ClubHotel Riu Vistamar

Avenida de la Cornisa , Puerto Rico, Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, 35130

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Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Bedrooms:
4.1
4.1
Eating/drinking:
4.3
4.3
Public areas:
4.3
4.3
Leisure facilities:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Live entertainment, No fuss, Relaxation

Expert review of ClubHotel Riu Vistamar

Popular, family-friendly, all-inclusive hotel on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

As a well-known Spanish chain, the Riu are big boys in the hotel business and run highly professional outfits. The Vistamar is no exception and Oscar, the manager, is one of the best on the island. I am sold on the hotel’s appeal, which is primarily for families on a budget, keen to make the most of the good-value all-inclusive deal. The Vistamar delivers on food, service and family-friendly facilities, and this is why guests come back. But let’s get the bad news over with first. Aesthetically, this is an unattractive hulk commandeering the hillside between Puerto Rico and Playa Amadores. So, forget charm and sexiness. But if you think of this as a solid, long-term relationship rather than a mad affair, then romance isn’t dead here.

Location: 

The cliff-top setting, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is energising, and once inside this hulking hotel, I am no longer fixated by its white elephant appearance. The Vistamar is set in the south, between bustling Puerto Rico and quieter Playa Amadores. Amadores is a newer, less attention-seeking resort than fun-loving Puerto Rico, its better-known neighbour. Amadores is the satellite resort to Puerto Rico in much the same way that Meloneras is to Playa del Ingles. While Puerto Rico is party central, and heavily built up, Amadores is far enough away to keep its distance and special character.

Although both Playa Amadores and Puerto Rico are nearby, the hotel has no easy access on foot. Unlike the two rival Gloria Palace hotels, the Vistamar is not connected to the gorgeous cliff-top promenade that takes you to sandy beaches or nightlife in either direction.

Bedrooms: 

Views available can be of Puerto Rico, Amadores or the pools. For the best sea views, request a room on the upper floors, especially the fifth floor. Rooms on the lower floors might have slightly impeded views, given the protective netting that guards against rock-falls. Bathrooms, which are designed in neutral tones, come with beige bathrooms that tend to be rather dated (clinging shower curtains, anyone?) and on the small side, as are the rooms, with room 1469 as a case in point. The three-bedded family rooms are a good-value option.

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Public areas: 

The outdoor spaces are one of the best things about this cliff-top cream monolith. If I’m honest, the Vistamar never pulls my heartstrings but it has a huge number of fans. If you can get over the nine-storey, concrete-jungle look, the Vistamar has much to offer. The terraces are cleverly designed to allow privacy and secluded sunbathing areas, and several pools, but there is a distinct lack of greenery and landscaping, apart from a pleasant waterfall area. From different terraces there are good views of the cliffs and Playa Amadores beach.

Eating and drinking: 

The cuisine is generally good, and justifies the popularity of this all-inclusive resort. The rooftop, buffet-style pool restaurant is well-run, with surprisingly tasty dishes, including enticing salads, pasta, squid, or grilled tuna steaks cooked to order. You can eat pretty much when you want, cruise-style, but reservations are required for the dinner grills or Andalusian feasts. Instead, in the main restaurant, Spanish-themed supper buffets are particularly popular.

Leisure facilities: 

Children are spoilt for choice, with a compact playground, a dedicated pool, and a kids’ club catering to four to seven-year-olds or eight to twelve-year-olds. There’s also a full activity programme ranging from pool and beach games to table tennis, football, tennis, basketball and volleyball. Adult entertainment includes water aerobics, tennis, billiards, card games, the gym and two adult-oriented swimming pools. An 18-hole golf course is a short, ten-kilometre drive from the Vistamar.

Family-friendly evening entertainment features shows, live music and films. Partying bars and boat trips abound in Puerto Rico, but Playa Amadores offers a quieter beach with a mixture of chic bars and cheap-and-cheerful eateries. If you want the beach, the Vistamar is a short (free) shuttle ride from the golden sands of Playa Amadores.

Service: 

Friendly, personable, but highly professional, as in most Riu Spanish resorts.

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Who stays there: 

Families who are looking for a no-fuss, all-inclusive holiday, with plenty to occupy the children.nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Price advice: 

As in most of Gran Canaria, winter season rates (October-April) are higher. A buffet breakfast is included, as are a raft of activities, but WiFi in the lobby comes with an extra charge, as does computer hire in the bedrooms.ssmmmmmmmmmmm

Pros: 
The winning all-inclusive formula, which suits those on a budget
The cuisine, which is surprisingly good for an all-inclusive
For families, everything you want is on tap, apart from the beach
Cons: 
The all-inclusive nature of the resort discourages guests from exploring
The Vistamar is a (free) shuttle-ride away from the beach
No access to the cliff-side path between Puerto Rico and Playa Amadores

More information on ClubHotel Riu Vistamar :

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Avenida de la Cornisa , Puerto Rico, Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, 35130
Free tags / Keywords:
All-inclusive, Family-friendly, Beach
Amenities:
Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool