This hotel is in the heart of Playa del Ingles, offers up a great pool scene and throws in easy access to the beach.
The IFA Catarina is right in the middle of Playa del Ingles, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of town by its peaceful subtropical gardens.
There are 2 pools in the hotel grounds, and Playa del Ingles beach is a 5-minute ride away on the hotel’s free shuttle bus. Or, if you feel like walking, it’s a 15-minute stroll.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Selected locally produced alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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2 outdoor pools
With pool and beach towels at extra charge.
Hotel-run kids' club
With games and sports to keep kids busy.
Mixing cocktails with entertainment - seasonal.
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twin room with garden view
Twin room with garden view sleeps up to 3, with twin beds and a sofa-bed. With air-conditioning in the summer and satellite TV with some channels at a charge.
Twin room sleeps up to 4, with twin beds and a sofa-bed. With air-conditioning in the summer and satellite TV with some channels at a charge.
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Wonderful holidays at IFA Catarina, Playa del Ingles/Maspalomas
I spent one week in the IFA Catarina hotel in Gran Canaria, Playa del Ingles at the beginning of August. First of all, I would like to point out that weather and sea temperatures are very nice at this time of year in Gran Canaria. The hotel was very nice. Staff members were not only very welcoming but also professionnal. They help you out whenever you have questions. The rooms are very nice and clean. The view is on the gardens and you can see Maspalomas light house and the dunes of Maspalomas as well as the mountains from the room but no street views at all, which was very appreciated. The view was really stunning. The situation of the hotel is therefore very calm. What I did not really like in the hotel was the restaurant. I only ate breakfasts at IFA Catarina: therefore, I cannot comment on lunch and dinner times. Breakfasts were really good on the whole but a few things were always missing on the tables, which I did not appreciate. Every morning, we found the table with a fork or a knive or a spoon missing. That being said, it is the only not-so-good thing that I can say about this hotel. The hotel provides a safe room to put your suitcase in and to take a shower on the day of departure. The room is secured by a key so you can leave luggage there and go to the beach without being stressed out about your belongings. This was very nice. I thus could enjoy my last day on Playa del Ingles/Maspalomas. I liked the Jacuzzi which is near the swimming pool. Water temperature is also nice on the swimming pool. The hotel is near Playa del Ingles/the dunes of Maspalomas. You can reach it withing 5 to 10-minute walk and you can enjoy the amazing view. Just ask for the way to the beach. The hotel also provides a bus service to Playa del Ingles. I used it the first day but then chose to go to the beach on foot because you can walk alongside the dunes, which you can't see with the bus. Yet, the bus is very useful, especially if temperatures are quite high. The bus drives you to Playa del Ingles only. Which means that, should you want to walk in the dunes, you must walk towards them. It takes 10 minutes at least to reach the first dunes. The hotel calls taxis to drive you to Maspalomas lighhouse and beach. It costs around 5-6 euros. I spent wonderful holidays at IFA Catarina and would like to thank staff members for their help and professionnalism. If I come back to Playa del Ingles, I would come back to this hotel.More
acka360, Sierre, Switzerland
Came here for a week with my partner the room was fantastic! The beds were comfy, aircon worked well, breathtaking view of sandunes from balcony! The only thing that could of made it better for us was a few more sunbeds by pool, we didnt manage to get any our whole stay there! More
A great hotel, located within 5 minutes of the spectacular Sand Dunes
A great hotel, with Spanish speaking staff, many of whom were multi-lingual. Food was very tasty and included a varied menu catering for the fussy nature of my entire family. The hotel room was clean and tidy, the reception area provided free Wi-Fi access which pleased my teenage children. I paid for the all inclusive deal and was not disappointed. I would visit this hotel again, and would definitely recommend it to others.More
Maxine B, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Great for families - wouldn't recommend for couples
Having read the reviews on trip advisor, we didn't really know what to expect, however we were pleasantly surprised when getting dropped off at the hotel. The exterior looked lovely and the front staff were helpful and friendly. We were asked if we would like to upgrade our room for just over 5 euros a day for a "sea view" and "better room". We decided to go for it, however we were left wondering what exactly had been upgraded as we could barely see the sea and it was a twin room, not like the double we had asked for. Overall, the standard of the room was good, couldn't really fault it, just left feeling cheated out of our money slightly! We had already read that all inclusive was 11-11, which we were fine with, and we are used to eating AI buffet food so we found the meals to be quite enjoyable. Good variety, and although some items were left to get cold, the majority was delicious and hot. Poolside snacks and the cafÃ© were a nice addition, offering all sorts of food. The one thing we were most disappointed with regarding the all inclusive was the lack of choice of drink options. We accept that the drinks will always be local brand, however we were expecting more of a choice. No malibu, for example, just the basic spirits, wine from a jug, beer and cocktail from a machine. Entertainment-wise, you really couldn't fault it for the children. Activities running throughout the day with an extremely enthusiastic entertainment team speaking what seemed like an endless amount of languages! We weren't particularly looking to get involved in anything (just wanted to relax) but if you have a family, or do like to take part, it is exceptional. The hotel itself is situated in what we gleaned to be the quiet area of the resort, just a short walk from the amazing sand dunes. However, for restaurants, bars and general nightlife, you are looking at a 10-15 minute walk to "Yumbo", even further to get to "Kasbah". Taxis are super cheap though, so don't let this put you off. The reason we have only rated this hotel as "average" is because we have stayed in better hotels for a similar amount of money in the past and it just wasn't what we were after out of a perfect holiday. Saying that, we really recommend it for families.More
DanielPrior, Birmingham, United Kingdom
When we first arrived,(family of three with 4 yr old), we were not very impressed with the exterior, plus we were in a very long queue for check in, plus did not help when a hotel guest thought they could just waltz up to the reception and push in front, and to top it the receptionist did not ask the guest to get to the back of the queue they just carried on and served them, how ignorant. On entering our room I found it to be very spacious and immaculate, our room was on first floor with balcony overlooking the pool. When we went down to restaurant for evening meal, on first impressions looked lovely and clean, however, food not the best it was OK. SOME restaurant staff very unpleasant, unhelpful and miserable! As time went on that seemed to be the norm, but must stress it was only SOME staff members.That night we could not sleep due to several reasons 1) beds rock hard, 2) room overlooked pool BUT it was also used for entertainment in evenings- LOUD until 11 pm, 3) air con squeaky and not very cold!!! I didn't want to bother with changing rooms as we thought it would be the same plus we didn't want to end up with room overlooking the road. Next morning looked out over the pool . . . . .. and yes you guessed it . . . . . most of the sunbeds reserved with towels! We finally worked out that the hotel is too big for the amount of sunbeds they have. When we finally found some sunbeds near to the children's pool - as we had a 4 year old who was itching to try out the pool with slide. The beds were very close together, and over the next few days also as we had to also go out early in the morning to reserve some sunbeds near to the pools, you felt like you were on top of each other. Evening was even worse because you couldn't get a table outside where the entertainment was taking place. People were sitting on sunbeds at the rear of the stage. . . not good at all. Totally disappointed with the facilities to this hotel, they need to build more pools to the wasted gardens which were not being used. When you are on holiday you want to sit by a pool, not gardens you may as well stop at home in your own back garden. Final thing, coach to beach. . . . yes its free, but we found that people don't queue, they push in . . . what's that they say about us English and Q's! So when we got on coach we had to stand, but Oh no that's not allowed coach driver told us to get off!! NO STANDING! I went to reception to complain and there was a queue all the way to the doors with people checking in. We therefore got a taxi from outside the RIU Hotel, cost about 3.50 euros. We will not be returning to this hotel. One last thing as I feel that the Entertainment Team were absolutely fab they certainly worked hard, a must see is their Horror Show Fabulous well done to them.More
nicola g, Tamworth, United Kingdom
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