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Bahia Princess Hotel
Ranked #23 of 57 Hotels in Costa Adeje
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

Had a great time at the Bahia Princess and the hotel is almost worthy of 5 rating except that to charge for WI FI in this day and age is unnecessary especially at 6€ per day. This needs reviewing by the Princess group.

The food in the restaurant was good with plenty of variety, the staff worth exceptionally helpful, the daytime entertainment was not as good as other hotels we have visited. The rooms were fine we were on the 4th floor with good views over the horizon. The entertainment in the Princess bar was of a good standard for a holiday hotel and special mention for the trio of girls called "SWEET SENSATION" who were excellent with their rendition of 40s to 60s music.

To compensate for the WIFI situation we went to the Wigan pier pub on the other side of the road and this proved a great move as the English style pub offered good food and drink at very reasonable prices as well as free WIFI.

All in all an excellent week with great weather.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

This was a fairly late booking for a bit of winter sunshine, and we certainly got that, as the weather was warm and blissfully sunny. We usually travel more independently rather than a package, but overall it was a good experience, with just a few annoying niggles. The hotel is a short drive from the airport which was a bonus - we went for the coach transfer and it was the second stop, after the hotel next door.
As many people have commented, the reception area with magnificent domed ceiling, and the huge columns etc are the most stunning features of the hotel. The rooms are definitely not quite as well appointed and do need modernising - e.g. to upgrade the huge TV sets for flat screens etc. Our first room (1001) was dreadful - it was on the ground floor of the dreaded annexe, right opposite the lift. It had a great big dark wall outside so very dark with a path running right by our balcony, which was regularly used by guests on their way between the lift and the pool area / restaurant etc. As a result we couldn't open our curtains, ever, although it was so dark it didn't make that much difference. We complained to reception straight away, but the hotel was full so we couldn't change for 2 nights. I should point out that we NEVER complain about our rooms and usually accept that there are pros and cons wherever you are situated. This was something different though, the room was just awful. Anyway, once we changed to the main building, room 245, we were over the moon. We had a lovely sea and pool view, and it was so sunny, with lovely views of the sunsets. We sat on the balcony every evening, it was beautiful. Both rooms were otherwise identical in every aspect. The rooms are quite large and there is plenty of storage. We can't understand the issues others have raised about lack of a socket in the rooms - in both rooms there was one by the bedside table, behind a huge lamp. We used this every day for charging phones, tablet and camera etc. Maybe other rooms didn't have this, but it seems a coincidence if both our rooms did. Everywhere in the hotel was spotlessly clean, the rooms and public areas. The bathrooms were quite well equipped, with good showers, but the toiletries were cheap and poor quality, with only shower gel and shampoo, no conditioner or body lotion etc. They were not always restocked. Otherwise the housekeeping service was good.
We thoroughly enjoyed the piano bar, where we had a pre-dinner drink every evening. The service was good and the measures were great! There was usually a keyboard player performing hotel bar type muzak, but it was pleasant enough. It is in a lovely setting, near the reception and at the top of the steps down to the pool and restaurant area, so perfect for people watching. We always eat late, especially on holiday, so the restaurant shut slightly early for us (9 p.m.). We usually got there at around 8.30 to 8.45 and we never had to wait. The food was still fresh and being restocked right up until about half past 9 so that was good. I can't understand the people who moan about the rush, who don't choose to eat at a different time. Anyway, the food was fairly standard buffet fare, but there was always plenty of choice including a carvery style served main meat dish, and fish cooked freshly to order. We couldn't complain, especially for the price we paid for half board! We did choose to eat out a couple of times and there is plenty of excellent choice along the beachfront, just a few minutes pleasant stroll away.
Breakfast was good, again with plenty of choice and some freshly cooked options, like omelettes and eggs to order. The waiters were friendly and efficient.
The hotel is an excellent position, with lovely easy walks along the coast in both directions. We went to La Caleta one day, about an hour's stroll, and had an excellent fish lunch in a restaurant right on the seafront. Just beautiful. We also went to the upmarket designer shopping centre Plaza del Duque, which is about 10 minutes walk. We bought some jewellery for a good price, as duty free. We were pleasantly surprised by Costa Adeje as it was clean and fairly quiet, not tacky or noisy. We also took a trip to Mount Teide, and the cable car, which we booked via the hotel reception. We definitely wanted to avoid the rip-off and hassle of the Thomson excursions! We went on a Teide shuttle bus, which went from just round the corner, and it was much cheaper and easier with more freedom. We would recommend it.
As many others have already commented, the biggest drawbacks to the hotel are the extra charges. We really don't expect that in a good standard hotel. We had researched before we went so it wasn't a surprise but still annoying. The Wi-Fi is a 19 euro charge for a week, which we did choose to pay as we wanted to use our tablet at a time of our choosing (without going out to a bar) and keep in touch that way, but it was irritating. The safe and the fridge also incurred a charge which we did not pay. We chose to lock our valuables in a suitcase or keep them with us.
We were extremely disappointed by the service and attitude of the Thomson rep, who was sarcastic and dismissive, especially when we were asked about our room - we pointed out it was not good and we were basically told "you get what you're given". As we have already pointed out, we do accept that there is an element of luck with regard to good and bad rooms, but the attitude just stunk. Others also had a similar response. We would not book with Thomson again as a result.
Overall we had a fantastic time and it was definitely great value for money, considering what we paid. It exceeded our expectations and we would recommend it, bearing in the mind all the comments above. We still prefer our usual style of travelling independently but we definitely enjoyed this experience.

Room Tip: Avoid the annexe, especially the ground floor, at all costs.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

This is a lovely hotel in a great location, the staff are excellent and the hotel very clean. There are a couple of minus'. The fridge at 4 euros a day is expensive and to pay 2.25 euros to keep you belongings safe is expensive too.

What would make it perfect is access to tea and coffee making facilities, if not in the room then they should be freely available in the lounge and reception areas. It is just another way of making money out the guests.

You need to be specific about the room you require or you could end up on the side of the road which is very noisy.

The food is good but quite repetitive so in our 2nd week we ate out.

Room Tip: choose pool side if possible or could be noisy
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We have just returned from a seven day break at the Bahia Princess Hotel, Costa Adeje, Tenerife in February 2014. I usually read hotel reports and think that people only post them because they are dissatisfied so I thought I would redress the balance. The hotel is magnificently appointed with stunning columns four stories high. It is light and airy with lots of space on terraces that can provide quiet areas away from the inevitable noisy children’s activities programme. There is lots of room to move sun beds around and plenty of them so there is little need for ‘towel’ reservations although some people have their favourite spot and insist on this anti-social habit. The rooms were well furnished, clean and had above average decoration. We had read other reports recommending certain rooms and I sent an email to the hotel 10 days before we arrived requesting a range of preferred rooms and they duly obliged with one of them. One large block faces north and gets no sun so you may wish to avoid that unless you prefer a shady balcony, one benefit of the same block is however its good views over the main swimming pool. There are two further very attractive swimming pools which are not heated so you need to be a hardy soul to use them in the winter months. Some rooms face externally over adjacent roads which may not be to everyone’s taste. Evening entertainment included two shows each night at around 9.15pm and 10.15pm but before that children’s mini disco and other activities rather hog the room with little sign of bedtime being imposed by parents. Adults really only get an exclusive slot from 11pm onwards which consists of a disco. There is almost no other dancing but they do respond to music requests so you may be able to get in the odd favourite other than constant disco. The piano bar had superb soft music every evening and was perfect for a pre meal drink or starlit after dinner coffee. The restaurant had a huge range of marvellous food to suit all international tastes. We took evening meals at various times; we went in early, late and at the popular times and the food was always hot and plentiful. I don’t think I have ever seen such slick waiters clearing and preparing tables so we almost never had to wait to be seated. One word of warning, which can be seen from the hotel photos, are the steps down from the reception building to the main pool, restaurant and entertainment area. They look magnificent but there are 52 of them which may not suit those with walking difficulties. There is a lift as an alternative of course that is also a short walk away. The hotel is on a sloping site which affords lovely coastal views and is an easy stroll to the beach. A super place with a sister hotel, the Guayarmina Princess, next door providing similar facilities that can also be used by the residents of the Bahia Princess.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main building facing west on a high floor have lovely views.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

More than 10% of holiday cost can be added for solo travellers. Cheap pricing tactics which would be acceptable at 1 or 2T or star rating hotels.
1 - Charge for a fridge in your room €4 per day - a fridge is a basic expectation in a hot country.
2- Charge for beach towels being changed €2.50 each time.
3 - Charge for a room safe for 2 weeks is high
4 - Unable to buy a single glass of wine in the restaurant. Not allowed to buy a glass of wine in the bar and take it in to the restaurant. Therefore minimum you can buy is a half bottle and you need to pay for a fridge to keep the unused half for a second night because the restaurant wouldn't keep it and give you it again the next night.
The hotel was clean and the staff were very pleasant. However, the restaurant was like school dinners queues to get in and working your way around the crowds of people around the buffet was not pleasant and definitely not a 4* service.

Room Tip: room on the pool side are much quieter than on the street side. Single travellers are given lower st...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Isle of Man
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is the first time I have ever been on a "resort" type winter holiday so please ignore me if you have lots of experience of these kinds of trip. You will see from my profile that I generally enjoy more independent travel, but I was away with my Mum ( in her mid 60's).

The hotel is beautiful and spotless- cleaned every day. Nothing tired about it in my eyes and a guy going around with a constant paintbrush. Reception staff slightly grumpy but the waiters and food staff are brilliant- properly helpful and pleasant .

The buffet was lovely. As a pescatarian, I enjoyed the fish offering, salads and veg and found the coffee to be good and wine list fine.A massive choice of food but I imagine that if you got bored, an 'al a carte' meal locally might be nice.

The entertainment at the hotel was really good. The staff work really hard and are great fun. The Three Tenors are over rated (doing more talking than singing), but I liked the Beatles, Drifters, Mister Sister, Comedy Elvis and the Bingo. I would say that although there were a few families, in the main the clientele seemed to be older couples so the disco was not popular whilst I was there. One can access facilities at the sister hotel Guaramina just down the hill. I found lots of guests never really left the hotel except for strolls around the resort and many were frequent visitors. The Wigan pier is across the road and there is a great little karaoke bar around the corner.

The hotel is located a the top of a slight hill which neither of us found taxing. The walks along the promenade in both directions were lovely. Handy shops and a supermarket nearby in the Mall for your "Daily Mail" and other supplies.

We booked through Thompson's and were given a great room (440) on a corner overlooking pools and terrace without asking.

There was no kettle in the room which is understandable. I was irritated to have to pay E19 for wi-fi but even more cross that that was per device! It was awkward to charge electronics. I don't want to have to move furniture or balance my iPhone on the edge of the sink.- These things are essential for younger visitors so I hope the hotel gets it's act together on these policies.

All in all, I liked the place but the highlight was the cleanliness and the wonderful waiting staff.

Room Tip: 440 was great. Sun on the balcony and a (kind of) sea view. Sunset fab.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Very friendly staff, the hotel is lovely & clean but could do with modernising - certainly bathrooms! Great choice of food & bars in hotel although very sedate. If your looking for a great night out try a bar called OHANNAS bar ( front door of hotel cross road turn right , immediate left & you'll see it. 2 mins away). I can honestly say the best kir royal ever! Great friendly local staff & can not do enough to satisfy customer . Fun, trendy great bar.

Room Tip: Ask for pool view.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Bahia Princess Hotel
Address: Avenida Bruselas, no 1 | Princess Hotels Resorts, 38670 Costa Adeje, Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > Adeje > Costa Adeje
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Costa Adeje
#21 Luxury Hotel in Costa Adeje
#29 Family Hotel in Costa Adeje
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bahia Princess Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 275
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 4-star hotel is located in the Costa Adeje resort. The Fañabe beach, shopping malls, bars and restaurants are all nearby. Located in the south of Tenerife the hotel is ideal for those looking for rest and relaxation, prefer a central location, value a personalized service and wanting to have the beach just around the corner. Built like an ancient palace the Bahía Princess features tall pillars, a gigantic glass dome in the entrance area, light marble and a magnificent staircase that leads down to the main pool. The Bahía Princess has 275 rooms located in a main and annex building, all featuring bathrooms with bathtub-shower-combination, satellite-tv (flat screen) and air conditioning. In addition to the large outdoor pool there is also a children's pool and two swimming pools with further areas to soak up the sun. Two pool bars offer cool drinks and tasty snacks. The main restaurant boasts an art-deco-style interior and a terrace overlooking the pool. The entertainment options include shows and live-music in the evening and fitness activities during the day. Furthermore two theme parks are just a stone's throw away from the Bahía Princess: Siam Park and Aqualand. ... more   less 
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Bahia Princess Costa Adeje
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