We just got back from our holiday last night. The holiday was a last minute decision (just a week before we actually went) and our decision to stay at this hotel was predominantly based on the great reviews here on Tripadvisor. So it's only fair I add my opinion about this hotel as well.
From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty. The staff were very friendly, welcoming and always willing to help.
The food was absolutely delicious, as someone else mentioned in the previous review here - food that you'd die for. Breakfasts and dinners are a in a form of a buffet and you can have a table service too but the fantastic variety of food you can try in one night from the buffet is spectacular. There's plenty of choice for vegetarians, meat, fish/sea food lovers, just simply some delicates for everyone. Also worth saying, you can have a yummy lunch in the pool restaurant as well.
Accommodation - Very good
We were very lucky and were given a room on the top floor and our side of the hotel was also facing the dunes. The view was beautiful and as it overlooked the dunes and the sea it actually felt like you were in Egypt. We were also very lucky having quiet neighbours as the truth is that the walls are actually quite thin and you could hear your pals' conversations especially late at night. The room's furniture as well as the the whole hotel's could really do with a bit of upgrade as it's slightly worn off. But it's essential to say that the hotel has a very nice character. Our room was spotless, and really anywhere you went in or around the hotel everything was perfectly clean. The swimming pools were brilliant. Good sizes for keen swimmers and nicely located, the main pool is right next to the pool restaurant and the bar which overlooks the dunes and the view is just gorgeous. You don't have to worry about not getting a lounger, there's plenty of them for everyone.
It'd be interesting to hear what other guests thought of the evening performances. We thought it was maybe 5 out of ten. Most of the evenings you'd get various singers singing in English and the same songs. The most played one was 'I will always love you' and hearing it for the fifth time although in a different version was getting on our nerves. I have to say that it was very enjoyable to sit on the hotel terrace late at night and enjoy your cocktails whilst listening to live music. BUT, it'd have been much more appreciated to hear some Spanish songs once you are on a Spanish island and not in the UK!
Hotel sports facilities
There's two tennis courts (costs 10Eur per hour) a spa that we didn't use. It's a shame that the hotel doesn't have more gyms and squash courts and also a bit cheaper.
It was ok. It can be excellent, depending what you do and where you go.
It took us approximately 15-20 minutes to walk over the dunes to get to Playa del Ingles from the hotel. It was fun but it can be a good exercise for your legs. The beach (if you walk straight line across the dunes from the hotel) is nice and also less busy than main part of the beach where all the bars and restaurants are. Worth mentioning, if you want to avoid the dunes, you can just walk on the foot path and it will get you to the busy area of Playa del Ingles in about 30min.
If you want to experience realy Spanish/Canarian looking night clubs/places to go out have fun than you may be disappointed. On advice from our travel agent we took a taxi (about 5min journey and cost 3Eur) to the nearest place where we could go out, dance salsa and just enjoy ourselves. When we arrived it was a huge disappointment. It was full of tatty old looking disco clubs, full of steak houses and drunk British people. So we immediately returned back to the hotel. So if you want something more Spanish, more like salsa or just something different that you don't have in the UK you may be not be impressed.
However, it's worth making a trip to the top mountains (either renting a car or via agency as an organised trip) and go up to a little old town called Teror. On the way up, you'll have some amazing views and get a feeling like you're partially in South America and Sicily. The scenery is diverse, very picturesque and it's certainly worthwhile.
If you're a lover of watersports, you can go surfing with a surfing school that's just based by the Playa del Ingles. We went surfing for the first time and it was a great day out. The crew picked us up from our hotel and took us to the Play del Ingles where we learned how to surf. A wet suit and a lunch were provided on the day which was great.
Overall, it was an amazing week and a fantastic holiday for us. Would I go back? Yes I would.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Playa del Ingles. Next to the Maspalomas sand dunes. 4-Storey building. Colonial-style architecture. 28,000 M2 of subtropical gardens. 800 M from the beach. 2 Km from the city centre. 500 M from various shops. 30 Km from the airport. 50 M from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Maspalomas Hotel Playa Del Ingles
- Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas Gran Canaria/Playa Del Ingles