It's a funny old world, isn't it? When I saw some of the critical reviews of this hotel I wondered if folk had the wrong place - or maybe they're just paving the way for a refund/compensation claim?
Anyway, here is our experience of this brilliant hotel.
First the package part - we went with Thomsons and their part of the holiday was great - booking, paying, airport check-in on line was simplicity itself and there were no queues at either airport - we simply dropped off our bags and got on with the holiday. The transfer from airport to hotel was just over 1 hour, rather longer than we had expected and the rep left the coach along the way, but that was no major problem and we arrived at around 10pm.
Now the hotel part - they obviously realised that, having arrived at that time we didn't want to spend a long time checking in - the whole process was extremely friendly and efficient and a glass of cava was offered while we were completing the details. Up to our room and wow - how impressive - we were in 7022, so a high(ish) floor with a great view out over the pool and sea which we didn't really appreciate until the following morning. We had gone for the upgrade so the room included a bottle of wine and a late of fruit on our arrival, plus a minibar stocked with water, tea/coffee making facilities and a mini-safe included in the price. The room was well up to our expectations with beach towels cleverly arranged as a pair of kissing swans and rose petals scattered on the bed. Up early next morning and then we really appreciated having a room n this floor for the superb view over the surrounding mountains and nearby Puerto de Mogan. All the meals were first class, hot food served on hot plates (sadly lacking in many places we've stayed in before) and enough variety to satisfy even the most faddish eater. Much f it was being cooked as you waited at breakfast and dinner. The dining room was not over busy (although the tables were quite close together which I can imagine may be a touch trying when the hotel is full) and we managed to get a seat by the window for every meal bar one. Wine was included with dinner and very good it was too. In fact it was worth upgrading for the branded drinks - g&t before dinner and licquers after. The entertainment was generally good, Elvis the 4 Tops and The 3 Tenors tributes in particular, some of the rest was not so good particularly the 2 man "resident" duo who tried to stage a music quiz using a gazzoo!.But the pair who took over from them later in the week were much better. There was a Thomson rep on duty most of the time, very friendly and knowledgeable, but we rarely needed to speak to them.
Now the island - you really need a car to get around unless you've gone just for the sun and hotel - don't hire it at the hotel - if you walk up past the little row of shops behind the hotel, about half way up there is a little kiosk called Jure Car Hire - very efficient English speaking guy and we got a new Renault Clio for 3 days for 99 Euros ( would have been 150Euros at the hotel once you added in insurance and tax). The island roads can be quite tricky but are perfectly ok if you drive carefully. We went up the coast as far as Punto de La Aldea on the first day, up into the mountains through Fataga to San Bartolome and back via Santa Lucia the second day and up the a lake called Presa de Las Ninas on the third day (if you do this go early because the road is quite narrow and twisty in places, and you want to avoid anything coming n the opposite direction!)
The last days we just spent relaxing, got the hotel courtesy bus to Puerto de Mogan, water taxi to Puerto Rico and back by local bus.
In conclusion, Playa Taurito is a quiet resort but an ideal base for exploring the southern half of the island. The hotel was great - if you go make sure you stay in this hotel, not the other princess hotel across the bay, which loses the sun quite early in the evening. This was our first trip to Gran Canaria, but if and when we return this hotel and resort will certainly be our first choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Suite Princess is a hotel for adults (16 years and above) who want to enjoy an all-inclusive vacation directly at the sea. The 4 star hotel is located in the sunny south of Gran Canaria, the picturesque Puerto de Mogán is just 4 km away. All rooms of the adults only hotel feature sea- or garden view. The Suite Princess in the bay of Taurito boasts two buffet restaurants, a theme restaurant and 3 bars. The main restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. Three times a week there are theme nights featuring food from Italy, Spain or the Canary Islands. The Gala Night offers international specialties. The entertainment programme not only includes sporting activities such as aerobics, aqua aerobics and archery but also culinary delights. Suite Princess guests may look forward to cooking classes (paella, tapas, mojo sauce), wine tasting, cocktail presentations, sunset sessions with cava and canapés and the weekly Black&White night. For those who just want to relax in their holidays may choose between sun-kissed or nice, shady spots in the pool landscape of the hotel. Jet Ski , parasailing, jetboat, flyboard or banana boat - Watersports fans are definitely spoiled for choice. One of Gran Canarias leading Watersports-Centre is located at Taurito Beach. Wi-Fi (chargeable) is available in the public areas of the Princess Suite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Suite Princess Hotel Taurito
- Suite Princess Grand Canary
- Hotel Suite Princess
- Suite Princess Taurito, Gran Canaria