Your Guide to Gran Canaria

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Terraza Mar Suites – Puerto Rico – Gran Canaria

We stayed here with our 18 year old son & we thought these apartments were great. They were spotless & very friendly. The balcony was massive & the living space was ample-looking around I think we made the right choice. We have visited Gran Canaria a few times but we normally go to Melonares which is very low key, Puerto Rico was an eye opener-very lively, we enjoyed our stay & was perfect for a week.

We ate out every night & would recommend MURPHYS KITCHEN, the food was really nice & homely & the staff where first class, we went to a few nice restaurants & paid about £70 euros for the three of us but had a nicer meal at MURPHYS & it was as cheap as anything. All in all we had a great time, I would recommend these apartments you wont be disappointed.

Mogan Princess Hotel – Playa De Taurito  – Gran Canaria

When looking for accommodation in Gran Canaria, we were quite surprised to see that nearly every hotel provoked massively differing comments from reviewers. The Mogan Princess was no exception, but on balance the reviews were good & the price was right so we booked it via Thomas Cook’s website.

The hotel is located on a hill overlooking Playa Taurito & is about 45mins drive away from the airport (follow the signs for Lomo Taurito, rather than Taurito Playa/Centre). Because we had a car, the hotel’s location up a steep, potholed hill wasn’’t an issue; in fact it was probably better for us than being in one of the resort hotels as there was plenty of free parking.

Our room was in block 3 which was accessed by two lifts & a few stairs & we didn’t feel it was too far from reception etc. We had booked a studio room & the best things about it were the sea views & the little kitchenette as we were able to save money by making our own sandwiches & having some of our drinks on the balcony, rather than in the hotel bar.

I would consider myself to be a fussy eater but I had no problems with the food choice in the restaurant either at breakfast or dinner, although it would be fair to say that things weren’’t always as hot as we would have liked. The bar prices were pretty reasonable compared to some other hotels that we’’ve stayed at & the entertainment was varied & of good quality.

We found the staff to be generally very helpful & they really pulled out all the stops for the gala dinner on New Year’s Eve. We didn’’t use the swimming pools but a lot of other guests did so they can’’t have been too cold. Because the hotel is built into a cliff, the main pool area didn’’t get any sun until late morning every day, but this didn’’t bother us as we tended to go out sightseeing in the morning & then sunbathe in the afternoon.

Calling Playa Taurito a ‘resort’ is a bit misleading as it’s really just a small selection of hotels & shops next to a beach. We were happy with it though – it may be very low-key compared to other resorts in Gran Canaria but it had everything we needed. All in all, we really liked Playa Taurito & the Mogan Princess & wouldn’’t hesitate to recommend them both to anyone who wants a quiet resort that’s a good base to see this island.


Miriam Apartments – Puerto Rico – Gran Canaria

Room was clean & fairly well equipped but staff not very helpful, reception not manned at night to let guests in which was an issue as we had to let driver in one night at about 2am.

Emergency number to call wasn’t answered, reception only manned for short times during the day.

Sunbeds broken, no umbrellas! When we asked for umbrellas we were told it’s not summer. Location OK if you are fit as it’s on side of hill with 200 steps down. We would not come back.


Bora Bora Apartments – Puerto Rico – Gran Canaria

Great location overlooking the busy little habour. The apartments are clean & generally well cared for.
As in Puerto Rico everywhere is quite a walk uphill to get back, in this case 165 steps from the beach/prom to the road & after a short walk along the road another 56 from the road up to the apartment. People pay money to a gym for this sort of exercise but here it is free!

In January, when we were there, the pool was not heated. The TV cost two cents per minute & only received BBC1 & ITV1 before 20:00, after which the picture was scrambled. There was no WiFi available at the apartments. If you take your laptop you will have to take it to one of the local bars on the front for a connection to the internet & buy a drink, 2. 50 euros for a local beer for however long your battery lasts.

Alternatively, just over the road at the Maracaibo apartments there is internet access for one euro for 30 minutes – it works out cheaper & you don’t have the workout on the way back!

Security is an issue! Many of the apartments have been broken into although there is a safe in the apartment but Dermot doesn’t give you the “key” until the next day – so ask for it when you arrive. As an alternative, take your old camera & laptop, make sure your insurance is up to date & get new when you come home.

Security is also an issue outside the apartments – while we were there two people had their holiday nestegg stolen from them in the street on their first day – so beware!

Above all, this is a great “pied á terre”, enjoy the island & have a great holiday! I hope these comments have been useful & encourage your to book at Bora-Bora.


Palmera Mar Apartments – Puerto Rico – Gran Canaria

We arrive at 2am to find out keys stuck to the reception window. Although I had asked for a sea view we found we were on floor one & had a tree view! The apartment was very basic with limited kitchen equipment, no air conditioning & an old coin operated TV with only Spanish channels.

I checked in at 9am & found the receptionist very rude & unhelpful refusing to upgrade our room by saying they were full although I had noticed empty apartments on the way up the 7 flights of stairs to reception! Check-in took 5 minutes & when I got back to the apartment I found my purse with over £700 (all we had) and all bank cards & driving license missing.

The receptionist & I were the only people in reception near enough to it as I checked in & when I approached him he denied seeing it even though I had taken it out of my bag & placed it on reception to retrieve the documents in my bag. He was very rude & unhelpful when I asked him to call the police he would not give me directions to the nearest station.

As for the hotel itself it was clean enough but the beds were changed only once & the maids would not wait until we left the room to clean it. The reception shop was expensive with very limited choice. It was not restocked for the entire week!

The restaurant (9am-11am, 5pm-11pm) & pool bar (12-4pm) were only open for short limited periods. The pool was clean but small & occupied mostly by teenage/early 20′s smooching couples. There was no entertainment apart from a particularly bad singer on the Friday evening.

The location was bad too with a long downhill walk approx 20 minutes to the beach & a killer walk up to the Europa Centre for shops & bars. The locals refer to this hill as ‘Cardiac bank’!

I would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone but as this was our first holiday in five years & our wedding anniversary we did not let it spoil our holiday.


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