I wanted to give these apartments four stars (which I always do if everything works and five if they surprise beyond the call of duty!) but it will have to be three. I had researched them here before booking and selected Nazaret based on location, price and almost as important- WiFi! Although I only need to log on for an hour a day (can only ever take working holidays), a connection is very important to me and makes/breaks a choice of where to stay. The Nazaret advertise on all their listings free WiFi throughout the complex. I'm afraid that in my apartment (and I emailed before I travelled to ask for one close to the hotspot!) and indeed when sitting in reception / by the pool / on the roof... there was next to nothing. A trickle at best with only seconds before it faded to nothing. I also paid to use the computers in reception but my Euro was swallowed up - "Oh, I'll need to call the technical helpline then" being the only response from the staff. For some a pool is important, for others a view, for me WiFi. There is a web cafe in town, but although it only costs 2 Euro an hour, its hot, cramped, not open in the mornings and... well it stinks of sweat. Enough said. So.... European data package on phone, massive bill being the result. For most of you, this really won't matter, so...imagine an extra star in that case!
The apartments are in one of the BEST locations for the sweet little resort of Costa Teguise. The place has no real "town centre" to speak of, but the Pueblo Mariano (excuse poor spelling!) is as good as one, with bars and restaurants surrounding a live music 'bandstand'. Directly under the apartments is a reasonable supermarket. Over the road is the bank, an especially nice restaurant (Pasta De Costa) plus a short stroll brings you to two different beaches. It goes without saying that being so central will mean some noise. Many people have commented on sleepless nights so let me clarify-- in the day time, you won't hear a penny drop... quiet, serene, lovely little complex. At night, all apartments (without exception I should think), will hear the public music at the square opposite. Those around the main pool (I asked to be here but wasn't allowed for some reason!) will also hear some noise from the streets surrounding. I had apartment 125 on a high floor and this was perhaps the quietest position. I should make one thing clear however, the loud music stops almost exactly at 11pm every night and really shouldn't bother you after this. I slept in the lounge area (long story!) rather than the quieter bedroom and was still fine.
Our apartment and many of the others on this side will overlook an unused piece of ground from the bedroom at the back. This is no problem- there's nothing stored there, nothing smelly, just what I imagine to be foundations for a future complex. There's even a nice view to the mountains beyond. This actually helps keep the bedroom quiet. Some of the apartments on the adjacent (and connected) "Mansion Nazaret" also back onto this space. Personally I didn't mind it.
From the front (balcony end), I imagine all apartments overlook the pools. The smaller pools next to reception seemed too chilly to swim in, the larger had people bathing. We took a couple of sun beds down to the area nearer our apartment as it was devoid of any. This didn't seem to be a problem and even on warm days some seemed to be available to take.
Inside, the apartments are fine. Just what you imagine for a typical Canaries complex of average cost. Wooden furniture (sofa too short to sleep on but fine), decent television, some English channels, good kitchen, full bathroom (hot water not unlimited), twin bed in the separate bedroom. Yes, they could look quite swish with better decor, but who cares-- it's vacation living and I would stay in them again if I didn't need the WiFi connection.
People mention a musty smell- I think this is smoking and wooden furniture in the sun... we smoke, we were allowed to... although we aired the apartment every day, I imagine this is what you're smelling. Sorry folks! Seriously though, in a minimally furnished concrete apartment with no carpets, there's no need to worry about damp or must. Perhaps we were lucky.
Reception staff were pretty efficient I guess. Would have been nice to have a friendly "hope you enjoyed your holiday" on departure rather than a wordless return of the key deposit and a move onto the next customer, but... that sort of sums them up. Not out to impress or wash the client with adoration-- just doing their job I suppose. I quite like being pampered sometimes and on those occasions I pay for five star premium... I didn't really expect or get it here. Nobody was rude and apart from the WiFi my requests were granted. Cleaning staff especially friendly and did their job :)
All in all, Nazaret is a small complex, well situated, quite lovely (flowers and pools made for a pleasant outlook) with an attractive price. Personally, if they invested a little in upgrading some of the apartments (soft furnishings, full WiFi, perhaps proper loungers/chairs rather than plastic on the balcony) I'd pay more. If you fancy an investor, I might be the man! I imagine most people are very, very happy with their stay here and unless you like to hit the sack very early at night and/or need the WWW like I do (expect it will be improved or was just on the blink?!?!) then go for it. We walked up to most of the better known hotels and thought Nazaret had almost the best location for access to everything.
Hint- not many channels on the apartment tele / fuzzy picture? Press the button to switch from analogue to digital... hey presto you have plenty!
Thank you for a pleasant stay, I hope my feedback is useful rather than overly critical.
- Also Known As:
- Nazaret Apartaments Hotel Costa Teguise
- Nazaret Apartaments Hotel
- Nazaret Apartaments Costa Teguise
- Nazaret Apartaments Lanzarote/Costa Teguise
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This apartment complex is centrally located in the tourist destination of Costa Teguise, only 200 m from the Playa de las Cucharas beach. A shopping centre with boutiques, cafes, bars, and restaurants can be reached in a few minutes on foot (about 100 m away). ... more less
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