I booked the hotel some 3 months in advance via TravelRepublica and benefited of one of the lowest fares I found around and the hotel kept my request for a quiet room with good views over the dunes. Room 6153 not only was very quiet despite a 95% occupancy with what looked like some 2/3 families with very young kids (visible around the pool area and breakfast only) but was situated in the quietest of the quarters reachable through several interior courtyards with Andalucian/Moorish influcences where you could hear only the fountain or the wind, had no neighbors whatsoever and majestic views over Il Faro and Las Dunas, as I have requested. The only noise I could hear was from the nightly show at Riu hotel that lasted up to midnight and was quite annoying with their attempt of achieving the success of international songs from the last decades when sometimes I was rather wondering 'who strangled the cat?'
The suite was very large, reachable from this square hallway with a very big bathroom to one side and led to a good balcony, complete with slimming mirrors and good lighting that makes one look so much more attractive, watch it girls, don't fall in the same trap, ha ha
I was extremely impressed with the professionalism and attitude of the Reception staff or House cleaning (ask for one thing and they will run to bring you and array of things despite not speaking English, so learn some Espanol), the staff in the Breakfast area (despite being ever so busy with the people in the over 1000 rooms), however what a contrast with the attitude of the 'boys' in the Entertainment section. Such a waiter, Paco painted such a rude and sarcastic attitude as to how locals can behave, but prepared me to a similar one that I was to encounter in 2 restaurants (in Yumbo of Playa del Ingles and one on the seaside of Maspalomas). Basically, despite the economy relying completely on tourism and being at such a all time low with lots of umpleyed people there, is possible the customer to be king until they attract your custom, have you sat at their restaurant as opposed to the next restaurant and then you being aggressed with their wording.
I have to highly recommend Las Dunas which can be reached as you turn left from the hotel and walk through what was a combination of big or small rocky beach, then a small sandy beach to what is the most amazing view in Europe (well Western Sahara is only 100km across the Atlantic). Not recommeded if you have kids with you, as the nudists are nothing comparred to the un-ashamed men you can see from the top of a Dune!!!!!!! Having said that, it was amazing to walk on top of them, claim one for myself and.......... get a sunburn in 45min, ha ha
Alternatively, turn right from the sea exit of the hotel and be met by a selection of Designer and beach shops, restaurants (some running the tricks I mentioned above when they become rude if you ask why your bill was quatruplet as they have not mentioned that your 'fresh' fish - that will give you a small more than 24h later - including the bones and the heads is weighted by the 100g). I found 'The 19th hole' restaurant, probably English run with its big TV screens to be the most professional and the guys there kept sending drinks I could not finish, ha ha
- a taxi from the Airport is around 40 Euros and can reach the hotel in under 30min if you are not in the rush hour
- a taxi to Playa del Ingles is around 5 Euros and can be reached in some 8min, however there is nothing of interest there, just some shopping centres with funny stuff and restaurants as described above and clearly not at the usual Northern European level.
- men can be very aggressive with their wording so prepare your 'thick skin coat' girls.
- bring your travel kettle if you are the type to wake up with the 'lumps' in your throat due to change of climate
- the fridge in the room is empty, so fill it with drinks from the local supermarkets - the cheapest was the one on the second floor at Varadero shopping centre
- stick to the main 'infinity' pool if you like a long swimm as children cannot reach there and can be very peaceful. The sea is too cold due to the Atlantic currents but the swimming pool can become very warm. Unbeatable.
And I still cannot believe I was in such a large hotel with so many swimming pools and people - it felt like it was almost emply. More hotels should be like this. The other ones in the area cannot compare themselves with all this, plus the grounds. Amazing.
PS. I attached some pics to reveal the true beauty of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Corallium Spa & Casino is situated on the sea front on thesouth part of Gran Canaria, very close to the Dunes of Maspalomas Nature Preserve. It issurrounded by an undeniable natural beauty environment, this spectacular hotel complex offers allthat is needed to enjoy unforgettable holidays, full of restful moments, leisure and fun. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lopesan Costa Meloneras Hotel Maspalomas
- Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Spa And Casino
- Gran Hotel Maspalomas
- Gran Resort Maspalomas
- Costa Meloneras
- Hotel Costa Meloneras
- Gran Hotel Costa Meloneras
- Gran Hotel Lopesan Costa Meloneras
- Gran Costa Meloneras
- Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Spa & Casino Maspalomas, Gran Canaria