The food was very varied, lots of choice at all meal-times. Hotel is just a couple of minutes walk from the beach and you can walk along the shops in the evening which are also very nearby. The evening entertainment was typical Spanish hotel stuff: flamenco dancers, acrobats, singers - nothing very exciting but not horrendous. Would have preferred a kids disco each night and would say that the kids daytime entertainment not very good, went to take my daughter to the kids club a couple of times and it was never open.
Lots of Spanish, Dutch and German families which was quite nice to listen to around the pool - made a change from loud Brits as on previous holidays. Pool is salt water and no inflatables allowed, luckily we found out before we bought any.
Some Pool Bar staff wouldn't serve you if you were wet which I have to say I found a bit strange considering it was a pool bar. Would definitely go back.
The food was varied, never very hot (but there was a microwave to heat it up), always chips, pasta and meat. We expected a lot more as it was promoted as a First Choice holiday village hotel.
Not many English people, just Germans and Spanish, talking at the tops of their voices.
Usual towel on sun bed problem.
Must dos: Catlanza boat trip ( snorkelling, nice food, dolphins seen in morning), visit people at the hot spot bar and in the evening have a crepe next door.
We suffered with mosquitoes in our room but the hotel fumigated it and provided a big can of spray to kill off any more that came.
The pool was salt water and FREEZING! Although once you had braved it it was not too bad. The pool area was very clean.
Apparently, there are no lilos allowed in the pools as a safety measure. I have never been to a hotel where they are not allowed in the pool. They promote it as a family hotel but really do not want the bother of families. There was a lifeguard on duty who was most insistent about lilos, even telling a lady with a 9 month old baby she could not have a baby ring float in the baby pool. The hotel did eventually back down after a complaint about this!
We had such high expectations for this holiday and felt a bit let down when we got home.
Travel operator: Jet 2/booked independent
Were all inclusive, and all the food was good, plentiful and varied. There was a very high proportion of German guests who all seemed to speak at full volume even when just 2 of them were having a conversation. That did drive us a bit mad.
I have taken a few points off the maximum review value for the following reasons: 1.Entertainment consisted of a fairly crappy act each night, or bingo, or a film name quiz where the entertainment host told most of the answers during his spiel. We ended up going to the local Irish pub every night, even though we could have stayed and drunk 'free' beer at the hotel.
The hotel had a board up showing entertainment throughout the day, but we never saw any evidence of anything going on.
2.There were only 2 TV channels in English which were CNN news and SKY news and we were well up on the news by the first few days in, but could have done with at least a film in English every day.
3.The bar staff in the lobby bar NEVER smiled once. It was as if they resented giving out 'free' drinks. The staff in the pool bar were slightly more cheery.
All in all it was a good break. The hotel is well situated to shops, restaurants and bars and was good value for money at
Travel operator: Hays
A 10 to 15 minute stroll will take you into Puerto Del Carmen with its many more shops & bars.
Our room was good very clean and cleaned on a regular basis, also rooms are quite spacious and generally a good size.
Pool area is also clean & tidy although not the largest pool area we have come across, we stayed on a 1 weeks all inclusive basis and to be honset its not the best.
The food in the restaurant was very basic to say the least all meals were barely warm we not once had a meal that was actually hot which is not good.
Food if you like spag bol for lunch & dinner everyday without fail you'll like it here , variety of food was very limited and catered mostly for the German's who make up 99.9 % of the guests here.
The pool bar does not open until 11am which is late, if you have your breakfast at 8 ish you cannot get a drink until 11'o clock which is poor, the bar inside the hotel opens at 4 pm until midnight all inclusive drinks finish at 11 pm , every other all inclusive hotel we have ever been to has a snack bar this one does not, so if you fancy a little snack between meals there's nothing here for you except for tea & coffee served at 4pm with stale soggy biscuits & cakes, although the ice cream is nice.
Tea & coffee is disgusting always served from a machine which just cannot cope with the demand & therefore the water is barely warm when going into your cups. If you like camp coffee then you'll like it with its cheap chicory taste & the tea is no better either.
Even though the hotel is made up mostly of german guests suprisingly enough we never once failed to get a sunbed, although you do have to leave your towels on them before you go into breakfast.
Entertainment again is very poor catered for the german clientel if you like german umpah music you'll love it, to be honest the whole complex needs a good shake to wake it up there is absolutely no atmosphere there at all, and is was like being on holiday in a library extremely boring the animation team was one girl who was german and you got it carried out all her tasks speaking in german.
You just feel it could do with coming into the 21st century .
Would we stay at Lanzarote Village again I'm afraid a big ' NO ' is the answer to that, but if you are looking for a cheap break then go here, this is a no frills all inclusive we paid
Travel operator: O.T.B Holidays.
We had our three children on their first holiday abroad so hoped it would not be a let down. Also my sister and partner were going also but not staying at same apartments.
Slatterys tours which we booked with were spot in with their recommendation. The Costa Mar was very clean, the rooms cleaned and changed daily endless towels.
Pool area cleaned daily and entertainment very good although more English speaking would be better but then again you are in Spain.
Would definitely go back again.
Travel operator: slatterys
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