For some reason, the summer months on the Canary Islands, when the weather is at it's best, are
the low season, so you can get some real accomodation bargins. However, stick to the main resort areas because some restaurants and attractions in the less popular areas are closed during this time.
My family of four (teenage kids) fell in love with Maspalomas when we were touring around the island so we decided to stay for a few days. An hour on the internet ended with us booking two rooms with half board at the five star Maspalomas Oasis on their website at the last minute bargin price of around €100 per room.
The charming German front office receptionist upgraded us to partial sea view rooms, which were clean and comfortable and equipped with satellite TV a small raised sitting area and an excellent bathroom. One small complaint was the slightly limited cupboard space, otherwise, very good, especially at that price.
There is a large pool area with plenty of space which never got really crowded. If it ever does, then the huge garden area with palm trees, loungers and activity areas for adults and children would be a perfect alternative. There is a pool bar (great mojitos) and a snack bar as well.
The only thing which let's the place down a little is the food. Both breakfast and the evening meal provide plentiful and varied food, the problem is that it's not particularly nice, especially after a couple of days eating the same type of food. This is not unusual of course, for hotels providing a buffet style of service to a large number of guests, but don't expect a Michelin type experience. Also, remember that you probably paid very little extra for the meals, so you don't have to feel to bad about skipping a meal or two and eating out. There are several resturants within easy walking distance. Go inland if you want reasonable prices, walk along the promenade to the right of the hotel if you want to people watch or entertainment.
The hotel is very close to the beach, and the four kilometer walk along the shore with the mini desert behind you should not be missed, if you are feeling slightly energetic. Maspalomas itself is a very pleasant, slightly up market resort. We would recommend both the resort and the Riu Palace Maspalomas Oasis - but be aware that there is plenty of hotel competition nearby, so you should be able to get a good deal if you are prepared to negotiate a little.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Maspalomas beach. Near "El Faro" and the Maspalomas sand dunes. Direct access to the beach through lush gardens. Two 5-storey main buildings. Surrounded by 65,000 garden with artificial lakes and approx. 2,000 palm trees. 5 km from Playa del ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Grand Palace Maspalomas Oasis Hotel Maspalomas
- Riu Grand Palace Hotel Maspalomas
- Riu Grand Palace Resort Maspalomas
- Hotel Riu Palace Oasis Maspalomas, Gran Canaria