After hearing reviews about this hotel from other Brits, my boyfriend and I were a little sceptical at first...
However, we had an amazing stay at the IFA Beach Hotel.
Yes we were stared at on the first night we arrived and yes we were the only British couple there for the first few days but quite frankly none of that bothered us at all considering the hotel is of such an amazing standard!
The hotel is less than 20 minutes away from the airport which made us the first stop on our transfer, we were the only two to get off the coach which is something we really aren't used to! But we were so happy and pleasantly surprised, from the outside the building looks really grand and modern and many of the others on our transfer were commenting on how nice it looked! The inside of the hotel is as good as the outside, modern, glass fronted, light, airy and a bit posh - which is nice for a three star hotel! We arrived rather late (10.30pm), so the receptionist wasn't as helpful as what we have been used to at other hotels. We didn't get shown to our room, no map and not even directions on how to get to our room! But to be honest, it was all really quite self explanatory so it wasn't too much hassle! When we got to our room we were really pleased, incredibly modern, spacious, balcony, decent sized shower room with all modern fittings! The cleanliness of the whole hotel was 5 star! The one criticism of the room we had was the bed being really firm and only having one pillow, but we found brand-new extra bedding stored in the top part of a cupboard which alleviated the pillow issue!
The pool bar was lovely to sit at in the day time and evenings. The all inclusive drinks were of a good standard, the cocktails come from a machine so were very strong, the local beer was great and the wine wasn't too bad either! However, I did have to try the special cocktails (the ones you have to pay for between 4-5 euros) simply because they had sparklers and decoration streaming out of them - these were actually really nice as mixed properly by a human...not a machine! Not many people seemed to sit in the main reception/lobby area where there was a bar and we barely ever saw bar staff at that one so we just stayed round the pool area!
One criticism I have is of the all inclusive drinks lasting from 11am-11pm, when I read this before I thought it sounded like a long time but when you are actually there you find yourself getting really thirsty in the morning before drinks are available and then when you are enjoying your evening and chatting to new-found friends 11pm comes round rather quickly!!! However, there is an on-site shop where you can get all essentials, so we would often get a paper and a bottle of water every morning!
The food for breakfast, lunch and dinner was of a really good standard and was served in the only restaurant in the hotel with the option of sitting outside as well.
The selection of food on offer was like no other hotel I have stayed in. During our stay, we had chicken, pork, gammon, beef, turkey, fish, pastas, potato dishes, lots of vegetables, pizza, chips, chicken nuggets a massive salad and fruit bar as well as lots of pastry deserts and ice cream! Breakfast selection was also great from continental to a full fry-up! You can also get snacks from the pool bar during the day time 11am-12pm which often consisted of bread rolls/sandwiches filled with ham/cheese/salami and they also had pizza/chips/chicken nuggets as well as fresh fruit. You are also able to get snacks (bread rolls/sandwiches) late at night from 10pm-11pm from the pool bar also, which we did a couple of times but you have to ask the bar staff personally to go and get it for you, it isn't just laid out for you to help yourself.
The weather during our stay was great, a little cloudy towards the end but we still had temperatures of 30 degrees and went through four bottles of suntan lotion in a week! The pools are really nice, clean and refreshing. They have two 'jacuzzi' style parts in the pool with jets in which are nice and relaxing but they aren't heated. We never struggled to get a decent sun bed during our whole stay! The main activities that are run by the lone fitness instructor consisted of water aerobics, water polo, aqua balance and yoga/pilates which were all good fun. The beach is literally on the doorstep of this hotel, you can access it by walking through the pool bar. The sea is lovely, not too cold and great sand - barely any seaweed in the water which (if your like me) is a bonus!
There are a fair few things to do around Gran Canaria which the hotel gives you good information on, we went on this holiday purely to relax so I can't say what the activities are like but we heard from others that Aqualand and the zoo's are pretty good! We did venture into Playa del Ingles for an evening with some friends which was a great laugh if you like having a few drinks in the bars and watching the local drag acts! It was only 12euros to Playa del Ingles and back as it is only a 10 minute drive away! Also heard that the bus service is really reliable and cheap!
*The hotel wifi is free in the main reception area, however you need to pay a fee to gain access to it elsewhere. The room safe was only 12 euros for 1 week which was really reasonable and worth having*
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking to have a relaxing break in the sun, the location is really chilled out and calm and there is always the option of travelling to the more lively parts of Gran Canaria via bus/taxi if that is what you're looking for.
PS - don't be put off if you're younger, we thought that being an adult only hotel and from reviews we had read that there would only be older families/couples but there was a real variety of ages!
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with World Independent Hotel Promotion, Jet2Holidays , Booking.com, Expedia, Travel Republic (UK), Ebookers, HotelsClick, Cancelon, Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your IFA Beach Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Ifa Beach San Agustin
- Hotel Ifa Beach
- IFA Beach Hotel Gran Canaria/San Agustin