We stayed at the Don Miguel between 9th and 23rd June. Although on a busy main road, our room faced towards the pool area, so we didn't hear any noise from passing traffic. The hotel reception is welcoming, with a small seating area where there were 4 computers for public use, one of which was connected to a printer, and a small shop that sold various holiday items. Wi Fi was also available. From the reception there is access to the hotel bar, and there is also access to the poolside terrace, where drinks and snacks were served, and from there down to the poolside area itself.
There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols. Because of the design of the building certain areas of poolside were in the shade for long periods of the day, so sun lovers will need to be fairly quickly out of the blocks to get the prime sun bathing spots, although towels could not be left on beds before 09.00.
As well as sunbeds, there were also 5 large beds, under wood slated canopies, to stretch out on, and these were very comfortable, and relaxing.
Being a 3* hotel, pool towels are not provided, so do remember to bring your own.
Off poolside there is a downstairs area where you will find a gymnasium, which was free to use, and the public amenities. There was also a small book library on poolside, the majority were in German, but there were some English ones to read.
For those who prefer the beach, it is about a 20 minute walk away. The hotel does put on a courtesy bus that operates for certain times of the morning and afternoon, and the reception staff will provide you with a user card that needs to be shown to the driver, along with the timetable.
Be careful when catching the bus back to your hotel that you get on the right one! They all look the same, and pull into the same pick up area. There will either be a card in the bus window with your hotel name on it, but if not, just ask the driver.
This is a multi national hotel, so there weren't any daytime activities, and the evening entertainment was limited. The fact that the football world cup was on may also have had a bearing. There was a resident singing duo that performed most nights, and add to this a Polynesian dance troupe, an acrobat and drag act, and a 4 hour plus of Ibiza style dance music! night, which I must admit did appeal to the younger age range, but simply gave me a thumping headache, and that was the sum total of the hotel's entertainment programme.
Our room was fine, lots of storage space, a good size balcony, air conditioning and a separate ceiling fan. There was a small fridge and a good size TV, which were provided free of charge, and a built in safe, which could be hired.
Breakfast was between 0800-1000, and provided a varied choice. There are 2 sittings for the evening meal, 1830-2030 and 2030-2230. You are allocated your sitting on arrival. We asked to be changed from the later sitting to the earlier one, and this was accommodated without any problem. You are allocated a table on the first night, which is then yours for the duration of the holiday.
The hotel policy is for you to settle your account at the end of your holiday so everything was signed for, from the hire of the safe to the drinks purchased in the restaurant.
We found all the staff to be very nice, friendly and polite. Our room was well tended, a nice touch on arrival was receiving a complimentary plate of fruit, and any queries we had were dealt with promptly and efficiently.
All in all it was an enjoyable stay. The resort itself is very large. There are several shopping precincts scattered through it, like the Yumbo centre, or the Kasbah. There is a supermarket just across the road, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Down on the seafront you will find long promenade walks to go on, and access to the dunes.
This was our first visit to Gran Canaria, and although we enjoyed our stay at the Don Miguel, we didn't really find the resort to our liking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Playa del Ingles. 4-Storey building. 1.5 Km from the beach and seafront promenade. Complimentary bus service to the beach. 300 M from the city centre. 200 M from a shopping centre. 30 Km from the airport. 200 M from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Don Miguel Hotel Playa Del Ingles
- Hotel Riu Don Miguel Gran Canaria/Playa Del Ingles