My wife and I stayed at Riu Palmeras in March for two weeks. It is very much an oasis in the middle of a busy town, but within a few minutes of the promenade high above the beach. Playa del Ingles is not an exciting place - it is very much about the beach - and the walk along to Maspalomas on the beach was an experience not to be missed. So the hotel’s location was very suitable for that.
The bedrooms are of standard size, and the beds rather hard, but when we asked for a soft mattress, they very quickly sorted this out, as they did with any other request, such as getting a mat to help avoid accidents in the slippery bath. The toiletries in the bathroom were very limited, and we used the local supermarket to improve our range.
The bedroom selection is all important. As the entertainment is outside in the evening, you cannot avoid it - and so if your main priority is to have a dress circle view from your bedroom balcony, choose a room on a lower floor, round about the middle, say room 17. We wanted a view of the dunes, and had asked for a room on floors 5 or 6, but were initially given one on the third floor. When we asked for higher room, they agreed, but claimed that they had only received the room requests a week before, which was why I had been allocated the wrong room. A week! A black mark there, I am afraid.
The restaurant was large - two sittings, either at 6 or 8, which was not ideal. We chose 6, but it was rather early, and we would have found 8 too late. As far as the food was concerned - it was up to Riu’s high standard. There was a great range, and the meat was incredibly tender, bearing in mind the problems of mass production. We did rather agree with a previous reviwer about the underdone bacon - but that was a small point!
There were plenty of beds around the pool. There entertainment was good - sometimes excellent - sometimes not so good. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Riu Palmeras/Riu Palmitos is located in Gran Canaria, Spain, and is ideal for enjoying holidays as a family, couple or with friends and soaking up the good atmosphere radiated by the island. In the calm and central resort of Playa del Ingles beach, you will find this comfortable 4 star complex that offers the service and quality that can be expected of RIU Hotels & Resorts. Everything you could need for relaxing and fun-filled holidays is within easy reach. It includes a fresh water swimming pool, a solarium-terrace and a gym as well as many water sports and two golf courses. In the surrounding area you can also rent a bike, play squash, mini golf or tennis.Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palmeras Hotel
- Hotel Riu Palmeras / Bung Riu Palmitos Gran Canaria/Playa Del Ingles