Arrived in Gran Canaria on 11 June 2007, this was our first time in the Canaries. Island very windy and appears mostly mountainous and bare. Long trip to resort (40 mins) after which time the Eden Apartments was the first stop. Not happy when arriving. I had specifically booked the Eden because I was under the impression that it was at approx halfway up a hill and I had turned down a cheaper hotel that I thought was further up the hill. Not so, the Eden is at the top of the hill and is a good distance from 'anything' of interest.
When we arrived I was taken by the general untidiness of the place, leaves, dust swirling/lying around and when I got to our apartment I wasn't happy; small apartment, faded decor, and everything just wasn't clean enough. There was a pay TV (1E/hr, which is a ripoff) and no oven, only a microwave that had not been cleaned in an age, and was probably passed the cleaning stage.
The complex has a good pool, with an OK bar that serves snacks and food with excellent staff. The entertainment was variable from very poor to excellent (the magician). Stayed at the Eden for 14 days. The first 10 days we hardly spoke to anyone as the complex seemed to be dominated by shaven headed gorillas with tatoos and football shirts who just growled at you if you made a pleasantry (and that was just the women). The last few days we found some families that were pleasant.
The local shopping centre, the Europa is a small complex filled with restaurants, pubs and electrical shops. I was soon to find that this was a microcosm for Gran Canaria. The best restaurants here were the Amadeus, which had one of the best sirloin steaks I have ever tasted and Le Chef whose seafood was terrific.
The reason the location of the complex was a problem is that the main Centre Commercial is at the bottom of the hill. There is a taxi ride required and if you are like the other reviewers on this site this will cost you 3E each way. I, however, am too embarrassed not to leave a tip so it was 10 E a night for my family, about 100 E for 2 weeks. The Centro Commercial is a vast shopping centre comprised off, again, restaurants, pubs and electrical shops. The PR for the restaurants is incredibly annoying after a few nights as you are literally verbally assaulted every 5 metres by desperate PR staff. The prices in the complex for food was not that reasonable either, however if you shopped around you could find a bargain.
The pubs in the Centre Commercial varied in quality and price. The best pub we found was called 'The Nag's Head' and was located at the back of the complex on the 3rd floor. Run by Alan and Val, this was a friendly, reasonably priced pub with entertainment and a Wii.
The waterpark at Maspalomas was dirty and expensive, and definitely not worth the money. I hired a car and found Gran Canaria to be a desolate and windy place which is dominated with shopping centres, all with exactly the same shops. I found it lacking in culture and I found the locals to be an unfriendly bunch when they weren't looking for money or selling you anything.
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- Eden Apartments Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria
- Eden Apartments Hotel Puerto Rico