When you arrive at this superb hotel there is no queing at reception. You present yourself to reception you give your name and passports, you are invited to go to the lounge area to wait. A glass of champagne is served to you free of charge, you are then invited in your time to go back to reception to sign in. Your luggage as gone and is already in your room.
We paid extra for a high floor with a sea view. We were 4th floor room 4050 if going ask for more central for this approx around room 4055 4058, those have to be spectacular views. Ours was great and the view was breathtaking.
This is a very quiet hotel all rooms carpeted, 2 large single beds pushed together. very comfortable beds as well.
Maid service every day change of towels, linen changed every other day.
Breakfast 8.30 till 10.30 with free Champagne every morning, breakfast on the terrace or in the dining room.
2 sittings for evening meal your choice 6.00pm and 8.00 pm
best time to go down is half hour after everyone else less queues at the buffet.
There is a table service for a main meal every night
Our tabe was not good which the head waiter knew. He came to us the 1st night and said if we could bear with him for 2 nights he would give us the same table as last year. So he already had us on his list. Now that is some planningi was impressed. A few minutes later the Hotel director came by and welcomed us back by name and hoped we would enjoy our stay, and if anything was needed please ask a member of his time who would be more than happy to help.
O.K. you say databases on computers store names and pop up past guests. He did not have to come and say welcome but he did another personal touch was welcomed, all these touches add up to a perfect stay.
Everyone as they pass you say Buenos Dias Buenos noches all day long,
It is all so welcoming
To the right of reception is the WIFI area it is free to use but you need a key and ask for it at reception and you just type it in once to connect. Shame there is no internet in the rooms, There is internet access at a charge with their computers and its not cheap. So if you need to connect a lot take your laptop.
Pool towel cards are available when you check in and you change your pool towels daily at the poolside.
Plenty of sunbeds no arguing all get the sun so no moaning goes on.
NO KIDS we were surprised no screaming kids in the hotel, we saw 2 tiny tots a couple of days before we left that was it (maybe we fell lucky).
Checkout is noon no rush no pressure,
We emptied the mini bar and filled it with our own cans of coke and beers nothing was said and re filled it on exit.
Cita shopping centre 10 mins away mainly german bars.
Yumbo centre aprox a 20 min stroll. Mainly familys and gay night life.
Get used to it men holding hands etc! No big deal, but can be daunting at 1st, all the gay bars are in the square, familys mainly up by the restaurants 1st floor. However every gay bar welcomes you so sit back and enjoy your holiday.
Look out for the guy who impersonates your walk on one of the corners of the downstairs bars, this is usually done to humiliate you for the people sat watching from the cafe. (harmless fun) good laugh.
Also at weekends acrobats in front of the cafes as well same corner.
Taxis dirt cheap 2 euros 15 cents to yumbo 2 euros 75 cents after 12 midnight a euro tip will surfice.
However it is safe to walk either way at any time.
I think thats it The Riu palace playa del ingles is 100% 1st class for all ages but it's stylish and quiet.
We went to visit the Grand Palace 5 star hotel at maspalomas and asked to see a room, It was bad tiny rooms no views. They got the 5 star for the grounds not the hotel.
No you will be impressed with the riu place, if anyone suggests a bad comment about this place there is something wrong wih them.
You can only book direct or with Thomson Holidays pay the extra for the seaview and ask for 3rd or 4th floor 4050 to around 4058 or the same numbers on the 3rd floor 3050 to around 3058.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Playa del Ingles. Next to the Maspalomas sand dunes. 4-Storey building. Colonial-style architecture. 28,000 M2 of subtropical gardens. 800 M from the beach. 2 Km from the city centre. 500 M from various shops. 30 Km from the airport. 50 M from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Maspalomas Hotel Playa Del Ingles
- Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria