After extensive pre-travel research, and visiting the island, I think Cordial Green Golf is generally one of the best places to stay in Gran Canaria. It is clean, quiet, in a decent location, and relatively affordable. That said, I would not recommend the Canary Islands to anyone, and if you must go, beware of the following problems:
1. No hot water. This is a problem throughout the islands, Green Golf included. The hot water tank was very small, so it was impossible for 2 people to have a hot shower -- there was exactly enough hot water for one shower, if you didn't wash your hair. My friend and I had to wait hours between each shower to get a luke-warm turn, and even then we had to turn the water on and off between shampooing, etc. Not relaxing at all.
2. Smoke. Smoking indoors and out (including in restaurants) is rampant in Spain, and the Canary Islands are no exception. Lounging poolside is definitely not enjoyable when you're forced to smoke the cigarettes & cigars of your neighbors. Luckily our immediate neighbors at Green Golf did not smoke on their patio, and there was never more than 2 smokers sitting near us by the pool. If we hadn't been so miraculously lucky, the smoke would have completely ruined our holiday; as it was, the smoke was a tolerable nuisance.
3. No TV/DVD (or really any entertainment). At Green Golf there is a TV for hire in each room (€13 per week, €30 deposit), but it has only 4 English channels: 3 news and 1 sports. You can hire a DVD player (€30 per week, €25 deposit), with 6 English DVDs, but you must also hire the TV for this. So the only way to watch a movie is to fork over more than €100 cash upfront (€55 will be returned, but what a hassle!). And you'll definitely want a movie, as there is nothing else to do in the evenings save stroll through seedy, grossly overpriced shopping centers.
4. No soap or cleaning products supplied in hotel, and the maids do not clean your dishes. As Green Golf is self-catering, most guests use their well-stocked kitchen; so obviously you need cleaning supplies, or to have the dishes cleared -- neither of which the hotel provides. You're forced to pay exorbitant prices at local supermarkets to get even the most basic supplies: €2.50 for a sponge, €4.00 for dish soap. I expect to spend some money on holiday, but not on overpriced cleaning products.
5. Dirty toilet. Although most of the hotel is spotless and well-maintained, the maids do not seem to scrub the toilet. When we arrived, it reeked of urine. The next day we specifically asked for the toilet to be cleaned, but it was not. We ended up having to use shampoo and scrubbing it daily ourselves to try to minimize the smell. I didn't really want to scrub a toilet on my holiday.
6. It's expensive. You'll pay London high street prices for cheap products and bad food. At the supermarket, we had to pay £10 GBP for low-quality shampoo, £4 GBP for a small bag of crisps, etc -- it was ridiculous. The trinkets at all the derelict "shopping centers" looked like they came direct from Morocco with a 500% mark-up. Except for one good Italian restaurant by the beach, all the restaurants served overpriced, imitation American/British food that was at best barely palatable.
7. Very uncomfortable beds. All the rooms seem to have twin beds -- would have been a big disappointment if I'd gone with my husband. The beds are hard, with paper-thin pillows and hostel-quality sheets. We didn't get a good night's rest the entire time. On the upside they were spotless, white, and had nice little reading lamps.
8. Horrible cleaning spray in the room. It took two days to clear our room from whatever air freshener they drench it in, and we had to remind the maid daily not to use it again. I was ill for the first two days of our trip because of this spray.
9. There are cats everywhere on the island. Not really a problem if you don't feed them, but good to be aware of if you're very allergic or scared of cats. I thought they were cute but could see why they might bother some guests.
Other than the above problems, I would whole-heartedly recommend Green Golf. The setting is one of the best on the island: the landscaping is gorgeous, and they maintain it flawlessly. The pools are huge, with plenty of lounge chairs. They have a nice bar area and serve ok drinks -- they also provide a nightly show here. The apartments are perfect for two, with a well-stocked kitchen (would've been nice if they supplied salt & pepper, but otherwise you had most things you'd need). We survived on soft boiled eggs & toast, pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches, cereal, & tea and biscuits. They also keep it very clean -- I saw the maids laundering even the curtains and bedspreads, which explains why there wasn't a trace of smoke in our room. Service was varied, but all members of staff were courteous at the minimum. After touring some of the other accommodation on the island, my friend & I were hugely grateful to have found Green Golf.
It took us 15 minutes to walk to the beach (walking briskly), or a €3.00 cab ride. The hotel also operates a free shuttle bus to & from both Playa del Ingles and the beach, but the last bus returns at 5.20 in the afternoon. You can take camel rides in the sand dunes. You can also play golf and tennis near the hotel. The beach area has loads of nice beach chairs, and lots of upscale shops. It's a nice area, and the scenic walk along the ocean (a good 45 minutes one-way) is lovely. The €5.00 cocktails served at the bar/club along the beach are excellent, really the best thing about the area (it's called "Costa Gabana," I think, & is at the end of all the fancy restaurants & before the little grocery store) . They have live music from 9:00 pm every night.
Playa del Ingles is hideous -- it was actually rather impressive in its ugliness, I've never seen an uglier town. It's stuffed with seedy-looking hotels and seedier "shopping centers," which aren't proper shopping centers at all but derelict, concrete monsters chalk-full of overpriced crap. The entire town is like Elephant & Castle (if you happen to know London), only the stuff they sell is more expensive and lower quality. We spent one afternoon touring the area before running gratefully back to the tranquil hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Next to the golf course of Maspalomas, 2km from the spectacular Dunes of Maspalomas and only some minutes to the Shopping Centre Faro 2. Free shuttle bus offered to the beach of Maspalomas and the centre of Playa del Ingles various times per day. Golf and Tennis facilities nearby (on charge)250 bungalows with one bedroom and 16 bungalows with two separate bedrooms completely renovated in duplex style. All consist of lounge with sofa-bed, telephone, ceiling-fans in living- and bedroom, safe and Sat-TV (both for rent), kitchenette with fridge, toaster, coffee machine, kettle, bathroom and furnished terrace.Poolside snack bar and restaurant "a la carte" with terrace. Half board consists of breakfast and dinner buffet with the possibility of having lunch instead of dinner. Further Facilities:2 extensive pools (one heated during winter season from Nov. To March); Seperated children`s pool and children's playground; Large sun terraces with sun beds free of charge; Minimarket; Animation for children, entertainment and live music several times a week; Internet corner on suplement and WiFi free of charge in public areas of the complex; Cordial Green Golf was completely renovated in Summer 2006. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cordial Green Golf Hotel Maspalomas
- Green Golf Apartments
- Cordial Green Golf Maspalomas, Gran Canaria