I usually avoid AI as im very fussy about what i eat/drink, as in the quality. i have had a couple of previous AI holidays which have been ruined by poor quality food & drink & have ended up eating & drinking outside the hotel most of the week. Whilst I agree with the comments about the menu being very repetitive, i disagree with those who say the food is poor. I have eaten at many top London resturants as part of my job & whilst i would hardly compare the food to those, i would say that the quality of the food was in my opinion good enough. There was plenty of choice each day, it was just that most days it was the same choice presented in a different way. The chefs cook alot of it fresh while you wait which is a plus in my opinion. I managed to find plenty to eat each day. If however you are looking for English breakfasts then you will be disappointed, i lost count of the number of old dears who said to me that the food was nice, except they didnt do English bacon, thats probably because funnily enough, we were off the African coast & not in England. If you want English bacon then go to one of those 'exclusively for customers in the UK' type Thomson hotels, im sure they serve it there. They did do chips & burgers at lunch & in the snack bar & pizza in the evening although i didnt try them. There are also two themed resturants, the Canarian one is similar to the buffet but they do a nice steak & the Mandarin one was a nice change, but book early as they fill up quickly. Gentlemen are requested to wear long trousers in the evening which some people chose to ignore (sadly they were mostly English). The drinks were also better than my past experiences. Coke,Fanta, tea, coffee & beer were all available throughout on a help yourself basis & the pool side bars would make you up a cocktail, sangria or anything else you wanted off the menu. The bars in the evening even offered sparkling wine & my G&T on the first night was made with Gordons gin. I stayed in the hotel (paying an extra £94 for two) & would agree that the rooms are probably not 4 stars when compared with those in the UK, however, they were very clean & much better than the odd 3 star hotels i've strayed into in Europe. If you think Travel Inn/Premier Inn you wont be disappointed. Ladies with hair longer than their shoulders may want to bring a hairdryer as the ones in the rooms are those rubbish hose ones. My room was on the second floor, next to the lifts/maids rooms & my one regret was not asking to change rooms as it was unbelievably noisey. The bin men turned up every day at 4.45am!!! having paid extra to upgrade i would have liked a better room as there were plenty of people in the hotel who didnt pay the extra & got lucky but as the hotel was full i didnt think i would get moved. I never had a problem getting a sunbed on the roof terrace (the best place in my opinion, away from the pool & kids) & had a parasol everyday, except one & i didnt go looking until after 10 most days & even then there were plently available down by the pool or near the beach. There were a few older ladies from Manchester there who got the best sun beds every day over looking the pool so they held their own with the Germans. Being in the hotel also gets you pool towels changed daily & easy access to bottled water from reception which was a plus. The entertainment team were not my cup of tea but if thats your thing then again you may be very disappointed. The team worked very hard all day & night but the French & Germans did seem to dominate everything entertainment. We had more fun watching the Germans laugh hysterically at something that was in my opinion rubbish. The staff overall were some of the most friendly & cheerful staff I have encountered abroad. Finally, there is little else to do outside the hotel (other than the fantastic beaches & lovely blue sea & the nudest beach next door if you want to laugh at the Germans a bit more) but a taxi into town ordered by reception will only cost you 5 or 6 euros but it is like any other town in the Canaries/Spain. Overall if you just want a week of relaxation away from it all in a pleasant setting, then i would recommend this hotel. It is certainly big enough to occupy you for a week. I had toyed with going to the more expensive HB Riu Palace next door but in the end am pleased I didnt as i definately got good value for money & think if the price was right i would return to this hotel but request a higher room towards the beach if i paid the extra to secure the hotel part again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 5 km from Corralejo. 7-storey main building and 2-storey and 3-storey annexes, surrounded by a 35,000 m2 garden, Situated on Grandes Playas sand dune beach, 5 km from various shops, 35 km from the airport, 200 m from a bus stop, Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Clubhotel Oliva Beach Corralejo
- Riu Oliva Beach
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