Ifa Catarina

  • 33.3km to Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)
  • 2km to local beaches
  • Low Deposit Options Available
  • Interest FREE Payment Plans
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The Ifa Catarina Hotel is a lovely four-star hotel situated only 2km from the sandy beach. The hotel offers a wide variety of amenities to make sure you have a comfortable stay, ... Continue reading

The Ifa Catarina Hotel is a lovely four-star hotel situated only 2km from the sandy beach. The hotel offers a wide variety of amenities to make sure you have a comfortable stay, including a lounge, shops, conference room, kiosk, air conditioning, reception area, elevator, hairdresser and lobby area. Staff in the 5 storey Ifa Catarina Hotel speak both English and Spanish, ensuring you’ll always be able to find someone to help with any queries or to provide directions.

Rooms are spacious, bright and well-decorated in traditional Mediterranean décor. For your comfort, rooms are tiled to keep you cool and comfortable at night during the Gran Canaria summer. In the hotel’s grounds, there are two swimming pools surrounded by palm trees and greenery and plenty of sun loungers and parasols to keep you protected from the sun’s rays.

The food has a delicious selection of food on offer with buffet at breakfast and 2 restaurants, as well as a snack bar available throughout the day. This is a great choice of hotel for families, as the children’s playground, entertainment staff and games room keep the kids occupied and entertained throughout the day. The Ifa Catarina Hotel is within easy reach of several bus stops, taxi stands, shops and medical services for your peace of mind.

Couples too will love the hotels proximity to bars, clubs and restaurants, making the hotel ideally situated to access the bustling nightlife scene yet far enough away to enjoy peaceful nights relaxing at the hotel. If you’re celebrating a special event or anniversary, you may want to make use of the hotel’s banquet facilities to host a celebration in stylish surroundings and relax with friends and family afterwards at the pool and sun terrace. With a hairdresser available on-site at the hotel, you can also keep on top of your grooming regime and look your best whatever the occasion.

Activities

  • Children's playground Entertainment staff Fitness centre Games room Tennis court

Other facilities

  • 24hr Reception Currency exchange Meeting/banquet facilities Outdoor pool (all year) Terrace

Facilities

  • Air conditioning Facilities for disabled guests Free WiFi in public areas Lift Safety deposit box* Shops (on site)

Food and Drink

The breakfast type is Buffet. The hotel has 2 restaurants. A snack bar is also available throughout the day.

Other Information

The following payments are accepted: Euro/Master Card and Visa Card. Additional fees may apply for certain facilities, amenities or activities.

Price Overview

The prices shown below show the cheapest holiday offers for the Ifa Catarina in Playa del Ingles. Please use the price links to see all holiday deals available for that month.

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Payment Options

Payment options accepted:

We do not charge a fee to our customers who use debit cards, but credit cards do incur a fee of 2.5% of the payment value.

To make booking a holiday at Ifa Catarina in Playa del Ingles easier for you, we provide a range of different payment options. To find out if you can book Ifa Catarina with a low deposit holiday option, please click the "Price and Availability" button above.

'The Englishman's beach' is how Playa del Ingles translates - those naming the holiday resort had great foresight as today thousands of Brits flock here for sun, sea and San Miguels. Situated at the south of Gran Canaria island, the resort is one of the largest and busiest in Europe and its main attractions are the wide sandy beaches that stretch from the Maspalomas dunes to San Agustin in the north.

The Playa del Ingles seafront is lined by the lovely pedestrian promenade, the Paseo Costa Canaria, planted with lush gardens. With its conglomeration of high-rise hotels, apartment blocks and shopping malls, Playa del Ingles will not win any awards for architecture or sophisticated ambience, but the ever-growing holiday resort, purpose-built for pleasure and leisure back in the 1960s, is hard to beat for good value summer fun.

Although mainly geared for the younger market, families and older visitors are also attracted to Playa del Ingles on holiday by the glorious year-round climate and endless beach, but tend to stick together in the quieter areas.

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Activities

For those in Playa del Ingles who have had enough of the beach, there is loads of entertainment and activities for all ages including amusement arcades, mini-golf, tennis, golf, scuba diving, skydiving, water parks, go-carting, horse riding and camel riding. Water sports in Playa del Ingles include jet-skiing, windsurfing and banana boat rides.

Restaurants

The best eateries in Playa del Ingles include Taberna La Cana for fantastic Spanish seafood, Tapas Bar Capaco for their great tapas selection, Restaurante Hong Kong, Merlin and Silos, to mention but a few. Fast food (including McDonalds), Chinese, Italian and local cuisine are all available, as well as rows of restaurants serving something with chips...

Nightlife

Playa del Ingles is packed with bars, pubs and clubs, especially in the Kasbah centre, which is home to the famous Cream and Pascha nightclubs, both of which pump out the best in dance music until the early hours. Chinawhites is also immensely popular. Still in the Kasbah, the Hippodrome, Havana and Sugar, a small cocktail bar, are a good places to start the evening. The English and Irish centres are also lively and entertaining. The Yumbo centre is orientated towards the gay scene at night and Rickys Cabaret Bar has regular drag shows; the centre is also popular with families looking for a less hectic evening. There are quieter bars along the promenade and a casino on the edge of town.

Shopping

There is a fine choice of shops in Playa del Ingles where visitors on holiday can indulge in some duty free delights, including cheap electrical shops and stalls selling imitation designer wear and African curios. The shopping is mainly confined to the dozen or so Commercial Centres and each centre has its own distinctive character.

Visanta centre is best for duty free electrical goods as they offer a European guarantee and refunds if you change your mind about something. Yumbo is the biggest and most popular shopping centre in Playa del Ingles and also houses the Tourist Information Centre. Five minutes away are the Kasbah and Metro centres, but the widest selection of quality designer wear is in nearby Plaza Maspalomas. Be aware that some salesmen can be quite aggressive: haggle hard and remember that the shop next door probably sells the same thing. The San Fernando Market is held every Wednesday and Saturday morning, offering the same sort of stuff.

Negatives

Visitors should be aware that there are lots of steps from some hotels and apartments to the beach, and that the centre of the Playa del Ingles holiday resort can be very noisy late into the night. Outside many bars and restaurants there are people with 'info' badges on their jackets - they are actually salesmen that work to promote bars and restaurants who get commission if you go with them; they can be very insistent but can be worth chatting up as they sometimes offer free drinks.

Also watch out for the Moroccan women by the Kasbah wanting to shake your hand - they snap bracelets on your arms and then say you are cursed unless you pay them up to EUR15 to have them burnt off! Salesmen may even come into the restaurants, its best to be firm but polite and avoid getting into a conversation if you are not interested. The beach in Playa del Ingles is great, but visitors should be aware that there are lots of nudists, particularly among the Maspalomas dunes!

Essential Information

Time Zone

Plug Type

Voltage 220V 50Hz
Language: Spanish,
Currency: Euro (€)

This week's weather forecast

Patchy rain possible
26°C Low 20°C
Today: Sat 03 Dec
Cloudy
24°C Low 20°C
Sun 04 Dec
Partly cloudy
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Mon 05 Dec
Sunny
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Tue 06 Dec
Sunny
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Wed 07 Dec

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Questions and Answers about Ifa Catarina

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Hi there
It just says several times a day the bus to the beach operates
Regards

Added 4 months, 4 weeks ago.

By Karen.Blackburn, loveholidays.com team member

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Hi there, unfortunately there are no tea and coffee making facilities in the room but you can hire a kettle from reception if you wish. Regards

Added 11 months ago.

By Gemma.Larder, loveholidays.com team member

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Unfortunately the rooms at this property do not have tea/coffee making facilities. Regards

Added 10 months, 4 weeks ago.

By Leanne, loveholidays.com team member

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