This is my 2nd visit to Playa Blanca which I booked through U Look U book. On their website it had 4 star or equivalent stated for the hotel Royal Monica. When I arrived the official rating for hotel was 3 star with a nice crack in front door window and a badly painted front entrance. Apart from myself and one other the hotel had mainly German guests. There was no porter to show you to your room in which I had to walk down a flight of steps with my suitcase. I struggled to find my room and after about half an hour and feeling abit frustrated a gardener pointed out the entrance to my my room which had front door only back patio doors to gain access. Air conditioning was a fan in the ceiling and there was no fridge to store water. To hire a remote control for T.V you had to pay a euro 10 dep which was returnable but apart from BBC world news ithe channels were either in German or Spanish. To hire a beach towel a dep of euro 15 was required again was refundable. If you wantd to change your towel a cost of 0.50 cence was required. The animation team were brilliant and worked really hard all day with just a Saturday off. Again they were German but made me feel very welcome after discovering I wasn't German. When the entertainment was on they only spoke in German but once I mentioned this they helped by speaking english! It was maybe my fault that I didn't do my homework enough on this hotel. The distance into Playa Blanca is 45-60 mins into town. You can get the bus which is 10 mins walk from hotel cost Euro 1.20 and a taxi cost Euro 4.50-5 set fee. The food in the hotel was good but again did cater alot for Germans with those frankfurter sausages yuk! They only had paella once in one week but did have different themes every night with the best being around the world the night before going home in which they had paella. The staff were very friendly and always plenty of food available. I thought my room was pretty basisc and dull. The mattress on the bed was rock hard and pillows also. The shower was very good. In my opinion this hotel is definitely a 3 star. It wasn't the worst I had stayed in but definitely wasn't the best. I thought the money I paid would of got me a 4 star but hey life is all about learning. I think U Look U Book ought to re assess their official ratings for hotels and be more realistic what they offer!
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- Also Known As:
- Club Calimera Royal Monica Playa Blanca Hotel Playa Blanca
- Royal Monica Playa Blanca Lanzarote