Travel Blogs from Puerto de Santiago
... Gran Canaria for our last week here before we are off to London! It's sure been nice to be warm this last week, especially when I hear for family and friends that it's been hovering around -30 at home. Sorry guys ;). Adios! M&E *Note (warning, it's gross): Mike doesn't do cockroaches. You find a spider anywhere and he'll take care of it, but he will have nothing to do with a cockroach attack. This is understandable as this particular fellow was about 2 inches long and ...
... castles dating back to the 1400's and new buildings with beautiful facades, it didn't feel like an island at all. This is the playground for Europeans to enjoy beach weather for summer holiday. With temps in the 60's, most people had on winter coats and hats! The wind was sharp coming off the water and the top deck of the bus nippy but it was the best place for pictures.
You'll see the bus rails or people in most of the ...
... s noticeable how much more commercial the south coast is. There's a great pink 'blot on the landscape' and as we drive by can't resist calling in to see what it is. It is a luxury hotel/spa with pink houses, flats scatter up the hillside that leads onto the 18 hole golf course. If only it had been hire might have helped! Still have time to spare so we call in at Los Abrigos to have the first of our rolls. There's a small evening market but whilst sunny ...
... of Teide before we had taken a photo! Not put off we drive on up and through the clouds to find clear blue sky by the time we reach the National Park. The lava flows make for a barren landscape but areas of sediment and extinct craters make for a dramatic lunar like landscape. The snow on the mountains and at the side of the road add to the impact. We drive onto the cable car which we take to the highest point (xxxx ft) just a 150m below ...
A relatively early start by 10.00 to arrive in La Laguna in time for the start of the local football match between. La Laguna and Lanzerote. It's in a much larger stadium than last week and the football is of a better standard, a league above, but it lacks the local atmosphere, the result 2-1 to the home side is a fair result. We wander back into town and explore the old capital. It has some fine 18th century buildings set in a perfect grid so flat and easy to follow! We stop ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Bahia Flamingo Puerto de Santiago
Booked the Bahia Flamingo as a last minute holiday and sounded good from the spec but definitely not a 3* hotel. Woke a very surprised German in the middle of the night when we arrived as they have given us both the same room. We were moved and given a very poky room but it did have a comfy double bed just a shame the sheets on it were for a single. The hotel does look nice from the outside as it was recently renovated and it has a nice view, but there is a constant smell of drains everywhere in the hotel and the pool was not cleaned once while we were there. The food was poor, breakfast was served cold (even the cooked full English) but they kindly put a microwave in the dining room just in case you like your food warm. We both had dodgy tummies after eating there so gave it up as a bad job and had some fantastic meals out. Good for drinks during the day but don't expect any on a night unless the minimum queue of 30mins is your idea of fun. Had a pathetic shower not enough pressure to make it drip but complained and maintenance turned up the water pressure and all was fixed, seems they think we use too much water so keep turning it down to see if you notice!! The area is good though, would definitely go back but would not stop in this hotel, Very basic would give it 1*
Having just returned from a last minute holiday at the Bahia Flamingo, I thought I should share my experiences.
Had a last minute holiday to the bahia at the end of august. We had agreat week. The rooms basic but clean. Maids every day except sunday. We were all inclusive, and there was a good choice of food for everyone. I'm a chef and not so easy to please but i found the food good. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a poolside room which didn't have a seaview, but that was better for us as we didn't fancy running up and down all the stairs if we needed anything. Plus the bar was just a steps away too. The only thing wrong was there was no crisps or icecream inbetween meals and they were expensive from the bar. The entertainment was ok. The entertainment manager PEDRO was ace. Very funny and friendly, join in his games. Its all good fun. Say hi to him from maddog. Would reccomend it, but only for a week. The lifeguards around the pool are good too, they actually do their job and watch out for dangers. Enjoy your rholiday we did.
Read a review about a "shower tray"....maybe the bathrooms have been modernised as well BECAUSE me and my friend had a room in the middle of the hotel which was one of the smallest (but still an average hotel room, nothing lacking)...and that had a new looking bath and on the wall shower. Not just a shower cubicle. Our friends had end of block rooms which were HUGE in comparison, and they also had a shower and bath...as well as extra sections, almost like a mini appartment. No air conditioning, although the overhead spinning fan cooled us down a lot and room had double curtains to keep the sun out at peak times as well.
I booked a last min trip for my wife, myself my 2 year old grandaughter. I was not expecting perfection, but this was the worst hotel I had stayed in. We booked out after 3 days. There is no management in place. At breakfast on the first morning (0730 -1000) we arrived at 0940. What was left was not replaced. There was a long line for tea & coffee (most using bowls as there were no cups) at 1000 I asked the waitress (only 2 working) for a cup and was told ''1000 all finished'' everything had been removed. I complained to reception and was told that my complaint would be given to the manager. The food lacked imagination or variety. As this hotel does All inclusive the drinks are served in the smallist glasses possible (even if you are paying) on Sunday night at about 2215 I asked for a coffe and Brandy. No coffee no Brandy. When thay realised I would pay, I could have what I wanted. The pool (for children) was freezing and dirty. I had to repair the shower and the flush every day. On the Monday morning I booked myself another hotel. When I checked out at reception I enquired if there was an answer from the manager I was told 'No, but he is hardly ever here', when I said that I was going to complain I was told 'you will not be the first'
I had read bad reviews of this hotel after I had booked a last-minute holiday there and was worried about this. I tried to change the hotel as a result but was unable to.
When we arrived at the Hotetur Bahia Flamingo we found out that they were not expecting us due to Expedia not sending out the information. The hotel was also fully booked. However the hotel quickly found us another hotel (which was also of high quality) until a room was available. They also paid the taxi fares to and from the hotels.
Do not eat !!!!!
The hotel is correct... but do not eat there ! The food is ugly, and I sppeak in healthy term : ice cream box not clean, food from the day before (even chips)... Be careful !!!!