I stayed with my wife and 4-y-o and another family for a weeks B&B on the 9th July.
All in we all had a great holiday. This is the best large, family friendly luxury hotel I have stayed at. Virtually all of the staff were unquestionably friendly, courteous and helpful. The fact that we had a small child didn't mean we felt like we had to compromise and the facilities for children (largely why we chose this hotel) were suberb (see later). I would however suggest that if you are looking to travel in school holidays and want to avoid children then this is probaly not for you.
The check-in was the most civilised experience after a long days travel. No waiting and immediately seated with a drink offered.
(I aslo need to premise this review with the fact that we got a really good deal; after researching the hotel and shopping around so maybe we had slightly diferent expectations than others.)
So the room; as part of our deal we were upgaded to a suite. It was a great space with a large living room with two sofa beds, a large balcony and a big bathromm with walk-in shower, bath and double sinks as well a lrge fridge and kettle. However it was one iof the rooms that I had read people complain about (infact very similar to the previous reviewer) overlooked by one of the protected palm trees blocking out most of the sun, next to the walkway leading to Kikoland. Now we are not particular sun worshipers and plan to spend little time in the room so it did't rally bother us. The view was certainly non-existent and If I had paid top dollar I think I would have asked to move however I half expected what we got due to the deal and we were still happy sitting out there before and after dinner etc. We did however suffer severley (esp my son who was eaten alive) with mosquito bites so maybe this was worse in our area of the hotel. We did not suffer with any discernable noise from other rooms.
And yes there is an exorbitant price to pay if you want your tea and coffee topped up in the room so just take some with you (my wife wouldn't allow me to!) or just buy some from the mini market opposite the hotel's main entrance) which was also great for topping up on soft drinks, snacks and the odd bottle of beer and wine! Also in response to an earlier review on a number of occassions I took glasses back to the room and I even asked for empty ones to be filled with ice (by the evning bar and the pool bar) which was always done happily and with no charge.
As metioned we stayed B&B; I beleive the standard half board tarif was 35euro per adult & 25euro for children; 95euro per family without drinks and this was only for the three buffet restaurants. We like eating out on holiday and there is a wide choice and variety of restaurants (most which cater for families) on offer in Playa Blanca (marina 10 mins walk to the left for beautiful vistas and less mainstream offers and a plethora of decent places on the right following the main promenade right down to the port* check out my restaurant reviews). I don't think we paid more than 95euros between the two families including drinks anywhere in Playa Blanca.
KikoLand is great for children of all ages with a football school for the older ones. Our boys weren't that fussed but they loved the indoor 'softplay' which was also supervised for three 2 hour sessions throughout the day so we still mamnged some chill time. They also loved the kids disco which was also on at 8pm (i think) in the main auditorium every night.
The pools are great (really comfy loungers) with lots of shade and well kep surroundings and yes we did have to play the sun bed game but the hotel were leaving notes on beds if they were unattended. I don't think this would be hard to stamp out by just stating the 'no reserving' policy at check-in and then enforing it by following-up on the threat to remove towels etc from unattended beds. However if you can't beat 'em join em and we had a group of beds together by the top pool every day. The top pool was heated (variably) throughout our stay and was beautiful. This was quite busy with lots of children playing (maily nicely!) with balls and inflatibles etc. The lower salt water pool was a lot cooler and quieter. There was another pool by the family block (D) which we saw but didn't spend any time by. There was however an underground walkway that linked D block to the main hotel and this was great as this was lined with numerous aquariums which the kids loved.
This is a decent standard hotel so yes the drinks prices were quite expensive but not outrageous; the beer and cocktails were fairly consistent with other places we ate certain things like wine and inported soft drinks could be got a lot cheaper elsewhere. The smoothies and non virgin cocktails at the pool bar were expensive but delicious.
The qualty of breakfast was the best I have had at any hotel. The small touches count and as well as the normal aray of cereals, pastries, fresh breads, fresh fruit, freshly cooked eggs and hot and cold meats and cheeses there was freshly sqeezed OJ, with Cava, soothies and a selection of Iberico meats which even at the cheapest local places would cost 15euro plus for a small plate. We ate in two of the three buffet breakfast restaurants and the food was the same excellent standard in both The mexican was beautiful with outside seating but there were birds but they didn't really bother us. I believe that adults can also have an a-la-carte breakfast in Los Lobos but I can't comment as we didn't go.
The only restaurant we ate at was the Japanese 'Teppanyaki' (for a charge the hotel also provides a baby sitting service carried out by trusted staff members) which was good fun if you like the chef to cook in front of you and rapidly fire bits of omelette in the rough direction of your mouth. We did! As with other Teppanyaki restaurants I've been to it's more about the experience than the food and it was a good night and the food was ok but not great.
We also did not use the beach although it looked lovely. The hotel really is ideally located within Playa Blanca and we absolutely loved Playa Blanca as a resort with stunning views at most locations and plenty to do and see without ever bordering on tacky or overrun.
All in all we had a great time (wish we'd had 10 days) and if we find another good deal we would definately return (already looking for next July) again on a B&B basis and would posssibly consider paying for a pool or sea view room.
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- Designed in the colonial canaries style, with its traditional, picturesque balconies, and exotic interior tropical, excellent facilities and faultless service, Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort is a welcoming, five-star luxury hotel, conceived to satisfy the most demanding customer by making their stay a unique and unforgettable experience. ... more less
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