless beetles that are indigenous to these northern African latitudes.

If, despite the few negatives, you’re planning to stay at the Capri, here are a couple of tips:

To avoid having to hire them, it might be a good idea to take with you a travel kettle, iron and hairdryer (plus adapters, of course).

If you’re of limited mobility (and thankfully we’re not) you might find the stairs that lead to the bedroom and bathroom a little steep and their bottom end, where the stairs wind round, slightly hazardous owing to the absence of a rail at this point. A bungalow, rather than an apartment, might be more suitable for you.

We enjoyed our first visit to Maspalomas and we found the Capri complex to be more or less what we’d thought it would be before we set off from home. It certainly isn’t luxurious – but it isn’t the pits that some reviewers would have you believe. If you’re looking for a bit of sunshine, you’re prepared to cater for yourselves and you don’t want to pay megabucks for your holiday, there’s nothing so badly wrong with the Capri complex – so long as you understand you’re on a budget holiday.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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15 Thank Geoff16
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2011

The first thing i should say is that the Capri bungalows are not in actual fact bungalows but are two story buildings and any one who has trouble with stairs should take this in to consideration before booking as the stairs are tiled, quite slippery and there's not handrail. I have read other reviews about Capri - and have to say in some cases they are quire correct. The bungalows themselves are fine - could do with a repaint and sprucing up of some of the furniture and the range of kitchen untensils could do with being expanded, thats true. I do agree with a point raised in an earlier review - being charged extra to hire a kettle or a toaster, fan, coffee machine (all at 12 euros per week each!) is on the greedy side. I also agree that having to pay extra to watch the TV (1 euro for 40 minutes) is also an unesscary charge. The staff are quire friendly and helpful expect for the gentle man who checked us in at 9pm on a Saturday night - we had disturbed his evening and the only welcome we got was when he barked at us - 'passports' and our bungalow number which he left us to find ourselves and in the dark. Another sugeetion that I would like to make is not to have breakfast in the resturant at Capri - while its all you can eat its very poor value at 5 euros each- the rangeand qualitiy of the food provided is very poor you are better looking around the area and finding an alternative. You should enjoy walking or just siiting aorund the pool to stay here as there really isn't a lot to do otherwise.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank misterhugo59
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2011

We have just returned from a very nice stay at the Capri Bungalows,having read the reviews after booking we were pleasantly surprised with the accommodation.

Yes the paintwork was not perfect, you had to hire a kettle and toaster [20 odd eur a week],and the tv had a slot meter that we only used once to find spanish channels and euro sport ,all in all we thought these charges was a bit mean.
The rooms were clean,linen changed regulary,constant hot water, and staff very polite

The resturant turned out to be a cheap option, serving good food with the local beer being the average price for the island [2.5eur].

We could not recommend the hotel to a friend as the party walls were poorly insulated however we were lucky to have quite neighbours either side.

tips-buy a kettle and toaster from the sunday car boot sale nearby, and on arrival ask for an end bungalow

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank twoofus186460
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2010

have just returned from my holiday at capri bungalows and was pleasantly suprised after reading the reviews here, the staff where very very helpful and friendly, and would go out of their way to help you, the accomodation (bungalows) were basic but clean and we were asked every day if we wanted the place cleaned, clean towels were offered to us on a daily basis too, for people to say that this place is "disgusting" couldnt be staying in the same place as we did, the resturant and bar was good and the on site supermarket had every thing you needed, I cant express to you how friendly everybody was which made our stay very enjoyable, i would definately recommend my friends stay here, i must give the receptionists a special mention has they were fantastic sorting out our stay has we stayed whilst there was snow on the ground in britain and airports closed, they couldnt do enough for us, i will be going back theres no doubt there.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank belly51
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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2010

Plenty of creepy crawlies about, but I think the cat ate most of them.
Sheets were never changed, we had to ask for our towels to be changed after the 3rd day. maid emptied one bin under the sink one day and did not bother with the one in the bathroom. They only empty bins every 3rd day, but they do not leave you a fresh bag to do it yourselves and in view of the cockroaches and ants I thinks this is not good.
I plug for sink, bath and bidet.
1 fork, no kettle, toaster, oven or microwave so how are you supposed to self cater without paying extra for them.
Tatty furnishing's need complete refurb.
Would never go there again, did not chose to go there in the first place we were moved
due to building work (alledgedly) although we looked at our original property and there was no sign of any building work taking place, so obviously Thomas Cooke had over booked.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank shirleywilkes13
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2010

we have been staying at the capri bungalows for the past three years,sometimes twice a year.we have never had any problems with the staff or aminities.ok its a bit tired looking ,and needs a lick of paint here and there but it has always been clean.the person who wrote that the place was filthy and infested with ants/cockroaches is a liar!! its not true,if you go to a hot climet you must expect a few creapy crawles.if you are booking a 1 star apartment dont expect a 4 star one you wont get it.we shall be staying again in january, for the price you pay its very good value for money

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Capri Bungalows
Address: Tauro 2, 35100, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Maspalomas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #198 of 220 Hotels in Maspalomas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Capri Bungalows 1.5*
Number of rooms: 91
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