Stayed half board for a week early January. Booked through Thomson (a la carte)
The Hotel is in extensive grounds and is one of the best hotels in Maspalomas along with Palm Beach and the Residencia (Seaside Resorts) and the (Lopesan) Villa Del Conde. However as per other reviews it is now a bit old and rooms in need of an update which I understand is going to take place.
The Riu Oasis is a 5 star hotel as such hotel is quite formal, lots of older clients, majority Germans, which is typical in the better hotels in this resort. The Gardens of this hotel are very well maintained and one of the main features of the hotel, there are a substantial number of palm trees which truly make it an Oasis. The gardens run right round the hotel from the reception and as such most views from rooms are good. The sea front is accessible through the Gardens via a security pass key. Beach area is sandy but not that well set up, beyond control of hotel. Short walk to shop in Costa Melonaras, which has had a lot of money spent on it, big brand shops, a lot of coffee bars and restaurants in well maintained communal areas.
Pool area/activities - there is only one pool which is there are a lot of families with children can be restrictive, depends on time of travel, so could do with another Pool on those busier occasions. There is a childrens club at the hotel and a lot of families do attend because of the programmes. That said there is adult entertainment also, a couple of golf driving nets (but Hotels golf Clubs are no good), 3 outdoor tennis courts and a handball court, there is a tennis coach. Morning classes outdoors in the Garden area such as Yoga, Pilates, stretching, quite a well run programme of activities if that is what you want. Again this may depend on time of year. The gardens are used to sun bathe and if there are a lot of children to get away from them at the pool side where they can disrupt the peace and quiet.
Has a small Gym area outside, row machine, step and fixed cycle machines, small weight station. Also a Spa area for treatments and sauna indoor and larger outdoor jacuzzi in Garden area.
Few shops in the Hotel full of overpriced garments/accesories, typical of retail outlets in hotels generally
Rooms - the room we stayed in was a little old fashioned, still joining 2 single beds to make an ad hoc double, this tends to be uncomfortable. Shower was inside the bath which although a powerful shower still means climbing into the bath as opposed to a walk in shower as such potential for accidents and inconvenient. That said bathroom was relatively large as was the room itself with a balcony that looks out to the gardens both front and back.
Food - Buffet style breakfast, if the hotel is busy this can be difficult, most people having breakfasts later when it is therefore busiest, so if hotel is full then before 9.30 OK, after then it's too busy, lot of people walking around buffet stations deciding what they want, also difficult to get a table, on the first couple of days this is disconcerting, again depends on time you go, though. Selection of foods is good both hot and cold.
Dinner is also buffet, had 2 sittings one at 6.30 and one at 8. This can seem regimented and not flexible but is in keeping with formal nature of hotel. So once you select the time you want you get a table and you use the same table every night, we rebelled however by going at different times and they accomodated us, if everyone did that would be a problem. The two sittings allows for more attentive service, freer movt around the buffet area, which is extensive and the food very good. There is restaurant (Krystal) also which can be used and is service not buffet, if half board no additional charge, just book based on hotel numbers, this restaurant aspect is a feature of RIU hotels and the food was good.
For Gran canaria this was one of the main 5 star hotels as such has old world formality hence much older clientele, dressing up for dinner etc. Some like this and thats fine but not in keeping with more modern relaxed and flexible approach while still being relatively luxurious, this is not however a feature of any of the hotels I have been to in Gran canaria (Palm Beach, Residencia, Villa Del Conde) and as such the RIU Oasis is of a similar type to those just not as new.
Re value for money - it is all relative based on what you want, why you want it and ofcourse what affordable to you. We wanted a Short haul trip, to relax and have very good weather, which in the main is what we got, I paid over £2000 to Thomson for a week half board for myself and my wife with afew extras.
Negatives - hotel needs updating especially the Rooms, needs larger or another Pool area, better management of breakfast especially when hotel is quite full.
Positives - Gardens are beautiful, extensive and well maintained, food was very good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Maspalomas beach. Near "El Faro" and the Maspalomas sand dunes. Direct access to the beach through lush gardens. Two 5-storey main buildings. Surrounded by 65,000 garden with artificial lakes and approx. 2,000 palm trees. 5 km from Playa del Ingles. Airport Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) 37.0 km approx. Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Grand Palace Maspalomas Oasis Hotel Maspalomas
- Riu Grand Palace Hotel Maspalomas
- Riu Grand Palace Resort Maspalomas
- Hotel Riu Palace Oasis Maspalomas, Gran Canaria