I remember the days when TripAdvisor was full of rational people... it seems to long ago now!
Let's all take a deep breath and deal with facts. First of all (and this is worth knowing) this hotel is scheduled for demolition in 5 years, purely because of its location. The dunes that it resides in are now a National Park and there have been ongoing negotiations with the local government over the future of the hotel. If I owned this hotel and knew that it wasn't going to be around in 5 years then I would not be spending vast amounts of money refurbishing it, and this shows in some areas of the hotel.
I would try to avoid the annexe- it is old self-catering style accommodation, with the kitchen areas now removed and the buildings are tired and poorly set out. The main hotel is better, with the standard "Canarian style" room with balcony.
Our check-in was swift, greeted warmly in very clear English and with nice touches such as noticing that it was my birthday the previous day and congratulating me. It is nice to get a room safe without having to provide a payment or deposit and the room is generally well equipped.
It stuns me that people are surprised that when they book a hotel in the Canaries they seem to be sharing it with a large percentage of Europeans. First of all, Riu is owned by Tui Group (a German Company), who also own Thomsons, First Choice, etc. So, what exactly were you expecting? Would you be expecting a hotel that caters to 80% Germans to ignore their preferences in favour of yours? As it is, I think that the food and entertainment DO make allowances for other countries and it really depresses me when people travel all that great distance to sit down to eat and consume in the same manner that they do back home.
When you do fly in, please also make note that this is an island i.e. surrounded by water. Also note the lack of lush grazing pastures for cattle on your way from the airport. Please then do not be surprised that there is a lot of fish on the menu- again, what exactly were you expecting? As it is, (again) there is a decent range of food on offer (although not as large a range as previous Riu hotels we have stayed at) and the quality was good to excellent.
Value- we paid £850 each for 14 days with a sea view in the main hotel. After you subtract your flight costs and transfers, then divide that by the number of days you can then offer a sensible opinion on value. At an All Inclusive you tend to eat and drink more than you normally would on holiday and this also has to be factored in and I do think some reviewers are being a little harsh.
Trips- I would recommend the Oasis Park VIP package. It's a nice park, with a good guide (Tori) and a pretty good lunch included. You get a great camel ride, 3 animal shows and the kids get to feed the animals!
Entertainment- yes it varies in quality, but the outside entertainment was very good(the Chinese Acrobats and Tango Passion were superb) and the Animation Crew did try hard, but also have to be jack of all trades in this hotel. They will be up before you in the morning, stuck entertaining brats all day and then trying to find a common funny bone amongst several different nations in front of them every second night. If you don't like it the alternative is that you take a little stroll over to the sister Riu hotel next door and watch their shows.
Grumbles- the only issues we had was with a group of four teenage girls from London that had clearly booked the wrong type of hotel for their needs and proceeded to get drunk and rowdy on their first night. The management did come out and deal with them and they were quiet for the rest of the holiday.
So, to summarise, this is a decent hotel in its last few years of existence in a nice location with some good food and decent entertainment.
- 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, Amex, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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