We traveled there Jun 15 as a couple and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This was the first time for myself in Gran Canaria although I have been to Lanzarote and Tenerife before, I have to see Gran Canaria is a beautiful island. In my opinion the more scenic out of the 3 islands.
The Clubhotel Riu is a lovely hotel and although it may not have the wow factors of some of the other hotels in there (the Baobab Lopesan for example), everything the hotel offers it does to a very high standard.
Firstly we arrived at 10pm after a long flight (the worst thing about the trip) but we were greeted by very polite hotel staff and they had kept the restaurant open so we could have something to eat before we went to bed. Normally when I stay all inclusive I will often eat out at the local restaurants some nights but for the two weeks we were there we didn't eat out of the hotel once! The food was outstanding with lots to choose from. For those of you picky eaters (like myself) I promise there is always something to choose. The food is being constantly refreshed by staff. The pizzas for example are cooked from fresh in front of you as well as many other dishes.
There are 4 restaurants at the hotel, Las Dunas, El Patio, Atlantico and the Asian restaurant. We ate most days at the Atlantico restaurant which is located by the sea front next to the adult pool. On the evening they swap between serving a Grill menu or a tradition Canarian menu. The Asian restaurant is fantastic all your chinese takeaway favourites except 10x better. If you do want to eat there though you will need to go to reception and book a table.
I was pleasantly surprised that the drinks included in the all inclusive were branded. On the first night I ordered a vodka orange but I was given the local vodka. However I noticed they did serve Smirnoff so from then on I asked for Smirnoff and Lemonade! What impressed me the most about the hotel was the little things, for example when your at the bar you can ask for a bowl of peanuts and for your room or by the pool you can ask for the big bottle of water. At all the bars there are self service drinks for soft drinks, slushies, beer and wine. They also serve prosecco which went down very well with a lot of guests.
I've read in other reviews about there being a lot of German people staying there which fir the first week was certainly true for us but the second week there seemed to be a lot more British people. However I must say everyone was very friendly and we met lots of lovely people whilst we were there.
I've also read other reviews where they say the entertainment wasn't very good but I really enjoyed it. Every night for the two weeks there was a different show and the entertainers worked very hard. I will admit some nights were better than others but for the two weeks we were there we only went out of the hotel for 1 night! On the evening there is an "After hours" room which we only discovered on our 2nd week which opens after about 12am where you can get some food, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches if you're feeling peckish!
There is free wifi which although was a bit hit and miss in your room, its fine by the pool.
I would definitely recommend this hotel and the resort of Meloneras. The hotel is right on the sea front with a short walk to the beach. The trips Thomson arrange are also fantastic we would definitely recommend the Afrikat and the 4x4 safari. We will certainly be returning again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The All Inclusive ClubHotel Riu Gran Canaria, is located in Maspalomas, in the southern coast of Gran Canaria, 800 m from the dunes beach, 6 km to Playa del Inglés with its wide beach and its wide range of entertainment options and watersports facilities. As of Summer 2016, in the annexed building there are 37 Adults Only Swim-up suites with access to private swim-up pool. The hotel has 639 comfortably furnished rooms and offers many amenities. 3 adult pools, 1 of which is an infinity pool and 2 pools for children. You can enjoy a wide variety of activities, from live shows to the best nightlife at the nightclub and the RiuArt creative workshop. Children will be able to enjoy various games at the RiuLand kids' club and adolescents with Riu4U, an activities program designed especially for them. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer the best buffets with live cooking stations and you will be able to savor exquisite Asian dishes at our restaurant Kaori and the best grill in the pool area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Riu Clubhotel Gran Canaria Maspalomas
- Club Hotel Riu Gran Canaria
- Riu Gran Canaria