I stayed at the Riu Vistamar for 2 weeks from the 27th June - 11th July with my boyfriend and parents and none of us could find anything to fault for our entire stay, absolutely fantastic hotel in a brilliant location.
The rooms are a very nice size and were always spotlessly clean, the chambermaids were always so friendly in the morning and you couldn't have asked for more from them. All rooms have a sea view however some don't look out on to the beach, so if you would prefer this you can request before you arrive or ask to be relocated on your arrival depending on how full the hotel is. The TV had a good range of channels including a good English film channel. Every room has a fridge and a free safe - no deposit required! Some people say the rooms are a little outdated, the décor is old fashioned but still clean and you could not fault them at all.
The hotel has three pools in total; one infinity pool on the top level which has a waterfall running down in to the bottom pool which has a small cave consisting of a Jacuzzi and also a children's pool over by the kids club. The pools were all clean and a decent size to swim in, also brilliant for taking part in aerobics and any water sports that the animation team put on. Although the pools were a little chilly this wasn't a problem as you needed a cool down from the heat! Some people do get up really early to reserve sunbeds closest to the pool, however if you are not an early riser - no problem as there are always plenty of sunbeds spare so no need to worry.
Towels are provided! An extra bonus, you get given a ticket on your first day to retrieve them and then can change it for a clean one every day between the hours of 9.30 - 12. By the top pool area there are also air hockey and pool tables, ideal for everyone for a bit of fun.
Food and drink:
Breakfast - Served from 8 until 10.30 in the main restaurant with such a wide variety to choose from including; cooked breakfasts, breads, meats, cakes, pancakes, omelettes, fruit, cereals and juices, pretty much everything you could think of nobody would go hungry. If you do miss breakfast however up on the pool bar breakfast food is then served from 10.30 - 12, less of a variety but still good food.
Lunch - Most day we ate lunch by the pool bar out on the terrace in the sunshine. There was always; pizza, pasta, salad, fruit, burgers and hotdogs and then other items changed on a day to day basis, but once again something to cater for everybody. Lunch at the pool bar is served from 12 - 3.30. However if you prefer to eat inside you could go in the main restaurant from 1 o clock which served similar food to that in the pool bar.
Afternoon snacks - When lunch finishes by the pool bar cakes and pastries are served, there is never a moment in this hotel that they would let you go hungry!
Dinner - The main restaurant had an excellent selection of food on the nightime, always having; soups, pizza, pasta, fruit, salad, selection of desserts and cheeses. Then every night there would be a joint of meat available with vegetables in the centre of the dining room and then a choice of grilled meats and fish - such a variety, and the menu was not repeated in the time that we were there. Everyone gets given a time to dine either 6.30 or 8.30 and you have a set table for dinner each night, but if you are not happy with your time they are more than happy to change it for you
Speciality night - Every night if you want a change from the main buffet restaurant you may book to eat upstairs in the specialty restaurant where they have 3 different theme nights including; Spanish cuisine, BBQ and Asian, the food here was delicious and was well worth booking yourself in for all 3 of these nights during your stay!
Drinks - Beers, wines, coffees and cold drinks are available around the clock for you to help yourself, and all local spirits and a selection of cocktails are also included in your all inclusive, even champagne, which is a nice added extra
Midnight snacks - Perfect for if you are returning from a night out, the restaurant offers; bread, cheeses, salad, meat and drinks early hours of the morning for you to help yourself to at any time!
The staff here at Riu are what made our holiday! Staff on reception are always there ready to greet you with a smile and help with anything. The bar staff both in the show bar and the pool bar are so happy and friendly, but overall efficient! The waiting on staff are just as fantastic! Big round of applause to all of the animation team who do not stop and work so so hard! They are brilliant at providing exercise classes, putting on events for the children and work around the clock practicing and putting on shows on a night time, they really should get a big thank you over and over again for what they do!
The hotel is situated quite high up in the cliffs which gives it such stunning views of Amadores beach. There is a courtesy bus which runs down to the beach which is brilliant. We took a taxi down here in an evening for a meal and it cost no more than 4 euros so still cheap enough. One day we took a walk down to Puerto Rico beach which was a bit of a trek but walking along the side of the cliffs is lovely. Puerto Rico shopping centre is only 3 euros away in a taxi, perfect for if you want to do any shopping or go for drinks or dancing on a night time, all of the bars are so cheap! The Europa isn't far away just a walk up the hill, however it isn't as good as Puerto Rico but is okay to go just for a few drinks.
I would recommend organising trips outside of the hotel or taking buses to local towns yourself as it is so easy and also a lot cheaper than going with a rep. We took the bus one day to Maspalomas for a few euros each and spent a day on the beach with its lovely sandunes. Another day we travelled to Mogan by Ferry, on a Friday - Market Day, extremely pretty and well worth a visit. Only 9 euros if you pay for the ferry behind reception and make your own way down the Puerto Rico harbour in a taxi.
I would happily recommend this hotel to; families, groups of friends and couples as it caters for everyone. We could not have been happier with our holiday, even when we had checked out they were more than happy to supply us with a room to change and shower in as the courtesy room was busy. A big thank you to Riu, and a fantastic holiday in Puerto Rico.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Set on a cliff overlooking the sea * 9-story building * 900 m to the beach * Complimentary bus service to the beach * 2 km from Puerto Rico * 900 m from various shops * 45 km from the airport * 100 m from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners ... more less
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