This hotel was great. We had a wonderful stay here and I highly recommend it.
Like all hotels, it had both good and bad points, but the good highly outweighs the bad. I will list both:
Positive: The location is great, the hotel is very clean, the pool is lovely. The gardens are amazing and there is always a quiet place to go. The nudist solarium on the roof is a very nice feature; it gets the sun all day, it is quiet (no screaming kids!), you don't need to go naked, and it has amazing views of the ocean and dunes. The food was good with a nice variety. We went half board for two weeks and did not get bored of the food. The air conditioning worked well and kept the room very cool.
Negative: The kids club happens every night at 8:30. They play the same terrible songs like 'Superman' every night. If you want to take a nap before going out, you will not be able to sleep at this time if your room overlooks the pool. I would recommend requesting a quiet room that overlooks the pond. The have entertainment by the pool every night. This could be a good thing, but if you are in the mood for a quiet evening, you can't enjoy your balcony without watching the show. The show does end at 10:30, so at least it is not loud all night. The dining room is very warm. We had to wear trousers to dinner in the evening, this was a little annoying because we just had to go back upstairs to the room to change back into shorts after we ate. This will not be a problem now because they changed to rule on the last day! Men can now wear shorts to dinner (I think this is fair because women got to wear practically nothing, why can't men wear shorts?).
Tips: If you choose to stay here, and you should, I would suggest that you request a quiet room at the north end of the hotel. If you like to have nights out, and want a nap first (the nights start late), try to get a nap before the kids club starts. If you are English, don't bother hiring the TV unless you speak German or Spanish. The Germans are not as bad as everyone says, but stand your ground at the buffet. They will push in for food and they will breathe down your neck if they want what you are getting. If you want to make the most of the sun, go on the sun terrace in the morning (the pool is in the shade until later), then go down to the pool area when it is sunny. To save money, only order water at the meal and buy your own drinks at the local shops. It is much cheaper and there is a fridge in the room to keep them cold.
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- Also Known As:
- Ifa Catarina Hotel Playa Del Ingles
- IFA Catarina Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria