I stayed at this hotel with my parents about 7 years ago, I thought it was so posh and had a great stay. So when booking my first holiday since then, with my partner, I had no hesitations staying here again.
It was not as 'posh' as it used to be, but was still very very good. The cleaners kept the room and the grounds of the hotel to an amazing standard. Bar service was very speedy even when there were lots of people at the bar. Everyone was so friendly and always said 'Ola!' with a smile even if you could tell they were rushed off their feet.
YES, there were a lot of Germans, but that didn't bother me as I wasn't on holiday with them, I was there with my partner to have a nice time, not to make friends.
Sunbed situation- people were definitely reserving beds overnight which you are not supposed to do, and we did get caught out once without a bed (at 8.15 in the morning!) but there were always spare beds dotted about, so if there weren't two together we just moved them so that they were. The loungers we very close together but that didn't bother me too much (apart from when their umbrellas went up and I was in the shade!)
The food was lovely if you are not too fussy, I lived on their grilled hake! It was to die for! We were only there one week but I can imagine that the food would be quite repetetive for a 2 week stay. We booked the Mexican dinner one night, and it was actually very nice and broke up the repetiveness a little.
We were on the ground floor but I didn't find it too noisy like other reviewers. Didn't really hear anything, was out like a light every night. Beds were so comfy!
It was my partners birthday during the stay, and I emailed prior to arrival and asked for a bottle of champagne to be left in the room on this day which they agreed to do and even said it would be free. When we got back to the roomthe champagne was not there but just as I was on the phone to reception, there was a knock at the door! Looks like we were just a little too early to come back to the room!
With regards to the area, it was perfect for us. There was not much to do surrounding the hotel so it wasn't clubby or noisy, which is not my scene at all (even though I'm 21!) but it was still close enough to get a taxi to wherever you wanted to go. We went to Mercadillo Market one morning which I wouldn't really recommend as there was not a lot there- bit like a Wendy Fayre market in my opinion.
We did go on an excursion for 35 Euros, from a lady that was touting near the beach. It was a glass bottom boat, that took you round the coast so we saw Anfi, Puerto Mogan, Puerto Rico. We looked for Dolphins (but saw none), had a free bar, got given lunch, free banana boat, snorkelling in the sea, it was lovely. It was from 10.30-3.30 and the host 'Johnny Tequila' was hilarious. I would recommend this trip.
The beach was not what I was expecting as I couldn't remember the beach from my last trip. It was a bit pebbly and I didn't really like it, but apparently if we had walked further up we would have hit the Dunes and it would have been a lot nicer.
The drinks quality was good, very generous measures and a lot on offer although didn't have any Southern Comfort :( so I stuck to cocktails.
All in all I'd say it's a very good hotel to stay at. Lots of entertainment for children and in a good area. Great facilities, very clean and very helpful and friendly staff.
I would probably say it's not so much of a 'Premier' hotel as it used to be but still very good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Costa Meloneras, near El Faro. 4 And 2-storey building. On the seafront. 30,000 M2 garden. 900 M from Maspalomas sand dune beach. 6 Km from the centre of Playa del Ingles. 200 M from various shops. 37 Km from the airport. 100 M from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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