Whilst over the water in Playa Blanca last September, a friend of mine, i met there suggested that the hotel you can see in Correlejo was a definite notch up on the Timanfaya Palace. So with that in mind Bartdog & Wife booked up the Riu Tres Islas. We got back yesterday after a 7 day stay at this 4 star Palace hotel. Its really a tough one to sum up, but i agree with so many comments from the Tres Islas reviews. Our first impressions (after a really poor arrival transfer from Thomsons - more on that later) were really positive, good welcome at the hotel, a little surprised at the chargeable safe (20 Euros a week) but the welcoming glass of bubbly seemed to make amends!! in line with all our stays i contacted the hotel by email to request a high floor with a good sea view as paid for. - must admit, i didn't get a reply. Heres the first mistake, as we arrived late on Saturday night, we only realised at the end of Day 2 that rooms with a Sea View (towards Los lobos & Lanzarote) have a fantastic sea view, but absolutely no sunshine all day. Best rooms for sun & sea view overlook the pool & sunbed areas.
I agree, some of the corridor carpets leave a lot to be desired, but in our opinion the hotel is spotlessly clean. True the hotel is a bit tired, but its maintained well & we had no complaints with any maintenance issues.
I have to admit, I'm just over 60, but this hotel seems to attract many much older German guests (the majority) no problem here, because many German guests always indicate a good hotel. But the entertainment is really caught in a time warp, Chinese acrobats, and a really poor Piano Bar singer, who wouldn't last 5 mins in the UK, are really poor in a hotel of this class.
Pool areas were spotlessly clean, and so many sun beds available, your spoilt for choice. The food in the restaurant is very good quality, and i must say the restaurant staff, waiters, waitresses were the most polite we have ever met. Its been reported of weak wifi, but i think this may had been fixed, as i was able to get wifi internet radio on my phone in the pool / sunbed areas with no problem.
In conclusion, its a excellent hotel, but i think Riu need to consider giving it facelift - location is stunning - would we go back again? probably, but i'll keep an eye on these reviews before making a decision>>
ps - Thomsons transfer arrangements leave a lot to be desired. We were put on 2 different coaches (ending up in a German coach, with no English commentary) Real issues here ,as UK guests on the buses, had no safety issues explained to them on the journey to the hotel.
- 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