On the whole, the La Palma Princess is a lovely hotel and we had a great holiday.
Check in was as quick and efficient as it could have been, considering the number of people checking in at once. There was the option of a full check in, or partial (so you could get to the restaurant before service ended) which was quicker but meant you had to do full check in later. They provided cold drinks and sandwiches whilst we waited.
At this point is one of my gripes, the complex is SO huge that it can be difficult to navigate. It was dark by this point too so it was even harder. You are given a map, but a map is only of use when there are points to navigate from. The complex needs MUCH more signage to the relevant room blocks.
Our room was clean, of a good size and the bathroom, especially the shower was brilliant. The bed was a little hard for me though. There were enough English speaking channels to satisfy us for the short time we spent in the room. It was a little dark in there but as I wasn’t performing complex heart surgery, this wasn’t a problem.
The pool area is very nice and there are plenty of sun beds and lots of different pools to choose from although we mainly stuck with the heated one as the others were a tad cold at this time of year. However, poolside is lethal when wet and I saw people slip and fall on a daily basis. I cringed whenever I saw children running and I feel sure that the surface is a major accident waiting to happen, the hotel really need to do something to make the whole area less slippy underfoot.
Food wise- breakfast in the main restaurant is ok. La Chouza down by the pools knocks it into tin hat and although there isn’t quite as much choice, it is far nicer and Alfredo (I think) makes a mean omelette! The Pizzeria poolside is also nice. Things are cooked to order though so it can take a bit longer. If you want instant food, take lunch in the main restaurant. Tea times provided plenty of choice, I am a fussy eater so struggled a bit but it is not the hotels fault I don’t like meat.
Drinks – self serve beer, wine, coffee and soft drinks is a hit for us as no need to wait to be served. The drinks were good too, even the wine. The breakfast juice is absolutely hideous though.
Staff- without exception I found them all to be polite. I find you get back what you put in, in that respect. At times the bar staff in the lobby and theatre were slow though.
The Animation team did a fab job with the kids club in the day, and the mini disco at night is brilliant. For our kids, Priscilla was a favourite and Sergio made us laugh with his silly dancing. For the adult entertainment they also did a cracking job with the shows they did themselves. Before judging them negatively, you need to remember they are not on the Las Vegas strip performing professionally choreographed acts. There were also some excellent professional performances. The four different acrobatics/gymnastic acts were a favourite for us.
All in all, a very good holiday and we had good weather. This resort however would not suit the elderly, disabled or terminally lazy due to it being so sprawled out. It also wouldn’t suit groups looking for a party, as it’s simply not the kind of hotel and there is NOTHING outside of the complex.
I would go again, but probably only for a week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star hotel with its gigantic pool area is located in the sunny south-west of La Palma. Above the sea surrounded by banana plantations, the La Palma & Teneguia Princess is a paradise for those seeking tranquility. The layout of the resort resembles a small canarian village. 625 rooms are spread over several buildings, nestled within tropical gardens. Most of the rooms provide amazing sea or garden or pool views. Hotel guests may choose between 11 outdoor pools - including a pool with an artificial beach, a kids pool and an adults-only pool in the nudist area. Relaxation also plays a very important role at the La Palma & Teneguía Princess. Its SPA Aqua Princess offers on 700 m2 a jacuzzi, saunas, vichy showers and hydro-waterbeds. At a total of 5 restaurants (one of them opened seasonally), guests can enjoy hot and cold dishes from the buffet, themed evenings, à la carte meals, snacks or a tasting menu. To burn off those extra calories guests can play tennis, mini golf, use the gym or participate in the sports programme of the animation team. Romantic evenings are included: The La Palma & Teneguía Princess is perfect for sunset lovers and passionate stargazers. It's for a good reason the Isla Bonita has been chosen the world's first ,,Starlight Reserve". ... more less
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- La Palma Princess And Teneguia Princess
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