Stayed here for a week in July with 4 friends (all female aged 21-24). The hotel was fantastic value for money! We went half board but all inclusive was available... the drinks at the bar/vending machines/hotel shop are a bit pricey but then again they are everywhere else too! Would recommend buying drinks from a local supermarket where they are very cheap and renting a fridge for something like 3 euros a day (which we didn't find out we could do until the last day!).
The rooms and bathrooms are what you would expect from a 3 star hotel... clean, neat, TV present and working, but nothing extravagant. Plenty of storage. Beds a bit uncomfortable but what can you expect really!? As there are two pools, most rooms in this big hotel come with a pool view. Room and bathroom were kept very clean by the maid, towels replaced every day and 'do not disturb' signs were observed. The maid even left me an extra pillow after seeing i'd used an extra blanket as a pillow. Re the complaint about the lack of air conditioning: Most hotels in gran canaria do not have air con... as a group of 5 girls with hairdryers and straighteners etc on the go we were a bit concerned that the rooms would be too hot to bear but as long as you shut the curtains during the day, then open the patio doors at night it was not a problem at all. Slept with the doors closed and we werent too hot to sleep either! Gran Canaria is fairly cool at night so it's not a big issue unless you like your room to be freezing.... in which case book 4 star+ next time. Found all staff very polite and courteous. Slight issue... werent being picked up for the airport until 23.00, but had to be out of our room at 12pm. Couldnt book a room for an extra day because the hotel was fully booked, which I found a bit hard to believe in such a massive hotel. The usual cost of this is 25 euros which isnt bad if there happens to be a room available, but if you dont ask they dont even offer it. Courtesy room available to book for half an hour but we ended up getting ready in the room of another group we met so it was fine for us. Could be a bit tricky for families with children though!
Restaurant open from 8.30-11am in morning and from 6.30-9.30pm in the evening. You're meant to follow sitting allocated to you in the evening e.g. from 6.30-7.30pm... we didn't because we didn't even realise so I don't think it's something the hotel would make a fuss about! Food is what you'd normally expect for a 3 star... lots of fruit, toast, cereals, bakery goods, cooked breakfast. In the evening, salads, cooked veg, meats, etc! A bit boring, as the menus rarely changed but it was edible (I'm a fussy eater) and value for money. If you're expecting a la carte book 5 star not 3 star... you get what you pay for. Snacks available in the day for all inclusive, and reasonably priced if half board!
The animation team were a bit naff as far as I'm concerned but didnt really bother me... ok for the kids who were staying there. Seemed to be catered for the germans/spanish more so than brits. Water aerobics, volley ball etc at the pool everyday. Entertainment in the evenings seemed to be slightly better, suited for families, but we didnt really watch the shows! There are two pools, one mainly for families and one for younger groups.
The hotel seemed to be mainly comprised of... a few groups of young brits, germans, spanish, a few couples and german/spanish families. We didnt book with escapades but we had the escapades (thomas cook for 18-30s) rep anyway who got us to book trips. We booked the bar crawl (10 euros) and booze cruise (45 euros)... wouldnt pay for the bar crawl as you dont get anything from it... free entrance to pacha nightclub but you can get this from various bars anyway! Booze cruise was ok but still overpriced so try and knock them down on the price if you can!
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