We are both of senior age, so this review is based on that standpoint. This was our second venture onto the island, after enjoying an excellent stay the year before in Jandia (Fuertaventura Princess) in the south. Yet again, the Riu Tres Islas really is an excellent ( but pricey) hotel, this time in the very north of the island. The rooms, facilities, food and service were second to none. All rooms are air conditioned. Evening entertainment not quite on par with the previous hotel in Jandia, but nevertjeless we spent many happy, relaxed hours at the bar listening to what was provided. A comfortable, well appointed hotel with an excellent service standard. Yes - there were Germans - hundreds of 'em and yes- you had to get up very early to select the best sunbeds, but hey, isn't that half the 'fun' of a holiday abroad? (NOT). Beautiful hotel grounds and pools, very well kept and clean, adjacent to a beautiful stretch of golden, sandy beach. We stayed half board and were delighted with the variety of food (buffet style) and service from the staff and the times it was available to us. A separete A la Carte restaurant is also available. There were ample water sports to be enjoyed by those who like them and these seemed to prove very popular each day. There was a charge levied on the adjoining beach per day for the hire of sunbeds and brollies, which of course were free inside the hotel grounds. Wi-fi had to be paid for on a daily basis (9€ per day), and the internet desktop PC's in the hotel were coin-operated (1€ for 20 mins). Satellite TV is free in all rooms but has only 2 or 3 English speaking channels (God Bless BBC News 24) and many German and Spanish Channels
The surrounding towns and harbours are exactly what you would expect to see on such an island going further towards the equator - a bit basic, brown caste and scenery everywhere, lots of unfinished dwellings and shops/complexes along every road, (which had apparently in some cases remained so for many years due to failure of the construction companies), barren land and fields, dusty, very hot, quite pricey in the bars and restaurants, and not a lot of variety in what, surprisingly were very 'empty' shopping centres once inside the towns, just a few tourists each time we visited (different times of the day). Many of the shops were typical tourist-type offering a variety of 'tacky' tmementos, with the better quality merchandise being found inside the larger shopping malls. A bit like Blackpool front but with much better weather and better bars and restaurants (You may have gathered we are not great fans of the 'islands' themselves, nor the immediate surroundings in which the hotels are located, they are all too often drab, dull and very little to see, except if you stay close to, or look at the coast itself and the sea which is absolutely lear and beautiful). We booked many (expensive) trips out to explore the island again, but in the end, based mainly on feedback from those in the hotel who had been before, opted to remain for several of the days in the comfort of the hotel, by the pool, on the beach, in the gardens, on the terraces. From that standpoint alone it really was a great relaxing, really comfortable hotel holiday and would recommend the hotel to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located 5 km from Corralejo * Renovated in summer 2007 * 5-storey building * Situated on Grandes Playas sand dune beach * 5 km from various shops * 35 km from the airport * 300 m from a bus stop ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Tres Islas Hotel Corralejo
- Riu Palace Tres Islas Corralejo
- Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas Fuerteventura/Corralejo