19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
memories of past glory
"We were thinking of a return to the Jandia Princess, but having read the latest reviews, we won't be bothering. Stayed there four times. Three on half board, the last on the, then, newly introduced AI. Result....Went from being a dignified, and relaxed holiday, with attentive staff, good food,and wonderful atmosphere, into a relentless scrum, for virtually everything. One of the staff, with whom we had become friendly, over previous visits,told us that she was only staying long enough to save up for her air fare home(Spain). However, I can say that everything was always spotlessly clean, and linen changed daily. I suppose it's "Horses for Courses", and will probably best suit families, rather than 'oldies' like us."
- Travel date: 3rd May 2011
"The Fuerteventura Princess is one of the hotels in the Princess chain. It is set out on a large site on the edge of the sea approx 3km (by beach) NE of Morro Jable. The rooms are in 3 storey blocks spread out around the complex, away from the central area where the restuarante etc are. We found the staff to be friendly and helpfull. The food was typical hotel 'european' food (catering for Germans, English, French, Italian, Russian - with the majority by far Germans) with plenty of choice - no one should go hungry! The only drawback for us was that there was nowhere to 'wander' in the evenings except around the hotel. It is located close to the Jandia Princess and the Occidental Grand but there is nowhere to 'promenade' in the evenings and have a drink and watch the world go by. We enjoyed ourselves."
- Travel date: 15th November 2008
I have stayed at this hotel three times ...
"I have stayed at this hotel three times and can only describe it as excellent. Jandia is very quiet, however, it is a very up market area of the island and my family have always loved it. The hotel is right up there in the memorable places to stay league and I would return any time, as had numerous guests that we met during our stays. Food, entertainment and accommodation were all excellent. Highly recommended."
- Travel date: 1st September 2007
The FVT Princes is for those who wish to...
"The FVT Princes is for those who wish to laze about all day and have a gentle evening. Its definitely not for those who need loud music, beer, British food etc. Situated almost on the beach with just a small hill to walk down its in a perfect location for sun seekers, although with the extensive pools in its grounds, you need not even bother with the beach. The food is ok, aimed for the Germans which outnumber the brits 4:1, however, we ate well all week, and there is a good variety of meats, fish, and salads. The British are well and truly outnumbered here, and most of the staff donât speak English, however, we found no problems and the majority off staff are very friendly, if you treat them with a little respect, the same can be said of the Germans and we had no problems at all. There are 4 main pools, the smallest is in the nudist zone, along with the saunas and steam bath. Please be advised, all of this area is clothes free (although one sauna can be used with swimming costumes on, it overlooks the nude sunbathers!!) If you are prudish, this is not the area for you as even the showers are mixed sex and communal. All in all, we loved the place and will be going back next year."
- Travel date: 2nd August 2007
Booked two weeks prior to departure at a...
"Booked two weeks prior to departure at a very reasonable rate. Flew out of Birmingham on a Tuesday afternoon around 2.20pm 21/11/06 and arrived around 6pm. Flight very smooth, half empty plane and only took 3.1/2 hours (jet stream). One and a half hour coach journey to the resort. The weather on arrival warm but breezy. Donât buy cigarettes at the airport (which you can for the Canaries as its non EU) as they halve in price on the plane and halve even further once there (23 euros for 200). We are on the same time line as Fuerteventura. Needless to say very dark throughout the journey but arrived at the Fuerteventura Princess around 8.45pm and checked in. Given a map of the complex, meal card etc., all had gone reasonably smoothly. The suitcases get driven to your room in a little buggy. I did end up calling reception to find out where mine had gone. Receptionist advised us all to have our dinner but I personally didnât fancy eating by then. There is a complex across the road which was the Club Jandia Princess but I didnât think it was as nice looking, itâs the all inclusive place where everyone wears red bracelets. Small challenge of finding my room but got there in the end. Was delighted that my single person supplement had resulted in a double room, which was a wonderful. (Single supplements could mean a broom cupboard sometimes). The room was delightful and I was reasonably near one of the pools and could just about see the sea. The only negative feedback I could find to give the hotel was that they needed an English movie channel! Without giving a blow by blow account I will give information that I have seen questions on. I went by myself and felt safe at all times (helped by the nice people I met on the way out who stayed in the same resort). Donât mark the resort down for having nothing outside to do, all the brochures clearly state that that is the case, it is kind of in the middle of nowhere. The restaurant can get busy at times but just vary your times. Sometimes I was hungry enough to go up when the doors opened at 6.30 (ish) and always managed to sit where I wanted to. If you go later there can be some frustration on seating but I didnât see that many occasions when we couldnât get seated. Waiting staff friendly and helpful and very efficient. Food although buffet style was well presented and mostly hot. I thought they did incredibly well for such a large complex. The pool areas were clean and there was always somewhere to sit. I loved the beach being so near. When you first walk out to the beach you do think that the wind is going to bother you, itâs not cold but it can be quite strong. Whatâs nice is that the beach men build a fence around groups of sun beds which means you are in effect out of the wind. The Atlantic is usually freezing cold and the waves good enough for surfing. The beaches are lovely. Don't be put off by the nudists, I admired their spirit although the dark sunglasses came in handy! Day times were probably 24 degrees although a couple of days were hotter especially when the wind dropped. Some evenings were quite chilly so just make sure you take warmer tops/cardigans perhaps for first thing in the morning and in the evening. It was funny to see other Europeans wearing big jackets for breakfast. It was also nice to see most people make an effort in the evening. I think this deserves its 5 stars from the cleanliness, to the food, organisation, attention to detail, staff service. I would go back. The weather was changeable but I have never been to any of the Canary Islands and had a full week of sun. Out of the 6 days 7 nights probably 4 were full sun, two cloudy (but donât be fooled by that cloud) and one day poured with rain. The flight back was at 8.05pm and we were picked up at 5.20pm. The journey to the airport back was only an hour. Checked in immediately. Actually took off at 7.45pm which was nice as I was not looking forward to the silly o clock 12.20pm landing. Plane half empty again and managed to move to leg room seats. If you are expecting peace and quiet, reasonable weather, comfort, good food and not a lot to do then this would be ideal. I would be quite confident staying in the 'Princess' chain of hotels again. Enjoy!"
- Travel date: 4th December 2006
"OK so we were there last year but I've only just found this page:o)and forgive me for any spellling mistakes :o) Having been transfered from another hotel due to stuctural problems we (My wife & Daughter 10) found ourselves here at the Fuerta Princess at 9.30pm Helpful staff told us to go straight for dinner and our cases would be taken care of so no worries there. One tip here go for breakfast and dinner early as it gets pretty busy. Right to the rooms. Even for the 3 of us we had loads of room, although the TV was rubbish. (yep my daughter's helping me here!!)Great view of the sea and mountain but the main thing was it was QUIET at night BLISS. Pool areas were clean & spacious with loads of sunbeds so again NO WORRIES, and when ya 10 year old spends 80% of her holiday in the pool ya can't complain.Food choice was exellent and a treat just to walk round and look at it and thank god for chips! (Did I mention my daughter)but as I've said before dine early. Entertainment was varied :o) we saw The Four Tops! & Boney M !:o)plus other variety acts but after a few drinks they were great. As for drinks I did hear some folks complain about prices but HEY this is a 4 star Hotel not some B&B in Skegness and "HELLO" ya on holiday. So will we go back? ANSWER. Yes. In fact we did so 2 days after we got back. Lastly I (we) would like to thank our Thomson Rep. Kerry (did she say Y or IE) I can honestly say without exception she was the most helpful and FRIENDLY rep I've ever dealt with."
- Travel date: 21st February 2006
"Once again we had a fantastic time at this hotel and this was our fifth year. The only thing that let down the holiday was the complete and utter total shambles of the rep and her supervisor. On a previous trip to this hotel we book a boat trip arond the island and had a bad time due to over crowding, poor quality of the boat and the fact the trip was anti english, on our return we put in a complaint to TUI and got a brush off letter in reply. This time the rep told us about the boat trip at the welcome meeting and we raised the issues from our last trip, she ensured us that it would only be half the number of people on the boat, it was a new boat and it was all english people. The coach arrived 1 hour late and was a full double decker, the boat had not arrived in port, the amount of people on the trip should have been 50 but was 109 and it was a mix of english and other. My family and another family of 9 decided that this was too many and cancelled the trip, the people on the boat said we would get our money back. On arrival back to the hotel we informed the TUI 24 hour helpline and our rep only to be told tough you cancelled even though the trip was miss sold. I contacted the reps supervisor who was very rude and agressive. The rep then burst in to tears and said she could do nothing. We now hve recieved our money by via TUI HQ but I would strongly recommend anybody not to trust the TUI reps onsite at this hotel as all they want is the cut of money for getting bodies on the trips."
- Travel date: 23rd November 2005
On the whole, a very nice hotel
"We atayed at the Fuerteventura Princess in early November 2005 for a week. We had stayed at the Club Jandia Princess (just next door) twice before, so we knew what to expect. The hotel is lovely..the gardens have matured nicely and are well looked after, as are the pools. The bedrooms are very clean and comfortable, as are all of the public rooms. Although the hotel has around 700 rooms (ie 1400 guests) it seems to absorb the numbers well. There was never a problem getting a table in the restaurant, and the pools/sunbeds seemed to cope well too. Every evening entertainment is laid on..although not many guests seeemed to take advantage of this. Couple of slightly negative points: 1) the hotel is rather isolated. Its a good 40 minutes walk along the beach to Jandia, although taxis into Jandia are fairly cheap at approx 6 Euros each way, and there is a bus every 30 minutes at 1 Euro each way. 2) as other reviewers have mentioned the food is not the best. It's great if you are a Vegetarian...but the meat dishes can be rather poor. It's all beautifully presented, but often disappoints in the taste stakes. We have stayed at the Iberostar Palace just down the road, and the food there is a LOT better! One final note...the sister hotel (the Club Jandia Princess) has recently gone all-inclusive (the Fuerteventura Princess remains half-board ..at least for the time being). The contrast between the 2 hotels was marked...the Club Jandia being an older hotel was looking a bit scruffy, and the bars and communal areas were all much busier than the Fuerteventura Princess, and much noisier! We know which hotel we preferred!"
- Travel date: 20th November 2005
Fuerteventura. The Fuerteventura Princes...
"Fuerteventura. The Fuerteventura Princess. A very nice hotel, delicious freshly squeezed orange juice the moment we stepped through the door! Just what we needed after a long days travelling. We were taken to our rooms which were very pleasant although a sea view would have been better than the pool view we got. The food was exquisite! Breakfast and Diner was a 4 course buffet consisting of a variety of traditional Spanish cuisine and British foods. Children were also well catered for with a selection of chips, nuggets etc. The waiters/waitresses were all reasonably friendly. The night time entertainment although was rather mediocre. Usually it was a Spanish band attempting to sing "top British songs" such as Shakira and Pink. The pool area was of a good size although the water could have been a little warmer. Various lunches and snacks were available near the pool and the hotel had its own private gate to the beach so you could get away from the hustle and bustle of the resort and take a stroll down the coastline; maybe even spotting a few chipmunks on the way. The weather was very hot but a gentle breeze was constantly blowing which made the intense heat much more bearable. The negative side of this however was that you didn't realist how hot it really was and our whole family managed to get badly burnt on the first day which practically ruined half of our holiday. So a bit of advise; stock up on the highest factor sun cream you can find! Overall the holiday was enjoyable and i would recommend it to anybody who enjoys relaxing, as this is not a holiday for people who like to be on there feet exploring all day. "
- Travel date: 1st November 2005
"We have just returned from the Fuerteventura Princess, the place is wonderful from the choices + quality of food to courteous staff + excellent weather. We spent 2 weeks there doing almost nothing but enjoy the sun around the very clean + well looked after pools. Weather was sunny every day with a nice light breeze from the sea on most days. Restaurants catered for almost every taste on a buffet style. Would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing break away from it all."
- Travel date: 28th September 2005
"I visted this hotel a few years ago but I think my comments will still stand judging by most other Tripadvisor views. The Fuerteventura Princess is one of the nicest package holiday hotels in Europe. I have stayed at this hotel twice. I think it is only available through TUI group in UK, but if you can put up with the short comings of the tour operator i.e. dont bother with reps etc... then this is a superb resort. I have been in January and September and the hotel never feels overcrowded. High season tends to attract the beach towel on lounger tourist but where doesn't. Overall the food and facilities are of an extremley high standard and I would have no hesitation in returning. One word of caution: taxis or car hire is a must, this hotel is not within reasonable walking distance from Jandia. 10 out of 10."
- Travel date: 21st September 2005
Definetely 5 star hotel
"Stayed here in August 2005. An excellent hotel with lots of nice 'extras' - like the complimentary champagne at breakfast and the chocolates in the room each night. Hotel shop and drinks are reasonably priced and the fridge in the room is a an excellent alternative to the usual rip off minbar. The beach is lovely and clean but it can be quite windy. Also the tide can come in quickly (although the high and low tides are shown on a notice by the hotel entrance to the beach) We travelled with Thomson. The welcome meeting is a bit of a waste of time unless you are planning on going on lots of excursions. You are also expected to go to a departure meeting the day before you leave. Again this is a bit of a waste of time and all the information could be included in a letter delivered to your room. Generally though we had a fab time and would definetely stay in this hotel again"
- Travel date: 27th August 2005
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