We really had a great time at the Basement Studios. Despite travelling to Gran Canaria in the "off" season, there were plenty of people running around the hotel all day long. The pool area was full of day visitors and all of the bungalows were full for the week that we were there. I love the fact that this is a perfect alternative to making the trek on the beach. We did the beach a couple times, but I actually preferred hanging about the pool.
I would not say that this place is for 20 somethings. It appears to be a 30/35-on up type of hotel (for that I was very grateful). The age-range and type of guys was all over the map. Although, depending on the season (we arrived in "sun bathing" season as opposed to "party" season), I would imagine the clientèle changes quite a bit.
The hotel grounds were immaculate and constantly cleaned. The "play" areas in the back were well maintained and also cleaned daily. The pool was small, but lovely and although the sun-bathing loungers seemed a bit flimsy, they were sufficient and comfortable. For those wanting to avoid too much sun (such as this fair-skinned bloke), there are plenty of umbrellas to create some shade. There is a little bar on the premises that also makes some easy food. The food is delicious and both the food and drink are reasonably priced.
The hotel staff were very accommodating for breakfast in the morning. They made us fresh eggs to order, toast as well as offered a full-English breakfast. Actually, the entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful throughout our entire stay.
Word of advice to couples who are muscular and/or on the "bigger" side. Beds are typical Spanish beds--they are NOT wide and not really long as well. If you need extra space because you don't want to be constantly touching all night long, go for two beds. That being said, they were firm and comfortable for us.
I don't give it a perfect rating simply because I feel the rooms need a bit more updating. Where they were exceptionally clean, I'd just like to see some more attention to simple things that would help justify the price that is charged. For example, soap holders in the bathroom--more storage in the bathroom (we're gay after all!)? Better water pressure in the barthrooms? The electric cooker only half worked, etc. That being said, the beds were comfortable. The TV was decent (although we just had it on for a few minutes), the location is ridiculously convenient to the Yumbo.
The ambience is wonderful at the place. Very free and relaxed. The men seemed to play nicely together. I think the couples had a bit of an easier time than the solo's. If you're going there alone... get involved! Talk! Make friends. Otherwise, you'll have a miserable time.
We really enjoyed this place. The owners and staff seem to keep on fixing it up. I really appreciate that. And yes, we'll definitely make our way back there next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Basement Studios is run by gay men for gay men and has multi-ligual staff which offers a relaxed yet stimulating holiday experience. We are located in Playa del Ingles and are directly opposite the world famous Yumbo Centre – you just can’t get closer to the gay nightlife, sex bars and restaurants.We aim to be different to other gay holiday resorts. At Basement Studios you have the opportunity to be naked and have fun wherever and whenever you want. We have carefully created an environment to maximise your cruising and sexual experience. We also pride ourselves on having no-attitude here – all gay guys are welcomed regardless of age, body size, fitness and background. Our only rule is that during the day you observe the dresscode of naked, jockstrap and swimwear only (no Burmuda shorts).The Complex has been recently renovated to a high standard ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Basement Complex Gran Canaria Hotel Playa Del Ingles
- Basement Studios Gran Canaria Playa Del Ingles