Hotel IFA Continental  

If a peaceful break is on the cards, this attractive hotel most definitely comes up trumps. It's got a palm garden setting that surrounds two pools, a semi-covered restaurant, and a big sun terrace. The nearby sandy beach of Playa del Ingles rounds things off.

The Continental will impress you from the word go. Sitting in gorgeous sub-tropical greenery, it’s so close to the honey-coloured sands, it'll have to be a toss up between the beach and the pool. And you’re not far from the resort’s attractions either, which include a shopping and leisure centre. Even lively Playa del Ingles is just a taxi ride away if you fancy a night on the tiles.

From the moment you step in to the Continental’s spacious lobby though, you’ll probably want to spend much of your time here. Once you’ve unpacked your bags in your contemporary room with its modern furnishings and private terrace – make a beeline outside. Here, you can take your pick between two lagoon-style pools, which have waterfall features and separate whirlpool baths. Flanked by sun terraces with cushioned sunbeds, thatched parasols and swishing palm trees, there’s plenty of space to kick back and relax. And with a snack bar on hand, you won’t have to move far come lunchtime.

If you tire of sunbathing though, there’s plenty to keep you on your toes here. You could join in the daytime activity programme. Have a game of football on the sports court. Or make a splash in the pool playing water polo. And if you’re travelling with little ones, they’re not left out either. Not only do they have their own swimming pool, but there’s also a hotel-run kids’ club during the main school holidays and a playground.

After dark, start your evenings with a slap-up buffet meal at the restaurant. Light, airy and elegant, it spills out onto a pretty terrace filled with colourful flowers. Here, you can tuck into traditional Canaries cuisine as well as international fare. And show cooking is always on the menu, so you can have your steak just the way you like it. Afterwards, head for the bar where live music and shows make a regular appearance. However you spend your time at the friendly Continental, we bet you won’t want to leave.

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

All Inclusive ends at 12.00 on day of departure.  Select alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks 11.00-23.00.  Snacks 11.00-12.00, tea, coffee and cakes 15.30-16.30 and late snacks in the Hall Bar 22.00-23.00.

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Outdoor pool

This huge pool comes with waterfalls and whirlpool baths. It's surrounded by a sun terrace decked out with sunbeds and parasols and palm trees for that bit of extra shade.

Outdoor pool

This watery number comes complete with adjoining waterfalls and whirlpool baths.

Buffet restaurant

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served here. Both hot and cold options are on offer with a selection of national and international dishes. Themed buffets keep things exciting, with Mexican, Italian, Asian and local specialities all making an appearance. There's a dress code here, and for men this is long trousers for evening meals.

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twin room

With natural tones running throughout these twin rooms they can sleep up to three adults or two adults and one child. They come with a sofa and sofa-bed as required. You'll also have a satellite TV - some channels at a charge and the option of a hairdryer at a charge.

single room

These single rooms sleep one. They come with a satellite TV - some channels at a charge and a sofa. You'll also have the option to have a hairdryer at a charge.

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Ok

First day at the Ifa continental hotel when we booked though Thomson we asked for a room on the sixth floor we got one on the first floor with no view except trees. We had 171 no hairdryer in the room we asked the reception for one to rent one it will be 12 euro a week the TVs was 3 euro a day and to get wifi it was 2 euro a day for one devise . The carpet in hall way needs replaced . No fan in the bathroom when using the shower. The food is not to bad not very warm .the Thompson rep Hadley is very helpful.when we asked for a higher room you request it but we asked for this six months ago in advanced .entartaiment is a lot of rubbish this hotel is a three star is needs a full re vamp as the carpets all need re knewd . My husband for got to put his to butter wrappers in the bucket on the table at breakfast he got into a row also I went to pick up a pancake from the counter and the chef went nuts . This hotel needs a lot of updating and it not as big when you ok at the video f your over 60 it's fine but for younger no chance . Also when we were sitting in the lounge and a couple got booked in the next room to us the went down to the reception and got a room on the six floor . I will like to thank Hadley the rep on the good talks we had well we were sitting in the lounge when the weather was cold . We will not be coming to this hotel again I wouldn't say it's brilliant it was clean but I said before it needs up dating . The good thing is that the rooms were cleaned every day new sheets and towels every day . When we were there the weather wasn't very warm maybe that spoiled our holiday a bit . The high light was the music hall tavern it was a brill night we have saw the show in Lanzarote it was amazing . If you want a good night go to Molly Malones go to the drag queen night on a Monday Wednesday Friday night More

tab1967, hamilton

Good value for money

We have stayed in this hotel many times during November to February. The weather is almost guaranteed at this time of year 21-27 degrees showing on the streetside gauge. The greeting is excellent on first arrival or any time during your stay. The rooms are ideal with plenty of storage. The bathroom was very clean and the maid did a great job every day. The bar in the lounge is small but offers a great range of drinks. The restaurant does good food really well with a vast choice to suit any pallet. The pools are a good size with plenty of sun beds. After reading some of the other comments I think some people must have stayed at a different hotel! Its not the best hotel in the world but if you want a good friendly clean hotel that's all inclusive in a good spot you won't go far wrong. We will be returning again soon.More

Peter G, Gloucester

October 2014

Visited the IFA Continental with my girlfriend after reading reviews were slightly worried about a few things but upon arrival were pleasantly surprised. The hotel was the first drop off point from the airport so on the coach for less then 30 minutes. Once we arrived we were greeted at reception with our all inclusive bands and then given our room key which was on the 6th floor as requested. We got to the room and settled down for the night as we arrived at the hotel late ( 23.45 ) once we had unpacked we got into bed which were reasonably comfortable, after the first night we realised this wasn't the room for us. We were awake all night due to the traffic from the buses on the road below and the couple next door getting too exited on there balcony or wherever they could find actually. We woke in the morning and went to reception to ask for a room swap to a lower floor facing the pool which wasn't a problem at all, we were told we could move rooms after 1400 as this particular room was having some maintenance done this was offered free of charge which we were happy about. This room was fantastic, Over looked the outside patio/ entertainment and a slight view of the pool as this was blocked by trees, again not a problem. The rooms are all you need really( who goes on holiday to stay in your room anyway. We are early risers so no problem getting sun loungers by the pool in a decent location everyday for our weeks stay, the hotel staff were placing a leaflet on towels placed on sun loungers and If no one returned to the beds within 30 minutes towels were removed which is only fair. The animation team at this hotel were very good and tried there best to get people to join in with activities from 10am til 5pm then they were back at 8pm for the night time entertainment which was ok nothing special but you make your own fun. The food at this hotel Is fine nothing wrong with this what so ever a lot of people complain about it being warm and repetitive. Try getting there at a reasonable time and not 5 minutes before they close and your food will be piping hot and tasty. The location of the hotel is ideal, there is a bus depot across the road with connections to all the main resorts on the island. There is a small bar to the left hand side of the hotel called the meeting place the owners and staff at this bar could not be more welcoming. Gem of a bar. Also there Is a small café across the road called Bambinos this serves amazing food again a lush little place if you fancy a change. All in all this hotel Is fantastic If your after a relaxing break in close proximity to shopping centres/ beach/ transport links and also not to far from the airport. Would I recommend this hotel yes I would and would I go back... we have booked 1 week in April and 1 week in October this year. Well done IFA CONTINENTAL thank you for a great holiday.More

Rossm9014, Newcastle upon tyne

Nice Hotel But, But, But.

Sometime before our holiday at this hotel we emailed them for a Disabled Room, we had a reply, they did not have any. There were a number of German Disabled there that were in wheelchairs it makes you wonder how they managed? The hotel itself is quite Disabled Friendly in ways with the ramp in most areas, but if it does not have the room facilities, how is it. It seemed again in the restaurant that the German Disabled or with Walking Difficulties could reserve tables in the restaurant, most of these were away from the serving areas. Lack of disabled toilets in Public Areas. Reception at check in was good, receptionists were all good but did not give out any information unless asked for it, except for meal times and location of the restaurant. A safe is 2 Euros a day, don’t have a TV control unless you want Pay TV, there are controls on the side that can change channels and sound levels. Channel 10 has BBC World News, 27 Sky News and that’s all we found that worked in English. There are other items you can hire, an in room fridge, electric kettle, hair dryer, all added extras to make money. All inclusive is 1100 to 2300 daily where there are local beers, wines and spirits together with soft drinks tea and coffee, all self-service except for spirits, Amstel Beer is good red wine is to cold. Waiter service to the British was not existent unless you tipped as the Germans do or you are a paying customer. Previously we have stayed in the Bonaventura which is in the same group of hotels and the waiting staff offered far better service, a better hotel overall. On arrival to the room we found it to be clean, nice carpet on the floor for a change in Spain, the bathroom was clean with no mould in the usual places. The towel were old and past drying properly, shower gel and liquid soap were provided but of poor quality, this does not worry us as we take all our own toiletries wherever we go. There is no heating or air conditioning in the room not even a ceiling fan, after our first night we asked for extra blankets which we had double on the bed and then really it was not over warm. Do not have room 166 or rooms on the pool side near the stage, it is impossible to have an early night with the noise from that area, some nights the music was so loud you had to turn the TV up to hear it. The only consolation was that it ended at 2300. The stage area was covered in and smoking was allowed throughout with no consideration for the non-smokers. In Spain there is no smoking in hotel indoor areas, this includes bedrooms but outside you cannot get away from it, there was one small area where there was no smoking outside this was near the children’s pool, otherwise you were plagued by cigarette smoke. Areas should be set aside for the non-smokers. We found that a lot more of the Spanish and Germans smoked than the British, the few of us there were. The food was not bad but care had to be taken to make sure it was cooked properly, on a number of occasions people were leaving fish as it was under cooked, another night there was chicken on the servery that in the bottom of the dish was blood, chicken is a high risk food as well as fish and need to be fully cooked prior to serving. Soups were poor very little flavour and were only served chilled and cold by the time you got back to the table. The soup here must have been the worst we have had on any foreign holiday. In the restaurant it was a bit of a free for all with some of the Germans pushing there was in to get food, it appeared they were frightened they were not going to get any. A lot of the food lacked flavour, even the blue cheese dip lacked any kick of the cheese. One night they were prawns on the menu these just tasted of water, no flavour what so ever. There was a lot of repetition of food, but this cannot be avoided when there is a large choice on offer. There is a male dress code for dinner which is discriminatory, as females are allowed to wear what they like. Men have to wear long trousers, three quarters are not acceptable, most hotels we have stayed in allow three quarters, but not shorts. On our last morning a female came into the hotel with a bra on that was so small, that she might just have been topless and a bikini to match with her partner who was bear chested and got away with it sat in the lounge. The manager needs to get his act together. Breakfast was a bit hit and miss, the bread was excellent and there was a wide choice of meats and cheese, sometimes pate and most days a cold fish item. Sometimes the bacon was cooked other almost raw, scrambled egg dry needed some butter stirred into it, grilled tomatoes hard and the usual Spanish Sausages. The Germans were grabbing tables before the waiting staff had done relays to sit in groups together. In an evening there was not enough seating in the Bar Hall for the number of guests sitting down, there were two other indoor areas which also filled up as well, it was too cold at this time of year to go outside for a drink and then you had the smokers. In the grounds there was a large pool complex but pools needed attention as in places you could see the paint coming off and rough edges being left. It was too cold to even contemplate going in the water and nobody did. There is a pool bar which could be nice to sit in except again for the smokers, we were not the only British to feel the same-way about the smoking, Cigarettes are so cheap on Gran Canaria at around 2 Euros a packet. The hotel is just adjacent to the Bus Station out of the door turn right, cross the road then left and your are there. Further on are shops restaurants and a shopping centre. If you are going to the Yumbo Centre, a lot of bus run there the fare is 1.40 Euros and a Taxi around 3.50 Euros. On our last morning I wanted water to take tablets with, the staff were getting the bars ready to open and refused a small glass of water. We have been on many all-inclusive holidays and there has never been a problem before with water, reception did not have any, the restaurant was closed and my partner had to go in and beg for a small glass of water. It’s a nice hotel but we would not stay here again.More

Brian P, Cardiff UK

IFA continental

The food was really good with a good variety. The cleanliness of the hotel was first class the staff always seemed to be cleaning. All the staff were friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to my family and friends.More

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