Stayed here for a week, 3rd - 10th September 2016 and had a really good holiday.
We arrived at night and hired a car for our week stay, driving to the hotel from the airport was very easy.
The hotel serve dinner up to 930pm, but they had made arrangements to provide us with something, which comprised a plate of various cold meats, salads and drinks on our arrival.
Our first impression of the hotel was a little dubious, the bar area is quite loud and of a very 80's dated interior, however, after waking up the next morning we were very pleasantly surprised with the hotel as a whole. The hotel layout initially seems quite odd, with everything on different levels, reception is on floor 6 for instance, but this is because the hotel is built on the side of a steep hill. All the communal areas of the hotel appear to be very large and sparcely furnished, but you do quickly get used to it.
The outside pool area is very large, even though the hotel is mainly targeting German residents, we never had an issue with sun beds and there are plenty available at any time of day. The view from the pool terrace overlooking the beach is breathtaking.
We never ventured to the restaurant for lunch, instead we ate at the pool snack bar, which at lunch time was perfectly adequate. The hotel provided plentiful variety at all mealtimes, we never felt that the food offered was repetitive and thought that the quality of food was really very good.
Our hotel room was basic, there is no fridge or coffee/tea making facilities, but we only really slept in the room, the room was quite big and also had a separate seating area, room 733, and although the balcony did not overlook the sea, this did not matter at all to us and was very private. The whole hotel could do with modernisation, it clearly has not had much of an update since it was built, probably in the 80s.
The hotel room was serviced daily and the whole hotel is spotlessly clean. Even the pool side toilet facilities are spotless, which is quite rare for a large hotel like this.
Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay here and didn't want to come home after our week holiday, which we always feel is a sign of a good holiday, there are however a few things the hotel should consider.
The hotel has a policy of men having to wear trousers for evening dinner. We found this policy completely un-necessary and totally pointless. There were many women dressed in very short shorts, so short in fact that they barely covered they rear ends. I really cannot see why this is allowed and men are not able to wear shorts down to the knees. It is a very nice hotel and we enjoyed our stay, but I would not consider the hotel to be this upmarket to warrant this kind of policy. It did not really matter to us as the evenings in September are quite cool and breezy, but if it were hotter then it would be quite unpleasant.
The second matter that the hotel should address as a matter of urgency is regarding smoking. It seems to me that every German citizen is a chain smoker. The hotel has a main inside restaurant, which is not air conditioned, or if it is, not that well air conditioned, the doors are left open anyway so if it is on it won't work anyway. There are also two outside terraces, both of which the hotel allow smoking in. Either the hotel needs to do something about the air conditioning inside the restaurant so that it is cool enough for non smokers to eat dinner, or allocate one of the terraces to smoking and the other as non smoking. Coming from England, where smoking is now pretty much seen as a disgusting anti social habit, I really do take offence to having to breathe in someone else's exhaled cigarette smoke particularly when eating. None of the other hotel guests from other nations seemed to be the least bit concerned about lighting up a cigarette next to us while we were eating our dinner, and I found it hard to believe that many could not even go between courses without having to light up a fag or two.
Also the Wifi is very expensive, I didn't bother paying for it, I used O2 Travel instead which was a lot cheaper than what the hotel charge. I found this surprising as most hotels now offer wifi free.
If visiting Fuerteventura I would definitely recommend hiring a car. We drove through some very high mountains visiting Betancuria, Antigua and Pajara. We also drove to the north and climbed the Hondo Volcano which was a fantastic experience and I would very much recommend this. The lighthouse at Gaviota offered stunning views over the ocean, although the drive up to it is quite precarious. We also wanted to drive to Cofete but as we only had a Smart Car we decided not to, as a 4x4 is apparently a must to attempt this drive.
We also visited a restaurant called 'Marabu' which is in Esquinzo town. The food we had in the restaurant was 1st class and we even went back for our last night. Would highly recommend, we paid around 70 euros for 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 desert, carafe of wine and a brandy and coke.
I have rated the trip as a 'couples' trip rather than a family holiday, although there were families at the hotel the time we stayed. This is just from what we experienced while staying at the hotel. Diving is not allowed into the pools, although some areas of the pool are very deep. The lifeguard was heard saying that no snorkels and inflatables are allowed, therefore for kids aged 5-6 upwards, I don't think there would be a great deal for them to do as far as the pool is concerned.
Previous reviews have been critical of the number of steps to the beach. I did not count the number of steps personally, but did not find this a problem at all. The beach is well worth a visit, and if you walk down the beach a little, walk to the right hand side with the hotel behind you, and you will very soon stumble across a nudist beach too. However, the sea is lovely and warm and the big waves are great fun. The steps to the beach are very well maintained and provided you have reasonable health, you would have no issue climbing back up again. A visit to Jandia beach is also worthwhile, and they have bigger waves too.
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- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Club Paraiso Playa Hotel Marabu
- Sunrise Hotel Fuerteventura
- Sunrise Hotel Paraiso Playa