The first time we have stayed at the Riu Waikiki and we were that happy with the holiday overall we are looking to book again this year.
On check in you soon realised this hotel had a friendly atmosphere with staff who make you feel welcome and love children. The hotel is split into 5 circular blocks and we stayed in the last block (furthest from reception) on the ground floor. The room itself was dated in decor and didnt have air con, however this didnt detract from how clean it was and the room was cleaned daily. There was a small tv with some childrens channels which kept our 4 year old son entertained whilst we got ready each day/night.
The breakfast was a mix of continental and cereals, each day they would do some English breakfast products but it ranged from sausage, to ham type bacon, mixed omelettes however beans were on daily. The lunch menu offered a range of salads and salad garnishes, hot plates cooking meat, pork, fish, standard chips and some pasta dishes. At lunch you could sit anywhere. In the evening there were two sittings 6.30m & 8pm, and as a family we sat at 6.30pm. As the hotel has a high demand for 6.30pm sittings you can be placed with another family which we didnt mind. We ended up making friends with a great couple with a 4 year old son and they spent most of the hol together by the pool and at kids club at night. The food was similar to the lunch time but with more choice, desserts were fruit, light sponge cakes and ice-cream. The food was high quality throughout, albeit a bit repetitive at times however what do you expect on an AI holiday. We didn't get bored as we mixed and matched each night, lots of times having 2-3 plates. If you didn't get chance to eat at lunch there was the pool side bar offering chips, pizza, ice-cream throughout the day all self serve. Drinks were also self serve for hot and cold drinks aswell as beer on tap.
The pool was large and very clean, shaded at certain points early in the morning but soon had full cover from the sun. The hotel is situated in Playa del Ingles and close to in walking distance on the centres for shopping. You can walk to the beach in 10 mins and see the dunes from the beach location. On adventuring around the town, beware of the sales people trying to get you in a taxi to Anfi. This is a time share complex and they send families/couples who are working to the complex to get sales. The same excursion (sales trip) can be booked with the holiday rep and for going on the trip you can get a voucher discount to another trip or 50 euros in cash. Taxis are paid for there and back but you have to do the tour to get you taxi fare back. The tour is spectacular we do admit, and for about 6hrs of your hol you get 50 euros if your up for that. Just be honest with the rep if you are not interested and they shorten the tour. We did it once, but wont do it again.
At night there was entertainment and for the kids the mini disco from 8pm until 9 to 9.30pm with games and songs which kept our 4 year old son entertained. Afterwards we would go out for a game of mini golf or shopping as the entertainment on offer wasn't to our choice. Cocktails and alcohol were available until 12am and this was served at the bar, however there was still the self serve taps available.
Overall a great holiday, loved the location, food, pool and atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Five 7-storey round buildings * 3,500 m2 garden * 1.5 Km from Playa del Ingles beach * Complimentary bus service to the beach * 500 m from the city centre * 400 m from "Metro" and "Kasbah" shopping centres * 30 km from the airport * 50 m from a bus stop ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Waikiki Hotel Playa Del Ingles
- Riu Waikiki Playa Del Ingles
- Hotel Servatur Waikiki Gran Canaria/Playa Del Ingles