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|Address: Avenida de Tirajana 30, Playa del Ingles, Grand Canary, Canary Islands 35100, Spain|
Riu Don Miguel Hotel is situated on Playa del Ingles very close to the town centre. It is the ideal place to enjoy the island of Gran Canaria, a small continent where you will discover contrasting scenery from desert to lush vegetation. Lounge bar (open in winter), Restaurant with non-smoking section. Boutique/kiosk, Swimming pool (heated in winter) Children’s swimming pool (heated in winter), Complimentary lounge chairs, cabins and sun umbrellas by the pool. Terrace-solarium, Pool snack bar with lounge and terrace, Children’s playground.
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|Number of Children:||1 (11-16yrs)||Board:||Half Board|
|The Don Miguel is a 3 star hotel in the centre of Playa del Ingles. It is approximately 1.5 Km from the beach but a courtesy coach runs from the hotel several times of day. The main shopping centre, The Yumbo (a bit of a concrete jungle) is less than 200metres away. |
This hotel is absolutely fantastic. The standards of cleanliness are second to none. I have never been in a Hotel where all the staff, without exception, are extremely friendly. Get to know your waiters they are a lovely bunch of people. The menus are pretty limited but the choices are huge. Even the fussiest of eaters would be able to find something they like. The food is well cooked and hot. Most of the meat is prepared by the chefs in the restaurant so you can tell it has just been cooked. You are given a set time for evening meal either 6pm or 8pm but these times are negotiable. Your table is yours for the week for dinner but at breakfast you can sit anywhere. Breakfasts take a little while to get into a routine, as you have to collect so many items from all over the restaurant i.e. coffee pots in one place, tea in another milk somewhere else and then you sit down and realise you have forgotten cutlery! Once you get to sit down the food is good with an amazing selection.
The hotel operates a no money policy so you just sign your docket whether it is for a bottle of water or an ice cream at the poolside. This means that you never have to take any money with you within the hotel grounds. The safe in the rooms are the cheapest I have ever had at 12 euros for 7 nights (again payable at the end of your stay).
The pool is advertised as heated but my cold feet would dispute this. The pool like the rest of the hotel is very clean but deep. It has an overall depth of 1.35 metres. I am 5’ 1” and the water came just above my chin around the edges and over my nose in the centre of the pool. There are ample sun beds and parasols and quite rigid removal of towels left unattended before 9am.
The majority of guests are German so you tend to hear more German than Spanish spoken. However if you can manage a few Spanish words you will be adored by the staff. The Thomson rep leaves out no details of flights home so it has to be looked up in the Portland file. There are many many Tui files but they are all German or Dutch.
Ok so if this hotel is so good why is it only 3 star? I think the following may contribute to this. It is situated on a very busy main road and the majority of the rooms face the road rather than the pool. There is no air conditioning only ceiling fans. There is no tea or coffee making facilities and no fridges in the rooms. To my mind these were the only problem. Do not stay in this hotel or resort if you are homophobic. It has a huge gay following. We were extremely lucky to have timed our stay to coincide with the drag queen competition and the carnival. The site was truly spectacular. The floats (all 80 + of them) took nearly 4 hours to go past. Some were full of children others full of drag Queens.
The resort is has many commercial centres within walking distances. My teenage daughter and I had the misfortune of going to the Kasbah centre where she got shop keepers grabbing her and trying to kiss her. Not a pleasant experience.
Transfer by coach from the airport to the hotel is about 30 – 40 minutes.
If you are unhappy with any aspect of the hotel just ask the staff are really obliging.
Would I go back to this hotel again – definitely Just wish it was in better location. (Portslade)
|People who visited this resort recommend the following|
|Here is a list of the best bars and restaurants for this resort|
|1.||Kasbah Centre||Its where all the really good bars and clubs are siutated.|
|2.||Irish Centre ||Had a tour around the bars here to get away from the all inclusive for a while|
|3.||Hippodrome Disco Pub ||Good happy hour|
|4.||Hard Rock Cafe||Great night out, plenty to drink. Too much in fact|
|5.||Espetada Restaurant||Excellent food, well cooked|
|Here is a list of the top tips for this resort|
|1.||Party!!!||Its such amazing nightlife!|
|2.||Maspalomas||There"s a nudist beach here, but we couldn"t find it.!|
|3.||Jeep Safari||Excellent value for money|
|4.||If you are young go the Kasbah at night||Seems the in place for young party people|
|5.||Crocodile Park||Part of a zoo and well worth a visit|
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|Playa del Ingles lies about 18 miles from the airport at Las Palmas, and has one of the densest amounts of accommodation blocks, restaurants and bars you will find anywhere on the island. If your looking for good sandy beaches offering a large variety of water sports, this is the place to be. The downside is that they get very crowded, but a short walk along the front will bring you to the quieter area of San Augustin. Dozens of commercial centres and the area known as the Kasbah, offer you plenty of gift ideas and duty free. Although there are a few good quality hotels, most of accommodation consists of apartment blocks from where you can sample the delights of the hundreds of bars, clubs and the casino.|
|Like most of the popular European resorts, you'll find a huge amount of bars, pubs and restaurants here, serving every food combination you can think of. Plenty of fast food outlets give you the choice of burgers, pizzas and various fried chicken combinations with generous helpings of chips and salad if that's what you like. More traditional fare such as Sopa de Pescado (garlic stew with fish and tomatoes), Calderetas (lamb stew with almonds) and the fish specials Calamari (squid in batter deep fried) and Longostinos (giant prawns) are all worth a try. The local beers are as good as anything you'll drink back home and probably cheaper too. Wines and of course Sangria, are there to be enjoyed at every meal, and add to that the imported varieties and your drinking choice is endless.|
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