A lot of water has gone under the bridge since I had my first travel article published in The Scotsman. I'm no Marco Polo or Bruce Chatwin but, in the 25 years since that offbeat piece on Paris saw daylight, I've experienced the best and the worst that the tourist industry could throw at you (and a lot of mediocrity in between).
The Marina Suites? Geez, This award-winning hotel gives me writer's block. It's hard to conjure up suitable words to do it justice.. It oozed warmth and relaxation, and serenity and positivity. Frankly, it has to be one of the most wonderful hotels I've ever had the pleasure to stay in. My partner and I were so taken by it that we have already re-booked for a few days in the spring. We booked a return trip a day after we got back home. That's a first!
People make or break hotels, and the staff here - from receptionists to pool attendant - all chip in to make your holiday memorable. They deserve credit. . I'm flabbergasted to read some of the negative reviews on Tripadvisor. They're light years away from what we witnessed. Okay, maybe the lifts take a while to arrive, but what's the rush? Where's the deadline? Mañana, for goodness sake.
The view from room 803 stirs something deep inside you. You could fool yourself into thinking you're on a cruise ship sliding across the Atlantic. The panorama makes you realise why there's a maritime theme right down to the clothes the staff wear. They've an infinity pool here too, and you can fool yourself into thinking you're swimming in the ocean. You can find a secluded sun-bed area even if you avoid the early-morning sprint by self-basters to chuck their towels or Y-fronts onto the beds that ought to get optimum exposure to the big yellow ball in the sky before they go back to their rooms to emerge hours later to stake their claims (you'll get that everywhere really; it's a strange practice that's a cross between tribalism and kleptomania).
The Marina Suites are ideally perched on the end of a man-made headland offering views of the sea - or the marina on the flip side. There seems to be no hustle and bustle, and the hotel makes you feel far from the madding crowd. The entertainment is subtle and laid-back. If you want the boom-boom of garage or rave music, try somewhere downtown, but the hotel is within a very comfortable walk (on the flat) from the main commercial area of Puerto Rico, where you can have your choice of entertainment.
The food at the Marina Suites is excellent, and the service is good. The bar area opposite reception is tranquil and neat. The rooms are spotless and astonishingly spacious, with that boutique feel about them.
If I were to summarise the Marina Suites I would just tell you to book in there while you can. We met people who come here year after year without fail, knowing full well that they'll be in for a good time. The Suites are worth every favourable review, and I take my hat off to the staff for making the place what it is - a gem among bits of fool's gold.
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Hotel Puerto Rico
- Marina Suites Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria
- Marina Suites Gran Canaria
- Marina Puerto Rico