My partner and I stayed here for half term week 27 Oct - 3 Nov. This is the 4th time we have been to Lanzarote and the 3rd time staying in Playa Blanca.
We arrived after a 35 minute private taxi journey (40 euros) at about 8.15pm. The lady on reception spoke excellent English and hurried us down to the restaurant before it closed at 9pm. This was a nice gesture and the Reception staff continued to be helpful, polite and informative throughout our stay.
We had a 1 bedroom bungalow, lovely and spacious. Bedroom (air con), bathroom, kitchen, living area and large terrace. The rooms need a bit of modernisation but are kept very clean with clean bedding and towels. The air con was good. We hired a safe 14 euros a week or 2.10euros a day with a 10 euro ...
deposit. Rooms are cleaned every day except Friday. We asked for a kettle which was provided at no extra charge.Read More
Pool is good; although cold it didn't put the children off (or adults). Some of the sunbeds need replacing. You can hire pool towels for a 10 euro deposit.
The food is what lets this hotel down. The food is very average. We are certainly not fussy eaters but the quality was very poor. There is quite a good choice but the meats are very cheap, fatty and very salty. They failed to label the dishes on many occasions, so you weren’t always sure what you were eating. Breakfast was probably the best meal. We actually ate out 3 times on this holiday, just so we could have a meal that tasted of something!
The bars selection of drinks was very good. They had the usual local spirits and beer, wine but also did a daily cocktail, Cava and sangria. There were also a couple of water dispensers about too. Wine was available on tap in the restaurant and the white wine wasn't bad.
The staff are really friendly at this hotel. Cleaners, waiters etc all say hello.
The entertainment was the usual holiday type stuff; we didn't really watch any of the evening shows specifically as we sat away from the main stage area. Charlie, the entertainment guy was a noticeable figure during the day and was great with the kids organising football games. It seemed a 'toned down' programme for the winter season however.
The beach is an easy 5 minute walk away and the main resort/town about 10-15 minutes away, very pleasant along the promenade.
Wi-Fi is available by the reception area. On our last day we weren’t leaving until 5pm but the hotel does provide you with a room to shower in, you just have to book a slot the morning you check out.
We were disappointed to have our All Inclusive wristbands taken off us as we checked out at midday This is only the 2nd time this has EVER happened during any AI holiday we have been on. I think this is VERY poor practise. It certainly wasn’t made clear on check in. How much do they think you’re going to eat and drink in 4 hours before you leave. I wouldn't stay at this chain of hotels again for that reason. We have been to Turkey 4 times in the past 2 years and this has never happened. Ironically we paid for a full days use of the safety deposit box on our last day but only used it for half of that day but didn't ask for half our money back for that! But that's us just being picky!
On the whole this was a cheap(ish) budget hotel. It was nice enough for a week’s winter break but I have stayed in much better hotels for slightly less money. It is true you get what you pay for! We had an enjoyable holiday.