Our arrival came just as evening dinner was coming to a close and we were delighted to see that there was still plenty of choice and the food was up to standard, temperature wise etc. The EVENING DINNER WAS A HUGE HIGHLIGHT for myself and my partner, a different theme every night including Italian, Oriental, Mexican and steak with a great selection and very very pleasing. I'm sure everyone would find something to their taste. The breakfast was good, as good as it can be I suppose. We also had lunch a few times at the pool bar, the usual salads, burgers, pizzas and chicken and chip dishes, just enough choice to keep you happy and again a good standard. The staff in the restaurants were always a treat, especially at dinner. The hotel bar, which seemed to be open tea time while late, was very relaxed.
Our room was 111, over the reception looking to the harbour, we didn't request any room unlike many others but still had a PRETTY NICE VIEW, nice to sit out early evening when the sun reached it. A litre bottle of water was in our room on arrival, thoughtful. And other touches such as the kitchen facilities were useful. The bed and the pillow weren't the comfiest in the world but still good enough.
Like other reviewers point out the pool area is quite cramped but it's clear the hotel are just making use of the space they have there. The pool is amazing, overlooking the sea and the chairs on the decking over the rocks are a nice touch. Many beds are reserved but I was out for 9-10am and always found a good spot, in my opinion if arriving much later than that I'd expect to struggle for a bed, but no it's not nice when they are reserved an unused all day long. The seperate jacuzzi area, 2 jaccuzi's, with beds and small plants made it very private, much quieter than the pool a times too.
If I had to moan about the hotel which doesn't come natural after the stay we've just had, the shower wasn't the best, simply the way it sprayed was quite uncomfortable, the temperature wasn't a problem. As pointed out already, the cleaners can tend to leave the bedroom window open and on one occasion our patio door after their visit, rather strange and unnecessary. 9/10 for cleanliness of the rooms, very minor like smears on glass surfaces. The reception staff were welcoming and efficient but could have gave a bit more in terms of politeness and information etc. The charge for the safe is quite disappointing, I've always thought a 4 star hotel should have free use of the safe.
Puerto Rico itself wouldn't be for everyone. The europa centre, around a 15 minute walk where the main shops/bars/restaurants are, was enjoyable for us but you do have to try a few places before you find your favourites. We were there for the opener of the world cup and it was a really good atmosphere. The Sun Spot and The Outbacks I think it was, both close to each other on the third floor towards the back were small, friendly, cheap bars. The pestering from restaurants can be quite an annoyance. There are a few bars closer to the hotel that impressed us, the small cocktail bar across the road, and Charlie'z, further round the beach on the front road, alongside a few very good restaurants, ate at one for dinner but otherwise the hotel was more than good enough, we stayed half board.
Marina suites has the BEST LOCATION, couple of supermarkets to choose from, minutes away. Puerto Rico beach is just a five minute walk but Amadores beach, a 25 minute walk was much much nicer, and the walk itself was comfortable, right along the front of the cliff faces.
If we were to return to Gran Canaria, which is likely, we will 100% be returning to the Marina Suite's.
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- Marina Hotel Puerto Rico
- Marina Suites Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria
- Marina Suites Gran Canaria
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