Location - Roughly 45 minute transfer from airport in a coach. The hotel is next to another Riu hotel, these are the only two in the area, they both sit directly on the beach which is part of the sand dunes (national park). The area is very peaceful and the beach is beautiful. There is a supermarket in the hotel which is only open between certain hours or there is a supermarket about 5 minutes walk away. Corralejo is less than 10 minutes away in a bus/taxi. Bus will cost around 1.40 euros or taxi is roughly 7 euros one way. The rep told us that you can walk to corralejo and it would take around 1 hour and a half. There is a lot of shopping to do here plus lots of bars/restaurants and people selling excursions. You can also get the ferry to Lanzarote from the port in Corralejo.
Rooms - We stayed in a standard twin which was lovely. The beds are firm but I actually found that I had a better sleep due to this. It had everything we needed and everything worked perfectly. Shower/bath, wardrobes, tv, balcony and furniture on balcony. Most people recommend a pool facing room however I disagree as we were in room 414 which faced the gardens rather than the pool. So we sun bathed by the pool/beach in the first half of the day then once the sun moved round the back we went up to our balcony and enjoyed the sun there until it set, and we still had a sea view from the side of the balcony which was nice.
Areas around the hotel - There is the main entertainment bar which we only went in for our welcome meeting, it seemed nice enough. The piano bar which was always pretty full and again pleasant and the pool bar which was handy. There is a lot of outdoor seating and indoor seating around the hotel, wherever you are the waiters will make sure you have everything you need. The outdoor areas and gardens are all very well kept.
Pools - There is a heated jacuzzi in the spa area which is amazing, there's also a jacuzzi facing the beach which isn't quite as warm in the winter, there is also a very shallow pool for little ones. The two main pools are surrounded by sun loungers, one is slightly heated and one is not, i'm sure in the summer all the pools would be a lot warmer. All very clean.
Restaurant (Buffet) - Breakfast was excellent, there was a large selection of breads/pastry's and cakes, cereal, fruit, yoghurt's, cold meat, cheese, and hot food like bacon/sausage/beans and pancakes/omelettes. Dinner was also very good with a massive variety of food. There was a salad bar, cheese and crackers bar, cold meats, cold sea food, desert bar, pizza/pasta bar, chips/rice/potato bar, with lots of different grilled meats and fish. Plus lots more.
Restaurant (A La Carte) - This was amazing, there wasn't a huge menu but everything that we tried was fabulous, it was a nice change to be served rather than walking around a buffet.
Staff - All of the staff I met were extremely friendly and so helpful. The staff here are the best I have ever come across. They are so genuine and nothing is too much trouble.
Spa - We used the spa twice and it was well worth the money, again the staff are very friendly and make you feel very comfortable, the treatment rooms are laid out beautifully and have a very relaxing feel to them.
I would definitely stay here again without hesitation. The majority of guests were elderly german couples, however they were friendly and always made an effort to say hello to us, I found them very polite and do not understand why anyone would complain about them.
I work as a travel agent and would not have any problems recommending this hotel to my customers if it suited there needs. If you want to be right in the centre of town then it's probably not for you however me and my friend are in our early twenties and we didn't mind the bus ride into town at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located 5 km from Corralejo * Renovated in summer 2007 * 5-storey building * Situated on Grandes Playas sand dune beach * 5 km from various shops * 35 km from the airport * 300 m from a bus stop ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Tres Islas Hotel Corralejo
- Riu Palace Tres Islas Corralejo
- Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas Fuerteventura/Corralejo