We have just returned for a weeks holiday at the Buenos Aires hotel.
The hotel was booked through hotels4u.com who came out cheaper than other hotel websites. The website (and others) claim this is a 3* hotel however I would say it is more 2* and this is confirmed with the official 2* rating at the main entrance.
Firstly as mentioned in previous reviews the location is excellent. Next door to the Yumbo Centre (a gay hot spot) and about a 10 minute walk from the beach.
The apartment itself was compact but well equipped and very clean. We asked for a double bedroom but they only had a twin room apartment and as the hotel was full we were unable to change rooms. The beds were rather firm and we found it more comfortable to sleep on the sofa bed - for some reason I always find this when staying in Gran Canaria! The shower was very powerful and usually lovely and warm although on a few occasions it wasn't however I assume this is because everybody tried to shower at the same time. Only one small bar of soap is provided to remember to bring your toiletries especially as they are more expensive over in Gran Canaria.
The pool area is nice with plenty of sunbeds/umbrellas and is quite protected from the wind. Thankfully there was no need to wake up early to run down with your towel to get a bed. It was a nice touch that the pool was heated although beware that one side is very deep.
The hotel was mainly full of older (45+) straight couples, although speaking to friends who visit Gran Canaria often this is very common in January.
We booked half board and wished we had gone self catering. The food was served buffet style and was of an OK standard however it just simply was not hot enough - even if you went to the restaurant as soon as the buffet opened! A previous review mentioned that there was a microwave to heat food but the plates were too big to fit in (I tried!) and this should not be necessary. The small older lady who waited on the tables in the evening was lovely.
It was very frustrating that we wanted a late check out but were told everyday to come back the next day to organise it only to be told on the last day that it was not possible. Not sure why they could not tell us this from the beginning?
In January the weather was very mild (20 degrees most days) so the room was always at a pleasant temperature however the hotel does not have air conditioning or ceiling fans so I'm not sure how comfortable it would be to stay in the hot summer months. Bear this in mind when booking.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel if you choose a self catering option and are not looking for a romantic get away - after all Playa del Ingles is great to party!
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- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel Buenos Aires Hotel Playa Del Ingles
- MUR Aparthotel Buenos Aires Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria