I use trip advisor a lot and really depend on it when it comes to booking a holiday so I hope this review is fair and honest.
My partner and I (both in our early 30’s) stayed at the Gloria Palace Amadores for 1 week In April. We stayed half board which was more than sufficient. If you did fancy lunch there are snackbars in the hotel- however, I would advise against these because the food was quite expensive for what it was. Hamburgers/pizza etc. They looked pretty plain and uninspiring.
The breakfast offered a wide variety, fruit, yogurts, cereals, pancakes, freshly cooked bacon and sausage, fried eggs, and also items such as scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, cheese and cold meats. Continental style breakfast, croissants, etc were also available. Coffee/Tea and fruit juice is also provided at no extra cost.
The dinner food was a real mixture of food!- you could literally stuff yourself silly. (we did) Foods including steak, chicken, fish, sausages, seafood. Each night they also had a different theme and it was fun guessing what the next day would be! You won’t go hungry that’s for sure, you can have as much or as little as you fancy.
My only complaint would be that sometimes the food was luke warm and towards the end of my holiday I did feel it was all a bit samey samey. This includes the deserts which was the same choices everynight. Saying this though, there was a selection of about 8 to choose from not including ice cream! So its fine-don’t worry!!!
A shame water wasn’t included with your meal. A small glass bottle of water was 2.5 euros. ( a large plastic one cost 2.5 but you could not have these in the restaurant)
The restaurant did feel a little chaotic at times, but overall it was fine. If you like a more intimate dinner and not of that in a busy area have a table outside. ( see tips )
You can upgrade to full board or all inclusive once there should you wish too. (For all inclusive it was 26 euros per person per day…..too much unless you drink a lot!)
The rooms were great!!!!- very spacious with the most amazing and very private balconies overlooking the sea ( we stayed in Block 3) I think block 1 and 2 is better suited to you if you have children as you wouldn’t have far to go to get to the pools.
There is a mini fridge in your room, enough for a few bottles of water. The cleanliness of the room was superb and it was cleaned daily if you wanted. Towels are provided and lovely little gifts of chocolates were left in the room.
No complaints there. We loved our room and the location for us was perfect.
The local area was ok, Puerto Rico was…a little tacky. Ok for a quick walk around but that’s about it. Much better suited to the younger clientele (under 25’s) which is surprising as most people there seemed to be over this age! We did get stopped by timeshare sellers and even when you said no they continued to harass us to the point of being rude. 2 from Liverpool set upon me one day whilst I was alone and I felt quite intimidated. The tourist board need to sort this out. But don’t let this put you off. If you are fine with staying in the hotel most of the time (we normally aren’t that kind of person, but the hotel is so large and nice it was enjoyable to stay in! )
I was very glad we were staying at such a nice hotel, because the restaurants looked cheap and cheerful, a shame there wasn’t more authentic Spanish looking restaurants. I have no idea what the food was like, but we were glad we had our food sorted for us.
The beach at Puerto Rico is sandy, but the water is dirty looking! – most likely due to the fact the harbour is next to it. The beach at Amadores was STUNNING the water is so clear and turquoise. The sand is a little bit more peppley but not stoney so its still sandyish and fine to walk barefoot on. From the hotel it takes 5 mins to get to Puerto Rico Beach and 15 to Amadores….worth the extra walking time and the walk is along the coastal path away from any roads so its fine and safe to walk even with children.
The cost of 2 sunbeds and a parasol was 10 euros, quite expensive, but for one or 2 days worth it. The nearby toilet is 50cent, if you dont have it then they will not let you use it!
Drinks was too expensive!!!! … a small plastic cup of vodka and orange was 7.5euros!....a Malibu and Coke 7.5euros a Pina Colada 7.5euros…you see my point. I know it’s a nice hotel but seriously far too costly.
Water 2.50euros, 2.10euros more expensive more expensive than the local shop!
If you wanted a sunbed in a specific area you needed to reserve it by 7.30am (despite there being signs saying please don’t, people did, I did I wont lie because I wanted to spend all day there and it was important I wasn’t too near the pool or bar because I hate noise and getting splashed!. But if you are not fussed where you go there are plenty to go around!!!
I did notice glass a few times on the floor near the snack bars…so wear shoes even if you are getting an ice cream. I did mention this to the waiters, but they looked at me bemused and it still happened on a few more occasions.
Twice I asked for help in the restaurants and the waiters said they would come back to me but never returned!....once all I needed was cutlery and asked him to tell me where it was so I could get it myself, he said he would get it so I waited whilst my food got cold and then gave up and went looking for some myself…a little annoying.
We were woken up at 5.30am one morning and when I rang reception to enquire what the noise was, I felt fobbed off and was told rather abruptly that a water pipe was leaking and that they had men coming to look at it…it would have been nice to have been offered some form of compensation for this. The noise continued until 6.30am and it was LOUD.
On arrival we was offered a glass of champagne or orange juice……but this never came and after a few minutes we felt silly standing there and went to our room. Don’t offer is it if you aren’t going to give it!!- not the greatest first impression. I did see others receive it though, so we felt a little miffed.
Internet was expensive 1euro for 10 mins
Top tips are
Go for dinner before 7.15pm ( ISH) and you can get a table outside without too much of a wait, beyond this time you can wait for upto 30 minutes. Get a drink on the waiting tables and enjoy the sea views is my advice if you prefer a outside table. * Just one thing though, if there is a queue watch out for jumpers in!...some nationalities don’t seem to respect queues and we saw this happen twice which the waiters should address but didn’t. It would be a lot simpler if they took your name down so they knew who was first!
Don’t go to the pharmacy in the hotel. Go to the local supermarket/pharmacy. If you need further sun cream buy it from Spar as its much cheaper there ( we made this mistake and it cost us 6 euros extra) The shop assistants were pushy and not very helpful when we went in for sunburn. She tried to sell us a cream for 25euros that we managed to get in town for over half that price.
Don’t buy water from the hotel, I made this mistake on my first day and it cost me 7.5 euros for 3 large bottles, it cost me 1.20 euros the next day from Spar. You could even get a taxi back from Spar and it still would work out cheaper!
Ask for a room in block 3 or 4 if you want a quiet room, 1 and 2 overlooks the pool and is better suited to those who like to be sociable. All rooms have a sea view.
There are 2 main pools and one small childs pool. 1 is quiet and next to the nudist section. 1 is for activities (you can use inflatable’s in this pool, play games etc) If you do have small children or like to jump in and splash etc please don’t use the quiet pool. It’s not fair on those who want total peace and the other pool is designed specifically for fun/children in mind.
Overall I would definitely go back to the Gloria Palace for one week. Two weeks and I might get a little bored. ( But if you are older then I think you would be fine!)
The hotel is by far the best we have stayed in within Europe. The staff are mostly friendly and helpful. David who tended to be the outside waiter was excellent. The receptionists were all very professional and fluent in many languages which were impressive.
The food was plentiful and tasty and caters for many.
It’s a beautiful hotel and I felt that for what we paid £ 500 each, it was a fantastic price. We are going there again next spring, because it’s ideal for winter sun. But for our main summer holiday we prefer Greece as we feel it has more character and we like to go out in the evenings to local authentic tavernas etc
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located between the beaches of Puerto Rico and Amadores, Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel is built on a cliff top and integrated into the landscape, providing spectacular views over the ocean from all parts of the hotel. Built in 2004, the hotel boasts one of Europe's best equipped thalassotherapy centres. In just a few years, the elegant surroundings and top class, friendly service have made it one of the most popular hotels on the Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso And Hotel
- Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria
- Gloria Palace Amadoresthalasso Hotel
- Gloria Palace Amadoresthalasso Mogan
- Hotel Gloria Palace Amadores
- Amadores Gloria Palace
- Gloria Palace Puerto Rico