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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Recently spent a week in the Playamar 'Bungalows' as a couple.

Excellent accommodation. Beautifully maintained property and grounds and a nice pool. Conveniently located (100 metres or so) close to the seafront walkway In Playa Del Ingles and only a couple of hundred metres from a large supermarket. Ample parking along the frontage.

The apartment was cleaned nearly every day, fresh towels etc. Although basically equipped perfectly satisfactory for a holiday stay. Limited English language TV (generally the case in my experience in Playa del Ingles) - Sky News and Bloomberg only. However, top quality wi fi and and a UK VPN meant that we could watch UK terrestrial TV with no problems.

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay although the weather was a bit changeable. Would recommend these apartments to anyone.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank redcar1
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

paid 950 euros for 1 week in dec had 2 pay extra for safety deposit box 5 euro a day wi fi very weak had to pay extra for better so called wi fi décor old and dated kitchen small and not that well equipped blinds in the bedroom difficult to close walls made of paper guide book said 5 English tv and 3 radio channels there was 1 sky news 12 German channels and radio stations that worked maybe because 90% of ppl there German the maid came twice once for a quick sweep and 2nd to change towels bedding not replaced all week not value for money well over priced only good point close to beach and shopping square

Room Tip: stayed in better places for a lot less money
  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank alhodgs
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Bunalows are big and very well appointed. We used toster, coffe maker, bolling pot, corckscrew, etc. The fridge is big, toilette is almost new and clean but upstairs - it is bit uncomfortable because there are no WC at the pool. Bunalows are cleaning almost every day, but not very precisley - we saw a lot of long hairs in the shower when we moved in, even in the fridge, dishes wasn't washed very well. I would be happier if bunalows would be cleaning not so often but more percisley (the hours of cleaning wanst the same every day so you dont really know what time the cleaning lady will come, sometimes at 10am, sometimes at 13). The pool area (enclosed by glass fence) is not big but there is place for everyone and deckchair for everyone. We were sad that there are no deckchair infornt of bungalows on the grass or an umbrella at upstairs balcony.
There are two ways out from the hotel but only one is open (you have to use a key for them anyway and there is only one for bungalows). Unfournatly the door which was very close to our bungalow are always closed so we have to walk twice longer to go to a market or restaurants which are very close to the hotel.
The beach is also not far away (about 10min, with stairs).
WiFi worked excellent in our bungalows (number 33), we could easly watch youtube - at the pool WiFi is not so good.
The hotel stuff is very polite and helpfull. Our stay was very good and we can recomment Playamar Bungalows for everyone who like peace and prefere cosy hotels.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank K M
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Holiday review!
Just came back a week ago from staying in Gran Canaria at the Playamar bungalows. Although I have no idea about why they called it a bungalow because the apartment does have two levels inside. Apart from the faulty name I would like to say that the apartment itself was amazing. It looks just like the pictures taken but is a lot more spacious than you may think.
Arriving and getting through the gate:
If you arrive late at night/early in the morning like us and you are worried about getting into the complex, there is a little buzzer to ring and someone should come and open the front gate. Our coach driver was nice enough to do that all for us.
Cleaning:
I believe it says that a cleaner will come 5 times a week but ours only came 3 times, not to complain, our cleaner was very good and sweet.
Reception:
There is a lady receptionist who is very nice although her English is not amazing but good enough to get the bottom of your enquires with a bit of time.
Coach times to get home:
Times of coaches to leave should be up on the outside notice board but if, like ours, is not up then you ought to go to the receptionist. I would suggest doing this a day before you are leaving as there may be complications. Our coach details couldn’t be found on her computer which was a bit scary but after some time she found it and printed out our times for us.
Wifi and TV:
Both the wifi and TV comes included in your stay although I would not count on the Wifi. From our experience the wifi kept on cutting gout and was not really strong at all. Some devices would not even connect. I am not sure if this was because the model of the phone was a bit older. But even newer phones had trouble with fluent internet.
The TV is fairly big, most channels are in German and Spanish, though there is a English BBC channel world news channel. For the kids there is a Disney channel in Spanish which is quote fun to watch.
Late coach times home, what to do now?
If you have a late flight you will then therefore have a late coach and you are wondering where you can hang about there are two options;
Option 1: this is the best option. Go and ask the receptionist if you can have your apartment for longer hours. This can only happen if your room is not booked straight after your visit. This would be convenient as you can go out or just relax at your hotel before your late coach.
Option 2: (Which we had to go with) As the hotel was fully booked after our stay this meant that we had to check out at 12. You can leave you suit cases in the receptionist until 6.30pm. it says 7.00 but the receptionist said that we had to come 30 mins earlier. Our coach was at 8.45 which meant we had a few hours to kill. What we did was at 6.30 take our suit cases to the pool area and lay there until it was time (as because of all of the stairs we couldn’t go out and as the reception was closed we couldn’t wait in there.) it wasn’t weird because the poolside was basically empty and you can just leave your cases in the corner on the grass bit.
Arriving late/early and need food!
We arrived around 10.30. We headed down towards the beach way (down all the stairs) and went to McDonalds. It might seem to be closed but the entrance is around the other side and it is open to 1.00am. The staff in there don’t speak very good English and it might be helpful to know your basic McDonalds order in Spanish, requirements such as no mayonnaise or mustard and sizes such as small and medium if you don’t want a large e.g.: a large fries was 3 euros and medium is around 2.45. if you just ask for fries they will give you a large.
McDonald’s note: Do not buy the Oreo milkshake. It is horrible and very watery and a waste of your money. It tasted like crushed Oreos and water.
Also it is helpful to know that the wait in McDonalds is very long; for example, me, my mum and brother were the only ones in there and it took like 15 mins just for fries. Not a criticism on the staff’s point, just a general tip for you guys.
There is also a burger king, but this is quite far away from where you are staying and you might not want to go all the way there. (there is a poster around which tells you the time as I have forgotten.)
Stairs
Don’t underestimate the reviews on here about the stairs. To get to the beach and basically all the shops you need to go down the stairs. I counted, and for one set of stairs there was 83 steps and that’s just to get to the shops and beach. If you walk down further, towards burger king and the shopping centre there is another set of stairs (around the same amount I think, I didn’t count these). So to get around the area in general is a lot of stair climbing and there isn’t really anyway to avoid them. There is a slope in the opposite direction with some “long” stairs, this leads to the performance area and the dune part of the beach.
Areas to eat
Around there are lots of restaurants. I would suggest to go to the “second” part of the island, where burger king is, that section. From the apartment go down the stairs and go right. Keep going until you see a set of stairs again. Then you will find the Singapore restaurant and others which have sea views and looks very nice in the evening as they have nice lights and also the food is very nice here, especially in comparison to the restaurants on the main strip.
To get to burger king you need to go into this little inside market place where is a lift. This will take you to the “third” part of the island. There is a bit to explore up here including another shopping centre, some of which is deserted. There is also a church which is open sometimes.
Supermarkets
There is a Spar down the stairs near McDonalds but is not your closest supermarket. Is you go to your left (outside Playamar apartments) and follow the path for about 10/15mins you will see a colourful building which says supermarket. On the lower floor there is a shop (Spar I think? I cannot remember.) and if you go up the stairs and follow it round to your left also you will see a green supermarket called Hipperdino (this was my favourite shop… I think that was the name.) They had lots of things in there which you will find useful.
The beach
The beach itself is very long. It is not that packed, it’s fairly busy, you will be able to find a generous space to lay down. If it is packed just walk down. If you walk down further, then you will get to the nudist part of the beach. The beach is the nicest in the evenings. Then it is very quiet and the sun loungers are free.
Bad bits
- One thing that was annoying was that at bars/ restaurants you will be stopped (while sitting down during a meal or drink) by some individuals who will ask you to buy watches and other merchandise. This won’t happen once or twice but every day and a few times a day. They can be quite persistent but will go away without a sale
- Also for non-smokers/kids, or anyone who gets annoyed with smoke it can be very annoying that while sitting at a restaurant eating dinner there will be someone across from you smoking or chain smoking, and moving seats won’t work as there will be smokers everywhere.
- Another negative is how persistent the restaurant workers are. While looking at a menu or just walking by restaurant owners/staff will interrupt you, not even giving you a chance to look at the menu to persuade you to eat at their restaurant. They can be very invasive of personal space making me and my family feel uncomfortable. This will happen also everyday outside almost every bar/restaurant. A trick is to say that you have already eaten!
A note: If you want to know what kind of people are in this part of Gran Canaria I would say that the majority of people are from Germany, not that this is a bad thing but if you would prefer more of a “English” feel, Lanzarote gives this.
Overall the holiday was nice and relaxing but the apartment was what made it a lot better.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank CooperLeeBazinga
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Reviewed 26 May 2017

A small complex of duplex Bungalows, ( which aren't actually Bungalows), which are very clean and comfortable. A gated complex, with a secure pool area, if you are looking for peace and quiet without lots of entertainment, then this is the place. A short walk down to the promenade gives you a view of the beach and sea, and steps at either end take you down to the beach, shops, bars and restaurants.
We don't often go to the same place twice, but we look forward to going back here.
A great resort and complex.

Stayed: May 2017
2  Thank Maureen108
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