Riu Grand Palace Maspalomas Oasis
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We rented a car for a day and went for a beautiful drive. Scary at times because it was so narrow and you would accross a bus.... I closed my eyes for that part! The food was delicious and the people super nice.
Had a great time!
This summer I went to the Canary Islands with my friends. We did a lot of things there; we went to the swimming pool, partying, to the dune beach, and to the aqua park party...
Also, one day we went to one beach where there were a lot of water sports and we practised the motorskying, parasailing and a los of things.
Finally we come back to Spain with hangovers and our bodies very pained becouse we fell many ...
... Gran Canaria at sunset we were greeted with a dramatic coast line of cliffs in deep orange with clouds sitting in the peaks. We came into the lovely Puerto Mogan at night and Sunshine Maritime's Mike and Mayla assisted Skipper Paul May put Taboo snugly into her berth. Another successful, safe and healthy trip in preparation for her Atlantic crossing in November. Thank you to the crew of Skipper Paul May, crew Roger, Dapo, Martin and myself (Louise). Good luck Transatlantic Team ...
... little balcony and kitchen. Perfect for a cute girl's night in! The pool at our apartment building was also awesome. I definitely recommend Liberty to anyone travelling to the Canaries on a budget! The only downside was that there was no free internet in the building.
On our first day, we arrived at our hotel super early, had an awesome poolside breakfast and started the hard work of getting a tan. Then we went to see the beach (which, unfortunately, was super ...
... total. Mind you, it is a good job that I had checked in on-line as we later learned that the flight had been 'over booked' and that some customers who had not checked in on-line, were being denied flying!
There was then a long walk to the outer regions of the North Terminal where we had to queue up like cattle about to be slaughtered. It was then a 'free for all' to get seats on the plane. Because of Easy jets ridiculous policy ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riu Grand Palace Maspalomas Oasis
Very friendly hotel, right on the beach, with wonderful spacious tropical gardens. Despite being heavily outnumbered by Germans, never a shortage of sunbeds or space round the large warm pool. Food extremely good - fantastic selection on buffets and supplements for full board really cheap for a five star hotel.
First, we are not talking about the similarly named Riu Palace Maspalomas -which anyway is more in Playa del Ingles- but of the Riu Gran Palace Oasis Maspalomas. As the Gran implies it is a notch up from Riu's Palace category and has 5 star rating - although probably that's Riu's rather than any independent body-and it's in the area called Oasis down from Maspalomas centre on the sea front by the Lighthouse ( Faro).
If you like to swim laps you might have noticed the majority of hotels
OK, I write this as I have just booked a THIRD holiday in a row at this wonderful hotel (it is May 2005 now). It may not suit everyone; mainly Spanish, German and others (UK/Irish/Swiss). Rather of an older service style.....no you will like it!
Poor service reflects on the poor management of Riu Hotels
Quite simply, if a hotel chain sells their product as 5 star they should ensure that the defined quality standards are upto 5 star standard and that the management and staff are properly trained to provide a 5 star service.
It is a failure of the RIU group that the service at the Oasis is substandard. The RIU group has not properly defined a 5 star standard and have failed to train their management and staff to acheive an acceptable 5 star standard.
Simply BEWARE RIU's star ratings. The Oasis hotel is at best 3 star.
The food and service in the restaurant was terrible.
This hotel was one of the early 'tourist' hotels on the island. It has massive grounds and a low guest to space density and really is an 'oasis' of peace away from the crowds. You can virtually be guaranteed to find yourself a quiet spot away from other guests if you want to. The plus sides include plenty of space, beautiful grounds, good food, good facilities and good service. The negatives basically relate to style. The hotel is old in comparison to neighbouring ones and from some angles looks awful from the exterior. But look a bit deeper. Inside it is well presented with lovely facilities and very experienced and friendly management and staff. It is a hotel of older style and class. The hotel is neither flash nor glitzy - but quietly comfortable - more a Mercedes or Volvo than a Ferrari. It has a child's pool, main pool, hot tubs, massive gardens and direct access onto the beach. If you like tennis there are some very presentable courts in the grounds, a volley ball court, putting green, golf driving nets (and courses nearby), children's play ground, children's pavilion with full time staff to entertain them, and literally hundreds of palm trees.
I booked a week on the Riu website for October 2004 having been 6 years ago when I had a good time. I could only book bed and breakfast on the Internet, so on arrival asked about half board - Dinner. I was told I had to choose between 7.00pm or 8.30 pm. For every night. I booked for 7.00pm. I could not change even if I wanted to, and had the same table very night. In some ways the same table every night is not a bad thing. But in a 5 star hotel I would think I could change now and then.
Disgraceful, Not worthy of 2 stars let alone 5
We spent our honeymoon in the Canaries (Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria) and Marbella in the South of Spain. Everything was fabulous EXCEPT this horrific hotel. I don't know how anyone could give it a remotely decent review. It was dingy, dirty, over-crowded, under-decorated, with a SERIOUS need for a complete renovation. Luckily, we were able to check out almost immediately upon arrival and stayed at The Hotel Grand Residencia (which is about 500m from the Riu). Now that was a luxurious oasis from heaven. If you remotely treasure luxury accommodations don't even step in the vicinity of the Riu...you will be sorely dissappointed!
I have stayed here four times - the first when it had just opened. On that occasion it was paradise; quiet, over-staffed, an oasis of peace.
The hotel grounds are simply beautiful, the food is fantastic, the pool is fine, and there is a kids club there, with a pool for the children. In the evening the entertainment is great and the staff are very pleasant