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Bull Escorial & Spa
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Me and my boyfriend checked out trip advisor before booking this hotel. All the reviews were great so we decided to book. We weren’t disappointed.

As you walk into the spacious hotel reception your greeted by the hotels amazing staff. Check in was quick and easy and we were in our room within 5 minutes of arriving. There were issues with our room initially as we had requested a high floor, double bed, sea view or pool view. We weren’t given any of these, but when i went to reception they apologised and said it was because the holiday company we used (lowcostholidays) hadn’t made them aware of our requests. Monica on reception was outstanding. She apologised and asked that we remain in that room until the following morning and she would do her best to move us. The following day i went down to reception and she had moved us to the top floor, with a pool AND sea view, and although it still had twin beds, she arranged for the housekeeping to go straight to the room and put the beds together using a double sheet and duvet. All the staff were fantastic, especially Monica.

The food in the hotel is very much what you'd expect from and all inclusive resort in Gran Canaria. With a large amount of Germans in the hotel they food was mixed. Although there was always something on offer with a wide range of cuisines and also at the end of the buffet area there is a chef on hand who is grilling different items, steak and pork chops included. There was a lot of fish on offer if that’s your cup of tea. Breakfast was good too with everything you require for a full English, or a continental breakfast if you’d prefer. And if like us, you want to be posh, there’s champagne on offer with breakfast (and vodka if you’re that desperate)

Make sure you find the 'All Inclusive' Safari Bar menu; it’s located on the bar but is tucked away a little so we didn’t actually see this until the second from last day. This menu is a wide range of snacks available between 10.30am and 3pm and you just order at the bar and if you’re by the pool they will bring it out to you.

The best thing about the hotel was by far the spa facilities. It was fantastic down there, you have an extensive gym if you so wish but through the gym is the spa. With a steam room, Jacuzzi, solarium and tanning facilities. You also get one free use of the massage bed, and a free Turkish mud treatment. This isn’t advertised so make sure you enquire in the spa reception. Also, when using the Steam Room, make sure you read the sign on the door; otherwise you'll get a nasty shock at the end of the cycle.

Down another floor in the spa is the pool and the dead sea. The pool is a decent size but be aware of walls and ledges submerged under the water. Find the buttons on the side of the pool as each one has a different function and will offer some kind of underwater massage. The Dead Sea is AMAZING! You walk into the cave like features and dimmed lighting, get in the pool and float round to your heart’s content. The best time we found for the spa is between 12 and 2 pm, as most people are enjoying the sun and lunch, but if like us you’re not a fan of the strong midday heat, this is a great time to head down to the spa.

Also down stairs is the games room, we went down for a game of table tennis, my only criticism is there is no aircon down there so it down get hot if your playing sports.

The pool area and bar was also great. A wide range of drinks on offer and the staff were all very friendly. Some of the reviews complained about the lack of sun around the pool. There are some shady areas, but choose your sun loungers wisely and you'll be fine. Anything along the bar side of the pool is fine, but if you wanted extra sun, the raised sun loungers in the far corner are great. Although you can be seen by pedestrians on the passing road so keep your swimming costume on.

Up on the top floor was the sun terrace. Although a little breezy at times this was perfect for the late afternoon and evening sun. We also splashed out and brought some champagne and glasses in the local spar and enjoyed some champagne in the hot tub. Highly recommended as the views of the sea and the mountains are great.

All in all, this is a great hotel, with fantastic staff, lots to do locally and good food. if you shop around you can find this hotel pretty cheap. We paid £265 each for the week all inclusive which worked out great value for money. Most operators have it as a 3star... it easily deserves 4*!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Steven T
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We have just returned from here and we had a fantastic time, food was nice hotel was always very clean and all the staff were very nice and helpful. We are a family with 2 children and there was plenty to do in the hotel and surrounding area. I would definitely go back to this hotel in the future.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank janejane1980
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

When we arrived at the hotel, we were helped by Maria. She even tried to speak a little bit of dutch, which is great. We got to our room and could not believe this room was just a double room, it was spacious, shipshape, even The bathroom is bigger than ours at home. The food is excellent and you have a huge choice every morning, noon and evening. You can choose this hotel in halfboard or all inclusive.
The staff is sooooooo friendly, they even learn you a little bit of Spanish and always say Hello or goodbye when they see you.
This is defenitaly more than just a 3 star hotel, this is absolutely worth a four star...

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Treezebees
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Me and my family stayed here for week in April 2014 and what a pleasant stay!

Thanks to my wife for picking the Escorial.

Everything was great from the incredible facilities and entertainment to the amazing and smiley stuff!

I'd like to say a huge thank you to Toni at reception for dealing with all our queries and helping us out with our flight details and I huge thank you as well to the food & beverage manager for going out of her way and providing a special surprise to my little daughter.

100% recommend the Escorial and whenever we're back at Gran Canaria we will certainly stay there again.

Hospitality at it's best!

Muchas gracias y saludos desde Escocia.

Francisco Rodrigues

Room Tip: We've stayed on the second floor and it was very pleasant and quiet as well with a nice balcony to the front of the hotel.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank alottarhythmman
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This was my 5th trip to Gran Caneria and first time in the Escorial. I can honestly say, for a three star hotel, this place is amazing. The food was fantastic, the room was lovely, the staff were all brilliant - especially the bar staff! and the spa facilities are the best i have ever found in any hotel. The roof top terrace is beautiful and always seemed to be so quiet.
The location was also great, with the beach and main centre both just 5 minutes away.
I would def return to this hotel next time, and would reccommend to anyone that is looking for a hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a front room - great sea views
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Tamlin60
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