More about Aparthotel Mirador del Atlantico
The Mirador was recommended to us by our relatives, who came along with us on this holiday.
It lived upto everything they had said!!!
Lovely and clean, friendly people and a fabulous location.
Great weather and the entertainment for the children was great!!
Becky was just starting her first week there and she seemed to inpress everyone..WELL DONE Watch out for the STANLEY'S in MAY!!!!!!!!!
See u all again in 2007
We went 7-14 May 2007. Firstly-do not trust the Airtours rating - we booked a 4A that turned out to be a 3star basic! This is a hotel with
a lot of potential, in a beautiful setting, that just lets itself down in many ways. Firstly - it was 35degrees outside, yet the rooms had no air conditioning!? We were told it was 'in the process of being fitted' which explains the two large holes in our room above the mirror and bedroom door! Not good enough for a place with such hot weather. Then they told us we would have to 'rent' a fan and after being told there would be a hairdryer in the apartment, that we
would have to 'rent' that too. We also had to 'rent' a safety deposit
box - enough said! The beds were awful - lumpy and uncomfortable. Instead of feeling refreshed we were left exhausted. Cheap brown patterned sheets and a duvet instead of a top sheet - talk about bizarre!? Two days into our holiday we finally got an extra pillow & sheet. The staff are not particularly helpful either. The restaurant only opened every second night, and the other nights was barbecue or nothing, and roast dinner on the Sunday - this is Gran Canaria for goodness sake! The pool bar stopped serving food at 6pm, and the price & size of the soft drinks was ridiculous! So we gladly found the bar in Gran Amadores next door - try it.
All in, it was just so disappointing. Best that could be said is that it was clean and the entertainment is great - Becky and Leanne are on the ball and provide good stuff for the kids. The pool is ok, and the place is nice, but quiet and is hilly, so bear in mind the walking if you have difficulties. Try the Europa centre at the top of the hill for bars and food. Avoid Los Geranios restaurant on Amadores beach - they can't cook properly, burn a simple lasagne and are rude when you ask for a fresh one - they refused to cook it and chopped it up in front of us! The restaurant Belize (at the other end of the beach) on the other hand was lovely and did great, traditional tapas for us. But watch out everywhere for the expensive soft drinks - £3 for a large coke is too much! Try Mogan market and if you fancy Paella you'll get it there for a reasonable price. Maspalomas is good too, as is Puerto Rico. Go on the Spirit of the Sea trip to see the dolphins - it was wonderful!
Mirador De Atlantico needs to do a bit more if they want people to come back. If you pay for a 4A, you expect a certain standard. Be aware of that if you decide to book this hotel. It is ok for a basic hotel. And watch out for Airtours - this is the second time we've been let down by them.
We stayed in The Mirador Del Atlantico on the 5th may 2007 for 1 week
this was one of the best holidays we have had the Hotel was excellent, very clean, entertainment good and all the hotel staff very helpful, we have been trying to rebook for october but so far they are fully booked we will keep trying. As a family of three we would recommend this Hotel to anyone, First Class
We had a fantastic holiday at the Mirador
We arrived at the hotel at around 4am. The gentleman on reception gave us excellent instructions on how to get to our room and provided us with a photograph/map showing us precisely where it was. Water is available to buy there for 1€ which was fantastic news at that time of day and it was a very big bottle too! I remember seeing a review by someone saying how it was very dark around the hotel at night as the lights are off. This was true in as much as they use energy saving switches so the lights are off and some turn on themselves when they sense motion, but most of them are operated by switches on the wall that have a glowing red light on them so at no point were we actually walking along in the dark and I thought this was a really good idea. On arrival at the room we were pleasantly surprised by the size of it. We were very lucky to get a room on the ‘ground’ floor of C Block (needed to use two lifts to get there due to the fact the hotel is built into the cliff face) which not only had an extra large balcony with a lovely gravel garden in front of it and fantastic sea view, but also had an additional courtyard area at the back, completely enclosed and would have been ideal for small children to play in!
The hotel itself is in an excellent location being just a short stroll away from the beach/shops/bars in Amadores – we highly recommend The Duke of York – fantastic breakfast, lovely evening meals and run by a great couple from Leeds. Thanks Tony and Julie for some wonderful evenings! Also the waiter they employ deserves a mention as he works extremely hard and is brilliant at his job! Food at the hotel seemed to be a bit hit and miss from what we heard. Some of our friends were half board and didn’t recommend it – apparently the breakfasts were lovely but the evening meals weren’t always so good. We did try some meals ourselves and had the Canarian buffet which was lovely although the Sunday roast wasn’t the best I’ve eaten (but that’s not really surprising given we were in the Canary Islands) so probably self catering is the best option giving you the choice as to whether to eat in or not on a daily basis. The bar meals served at the pool bar were very good and there was always a daily special as well as things such as toasted sandwiches/burgers and other snacks. Also, at this point I should mention that the hotel staff, in our experience, were all very polite and helpful and the hotel was kept spotlessly clean. I also read a review complaining that it was meant to be four star but wasn’t. Direct Holidays class the hotel as 4 ticks but give its official rating as 3 star. I have to agree with the official rating as it’s not a 4 star by any means but it is a very comfortable and well appointed 3 star and we like our 4 star hotels!!! Also the hotel shop was well stocked (great if you are self catering) and very reasonably priced.
I must mention the entertainment separately. On reading other reviews there were many comments about Becky and to be honest I thought it was all just parents with small kids that took part in the activities every day that would have been making these comments. Since my family don’t usually take part in activities I didn’t think we’d have much to say about Becky and the entertainment. Wrong!!!! Becky is absolutely fantastic. She (and Leanne for that matter!) worked extremely hard and only has one day a week off. She speaks to all guests and makes a real effort to involve everyone but without being in your face and pushy. I don’t know where she gets her energy from but she is a real asset to the hotel and Leanne is learning well from her. Entertainment starts in the afternoon with mini golf tournaments or table tennis or killer pool and each day there is a water polo match which was always popular and as much fun to watch as it appeared to be to play.
I could go on and on with this review as there is so much to say and most of it is good. Of course there are some areas where small improvements could be made but then nothing is perfect and on the whole it’s fab. The only thing I will say that if you’re looking for a lively nightlife resort/hotel then go to Puerto Rico which is just a 15 minute walk round the coastal path – Amadores is quiet and I hope it stays that way. The hotel bar closes at midnight so no late night drinking sessions there either. However, there is entertainment on every night up until about 11.30pm. Personally, we felt that they had got the balance just about right. Would we go back? Absolutely! My kids (15 and 12 at the time of the holiday) have flatly refused to go anywhere else and we’re already looking at booking up again for some time next year.
Just back from the mirador went 2 june..we had a fab time this is a very very clean hotel in a lovely postition..beach is a 5 min walk away its not a steep hill by any means and is very managable..hotel is situated just outside puerto rico which can be walked to in 20 mins so im told but we always got a taxi cost 3euros...its nice to be just outside as you get no noise of an evening...wouldnt however rate the hotel food although the chinese nite and the bbq nite smelt very tasty!!!...the rooms are basic but enough for your holiday all you need we were in c block all rooms have a view of the sea we had a very large balcony..entertainment girls were very good the kids all loved them..down in puerto rico there are many resturants..we went to the the funny boy drag show very good! loads of shops and many bargains Lacoste is very cheap out there compared to london prices anyway..cigs are cheaps and all other designer items i came home with loads of goodies!!..all in all a good holiday and would defo go back there..infact i probally will next year..
happy hour again
just back went the 16th of june with my mum and dad for 2 weeks and i must say we had a great time.The hotel is spottless the staff were friendly esp. the dane waiter who always had a word for ya and made you feel at home (he was also was the best drinks mixer).
Becky was v.good with the kids she always had the kids eating out of her hand and always had 2 or 3 following around.
We started as self-catering but ended up half board which was 15 euro a day which our opinion was good value.The breakfasts were good but the evenings were hit or miss depending on the chief the chinese chief for instance was good on the chinese night and the mexican but not so good on the italian night.But overall it was still good and we found somthing to eat every night.
The only draw back to this hotel is the noise that comes from the building works opposite.Which somedays started at 7 in a morning and finished early afternoon.Which when we complained seemed to die down in a morning for a couple of days then it was back to normal.
But overall we felt at home at this hotel and had a great time.
Also you must pay a visit to porto morgan which is the prettiest town we'rd been to in a v.long time.
Don't book a studio
Good complex shame I was booked into a studio. No outside space, just a small window. 4 star it was not! We had to pay for upgrade to 1-bedroom apt. Be warned do not book a studio. The location is good and best beach in the Canaries is on your doorstep. (no hot feet, its crushed coral not sand)
My boyfriend and I booked this holiday immediately after reading other reviews, and when we got there we certainly weren't disappointed.
The room was clean and spacious, and had every mod con that you could require for a self-catering apartment. The bathroom was large, with a big walk in shower, which was powerful. The balcony overlooked Amadores beach and resort (We stayed in C block) and was ideal to watch the sun set in the evening. The room had air conditioning (at a cost of 40 euros per week I think), although we didn't use it. By the end of the week, I wish we had requested the use of the air con because the weather just seemed to get hotter and hotter! The only problem we had with the room was that the water was cut off a few times at night, meaning that we had to brush our teeth with bottled water and we couldn't flush the toilet if you used it during the night. Each time this happened the water came back on in the middle of the night so it was never a big problem for us.
The hotel facilities seemed good, although we didn't really spend a lot of time in the hotel. We sat in the pool bar a few times in the afternoon, and once in the evening. (Happy hour was from 4pm -5pm and worth a visit) From what we could tell, it was very busy (especially with kids) and the staff often couldn't cope with the amount of people who wanted drinks at the bar. It was also disappointing to note that although the hotel has signs up requesting that sunbeds are not reserved by the pool, every morning the sunbeds were all gone by 9am (with no-one using them either!) and the hotel staff did nothing to stop this from happening. To be honest this put us off using the pool facilities (and the pool bar) and we tended to spend the day on the beach instead. The mini market in the hotel stocked most of the items that were needed, although it looks like a larger Spa Shop is in the process of being built next door to the hotel (it wasn't quite finished when we were there), which will probably stock everything more cheaply.
The location of the hotel was superb, only a 5-minute walk down to the beach, and the hill wasn't too steep when walking back either, although someone with walking difficulties may not agree! We used the beach daily, it cost 5 euros for 2 sunbeds and 2.5 euros for an umbrella, but it was better than getting up at the crack of dawn to reserve an exclusive sun bed around the pool. The sea was lovely, and in my opinion, the beach rivalled any of the Caribbean beaches that I have visited. The beach also has changing and toilet facilities which are well maintained, and they do not allow any form of ball games so you won't be disturbed by a game of volley ball whilst lying in the sun either. There were plenty of places to eat and drink on the beach, some of which supplied take out food if you wanted to eat whilst sunbathing. We ate out most nights in one of the many restaurants that surrounded the beach and never had a bad meal. Most of the restaurants have an Italian feel and serve pizza, pasta, fish and meat dishes.
We walked into Peurto Rico one day, it only took 20 minutes via the cliff top path. To be honest we didn't think much of the place, and found the shopping centres dirty and unappealing. There is a lot more choice for eating out in Peurto Rico, but honestly, who wants to sit in a restaurant in a shopping centre when in my opinion you can be in a restaurant on the most beautiful beach in Gran Canaria watching the sun set?
We took a boat trip from Peurto Rico to Peurto Mogan one day and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's very pretty with a busy market on a Friday - well worth a visit. We've decided that we'd maybe like to go back and spend a week there next year so I'll be checking out the Trip Adviser reviews for the best places to stay.
The one down side to the holiday, and it has been mentioned before, is that Amadores seems to be expanding and there is a fair amount of building noise. It started about 7.45am and lasted until late afternoon. The noise didn't bother us too much because we were up early most morning anyway, but if you prefer to sleep with your balcony doors open you may need to consider this. This certainly didn't spoil our holiday and we would most certainly return to this resort and hotel. I just hope that the expansion of Amadores doesn't spoil the quiet, laid-back atmosphere that we so enjoyed.
If you want banging nightclubs every night, Amadores may not be for you (although Peurto Rico is only a 3 euro taxi ride away), but we thought it was perfect for a romantic break.
Absolutley Fantastic Holiday!!
Me and my Husband arrived at Las Palmas airport at 10pm monday July 23rd after a lovely flight of 4 hours, it took us about 20 minutes to collect our luggage and get on our way, luckily we were the first drop off from the airport so it only took us 40 minutes to get to the hotel rather than the hour or so i was expecting. Our rep took us into the reception to get booked in, about 30 of our family and a few friends had arrived at the hotel on the saturday before us but we couldn't get a room untill the monday so we had my husbands 2 sisters waiting in the reception for us! We were all being refered to as "The Dudleys" because thats where we're all from! It was a good job we had family waiting for us because the hotel can get a bit confusing, 3 blocks A, B and C, numerous lifts and staircases etc, we found our room pretty easy though, you do have to switch on the energy saving lights in the coridoors you're walking through at night but thats hardley a bad thing!
The hotel was great, In probably the best location in Playa Amadores, not too far up a hill but not right on top of the bars and restaurants by the beach either. Its got absolutley everything you need. A recent review i had read complained about the studio rooms, i'm not really too sure what they were expecting but if there are only 2 of you you hardley need the whole hotel! i thought it was just right for the 2 of us, a small kitchen area with hobs, fridge, microwave, kettle and cutlery etc, 2 chairs around a table by the TV, your bed and wardrobe, safety box and clothes drying rack, what more do you need! we found it comfortable enough, no, it didnt have a balconly, just a large window from which you could see the beach and sea but we were too busy being out of our room, by the beautiful beach which is a 3/4 minute walk away or around the pool to notice that our room was a bit smaller than everyone elses! if you are a family with children your room is huge, with a balcony, double wardrobe, sofa etc, you can pay extra for these bigger rooms but seriously a studio for 2 people is just right! The one and only complaint i have about our room was that it was situated above and just to the side of the main entrance to the hotel and for some reason they decide to collect the rubbish at 4am every morning! so we were woken up by the noise of the bin men but that was because we slept with the window open being so hot at night, looking back now, the answer to that problem was to sleep with the window shut and hire a fan! (5 euros a week) easy!
There were a lot of children in our group and it was brilliant for them, the pool is massive with a babies pool and there was always entertainment from 12 midday from Becky, like killer pool, crazy golf, water polo, water areobics, happy hour from 4-5 with bingo! Excellent! There was evening entertainment every night from 9.30pm, allthough it was ok, sometimes it was a bit cheesy, one night there was a Hypnotist who got a few people on stage to be hypnotised but he couldn't really seem to keep them controlled! i think they were just pretending to be hypnotised as the hypnotist kept reminding them that the "best performance" won a prize! But it was very amusing to watch! There were some Brazillian and Flamenco dancers that were ok aswell. Another Happy Hour with buy one get one free at the bar from 8-9pm. Then Karaoke from 11ish. The noise stopped at 12 midnight every night so you could get a good nights sleep.
The hotel was spotless i never saw any rubbish, i didnt even see a cockroach, the maids changed your towels every day, they even made our bed and sometimes did any washing up we left, the coridoors were always kept clean, as was the pool area and pool bar. We didnt actually use the main restaurant because there are so many bars and restaurants by the beach and very reasonably priced, The pool bar is great for lunch with things like burgers, chips, toasties etc. There was one restaurant we went to 4 nights out of the week by the beach, i cant remember what it was called but it was about 2 or 3 restaurants down from one called The London Pride, but you could have half a roast chicken, chips and salad for 3.50 euros! The London Pride is lovely aswell, excellent breakfast, there were so many places to choose from it was perfect.
There were some building work going on, there is a new hotel being built into the rocks opposite the hotel, but i can honestly say we never heard anything. Like any other town there are new things being built to give people more choice as to where to stay, more shops being built for your convienience etc, it never bothered us at all.
The shopping centre in Puerto Rico is a 3 minute taxi ride away that costs about £2.50! There are so many bars and restaurants it is unreal, we had a few nights out down there, A fantastic Indian restaurant on the top floor of the centre called "Happy Valley" really nice meal. Harleys Bar is wicked, great atmosphere in there aswell, Puerto Rico beach is lovely but seemed to get very crowded at the weekend with the locals. We went on one of the Glass Bottomed Boat trips from there that was a lovely trip, great for the kids to see so many fish, i just sunbathed on the top deck though!
The Water Park in Puerto Rico was OK, a bit small i thought with just 3 main slides and a few kiddy ones, ok for something different to do.
The weather seemed to get hotter and hotter! use lots of suncream. A few of our group sunburnt because there is usually such a nice breeze blowing in you think it's not that hot but it really is!
All in all we had a fantastic holiday at the Mirador and we're already talking about going again very soon.
Just returned from two weeks at Mirador Del Atlantico and I must say that we have had a great holiday. The beach at Amadores is the best beach on the island. We stayed in a one bedroom apartment in block B. The apartment was spotless and was cleaned by the maids everyday except sunday, they even did the dishes for you! It was very spacious and the views from the balcony were amazing, you could see Tenerife out to sea and we saw some terrific sunsets. Entertainment was on at the hotel from 12 noon till midnight with a different show on each evening so for those of you that like a hotel based holiday this is the place to go. We ate at the hotel twice, once on BBQ night and once on Italian night. Both were all you can eat buffets including a starter and a dessert so were good value for money as they were 10 euros per adult and italian night was buy one get one free. Amadores itself is quite a quiet resort with all of the restaurants being on the edge of the beach which is a lovely setting. The best restaurant by far is Portafino. They served exceptional food for an excellent price and the staff were extremely friendly. Also the beach club on the peninsula which looks very expensive but it isnt and it's a lovely place to relax of an evening.