A pair of mega-sized pools are this hotel’s calling cards – along with fun activities like giant chess and archery.
This hotel is linked to the Maspalomas Princess Hotel, and you get the share of its 2 whopping pools and handful of bars. Food-wise, there’s a buffet restaurant and à la carte lunch place.
Maspalomas Beach – with its famous sand dunes – is just 20 minutes’ walk from the hotel. There are some shops a little closer, plus more, along with bars and restaurants, a 5-minute drive away in Playa del Inglés.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals. Hot and cold snacks. Afternoon cakes.
Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including beer, wine, soft drinks and water with lunch and dinner. Bars are self-service and opening times vary - not all bars are included.
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4 outdoor pools
The 2 main pools are heated during winter, and all are complete with sunbeds and parasols. Towels are available for a charge.
2 kids' pools
Heated during winter.
Showing international and tribute acts, and live singing.
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We've just returned from an 11 night stay, 2 adults, 3 children aged 16, 16 and 12. Overall a lovely holiday, food was fantastic with a couple of theme nights, loads of choice, good evening entertainment, spacious rooms, well located hotel. Scroll to the end for top tips... Transfer Transfer was quick and direct, no problems there at all. Check-in I'd read that check in was a nightmare, so whilst one adult waited for the cases, the other went straight to the front of the queue. Although there weren't a huge number checking in the night we arrived they were definitely under staffed. Rooms Our rooms were not adjoining despite a request when we booked, but they weren't too far away from each other, and when we complained the next day the staff were sympathetic but said that they were completely full and could possibly move us in a couple of days. We chose to stay put. The rooms themselves were spacious and comfortable with plenty of storage. Safe and fridge are extra (if you need them, we didn't). Our biggest problem was that the room we were in was a smoking room and absolutely reeked the first night we arrived, really oppressive if you're a non-smoker. We complained immediately but were told again that they were full so no free rooms at all. Next day the cleaners called and the smell was gone, but towards the end of the week it was back so presumably whatever was used to mask it wore off. If you suffer from chest problems I would definitely check if there are non-smoking rooms available. The other room we had didn't smell of smoke, but there was no notice to say that it was non smoking so I'm not sure what the policy is there at all. Pool area/sunbeds Sun beds were a nightmare when we first arrived, but I think it's because we were there at the busiest time of year. We couldn't get anywhere on the first day, so left our stuff in a pile while we went for a swim, not ideal. A lot of beds had been reserved and were not being used. Towards the end of the holiday however, there were plenty free whenever you went down but by then we were choosing to spend the day out at the beach. No parasols to speak of, but you can buy them for about 8â¬ at most of the supermarkets - the closest is just outside the rear entrance to the hotel behind the mini golf - and attach them to your sunbed. Smoking is a problem here too if you have an issue with it. There are no designated smoking/non smoking areas and the sunbeds are so tightly packed you can't avoid it. Entertainment We absolutely loved the evening entertainment. It doesn't start until 10, but we had a pack of cards so we kept the kids amused. Some of it was really cheesy, but the music acts and some of the acrobatics were stunning. Our favourite was the Lionel Ritchie tribute, he really got the crowd going. You need to get into the Tabaiba Salon quite early because a lot of the views are restricted as they have huge pillars down the middle of the room. Check what entertainment is on in the Maspalomas too, their entertainment area is outside and much nicer. Bars In the evening you really notice how understaffed the bars are, especially in the entertainment areas. Sometimes a queue would form which was fine, and clears relatively quickly, but when it's just a standard wait at the bar to be served system, it can take forever depending on your 'bar presence'. My 12-year old daughter waited 30 minutes for a single glass of coke. Consequently people ask for multiple drinks which slows things down further. The all inclusive drinks are local spirits, cava, wine and beer, all perfectly fine. The Tabaiba Princess and Maspalomas Princess are two adjoining hotels. Maspalomas offers half board only, but as an all inclusive guest your drinks are free here too. This wasn't made clear to us at the beginning, and the bar in the Maspalomas is much nicer than the Tabaiba, and not as busy. Activities Daytime activities are in short supply at the hotel, and most are located at the Maspalomas. Ping pong, Tennis, Football. There were others listed in picture form, some of which we couldn't work out. We didn't once see a member of the animation team, and the reps and reception staff were clueless. Days out The beach is fab and the sunbeds are cheap and plentiful. Get the number 1 bus to Anfi Del Mare, then pick up a boat to Mogan, much cheaper than the organised trip and a lot less busy when the market isn't on. Visit the market in Maspalomas. Hire bikes and cycle to Playa Del Ingles, Top Tips Request a non smoking room when you book. Get to check-in as soon as you can. Ask Pablo in the bike hire shop for tips on where to go. He's amazing and will point everything out on the map. Use the Maspalomas bar in the evening. Check Maspalomas entertainment (listed in their reception) as well as Tabaiba. Reserve a sunbed early if you want one. Buy a parasol from the supermarket. Make up a packed lunch at breakfast and head to the beach - taxi is about 4â¬, sunbeds 2.50â¬ a day - lovely breeze and the waves are great fun.More
Nice hotel but not 5*.
We have just returned after a 10 day all inclusive stay at the Tabaiba Princess. Family of 5, 3 children age 5, 11 and 14. Overall we enjoyed our stay but seem to have the same niggles as a lot of the other guests on here. On our arrival we had to wait a considerable amount of time to be checked in, only two receptionists on duty and not much of a welcome. As we booked this holiday almost a year in advance we were dissatisfied to not get our two rooms adjoining as requested on booking. The receptionist said it was not possible, no further apology given. The rooms however were very clean and our air conditioning worked fine. We did find it beneficial to leave another card in the slot though so this kept it on all day which really helped keep the room at a nice temp. Had to pay extra for fridge and safe. We ended up eating out in the evenings after the first couple of nights even though we were all inclusive. The menu gets a little repetitive after a while and is a bit like a cattle market!. Would definitely recommend getting a taxi into Melon Ares at night. Upmarket designer shops, lovely restaurants, watch the sunset over the beach and the kids enjoyed the street artists. We found the hotel bar staff very rude but thought this could be down to the fact they were considerably understaffed and as people weren't paying for drinks tips may have been limited. Not how you expect to be treated when you have paid a considerable amount for your holiday. Much better service at the cocktail bar near the mini golf, you pay for your drinks here but its much more civilised. The mini golf turf was being replaced while we were there, the gardens and pool areas were very well looked after. Major gripe is the saving of sunbeds. It clearly states in the hotel booklet in the rooms that "reserving of sunbeds is prohibited". Our first day we went to the pool about 10am only to find ALL the sunbeds taken with towels. The next day we went earlier and managed to find a few empty ones. A lot of people who put their towels on the sunbeds do not use them until about 3pm so this policy is obviously not policed by the hotel at all and got really annoying. A good day out if you have kids is Palmitos Park. We had a taxi which cost â¬13.50 each way. Free flying birds of prey, dolphins etc. lovely clean park with well looked after animals. Overall an enjoyable holiday but would perhaps do just bed and breakfast next time! More
elephantsoup, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Nice hotel but let down by a number of things that could easily be improved
Just returned from a 1 week stay at this hotel. Overall a nice hotel with very clean facilities and a great pool area. Food quite good an sufficient variety for a weeks stay. Piano bar outside area is lovely to sit outside in the evening. What let it down is as follows: Arrived with a failry large group of circa 60 guests at 9.20pm at the hotel.. There were only 2 check in staff and half way through one of the staff went to "cash up" for the day on a computer leaving only one person to check in a large group of people. Clearly guests come a long way down in the pecking order! We had 3 young children with us and we finally were checked in after 1 hour and 10 minutes!. No refreshents were offered and when requesting to speak to the duty manager I was told there was no one on site to complain to. Quite amazing for a large hotel to not have a duty manager on site. Once check in was completed the restaurant had closed and after promting that we had hungry and very tired children with us we were given a voucher for 7 sandwiches to be colleted in the piano bar. After further queing only 2 sanwiches were available. Back to reception who called the kitchen and promised sandwiches in 10 minutes - non arrived. Finally after much "discussion" we finally got sandwiches at 11.45pm. This is not acceptable in any hotel and seems to be a recurring issue in this hotel as other reviews confirm. I met with the German manager Mr Hanson the next day who told me that "our experience was unusual" However the hotel knows when a group of guest will arrive and should have sufficient staff available to check them in fairly quickly. MR Hansen made no offer to put things right and we did not hear from him again, nor did staffing levels improve. The "all inclusive" which we paid for is not that all inclusive either. No free wifi, have to pay for room safe and room fridge use. Pool towels are not changed although you can pay to exchange them apparently - but where, how, when, how much etc??? Breakfast is good with a lot of itens to chose from. Lunch and dinner ditto. BUT no coffee available during lunch and dinner. I have never stayed in a hotel before where no coffee was available for lunch or dinner and this is supposed to be a 4 star hotel. Admittedly coffee is available in the bars but surely should be availbe with or after dinner in the restaurant? Cocktails in bars are ( on all inclusive) are very limited and frankly not drinkable. Softdrinks were often flat, red wine is ok but the white wine was dire during our stay. There is also no waiter service in any of the bar area's and because of lack of bar staff one could sometimes wait a long time ( 20 minutes) to qeue up for drinks. When ordering several drinks ( 7 in our party) no trays were available and when you returned to collect the rest of the drinks - you gues it - they were not longer there. The room guide states that the tap water is not for drinking but the hotel makes no bottled water available.. Reception directed us to a vending machine but it contained no bottled water. Water is available from a dispenser in restaurant and bars but one is forbidden to fill up bottles. At shortage of staff was apparent troughout the hotel, in the pool area, in the bars and in reception. Plates were often not removed from tables so we often cleared our own plates. However the staff that they do employ were mostly very helpful and friendly but rushed off their feet. We had a late departure and asked about courtesy rooms as we had a late evening flight. well the good news is that these rooms are available but you cannot pre-book a time slot. So again having to wait till one becomes available. Finally standing in the shower one realises that there is no soap, no shampoo, no towels and even no toilet paper in the "courtesy Room" Anothe trip to reception after and promissed them to be delivered within minutes to the room - took over 20 minutes whilst one is only allowed to have the room for 30 minutes. These were the main irritations and if the management was interested they could be so easily resolved by proper "management" of staff and the hotel would be offering amuch better experience to their guests who have paid a significant sum of money for their holiday. If the above issues were addressed this hotel would be a very good place to spend a nice holiday biut they wil not see us again untill it does so.More
Jacques d, Redmarley D'Abitot, United Kingdom
As Nev and Kirsty have mentioned in the most recent review, this hotel is great value for money. People moaning about having to pay for wifi, safes and towels.... Get real, how else is the hotel supposed to make any money? Food and drink was plentiful and of a good standard. Pool area lovely. Usual case of families of Brits reserving sun beds at 6am and then not using them until after midday. Shame about the mass congregation of loud family's with parents who can't seem to control them, food was everywhere and the pool area dominated by there bad behaviour. Parents would rather sit back and drink rather then play with there kids. Staff were not talkative and a little rude but what are you to expect with no cash for tips? Room was cleaned every day and was of a good standard. Reps were great. Brilliant welcome meeting gave us lots of good info. Overall great holidayMore
All - Inclusive Hell No!
Poor staffing levels ie 1 bar man with 20 customers, reception staff rude and only 2 on when 20 people trying to check in. Restaurant staff very arrogant not customer friendly, pool bars charged for food but not clearly defined when booking.More
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The Tabaiba Princess is linked to the Maspalomas Princess hotel by a central passageway. Sports and leisure facilities, including the pool complex, are shared with guests staying at the Maspalomas Princess.
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