This was our 2nd visit to the Fuerteventura Princess in August / September 2010, we had previously visited in September 2007 and I have to say that because of some of the reviews posted here I had some reservations about going back, however these were completely unfounded. The Holiday was booked through Thomson’s and the Flights there and back were fantastic (TOM2300/1) ex First Choice A321 Aircraft from Manchester, we were Kept up to date by the Captain and even given full explanation regarding turbulence encountered on route, Food on outward flight was bad but coming back it was excellent (for airline food).
The Coach transfer takes 1 hour 15 minutes and it must be one of the boring journeys imaginable as there is absolutely nothing to see but the Volcanic wasteland which engulfs most of the island, on arrival at the Fuerteventura Princess you will be taken back by the shear size of the Reception, it is Huge to say the least (I have posted some Photographs so take a look), We were checked in within 10 minutes of arriving and we had a great room, One tip would be to email the Hotel Directly regarding room requests, we emailed Thomson’s and got the standard automated response, however talking directly with the hotel 2 weeks before arrival did the trick, we requested a top floor room and a sea view… and that’s what we got, plus a bottle of fizz on ice in the room on arrival.
The hotel is situated in a fairly quiet area, no shops or bars for miles, so if you are after a quiet and relaxing area you will be pleased, however if you are looking for the hustle and bustle of other holiday resorts you will be greatly disappointed, and bored!
It is 1 euro 20 on the bus in to town and it takes about 30 minutes, we found it much easier to walk the mile or so along the beach in to Town and get a taxi back, it is only 7 euros and takes 5 minutes, Taxis are in an abundance in town and if you want one from the Hotel the reception will order you one and it will be there in a couple of minutes.
The town of Morro Jable (Jandia is the area not the town) is fairly well equipped for tourists, lots of bars and restaurants along the front, and the obligatory English bar serving Sunday lunch with REAL Bisto! You will easily find lunch here for 3 euros as the competition is rife.
The Hotel has 3 restaurants, the main one serves food from 18.30 - 21.30, and provides a choice that will blow you away, one tip would be to get there for 18.30 and stand in a small queue, this gets you 1st pickings at the fresh meats and fish which are located on the far right hand side of the restaurant as you walk in, however if you don’t want to wait go in about 19.00, it is a lot quieter and the trays of food have normally all bee replenished by then. We both found the choice great, there was always fresh Meat, Lamb, Lamb chops, Steak, fresh fish, pork, roast beef, and all served and carved by the chef. This Restaurant also serves breakfast from 07.30 - 10.30, but I always ate in the open air so didn’t experience the breakfast here.
There is a small bar next to the Middle Pool which serves lunch from about 11.30 to 17.00, things like Pizza, Burgers , chicken nuggets, salad and sandwiches, to be honest I wasn’t overly impressed with the quality or the price and found the quality and price much better in Town.
There is also a restaurant named La Chosa which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, we ate breakfast here every morning and we were never disappointed with the food, it does get a little repetitive but it still tasted good!
The room we got was great, the air conditioning was a little on the weak side but it worked sufficient to keep us cool, there is a fridge in the room which is big enough to accommodate a couple of cans and a bottle of water, not much more!
There is a shop on site selling drinks and other essentials (and not so essentials), it is rather pricey so if you are taking a trip in to Morro Jable but your water in bulk there.
I was bitten 25 times by mosquitoes in the 1st 2 days, and I did see others wit the distinguishing red lumps so take plenty of replant with you as the shop sells out as soon as it gets some.
There are 3 bars on site and things get very strange there… if you like value for money order your pint downstairs as you will pay 3 euros 30 for a pint, if you order upstairs in the piano bar you will pay the same for half a pint, and to add more confusion half a pint in the piano bar becomes a third… bizarre to say the least… but just be aware, pint is a pint downstairs, a pint is a half upstairs! The service was fantastic, friendly and QUICK, and the measures of Jameson whisky were at least treble by UK standards and only 4 euros 40.
The complex is on a steep hill so if you are elderly I would avoid it, or request a room in the main building, but the Beach is right at the bottom of a very steep hill. There are 4 pools on site, one aimed for kids and families, 2 around the cocktail bar (one deep and one on a gradient, and finally a naturist pool which was small but warm. There is a Gym on site which is adequate but basic, I am in to weights and there was nothing heavy enough to use but it was always quiet and friendly in there.
The population of guests at the hotel would be 80% German, 10% Spanish and the rest mixed, I found the Germans nothing but polite and courteous unlike some who have wrote reviews here, I ended up working out with a couple and there were great guys.
There is wifi at 18 euros for 3 days, fairly good connection speed in the Bar area.
TV channels in room are BBC World news, Disney, drama and not much more.
Anyhow, to sum up some tips:
1- Take insect replant. 2- Go to dinner at 18.30, if you miss this time go after 19.00. 3 - Bus is 1 euro 20 each way in to Town, Taxi is 7 euros each way. 4 - If you like a full pint order down stairs, upstairs a pint becomes a half. 5 - The towel on the sun beds begins at 06.00 (I seen it happen), 6 - Tip the barman in the piano lounge and your measures of Spirits rise dramatically, 7 - Lots of steep hills on site, so not good for the elderly. 8 - Take breakfast at La chosa, overlooks the Atlantic and is beautiful, same choice of faad as upstairs restaurant, it opens at 09.00 but get there for 08.45 to get a seat and table overlooking the sea. 9- finally, speak directly with the hotel regarding room requests!
Hope this helps you in making your choice!
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