I arrived back from the Riu Don Miguel Hotel last night. Had such a lovely holiday and was sad to leave such a nice hotel. I would definitely rate it higher than a 3 star hotel, it's the nicest 3 star hotel I have ever stayed at.
One of the biggest credits to the hotel is the amazing staff, each one going out of their way to make sure you have the best holiday. The bar staff were always asking how you were and what you'd been up to that day and just making sure you were having a nice time. In the restaurant at dinner you were always welcomed in and the staff looked after you well. There were staff working around the pool all day making sure that the area was tidy, the pool was clean and helping people to put up umbrellas ect. Also, the bar staff waited on you around the pool bringing drinks directly to your sun bed, which was a lovely touch that I wouldn't have expected from a 3 star hotel.
Food was all buffet style and I found it to be varied and of good quality. At breakfast there was continental breakfast, fried breakfasts, many different breads, cereals and a selection of fruits. Tea coffee and juices were also included with breakfast. At dinner time you were allocated either 6.30pm or 8.30pm, we were allocated 6.30pm but spoke to the head waiter before our first meal and were able to change to 8.30pm. You are allocated a table and sit there for your stay, at dinner you have to pay for drinks but this is expected when staying on a half board basis, they just put them on your room tab and you pay at the end of your stay. There is a lot to choose from at dinner, always some salads, pizzas, pasta, meats, fish, a rice dish, chips and some vegetables which vary day to day along with other dishes that are varied across the week. There is also a barbecue outside which has a couple of different meats on offer each night cooked in front of you.There is also a wide range of desserts, including ice cream and cheese and crackers!
The pool area is lovely and well kept. As mentioned before there is always someone about ensuring the area is clean and everyone is satisfied. Getting a sun bed was not a problem, and the pool area wasn't in the sun until at least 9.30am so there was no rush to get up early. Some people were reserving sun beds from about 9am onwards and then not returning to the sun bed until gone midday, this was not a problem as it was only the minority of people, but if others felt the need to start doing it it could become a bigger problem! The pool was lovely and refreshing and the sun beds in the pool were a different touch. Also, the jacuzzi was nice and cool for relaxing in. There is no daytime entertainment around the pool which I thought was perfect as it lead to a relaxing atmosphere.
In the daytime the bar serves drinks to you and will bring them to your sun bed around the pool. It also has a menu serving a few lighter meals from around 1-3pm, and you can buy ice creams all day too. The bar is lovely and the staff wonderful and, in the evening they also wait on you bringing the drinks to your table, there is a good selection of drinks and lots of different cocktails to choose from. The entertainment was not the best, most days it was a man and woman duet singing which became a bit repetitive, but when there was something different on it was a nice change. I did not find this a problem as most people go to a bar to socialise anyway so the entertainment didn't really matter to me, but I can see some people would not be satisfied with this.
The room was clean and out room was quite spacious in comparison to a friends room which I saw. There was a hairdryer in the bathroom and complimentary toiletries. The maid cleaned the room everyday and changed the towels and bedding if required. There was a mini fridge in the room which was perfect. Also, there was air-conditioning and a ceiling fan. I am not one to watch TV on holiday but I know it bothers some people, I did therefore flick through it one day and there were many channels but only a few were in English.
There was 90 minutes of free wifi each day per person in the reception area, which had to be used in on session, there were also computers that were €1 for 15 minutes of use. The wifi was quite slow at times as a lot of people were using it but it was adequate.
Reception staff were friendly, helpful and assisted us in getting taxis.
There is a shower room to use on your day of departure if you have a flight that is later than the checkout time of 11pm and a luggage room.
The hotel is literally a couple of minutes walk from the Yumbo shopping centre (i found the shortcut on my last day!) but even the longer way round it was still very close. The Kasbah centre was a bit further but still not longer than a ten minute walk.
The beach was a 10 minute walk, when you come out of the bar side gate turn left and just keep walking, but there was also a complimentary bus service to the beach.
There was also two supermarkets just across the road from the hotel.
If you want to travel around the island Amadores beach is absolutely beautiful, with a Crystal clear sea, its around a 15 minute drive away near Puerto Rico.
Overall this hotel was brilliant and I would definitely return, and am considering re-booking again already. I would like to thank all of the staff for making me feel so welcomed and who helped me to enjoy my holiday that little more. On a final note I think it deserves a 4 star rating as I feel that it is much better than a 3 star rating!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Playa del Ingles. 4-Storey building. 1.5 Km from the beach and seafront promenade. Complimentary bus service to the beach. 300 M from the city centre. 200 M from a shopping centre. 30 Km from the airport. 200 M from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Don Miguel Hotel Playa Del Ingles
- Hotel Riu Don Miguel Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria