I don’t know if it is because it’s a Riu, but what a great decision to go to this hotel . . . we cannot fault it! The standard is very high across the board. The staff were unfailingly polite and cheerful and always greeted us with something appropriate to the time of day. The rooms are of a high standard and cleaned to an equally high standard, the pool is fabulous and we were always able to get a sunbed in the sun. Towels are provided for the pool and sunbeds cannot be reserved before 10.30am. Us Brits were rather a minority but this in no way affected our stay – most of the other guests were German with a few French, Italian etc.. Several languages were used of which English was always one. We stayed on half board and this also worked very well as the food is very good, well cooked and well presented with a good choice. We usually eat out as we find hotel food not to our liking, but not this time. You keep the same table for dinner during your stay which is very nice. Again, the staff were cheerful, very polite and seemed happy in their work – quite unusual. Their ability to switch from one language to another is remarkable. Breakfast is until 10.30 – fantastic when you’re on holiday and don’t want to get up early! The evening entertainment varied but wasn’t bad. Only one very small grumble – we didn’t get 7 evening meals. We were on a night flight and arrived at around 3.30 in the morning (we got a wonderful cheery welcome) and were offered food. This was cold meat and salad and turned out to be our evening meal for the previous day before we had even left England. On the day of our departure, we did not get a meal in the hotel and had to eat out.
THE RESORT – the hotel is in a residential area so it is very quiet. Taxis are quick and cheap. There are a couple of small supermarkets nearby and a few bars, but that’s all. We were told that Playa del Ingles is the 2nd biggest resort in Europe but it doesn’t feel like that – the streets are largely deserted around the hotel. For shops and bars, you need to go to one of the commercial centres or down near the beach. There are many centres but we only went to the Yumbo Centre – it is an easy 10 minute walk or E2.05 by taxi. We went once in the evening – it gets quite lively and fun, but not for children as the night wears on.
THE BEACH AND SEAFRONT – it is true that the seafront is 350m away, but you then have to descend 92 steps and cross a car park. It is worth it however , the beach is lovely - sandy and wide - getting wider as you head towards the Maspalomas dunes. You can walk for a great distance along the seashore, paddling in the sea and a stream of people do this all day every day.. As you walk along, you become aware that certain people are wearing less, and then you realise you are walking past the nudist section. No-one takes any notice, though. To get to the beach, you have to pass the beachside bars and restaurants and a few shops. This is a good place to have some lunch at a reasonable price and it has a lot nicer atmosphere than the Yumbo Centre. It is also a great place for the evening – there are restaurants if you want to eat out and a lot of the bars have live music and entertainment such as “Elvis” and “Abba”. Again, the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming, and it’s a nice place to be. There are the usual sunglasses salesmen but they were polite and not pushy, and we saw no timeshare people here.
ELSEWHERE – we didn’t do any organised trips as we have been before, but we did take a taxi to Maspalomas – it is more picturesque than Playa del Ingles and well worth a visit. Look out for the huge lizards among the boulders. The taxi cost E4.50 – very cheap. Go to the lighthouse (El Faro) and then walk along the lovely promenade. The bars there are very nice and well kept, and surprisingly well priced. The shops are mostly designer labels with prices to match.
The weather was normal for September – high 20’s/low 30’s in the day and around 22/25 degrees in the evening. Perfect.
I hope this is useful – do go to the Riu Palmeras – it lived up to all our expectations..
- 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