More about Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Spa & Casino
This is a new hotel in Maspolomas. Its a little bit away from the city center but its just a short distance. The hotel is great! Cute houses with everything you need. Service is good.
They have a swimmingpool, restaurant and a supermarket. The restaurant is cheap, but ice cream is very expensive. However, you might want to concider shopping somewhere else then in the hotels supermarket as it is very expensive. Eurospar in the downtown is quite cheap. The hotel is close to the beach. In the lobby is a computer (I am writing this there ;) ) 8 mins for 0.50€ - 16 mins for 1€ and 32 mins for 2€.
Overall this is a very good hotel with everything you need and what you do not need is only a short distance away!
Photos coming soon.
Meloneras is on the other side of the light-house Faro de Maspalomas. It is a beautiful area with a long promenade, lots of shops in Boulevard de Faro, beautiful luxury hotels, cafés and restaurants. It is always filled with life. It hasn't got big beaches like Maspalomas but people sunbathe in the rocks. At the other end of Meloneras there is a small beach, Playa de Meloneras (see my tip). This is an expensive area and quite different from Playa del Ingles.
Varadero - Shopping center.
Varadero shopping center is a large shopping center in Meloneras, surrounded by shops and restaurants in this area. It stands by the promenade and is on two storeys and has got many shops, restaurants and cafés. Netto supermarket is there as well. It is a bit more expensive than the shops in Playa del Ingles, but Meloneras is a more expensive area.
A bit of luxury on Gran Canaria ( Gay Couple)
Having just returned from a week on Gran Canaria staying at the Gran Hotel Meloneras my partner and I would like to share our joy at staying at this hotel with you. A huge property with mature grounds. A most beautiful infinity pool and comfortable accomadation. Excellent food buy we recommend eating outside as the resturant lighting is enough to scare anyone over 40. We also paid 45 euros each to enjoy the hotel spa. You must experience this. Such a treat. We found the staff efficient and friendly. We are thrilled to find a hotel of this standard at last in Gran Canaria and will be returning soon.
Bring a jacket and all your best threads. You can dress up here.
No shorts for dinner.
If you can, pay extra for pool and ground view.
Go half board but eat outside.
Weather very cold at night until March so bring something worm but also smart.
Mainly German clientele, only one other English couple.
Suitable for gay couples also. Staff didn't flinch when asked for a double bed.
Great location for beach.
A Wonderful Resort. Amazing Spa!
We spent two weeks at the Gran Hotel in April 2004 and had the most wonderful trip. I would highly recommend this hotel - it is unique and although enormous we never felt like we were sloshing around in a massive resort! The hotel was beautiful - clean, fresh and well maintained. The pools are wonderful - every type of water experience imaginable! There were always sunbeds available throughout the day and space in the bars and restaurants. Rooms were v big and marbly. Evening jazz and atmosphere lovely on the terraces. Good shopping 'under' the hotel on the beachfront. It is a classy place without being stuck-up.
We found the clientele a real mix. It was great to be part of only a handful on Uk'ers - and whilst we were there it certainly was a hotel full of 30's. We were by no means the youngest. We took our 4 month old baby and found the hotel very accomodating. It was a great place to rejuvinate.
The staff were in the main very attentive and got to know us. We did not find them snooty at all.
Food was pretty average on buffet - but we had only paid £4 per day for half-board so it did not seem an issue. We got a quiet table outside every evening with the same v friendly waiter so I certainly did not experience what other's reviewers have. No flying buns with us!
The Spa is exceptional! I am a Spa addict and had never felt so good. If you like Spa's you will love it! Do the '4hr Experience' at least. it is unrivalled. 'Womb Room', Egyptian Steam Room, v unusual water themed experience which is hard to articulate (!) then Turkish Bath, Lava Room, Salt Float African Sauna and an Ice room. Then outside is an empty perfect pool, jacuzzi, plunge pool etc. An unrivalled experience.
I still dream of that Turkish Bath......
Bad food, bad service
A beautiful architecture - but that's all.
The food is disgusting and we were so surprised because we expected at least average food from a hotel that beautiful. The buffet of half pension is only creams, and vegetables from tin cans (beetroots, carrots). No decent meat and even if it seems that there is a lot of choice, look twice and there just isn't enough good, fresh, diversified food. The brochure says 6 restaurants when in fact you have 3 open for lunch and 3 for dinner, all serving nearly exactly the same food. At the buffet we found a cockroach in the salad. At lunch at the Tenere if we could replace the potatoes with salad and they actually refused, although we were desperate as to offer an extra!
Gourmets, this will be a terrible time for you, and you'll forget the palm trees near the pool out of hunger!
Staff is totally inefficient, sometimes even rude.
Room service: no international food choice, and disgusting sandwiches.
Potato lovers, you'll love this place, because it's about all you can get. Don't get too excited over the very chic Ambassador restaurant: rudest maitre D ever seen, disrespectful and nervous type, no food in your plate (except of course the usual potatoe) and a bill hard to cope with.
If your plane is early, remember, as the receptionist said in the most contrite voice: "There is no bell boy until 7 o'clock".
Such a beautiful place for such a low standard organization. This hotel is really not worth staying in!
It was just great
It was this year my 3rd time to go to this hotel and i loved it. The garden and the pools are great, and the food at the restaurants was very good. I also liked most of the staff, sometimes the lady waitresses did not look like they want to help you but the most were always friendly and quick, for the dutch people i should advice you if you are in tertulia cafe or bolero bar to order at the waiter called michel, he's if you ask me the only one who speaks dutch, very easy ;) and he's very quick too. It is also great that if you walk out of the resort at the back, you are on the boulevard, it's very nice but a bit expensive. It was just great to be there again.
We spent a week in this hotel from 26th Feb. to 5th March, and had a wonderful time. The gardens are fantastic and the setting couldn't be better. Our room was comfortable, with a side view of the sea - some of the rooms can be disappointing, so we would recommend a sea or pool view. The pools were amazing and spotlessly clean. Food was varied and plentiful, but dining rooms very crowded. On the downside, foyer and public spaces were extremely draughty, but then the weather was a bit chilly.
Maspalomas and Meloneras - random pictures.
"A statue of Christopher Columbus."
These pictures I took on one of my walks in Maspalomas and Meloneras.
"Maspalomas Centro de Convenciones in Meloneras."
"Auditorium Las Tirajanas in Meloneras."
The other side of the Centro de Convenciones.
"Gran Hotel Villa DelConde in Meloneras."
I would say this hotel is a 5-star hotel ;)
"The 5-star hotel behind Playa de la Meloneras."
This definately is a 5-star hotel.
"More 5-star hotels."
A 5-star hotel in Meloneras.
Maspalomas and Meloneras - Gran Canaria.
Maspalomas is so diverse with a large beach and the Dunas which give you the feeling of walking in Sahara, and the sand there is a mix of sand from the real Sahara. This area is the oldest tourist area in Gran Canaria and it has got a lot of hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and shopping centers, parks, Holiday world with an amusement park (Tivoli), markets, flee-markets (see my tips), nature reserve, lovely walks, golf-courses, a botanic park, pretty much everything one could want while on holiday.
This 65 m tall light-house, Faro de Maspalomas, is a landmark of Maspalomas and at the other side of the lighthouse is Meloneras. These two tourist-towns are linked together so I will add my tips on Meloneras here.
If you walk by the lake Charca de Maspalomas it takes you further to this place where you can ride the camels in the Dunas.
The Promenade de Meloneras.
Playa de Meloneras shopping center.
Gran Hotel Villa DelConde in Meloneras.