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Fuerteventura Princess
Ranked #22 of 71 Hotels in Pajara
Cheadle, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“can't really find anything to complain about”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2012

Stayed at the Princess 2nd-9th May- second time we have been here, the first being 9 years ago. Was expecting it to be a bit tired by now, but were pleasantly suprised that it is not. It does need a little updating like flat screen tvs and cupboard doors a bit faded in the sunlight, but overall can't really find anything to complain about.

It was very quiet the week we were there and therefore no queues for meals or any problem with sunloungers etc.

The whole place is spotlessly clean and well run.

the only thing we had a problem with was the coffee - lots of choice but we never found one to our taste - but perhaps that was us being picky!!
Gave us an extension on the room checkout with no extra charge, probably becasuse it was quiet, but it was nice of them to do it.

It is a well laid out hotel with the rooms not overlooking each other.

Lots of sunlounging areas including an "au naturel" designated area with pool and sauna.

Can walk for miles either way along the beach and have a drink/snack at the little bar on the beach to recuperate!!

Not a hotel to go to if you are looking for night life - there is entertainment each night and several bars dotted around the hotel, but it is all low key and everything seems to have shut down by about 11pm.

All in all a really good week

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank jennywren47
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

It was our second time in the hotel and you compare automatically with last year. Our arrival at the reception was disappointing, because the lady was not really friendly and not motivated to speak a language that we understand (english, german, ducht, french). Other passages at the reception with other staff people were perfect.
For the rest there was no real big difference with last year. The accomodation remains excellent, but the problem with the reserved but unoccupied seats at the pools is still there.
If the local for towel change is unoccupied, it should be clearly mentionned that you should adress yourself to the local nextdoors (fish treatment). This was not the case.
Staff is in general very friendly.
Wellness and naturist area are very good but should be a little bit more separated from the rest of the hotel (with doors) and are becoming to small for the number of people that take advantage of this service.
Food was very good with a lot of variation. Evening animation was well organised.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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wilmslow
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

This is the second year to this hotel and I have to say was good as the first one. I refer to my previous review posted in July last year. My daughter joined us as we all wanted a relaxing week and thats what we actually achieved.
In my opinion the Fuerteventura Princess is a very good value four star hotel in a quiet area. If you expect true 5 star you will pay considerably more!
i must say on arrival at the hotel we were again dealt with swiftly by courteous staff and immeadialety directed to the restauarant whilst the porter took our luggage to the rooms.
During our visit in March the clientele was prominently German couples of retirement age.
We again stayed on a half board basis and found the food choice to be very good.. The restaurant seemed to be very busy around 8.00PM but still managed to find a table.
At luchtime we mainly ate at the hotel snack bar and also tried the beach bar directly below the hotel. We ordered the fish of the day which was fresh tuna steaks cooked to perfection. On the Friday we visited we we entertained by two spanish guitarists.
I can't say there was much change from our last visit apart from work being done on the ornamental pond.
The hotel is 24/7 and I'm sure there will be some refurbisment in the future but the hotel is large, lovely and clean with friendly staff.
Overall this hotel is good value for money. If you want the nightlife this hotel is not for you. The hotel do provide evening entertainment and we especially enjoyed the Four tops and Abba tribute bands.
The hotel grounds do have inclines and there is steep path down to the beach which maybe an issue if you are less mobile. The hotel does cater for children but teenagers would soon get bored.
Thank you Fuerteventura Princess for another great week and we will return in the future.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Berniexx
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England
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

We have just returned from 11 nights at this hotel and while we had a relaxing holiday we were a bit disappointed with this hotel . As others have mentioned there is usually a bit of a wait at check in and there were only 2 staff members checking people in an extra staff member would have helped to reduce the que a little quicker , however , the member of staff that checked us in was extremely friendly and polite , the restaurant was opened at 10pm for those checking in to get some food and although it was quite a basic spread it was appreciated . The rooms are fine but are in need of updating , we found it to be very clean and it was cleaned to a good standard throughout our stay . We had a small balcony and a lovely view of the pools and a side sea view . There is a TV in the room but there are very few English channels so we didn't watch TV at all while we were here , not really a problem as we don't go on holiday to watch TV but my son does like to watch every now and then , no wifi in the hotel rooms either , again not a problem but again my son would have liked it , instead we purchased Internet access from reception , it was 18 euro for 3 days unlimited usage on 1 device or 9 euro for 1 day you could also purchase for 7 days if required but you have to sit in the reception area to access it . The food again was ok , you are not going to starve here as there is quite a lot if choice and something for everyone , breakfast we found to be good plenty of choice but the food at the evening meal was never hot enough and often not great just ok , deserts were better though , service at meal times was not great there wasn't sufficient staff really and although the staff were friendly enough we often had to wait for quite a while to be given coffee or the table to be set for a 3rd person and plates were sometimes not cleared away between courses so again I would say the service in the dining room was fair generally but again not great .
There were plenty of sun loungers by the pool and although some people put towels down early morning there was really no need as you could generally find somewhere , we went down to the pool at 11-11.30 some days and didn't have any problems at all and we were there over Easter which is probably a busier time , no umberellas by the pool at all though which my husband would have preferred , the pools are cold , so cold that my son spent very little time in them and he is usually never out of the pool on holiday . We went to the beach a few days which is just at the bottom of a slope outside the hotel you do have to pay for the sun loungers and umberellas but at least you can have an umberella and we found the beach much quiter than at the pool , it cost 12 euro for 3 loungers and 1 umberella . There are sailing and wind surfing activities available on the beach also at a cost , there is also a small cafe which is reasonably priced for lunch and drinks .
Inside the hotel there are a few shops and a small supermarket selling drinks , snacks , newspapers , sun cream , toiletries etc etc which was very handy and we used this most days it is probably a little more expensive than the local supermarkets but we didn't find it expensive and was very handy .
Overall we had a relaxing break , the hotel was not bad and don't be put off if you have booked to go here it just isn't great , we were disappointed as it is a Thomson holidays platinum hotel and was given 5T in their brochure and as such we expected more than we got , I would say that it was a 4T hotel and probably a high 3 star hotel , I wouldn't go back though .

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank EnglandKaren
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Manchester
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128 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

Tightwads got £400 off the Thomson brochure price by booking just one week before departure. We wanted something more upmarket than we usually go for and the price was right. The last holiday was full of raucous stag and hen parties but here it was well burnt elderly cocks strutting their stuff along the beach or hiding behind stone windbreaks with their proud to be naturist partners. Not too much for rampant males to look at because the age group was generally 60+ Some of them managed to decorate their stone circles with paper windmills, which gave added interest to our walk along the beach to Jandia.
The dining room seats 1,125 so could be very busy at the height of the popular weeks. The hotel is really part of a complex which is not really suitable for wheelchairs , or people with disability and breathing problems. Rooms are not linked by corridors to the dining room so if raining or windy be prepared to watch your step on the uneven slabs slippy with water.We noticed people struggling to take luggage up and down the stairs, although you can order help at the reception desk. The bathrooms are large enough to have a separate shower and a bath so once again if you have mobility problems be aware that getting in an out of the bath would be easier if there were grip rails. Could be that there are rooms that are wheelchair friendly.
Fine if you are happy to sunbathe all day and read one book after another but if you fancy watching some tele then TV not different from 2 or 3 star hotels. I thought the Platinum rating would have had better viewing. Entertainment was of a high standard most evenings....The Beatles need more enthusiasm and they provided only forty five minutes whereas the other groups gave encores.
Food was plentiful, beautifully presented with variety and the variety of bread wonderful, but by the end of the stay I was looking forward to good home cooking. There are no restaurants around except for the beach bar. Therefore if you are peckish between meals then you only have the complex pizza and hamburger cafe. We like to be able to look at local eateries etc
We did walk along the beach to Jandia and went in the supermarket to buy for a lunchtime snack because the one shop on the complex did not have much stock and was far more expensive than the supermarket. There is a fridge in the room. Bus fare is a standard 1 euro 20.
We booked an island trip for 45 euros each and enjoyed the day. We visited five or six different places, saw goats cheese production, aloe vera production, old churches and of course the volcanic landscape. The guide Ann Marie was entertaining and informative.
If you forget to take your beach towel then you can hire just one towel for a refundable 30 euros.
We enjoyed having a break and husband Tightwad said it was wonderful to be in an upmarket posh Butlins. He loved going to Butlins back in the fifties and eating in the canteen.
So we've been there, seen it, done it, but not got the T shirt. We will not go again because next holiday will be when there is good weather time on the Costas and only just over half the flying time and quicker transfers. Also more opportunities to visit interesting places after a couple of hours sunbathing daily.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank Tightwads
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st albans- Hertfordshire}
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21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

Well this was about our 20th visit to the Canaries and first visit to this hotel and I have to say that we were a bit disappointed. Our first impression was not good as we queued to check in on arrival for 40 mins and check-in took another 10.
We went with out son, daughter-in- law and 2 grandaughters 2 3/4 and 9 months and we booked a twin room and a family room. There are no family rooms at this hotel. If you have a todler and baby the eldest sleeps on the lumpy sofa bed and the baby has a travel cot. This means that the room is full of furniture and there is not enough room to get to the balcony.
When you enter the hotel you are on level 3, reception and bar. You go down to level 2 which in dining room. Down again to level 1 which is the theatre, bars and some shops. My wife said the ladies shop was not expensive.
You go out of the building from there onto a terrace and the rooms are spread out below you on a hill in blocks of about 40 rooms.If you are not good on your feet or are pushing buggies you will hate this. The pool area is at the bottom of the hill and is very nice, but no umbrellas. They only have bamboo covered pagodas, and not always good for shade.
The food was OK but not always hot enough at dinner. They seemed to cater more for the Germans who make up about 80% of the guests.
There is a gate out to the beach, and yes you are at the top of a hill again. You have to go down a big slope again, but the beach is worth it. 2 sun beds and a parasol is 9 euro a day. In front of the hotel is a great bar that serves great food at resonable prices so eat lunch there and on Friday between 1 and 4 in the afternoon they have the two best spanish guitarists you ever saw or heard.

Room Tip: connecting rooms are 85 euros extra per DAY
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank barryjc
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

Recently travelled to FV and stayed here...immaculately clean, staff ridiculously helpful and extremely well spaced out so plenty of privacy. Food was decent, lots available at breakfast and evening meal (we stayed half board), snack bar on site was good, there was one on the beach 100 yards from hotel sun lounging area which was also very good (and reasonably priced too). The hotel was mainly full of German tourists (mainly in the 50's - 60's age catergory) which was perfect for me as it meant none of the usual english idiots there! apparently there were in the hotel next to us! Small gym on site but free most of the time...the local town (10 mins away on a bus that comes bang outside hotel) was a typical spanish town - lots of pubs, chippies so we didnt really stay there long...overall if just wanting a relatively cheap week in the sun without moving much this place was a good one to go to!

Room Tip: ask for a double bed! away from the childrens pool
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank BJW_12
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Property: Fuerteventura Princess
Address: Gran Canaria, 13 (Urb. Butihondo), 35626, Pajara, Fuerteventura, Spain
Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > Jandia Peninsula > Pajara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Pajara
#15 Romantic Hotel in Pajara
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Pajara
#20 Luxury Hotel in Pajara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Fuerteventura Princess 4*
Number of rooms: 457
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fuerteventura Princess is ideal for couples, active vacationers and beach lovers. The 4 star hotel above Esquinzo Beach is designed like a small village. The 457 rooms are spread over 8 low-rise buildings. The detached premium-area ,,Esencia de Fuerteventura (212 rooms / 3 buildings) is located within the Fuerteventura Princess and may be booked separately. The Fuerteventura Princess is situated in the south of Fuerteventura, right above Esquinzo beach. There's a direct beach exit via a downward sloping path. Just a few kilometers away from the hotel are Jandía (4,5 km) and Morro Jable (6,5 km). Fuerteventura Airport is located 78 km from the Fuerteventura Princess. The hotel offers two restaurants and five bars (inkl. Lobby Bar, Disco Bar, Poolbar and Sportsbar). The main restaurant serves buffet style breakfast and dinner. At the La Choza a late breakfast, lunch or snacks may be enjoyed. There's a total of 5 outdoor pools, incl. kids pool, nudist pool, pool with a beach-volleyball court and a pool with a sloped entry. The hotel is perfect for sport fans featuring tennis court, multi-use-court, beach volleyball and a sports centre across the street. During the day the entertainment team hosts sporting activites. In the evenings there's shows and live-music. The smallest guests can enter the world of "Principito", the mascot of the Mini-Club. The young, multilingual entertainment offers daily fun activites for the kids. Hotel guests may enjoy free entrance to the wellness area with its sauna and turkish bath. The Fuerteventura Princess has a total of 457 rooms: standard and family rooms (consisting of two standard rooms with a connecting door). As a standard all rooms feature air conditioning, minibar-fridge (unstocked), satellite tv, balcony or terrace and bathrooms with bathtub-shower-combination, hairdryer and amenities. WI-FI (€) is available throughout the entire hotel. ... more   less 
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