I went with two friends, on the recommendation of one of them who came here in Jan 12 with her husband. To be honest i wasnt expecting much, but i was gadly mistaken. I will give a few honest accounts of the hotel and hoilday and will start on the negative and leave on a high.
Firstly the food-pretty poor choice, chicken, pork, pasta, veal. your choice day in day out. By the end of the week i stopped eating dinner couldnt take anymore and went elsewhere. one night there was turkey, but it still looked pretty undercooked, so we stayed well clear. The resturant pretty crammed, with long queues for food and hard to find a seat at lunchtime-the dinning hall resembed a butlins food hall. Onto the rooms-pretty run down looking and the bathroom very poor with a very chipped bath. The beds resemble trying to sleep on a floor-not comfortable at all. On our first night my friend sat on hers and it broke completly and took two hours for another to come up to the room late at night. The TV also kept breaking down. The hotel entertainment dire, dire, dire- it consisted of the hotel staff doing acts very badly and some singly very badly that they would not get past the first audition in x factor. We only went one night and that was enough.
Right onto the good stuff. The staff are excellent, very friendly and helpful. The rooms although dated are clean. The food is free so you wont starve. The cocktails are great. Your beachtowels wont be taken away trying to claim a sunlounger but be up early to do this by 10am most are taken. The guests wont cause you any problems. the apartments are safe we often went out with out balcony door opened.
Where to go....
Bar diamonds in the yumbo center, great guys and very lethal cocktails lol had some great nights in there. Canary Tattoo if your feeling adventourous, both my pal and I got one in there and come highly recommended. Music Hall Tavern It is the funniest night you will ever have, never laughed so much in ages. Sioux city is great with friends and for kids. We also did the VIP trip, my frinds first time and my third time doing this. I was disappointed with it as the air conditioned people carrier had now changed to a mini bus with the windows rolled down. Sadly one thing that really disappointed me was trying to go shopping, the shopkeeper come down like vultures and do not let you go, one man grabbed my wrist in a hold i could not get out of and drag me to his shop trying stuff on me. when i did agree to buy something he changed the price wanted treble after handing over payment. needless to say he didnt get it. I got to the stage i did not want to buy anything at all or even hit the shops it was so intense at times. You couldnt even get a drink in the pub without people coming up and selling things, their idea of selling is shoving their products right into your face. when you say no they just shove some more stuff in your face.Some profantity is usually used at this point.
In conculsion, the hotel is cheap enough and you get what you pay for and price wise its worth the money. Practice a face for when you say no, they wont ask you a second time. Go to Bar Diamonds and Music Hall Tavern for a good night out. have some money to eat out a few times. Yes i would return to this hotel again, because all in all it is a good wee place. Also one final tip, please remember that the blocks face each other and if you dont close the curtains people will see what you do. And I do mean see everything-my friends and i seen way more of people than we should have on this trip of the guest in block E.
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- * Five 7-storey round buildings * 3,500 m2 garden * 1.5 Km from Playa del Ingles beach * Complimentary bus service to the beach * 500 m from the city centre * 400 m from "Metro" and "Kasbah" shopping centres * 30 km from the airport * 50 m from a bus stop ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Waikiki Hotel Playa Del Ingles
- Riu Waikiki Playa Del Ingles
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