Set in the south-west of the island, 4kms from Puerto de Mogan, the area feels rugged and rather remote. Although technically in Taurito, the Princess feels as if it’s in the middle of nowhere and there is no resort life to speak of. On the other hand, Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria’s most charming resort, is only a fifteen-minute cab ride away (8 euro). The hotel operates a free shuttle but it leaves at 9am and is not very convenient. Nor is this a hotel for party people, who will want to head into Puerto Rico or Playa del Ingles in the evening. Instead, for more mellow nightlife, the charming bars and restaurants of Puerto de Mogan make a romantic escape. Unless you are happy to bond with the hotel sun beds, then a car (or a cab service) is definitely needed, and would enrich your holiday experience.
I can’t help feeling that this is a rather tired princess. The bedrooms are serviceable, if uninspired, but the best enjoy dramatic views over the bay. Expect long waits for the lifts before reaching your bedroom.
First impressions are of a huge concrete box strapped onto the hillside in a resort with few redeeming features. The Princess looks like a stereotypical package holiday hotel, with very little landscaping and greenery to soften the blow. But it does improve inside. The Princess’ strong point is its grandiose, glittering white marble lobby, which also incorporates a piano bar. This is the most appealing area at night. Even so, there is a soulless feel to much of the cavernous public space. The hotel lifts are too small and often malfunctioning.
Eating and drinking
Half-board is more appealing than the all-inclusive option as staying at the hotel all the time would drive me stir-crazy. The buffets are plentiful and acceptable, even if bland for some tastes, while the pool bar serves light snacks.
The pool terrace has a rather regimented look and the garden area is on the small side. The beach isn’t ideal, especially with children in mind. Occasional storms, notably one in 2010, churn up the beach and deposit debris and stones. Low-key entertainment is on offer at the hotel, but praise is due to the piano bar (and talented pianist) as a respite from boredom. Most will want to travel down to Puerto de Mogan for mellow entertainment (mostly sleepy bars and fish restaurants) or to mooch around by the charming marina.
Service is very variable, particularly on reception, ranging from charming to downright rude.
Who stays there
Couples and families who are looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun, and who don’t mind an indifferent beach. More adventurous couples prepared to explore the island by car.
As in most of Gran Canaria, winter season rates (October-April) are higher. A buffet breakfast is included but half-board is the sensible option here.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- With its winter sunshine and cool summer breezes, this is a year-round beach spot
- If sunbathing is highest on your agenda, then the Princess is fine
- Charming Puerto de Mogan is only fifteen-minutes away by car (or cab)
- If you’re not as mellow as the island, then the 'mañana' attitude to service could grate.
- The Princess is out on a limb, far from the action
- The beach leaves much to be desired but Puerto de Mogan and Puerto Rico are other options