We stayed for the Gay Pride week which did have an inflated price of nearly double the usual rate and the hotel was not fully booked as another friend wanted to stay for 2 nights and got a room instantly for a very good price compared to our booking. We booked a double room but ended up with 2 singles pushed together which was not great but they moved us to a double on our second week. The pride week hosts a few pool parties and events so the pool area was packed on most days so could not just chill and relax that week but great if you want that atmosphere as it was included to guests. Air con was great especially as we hit 42oC that week. Drinks prices were very high and stayed high even after pride had finished so expect to spend around 4.50 for a small coke. Clean rooms and nice touches with toiletries and things in the bathrooms. Overall happy but expensive for what it is really.
On the whole, a nice hotel. Very clean, and a great location a stone's throw from the Playa del Ingles and local bus links, and with convenient stores and restaurants nearby. The rooftop terrace was a nice bonus, and the breakfast buffet good, though I would have preferred fresh juice, and the machine-dispensed coffee was a little disappointing. The bathroom was a decent size, but the shower curtain woefully inadequate, leading to a drenched bathroom floor. They need to install a proper shower screen in the bathrooms. The balcony was great, with a convenient clothes horse, and nice views. The big let down was the bed, which was not very comfortable and left me with a sore back each morning. I would say replacement of the mattresses with something firmer should be the top priority for this hotel. However, I would recommend the hotel to friends and family as it ticked the majority of boxes for me.
Hotel is large mainly german visitors who despite notices asking not to put their towels on sunbeds early in the morning did so every day before 9am which was frustrating. The staff were attentive when required but some of them we found rather neutral in stature and it seemed like they were not really enjoying their jobs. The entertainment teams were great and did a great job as did the waiting staff and chefs in the restaurant.
The food choice was vast at every sitting with cooked meats and vegetables varied every evening which was a nice touch. The puddings were really tasty and choice of cakes etc was great. The food was all perfectly cooked and to our taste. No drinks however in the evening without paying extra I thought was a bit tight, even if it was just fruit juice from the machine as per breakfast.
The room although basic was very clean but could of done with a more modern tv with better tuning as most channels did not work, could only get bbc news in english.
The swimming pools were great with spas in two pools on one side of the hotel.
The gardens are nice with some very pretty trees and bushes.
Hotel was approx 10mins walk from the beach / dunes area. Buses L66 and L90 serve to and from the airport 3.5 euros (20-30mins),bus stop is about 3mins walk away next to the Maspalmos Plaza.Pretty frequent every 30mins or so throughout the day.You wont find any bus route maps but all bus stops have routes displayed and bus number timetables.
Lots of restaurants nearby.
Catarina is my favourite hotel, it is rare that I return to a hotel . . I look forward to my next visit . . Every aspect of catarina is excellent . . . Overall a very tranquil pleasant stay . . Polite prompt service from all staff . . Requests to change room is promp . . Large nice gardens with different sections . . Huge selection of fresh healthy food every meal . . Rooms and large balcony very nice, only 1 plug socket though . . Perfect location next to beach, dunes and a nice walk to gumbo . . This is a quiet/tranquil hotel, I you want party atmosphere go somewhere else!
This was the second time at this hotel,first time last year when it was Riu,some of the reviews on trip adviser were a little negative about the change over,but we saw no difference,it was just as good this time as it was the first.
LOCATION: The Hotel Waikiki is located at the well-known Playa del Ingles. The centre is only 500 metres away. ROOMS: All …More
Pocket Guide: Gran Canaria Playa del Ingles Hotels
Playa del Inglés (literally “Beach of the English”) is Gran Canaria’s busiest tourist resort. Despite the name, its superb long golden sands are popular with many north European nationalities. There is no single focus to this man-made resort; instead it clusters around 11 shopping centres. The island and Playa del Inglés in particular, is a magnet for gay holidaymakers; its heady nightlife ranges from drag cabaret to sleek upmarket clubs.
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