More about Barcelo Las Margaritas
Good Value Resort Hotel.
Stayed at this hotel the last two weeks in May, when the weather in the UK was atrocious. Cloudless skies in Playa del Ingles and temperatures 26 to 30C. Cooled to 16C in the evenings so a sweater may be required as the evening entertainmeat program is held outdoors.
Last stayed in "Las Margaritas" in 1997, it has been taken over by the "Barcelo Group" and renovated. Rooms are much improved, the lower swimming pool has been enlarged and improved. New children's club and gymnasium have been added in the extensive grounds. The lower pool is very popular, can be noisy at times, the games are played there and it is suitable for children. However if it gets too hot there is more shade at this pool.
Hotel is a good 20 minute walk downhill to the beach at Playa del Ingles, taxi 3 Euros. There is a free bus service to PDI and Maspalomas to/from the hotel. You will be given a bus pass with the timetable printed on the back. We hired a car locally for a couple of days and visited Puerto Rico, Puerto Mogan, Palmitos Park and Las Palmas. Puerto Mogan remains unspoilt, despite extensive development in the area, and is a must see.
Found the food very good with reasonable choice for all. On entering the dining room you are given a docket and the waiter writes down any drinks you have purchased that evening, you then pay on the way out. I am sure this system can be improved, if one girl is doing both jobs it can become a bit chaotic when very busy. The dress code is not being observed at all times which is a shame for a four star hotel.
We prefer to go out some evenings and visit the Gran Chaparral, Yumbo Centrum, Kasbah etc etc. so we did not consider the all-inclusive option. Incidentally the hotel was charging 16Euro/day to upgrade in May, cheaper than the tour operator's prices.
We are senior citizens and first visited Las Palmas in 1970, Playa del Ingles did not exist then, it still remains our favourite of the Canary Islands. Overall a very good holiday, beautiful weather, and this hotel represents excellent value for money.
No beach to be seen
The ad on the web site says "across the street from the beach"- one of the main reasons my sister and I selected this hotel. It is no where near the beach. You need to take a bus, scheduled up the street from the hotel, or walk for about a half hour to get there.
Arrangements were to have been made for a pick up from the airport, which never happened. We paid 37Euros for a cab. The excuse - we did not book with the hotel directly for our holiday- we had our travel agent arrange the booking. We rented a car and found our own way back to the airport at the end of our trip.
The food was good - we booked 1/2 board ie breakfast and dinner; the rooms average in condition - nothing stood out as special.
Would I go back? NO.
Great hotel with two pools
Just got back from a week's stay in the Barcelo in Playa del ingles on a half board basis with my family,have to say the weather was abit unpredictable whilst we were there but still great weather ,so i wont complain.
Stayed at the Barcelo apartments even though we thought we were going to be in the main hote l(which is seperate from the apartments) ,but i have to say it wasn't dissappointing,the apartment was lovely and clean and quite spacious and your bedroom is closed off in another room making it separate from the living/diner kitchen area. I think my only complaint here would be for a 4 star hotel i thought the beds would be more comfortable,have slept in more comfier beds. Buts thats about it,i wouldnt let that put you off though.
There are two pools to this complex,the nicer one, where theres more going on unfortuntely was too shaded and if your going in the winter seasons then its not recommended but thankfully to save the day there is another pool by the apartments and that was brill,and thats where we spent most of our time and its quiter there. The food by the pool side wasnt varied but what they did have was good.
The hotels food was excellent,so atleast a bed and breakfast you must go if not half board,it was varied,fresh and plentiful and the dining area was big and clean.
I didnt think much of the nightely entertainment plus it started too late around 10pm each night and my kids were ready for bed by then,but hey! thats just my opionion.
Theres also a free bus into Playa del ingles and Maspolomas,well worth it if you haven't hired a car,although taxi fare is reasonable too.
Booked this hotel through Trip advisor and all in all ,a great hotel to stay.
We stayed for 1 week in May 2006.
Very relaxed friendley atmosphere, spotlessley clean, food first class.
Entertainment second rate, acrobats every night.
Go to Siux City evening barbie and show, also the Medieval show and Reps show.
Not being near the beach was not a problem because the hotel has its own bus making regular trips to both Playa del Ingles & Maspolomas.
We would definately go back again.
There has been a mixed bag of reviews for this hotel, none catastrophic to be fair but more where they have been disappointed, hopefully this will clear things up.
The hotel is large, very clean and the rooms were a good size.
The room had a decent size balcony and good bathroom although the shower was not a power shower it still did the job. Fresh towels daily and you can also hire beach towels for a small deposit. The TV in the room was good, English channels were news, music, sport and film, Mini fridge in hotel too but be warned this will be turned off when you take you room key out of electricity slot so take a spare card with you (e.g. club card) then you can keep a/c and fridge on when you are out.
The beach was very nice - very big and the bus is not a hassle at all. Leaves every 45 mins till 12 then picks up regularly too.
The food in the hotel is ok, its not gourmet by any stretch of the imagination but palatable. Always had a lot of choice and hot. There is a cracking little Italian restaurant down the road though! - Cant remember the name but its the 2nd one on from the shopping centre.
The evening entertainment was amusing but there were 2 'acrobat acts' and they were one night after the other so bit tiresome. Good tribute act though! Sunday was good as well as its the guests that take part.
The hotel has a wide mix of nationalities but this was not a problem to anyone, the staff seemed to speak every language under the sun which was very helpful.
The activities available in the hotel / apartment were very good. The gym is in good condition, the crazy golf was picturesque, football / volleyball pitch good and nice tennis court. Plenty of table tennis and pool tables too.
The pools were very good, the weather was fantastic so was never really one in the shade but can see how this would occur.
The hotel offers some excursions and we did a horse riding one and was very reasonably priced and the staff were more than happy to assist in booking - cheers Pedro!
At the end of our stay there was confusion over the transfer as I had booked it separately but again the hotel were on hand to assist and even when needed to call the London numbers they still called them from reception to ensure we were ok.
Overall its a fantastic family hotel that mixed well with all ages - I’m 23, and it was close enough to all of the night life and a nice place to come back to afterwards.
Great - Can't wait to return!
My previous visits to this hotel were made in the winter months and I was interested to see how it compared in the summer.
The bedrooms are clean and air conditioned, with fridge (put something like a beer mat folded in half into the slot on the wall to keep in going when you leave the room), tv, with a selection of channels, including Sky News. All have pleasant balconies, mostly facing the pool area.
The hotel is situated around 1.5 miles from the beach. As has been mentioned there is a free bus service and a taxi will cost you around €3. Walking will take you around 20 minutes, downhill mostly, but of course that means a bit of a slog back from the beach at Playa de Ingles.
The hotel has been refurbished since my visit last year. The Manhattan Bar is completely revamped, as is the outdoor bar by the pool. Televisions were in both the indoor bar, in a side room and at the outdoor bar where all the World Cup games were shown.
In the winter months there is a pleasant singer in the bar before dinner, but this doesn't apparantly happen in the summer .
The food is very good, with a fine buffet, plenty of fresh salads. Hot dishes are served buffet style or freshly cooked (steak, chops etc) from the grill. Once or twice a week there is a theme night: Mexican, Spanish, Chinese. These made a pleasant change and were very good.
We went in June, expecting children to be at school. We were wrong. There were many families there so it wasn't very relaxing by the pool as there was quite a lot of noise from children playing (as they have every right to do). We went to the pool by the apartments which is quieter and has a good bar serving drinks and snacks.
We went on a half board basis but on arrival noticed that for €15.80 per day you could go all inclusive. This was worth it in our case as we enjoyed lunch every day and the free drinks were good value. Pool side snacks such as burger, hot dogs, pizza are also included. Be warned the House white wine is pretty awful. Beers and spirits were all excellent.
Each evening there is entertainment, mostly tribute bands (Abba, Bee Gees) and acrobats, There are a couple of fun evenings were the guests get invloved. In the summer this starts at 10.00pm which may be late for those with young children. These are all outside by the pool in the summer, indoors in the winter (when they commence half an hour earlier). There is a disco in the hotel which runs until the early hours.
There is a shop which sells bits and bobs at the entrance to the Manhattan Bar. They do sell english papers, but they are hidden at the back of the shop.
Overall I thoroughly enjoy this hotel. Nothing is perfect, they were very mean with soap, one small bar per week. Beds are a little hard. However these are minor quibles. Overall I would recommend this hotel. It is spotlessly clean and the staff are very friendly.
Great for families, but if you are a couple you may be advised to go in the winter months for a quieter time.
First of all I recommend booking the Barcelo direct or through website as I have been informed that the same accommodation in a package is more expensive.
My boyfriend and I booked the Barcelo for 7 nights on July 1st 2006 and were not disappointed.
We arrived at 2.00am and found the receptionist very welcoming even though he had lots of tired people to deal with. We booked an apartment which, at the time, was the same price as a hotel room. Go for this option if you can as you get a seperate room with a double bed and some also have a kitchen. We could not have done without the great air con.
The pool at the apartments is busy but not too crowded. The pool at the hotel is geared more towards children and games. Put your towels down by 9.30am if you want an umbrella, the signs say not before 10am but everyone does it!!
If you are HB or AI you will not be dissapointed. We found all of the food to be top quality and of great variety. There is something for everyone - especially fish and salad lovers.
What I loved about the AI package was the fact that Smirfnoff, Heineken and other named brands were included!
The bar staff were quite friendly and there was a nice mix of nationallities around the complex.
Del Ingles is a great, busy place with lots to do. Taxis are cheap but you can also walk to the Yumbo in less than ten mins.
My boyfriend did a skydive while he was there over the sand dunes and there were lots of other sports available. I would go to Gran Canaria again.
All in all great holiday made better by a great hotel. If you can afford little extra to get this 4 star hotel, All Inc then my advice would be to go for it... we spent very little all week and lived like kings!
Great for families, not for singles
I just stayed one week in this four stars hotel, travelling alone.
I am a 36 single male and was looking for a place to spend a nice week.
The hotel is very nice and the service is good.
There is a nice pool and a smaller pool for kids only.
The restaurant service was good, though there were not lots of typical Spanish dishes (due probably to the fact that 90% of the customers were nothern European), which fact disappointed me a bit since I would have enjoyed tasting the local cooking.
The Italian tour operator I travelled with described the place as "good for an informal traveller", which drives to think of a place for young people looking for fun.
Instead, the place is basically a family hotel, packed with kids (nothing bad in that, only one would like to know it before).
One more fault was, the place is 20 minutes away from the beach for a good walker, free shuttle buses run at hours when you want to stay on the beach or at the hotel, but there are no runs at late afternoon (the last one being at 5.30 pm).
Conclusions: a very good hotel for a family, but I would not recommend it for other kind of travellers.
not for us
we just got back from 2 weeks a/i. the service was dire, (the waiters preferred serving paying customers), the food was worse!! everything had a rich sauce that laid heavy on your stomach and the soup was freezing. the pool area looked nice from what we saw but we didnt lay round it once!! as the sunbeds were all booked by 9am so we had to go the self catering pool, (which to my delight was a better pool) but a bit of a hike to get to it.
the rooms were quite nice and spacious and cleaned daily but that was the only plus side to the hotel.
the evening entertainment was below average and seemed to favour all the spanish residents there.
there was 8 of us in a group ranging from ages 20 to 42 but i can safely say you have to be between the ages of 50- 80 to get your needs catered for... sorry... will NOT be going back!!
Everything is great at las margaritas.The location is perfect,close to shopping malls,restaurants everything!!
At reception they have easily organized air reservations,taxi etc
very professional and friendly.I think its the 7th or 8th time we use this hotel and we keep coming back!!
sometimes its a bit crowded at breakfast or dinner but easily one can skip the rush hour.Plenty of good food and drinks.
The beach is a good walk(courtesy bus available) but if you rent a car a nice one is Playa Amadores(15mins)Great!!!
Plenty of Casinos to try your luck in the area.
To sum it up:try it!!!
Spain's highest peak
Montana Roja at sunset
On the summit of Teide
Beaches for Picnics on Tenereife
We are visiting Tenerife for 2 weeks starting on August 12. Our base will be Los Cristianos. Can anyone please recommend some beaches where we can drive to for picnics? We are looking for remote beaches and it doesn't matter how far away they are from Los Cristianos. We are particularly interested in beaches with large waves.
Re: Beaches for Picnics on Tenereife
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I'm a fidel Tenerife guest, yes since 18 years we are there the months of april, may, june and back from half september untill end october.
If you realy want to find a wild (?) beach you will have to go to the northern part of the Island. In the surroundings of Taganana and Benijo you will find the sites you love. This are a serie of small beaches , mostly of pebles, where the see can be quit wild as this beaches are the loved once for the youngsters doing their beach surfing!!!! Here you have little tourist impact and picknic on the beach is without problem, even a small B.Q.. You have also small resto's where you can have a lunch, mostly frech fish, for little money.
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