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Historical Traveler Reviews Aparthotel Mirador del Atlantico Grand Canary
Went with my husband and two children aged 9 and 3.
Transfer from airport bit of a drag, coached stopped at Playa Del Ingles and Maspalomas. It should only take about 40 mins but we were on the coach for over two hours (Direct Holidays).
Hotel excellent, very clean, towels changed each day except Sunday, it also felt nice and modern. Ask for a ground floor apartment as you get a massive terrace.
Pool area clean and spacious, not allowed sunbeds till after about 9.00am and there was always plenty to go around.
Becki the entertainer worked hard with the kids and they all liked her. The entertainment shows at 10pm ish each night were okay (the kids loved it), so if they are happy, so are we.
Heard bad reports about the food if you go on half board. We were self catering and tried a kebab one afternoon from the snack bar - awful bits of weird meat pieces stuck together, got out money back no problem.
Don't go half board, there are just so many nice restaurants to try on Amadores Beach and Puerto Rico.
Found a lovely one on Amadores Beach call El Cabino, food was fab, the waiters great, they made such an effort when it was my daughters birthday putting up balloons, etc. And what could be nicer than eating your evening meal and watching the sun setting over the sea.
Water park is closed in Puerto Rico for a refurb. If you get the chance go on the pirate ship a mock up of an old fashioned galleon. Good laugh, they entertained the kids excellently.
Would most definetly go back to this hotel, views over the beach lovely. Amadores beach itself could be comparable to the Caribbean, don't bother with Puerto Rico beach (you won't anyway once you've been on Amadores).
Lovely room overlooking beach. Staff nice. Overall had a great time here and would not hesitate going back.
stopped here for 2 weeks 4 adults 2 children apartments were cleaned daily staff were very frendily and helpful especially beckkie who was the kids entertainer she has only been there 4 weeks and is doing a brilliant job never saw the kids, had a brilliant view of ammordores beach weather great couldnt fault it would go back again
Perfect little Aparthotel!
My boyfriend and I went to the Mirador last month for a week away doing nothing and this aparthotel was perfect, we had a self catering appt with a pool view which you could see the lovely manmade coral beach of Amadores from too, and it had a kitchen, bedroom, lounge and bathroom. The hotel was really clean and friendly and quite family-orientated but not overly so. The pool was lovely with nice loungers and a pool bar.
The hotel was really close to the Amadores beach which was a lovely beach and also with a few shops and restaurants lining the beach. The other shopping centre is quite a long walk up the hill and Puerto Rico town and beach and 2 harbours is about a 20 minute walk from Amadores beach along a lovely cliff top path, or a 3 euro taxi ride.
You must go on a boat ride from Puerto Rico to Mogan which is a gorgeous little town with lots of flowers and bridges...they call it mini venice!
Overall I loved my holiday and Aparthotel, entertainment is not great but kind of cheesy and enjoyable if you want light-hearted fun!
Not bad at all
we have just returned from staying at the "Mirador Del Atlantico" in Amadores, Gran Canaria. Overall we thought the holiday was value for money and ideal for couples and families with young children up to early teens.
Be prepared however, Amadores is quite hilly and can sometimes be a struggle when pushing a buggy or a wheelchair uphill as some of the hills are quite steep.
"Mirador Del Atlantico" has apartments that are well maintained and very clean as the maids(who are very friendly) come to clean the apartments every day, the apartments have sun terraces that overlook Amadores beach which is only a short walk away from the hotel.
The hotel has a pool bar which serves food all day and also has Sky Sports on the t.v most of the day. It also has happy hour every day between 4 and 5 and again in the night between 9 and 10 the bar staff are friendly and usually try their best to communicate with the tourists however, we thought that some of the bar staff didnt speak enough english for a hotel that has tourists mainly from the UK and Ireland.
There is buiding work going on opposite the hotel where a new hotel is under construction however, it does not make much noise to upset anyone, we found that building started around 8.30am and was finished by 4.30pm but went by pretty much un-noticed and only tarnished the view a little.
The "Mirador Del Atlantico"has a spacious pool with a baby pool and jacuzzi attached, the jacuzzi is activated on the hour for ten minutes at a time, the activities for the children constructed by the in house entertainers are also good such as water polo mini golf and archery.
Puerto Rico is only about 1.5km from the hotel and is great for shopping they have a spar and a netto supermarket which sell pretty much everything you need, don't be tempted to do your shopping in the hotel mini market as it is very expensive but is ok if you only need one or two things i.e milk, newspapers. If you dont fancy the uphill walk back to the hotel a taxi will only cost you 3 euros (very handy when you have quite a bit of shopping)
Overall we thought the holiday was value for money and would certainly consider going back to the "Mirador Del Atlantico" again.
Was afraid about the mountains shading the pool and beach but that did not turn out to be a problem. There was however no sun on the balcony in the mornings, but we still had some nice breakfasts on it (in January). The hotel was the best maintained and cleanest that we have experienced in 10 visits to the Canary Islands (it is relatively new as well). The best thing about the hotel, though, (especially in January) is the heated hotel pool. Our children just loved it. On the negative side, the food in the hotel is not very good - except the sunday pool barbecue which was just excellent value plus the pastas were also ok. Playa des Amadores is on the quiet side, but the beach side restaurants were quite good and there is a scenic walk to Puerto Rico. The closest shopping center is on top of the hill but you can take a cheap taxi there and back.
I stayed at the Mirador the last two weeks in August and I really couldn't fault the place. It was spotless! It is in a gorgeous area and is brilliant if you want a quiet relaxing holiday. If you like a more busier, noisier holiday Puerto Rico is only a two minute taxi ride away and won't cost you more than 3 Euros.
We stayed at the mirador del atlantico in Aug 05. I can not fault the place, the hotel was spotless, the rooms cleaned daily and fresh towels daily. The poolside bar was a little on the expensive side, so you are better going to the hotel shop to buy your drinks etc almost half the price !! We are hoping to return next year fantastic apartments in a lovely location
Adore Amadores Gran Canaria
Just back from a week in Gran Canaria. We had a direct flight from Aberdeen and both outward and inward flights on time. We stayed at the Mirador del Atlantico Apartment in Playa Amadores. The apartments are quite new and they were excellent. Maid service every day, clean towels etc. The hotel staff were all very helpful. Entertainment every day and night to suit all needs. The apartments are situated about 500metres from the Playa Amadores beach which is a man made beach, The beach itself was very clean and has security cameras for your safety. Numerous restaurants to choose where you wanted to eat but the apartments themselves were well equipped for self catering. There is also a buffet restaurant in the complex which has a different theme every night. The restaurant also had a buffet service at breakfast time for only 6 euros, the evening meal was 10 euros - very good value. Supermarket, sauna, gym all on site as well. They have their own laundry room for your use at a small cost. There was a lovely well lit up promenade walk which took you direct to Puerto Rico - about a 20 minute walk - where there were an abundance of shops, bars, restaurants - a more lively resort at night if you so wished. The nice thing about Playa Amadores was that all entertainment stopped at 12 midnight - no noise etc. Plenty of interesting places to visit in Gran Canaria - a must must be to take the ferry from Puerto Rico to Mogan, Mogan is called The Little Venice and believe me that is just what it looked like - the return ferry only cost 9 euros per person - a must visit if you are in Gran Canaria - if you like fish restaurants they are in abundance.
Mirador Del Atlantico is also a child friendly resort and entertainment for the children every night is provided. The only bad point l would say is that there is no air conditioning in the apartments but there were fans available at reception to hire at only 3 euros for the week. The apartment blocks terraces all face out to the beach and they are in the shade every morning but in the sunshine late afternoon and evening - a beautiful place to watch the sunset each evening. Well impressed with this resort would go back again.
What the broschures don't say about this hotel
Mirador del Atlantico
Just spent 2 weeks in the beginning of January at this hotel situated close to the beautiful Amadores Beach at Gran Canaria. The hotel in it self is average and with normal good standard. On the pluss side is the fact that it is only ten minutes walk from the beach, has a splendid sea view from most of the flats, has elevators (although very small and not everywhere), heated pools, an on site supermarket (although very expensive) and entertainment almost every night. The hotel has mainly guests that are travelling with the tour operators; Saga Solreiser, Tjaereborg and Always. This again means that most guests are from Scandinavian countries like Norway (as yours truly), Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
What the fancy broschures don't reveal is the poor sun conditions (at least in January) at this hotel. The hotel is situated in the hills with the sun rising behind the hotel, which again means that the pool area doesn't get any sun before 11:30 am. And then when it finally comes it takes a few hours before it reaches the whole pool area, which again leads to an overcrowded mingle of sunbeds at one side of the pool only. The childrens pool is in fact in shadow (from 17-19 degrees on a sunny day in January) until approx 1:30 pm. And this hotel is supposed to be a childfriendly hotel and everything! On the pluss side though is that the Amadores Beach has sun from approx 9-10 am, and you can always walk the ten minutes down there and go back when the sun reaches the pool area at the hotel. The problem for us though, travelling with two children aged 5 and 1,5 years, is the incredible amount of everything you need for just a beach trip ....:-), and not worth the efforts of spending only 1-2 hours and then go back again. It is also pretty cold in January so both the sand and the sea is freezing cold early in the morning. Also our oldest went to the excellent miniclub (dolphin club) almost every day around 11:30 am, and therefore we couldn't spend the whole day at the beach except on tuesdays when the dolphines were sleeping...
Another problem with the poor sun conditions at the hotel was the temperature in the flats. There was no heating in the flats and only few flats had any sun before 3 pm. In our flat, and we actually had sun on the balcony from 3:30 pm, we had a temperature from 17 degrees in the afternoon. This was so cold that we had to put the cooking plates on full (or the shower, but very damp..) in order to be able to spend any time there. The tile floors were so cold that you had to wear shoes inside at all times! There were also no flats that had any morning sun, so you can forget about eating breakfast at the terrace in January without a blanket or two!
Our little one still sleeps his daily nap from around 1 pm. At Mirador del Atlantico we had to wait until 3:30 pm to put him to bed in the flat, because then you were able to sit on the balcony without freezing your butt off. He refuses to sleep anywhere but in a bed in a dark room, so for those that have children that sleeps in their trolly this problem won't apply.
Close to the pool area there was a play ground situated. Only problem with this was that it was not only out of sight from the pool area, but also situated in shadow. This means that hardly any children used this playground because it was too cold!
Well enough about the problems with the sun. We had a nice vacation even if we probably would have chosen another hotel had we known about these facts. On the positive side with this hotel is the many activities that takes place there; wateraerobic, pool games, minidisco etc. to mention a few. The three people entertaining the pool activities and other activities, and in charge of the dolphin club; Salik, Johanna (Swedish) and Minna (Finnish) were incredible friendly and happy. Always smiling and very helpful to everything! Especially Johanna was a found for this kind of job!
Well I could go on and on about this hotel and it's surroundings, both pros and cons, but what it all cooks down to is the sun. Why go to Gran canaria if it isn't to get away from the winter back home for a while, and a hotel with poor sun conditions is an important factor for a nice vacation. The importance of course will be up to everyones taste, but for early birds with small children that enjoys some morning sun at the pool and a sunny breakfast/lunch at the terrace/balcony, this hotel won't suit their needs. Although some of the other positive factors with this hotel will compansate for some of the discomfort of the lacking morning sun, this isn't enough. At least not for us.
If you have older children that likes to sleep long and you prefer to have breakfast/lunch in the hotel restaurant instead of on your terrace/balcony, this hotel is probably as good as choice as any other hotel in the area.
I just wish the tour operators could be honest about it with presenting enough information in their brochures, that enables their guests to make a choice based on everyones preference. This would spare them for a lot of bad publicity and unsatisfied customers in the long run. For us this hotel was totally wrong and we will never stay at this hotel again.