On our arrival at this hotel we were greeted by reception staff who treated us a bit like 'just another arrival' with no smiles or engagement in conversation. We went up to our rooms and we were pleasantly surprised that they looked lovely, very modern, clean, fresh linen etc. The only downfall was there was no lock on the balcony door which we reported but no one came to fix during our entire stay - however, this did not really worry us too much as we were on the 4th floor and was highly unlikely we would get burgled unless it was by spiderman!
The hotel was clean and pleasant and the Thomas cook staff were great, very helpful and always had a smile. The staff in the restaurant hotel were rude, unfriendly and very abrupt. The food in the hotel was not geared for english travellers and was more suited to German, Dutch etc. The only vegetables we could get were battered cauliflower and battered courgette for breakfast! Any of the food that resembled that of english food did not taste very good so although fully inclusive we ate out most evenings. The pancakes were ok as were the bacon and sausages so if that's your thing you'll be fine for breakfast at least!
The animation team for the kids were great and my daughter could not get enough of them! However, for the adult entertainment, the animation team laid on various things during the week, and in my opinion was pretty rubbish with the exclusion of the snakes and bird visits. Some of the sets performed by the animation team during the 'adult' section of the evening were very rude and not suitable if you have young children like ours!
All in all, our stay was good but due to the food & being english, this did not come up to a 4* hotel in my opinion but if you are german it probably would be as the food was perfect for them.
We travelled a bit whilst there and went to Puerto Rico twice (more english people there) and Puerto de Mogan (little venice) both of which were absolutely beautiful and lovely. The beaches around that area are far better too and there is more selection of typical spanish paellas etc to eat. On the front at Puerto Rico there is a lovely outdoor restaurant which have lovely friendly staff and lovely food. If we went again, despite the hilly area in Puerto Rico to and from the hotels (you can get a taxi to and from hotel) we would book to stay there next time rather than playa del ingles (english beach) which was more like playa del alemande!
One final thing. On the roof there is a naturist terrace which we visited a couple of times duirng the evening (not whilst there were naked bodies there!) but you can get an excellent view over the town and mountains!
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Las Margaritas Hotel Playa Del Ingles
- Barcelo Playa Del Ingles
- Barcelo Hotel Las Margaritas
- Barcelo Margaritas
- Occidental Margaritas Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria