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Apartamentos Guacimeta Lanzarote
Calle Junco 3, Urbanizacion Matagorda, 35510 Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain   |  
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“By far the worst apartments I had the mis-fortune to stay in...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here in March this year with the expectation the apartments were clean,fresh and well maintained..... Crikey,how wrong we were. They were dirty and in need of repair.

The restaurant and I use that term very loosely was more like a truck stop cafe. I realise the apartments have a 2 star rating , however being clean and habitable should be a basic requirement.

We travel to various parts of Spain at least 4 times a year and we have without doubt concluded these apartments were just awful.Wouldn't advise staying here. Worth paying a few pounds more to stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Eath
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Hi stayed here on the 4th April - 11th April We got dropped offf and went to the reception a very nice person welcome us gave remote for tv (free) an took us to our room we stayed in number 17 top floor nice clean room we had coffee machine,toaster,kettle,microwave, (Which we have not had when stayed at other sc places) nice size room etc the beds were hard but we did not mind that slept like a log quiet in the nights. Nice an sunny on out balcony, Appartments not far from beach 5min an shops etc,Only bad points were the swimming pool was really cold not heated and the hot water ran out if you have one shower after another,Towels and bed done 5 out of 7 days we stayed.
Very cheap to eat out(dont pay extra for half board)hotel does a great bbq on sat all you can eat chops,steak,sausages,ribs,chicken,salad bar all for only 10 euros, python bar two meals for only £10 euro nice food an big size only 1.50 euro pint 2 euro spirit+mixer, la brisa does a lovely breakfast for only £2.95 euro each, everyone nice in the bars etc in the commericial centre very cheap to buy food and drink in spar only fruit an veg was pricey i suppose cause it comes from mainland, You are not far from airport recommend walk down and see the planes fly over so close feels and looks like you can touch them flying over you,Some nice trips and places to see a really nice place to stay would recommend to anyone and when we do go back we will stay here again ,

Room Tip: top floor best as you get the sunshine and a balcony
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

We were there 6 days, till 2nd of april 2012
I got my holidays via Gem holidays UK.
We had arranged transport from the airport, they were on time and very comfortable but you can take a taxi and it will cost you just 8-10 Euro each way.
Guacimeta apartments are clean, very comfy and in quiet location. There are 2 beds inside the bedroom.
4 minutes walk from the Strip (Promenade) There is a small supermarket and restaurant in the Guacimeta.
Internet cost 1 euro for 15 minutes on their computer or free wifi close to the reception.
I found the internet connection very slow but being spoiled by BT fast one at home maybe.
We didn't mind to be close to the airport. You can't hear any noise. We walked to landing strip to watch the plains.:) They are literally landing 20 meters above your head, like in St Martin.
Cleaning ladies come every second day to change the towels and bedding. There are extra blankets in the wardrobe in case you are cold.
There is a TV in the room with 4 english channels, german and some spanish. I heard you need to pay for watching but we didn't..Maybe it's free now. Balcony is good size with table, chairs and place to hang your wash. We stay on the first floor by the front gate. Lower ground apartaments have less sunshine.
There is a safe box in the room, it cost 15 Euro for a week but we didn't have it. It's safe place anyway.
Two swimming pools, Smaller 1.20 meter for kids and larger 1.50m up to 2.30 m for adults. Water was bit cold at first.
Plenty of sun beds. Some in shades, some in full sunshine. You can move them around.
The restaurant in Guacimeta serves great food. Don't miss the BBQ on saturday, eat all you can for 10 Euros.
There is a ferral ginger cat, be carefull, if you let him in once...he will be back next morning 8am for breakfast lol We did.
We had self catering. And it was a good idea. Spar supermarket and Maxcoop is just 3 minute walk away in the Shopping centre. ( second street right and look to your left behing the car park) There are a lot of English and Irish bars and restaurants. And a Sportbar with all football games on big screens.
Wine at the shop cost from 1 euro (box) cigarettes around 1 euro 20 cents, cheap.
Fuel cost around 1 Euro, they have no tax on fuel, cigarettes and alcohol. 5% tax on food.
Eating out around 10 euro per person. I recommend Chines at the shopping centre, meal deal for 6.50 Euro or eat from main menu plus free bottle of wine. Great value and so yummie!
Laundry servis is just above the Maxcoop supermarket, on the first floor.
Don't forget to take sandals, the sand on the beach was to hot to walk on with barefoot. :)
We walked to Puerto del Carmen but if you decide to take a bus it's 1.20 one way from Matagorda and Puerto del Carmen.
The bus stop is behind the Guacimeta but there is no shortcut, got to take a walking path close to Shopping centre and Palm park.
I recommend trip to Timanfaya National Park. It's worth to take the Grand tour for 45 euro, they will show you all Lanzarote, volcanos, highest peak and caves with albino crabs, incl 3 meal dinner at the restaurant and wine tasting. Fantastic. You won't be able to explore all Timanfaya park if you rent a car because some parts of the park are closed to private cars. Only busses...:( Rancho texas is another great atraction if you are travelling with kids. It's a zoo and aqua park, worth going to watch parrots show, seals and white tigers. The trips details are at the reception desk. There is a lot of things to do.
Renting a car is around 14-20 euro a day. Fuel price is as mineral water in UK.
Renting a bike is around 10 euro a day, you need to give them some ID with photo.
Mornings on Lanzarote are weird and bit cloudy but there is no rain at all. It's getting really hot around 11am and stays hot till the late afternoon. Evenings are bit chilly and you need to take a light jacket or a hoodie if you are travelling in april.
If you like to sleep in the dark Guacimeta apartments have very heavy curtains, no light gets into your room. There is a stove, toster, coffee machine, kettle, fridge, all cuttery you need, glasses for every drink, wine and vodka drink glasses, shots glasses, etc, plates, mugs, coffee mugs,cooking pans, frying pan, all is there. Incl kitchen cloth. Even salt box in case you need one.
Enjoy your holidays! We had a great time! And we will be back for 100%.

Room Tip: We stay at number 1, with balcony just by the front gate. It was a good room!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

My biggest want, every single time that I go away, is a silent night (all being calm, and not too bright - ho ho ho). The Guacimeta apartments served these requirements well with nice heavy curtains to black out the early morning sunshine, and peace beautiful peace at bedtime. All in all they lived up to the majority of reviews here and certainly were value for money when it came to what we paid. Let me say though, they might not be for everyone as they dont provide a huge swimming pool and loads of space for kids to run round in. The swimming pool is adequate however for the number of guests the apartments would have at any given time, and theres also a little toddlers pool with water about a foot or so deep in it if required. But the Guacimeta really was just a base for us to sleep at night and it would be hard for me to complain about its facilities when they covered all we wanted them to.

The apartment block itself is only about 5 minutes walk from the beach and the seafront of Matagorda. The taxi transfer takes about 10 minutes or less from the airport and costs €10 (no need to book transfers at home). There are many eateries (chinese, japanese, mexican etc) in the commercial centre of Matagorda including a Spar to get your self-catering essentials for your room. Prices in the area include breakfast for under €3 and a chinese sit-in meal for €6.50 (without drinks). The centre also has several bars where a pint costs €1.50-2.50 so it would be easy to survive just in the Matagorda area if you really wanted to hang around there for a few days. Further along the seafront you can walk right towards Los Pocillos and on to Puerto Del Carmen, or left towards the airport and Arrecife (thats a bit of walk though). The area is reasonably quiet at night and in our experience very safe.

Our apartment at the Guacimeta was quite small, but they were only two of us. My advice would be to try and get one of the upstairs rooms as these have a balcony and its much nicer to sit out there in the sun. We got one of the lower apartments and the sun really doesnt shine too much on your terrace outside your door. We did ask for one of the upper rooms but they said at the time they were full up. It wasnt a huge issue as we spent so much time away from our room, but if you like to sit at your room table outside when away, you really should try to get those ones with a balcony and not downstairs.

The maids came and cleaned the room every other day during our stay which was ok. Just dont let your towels get too dirty thinking theyll be changed everyday. The beds were a little hard, which some might find a problem, but as I said, I was praising zeus that I didnt hear a sound at night (we even went to bed one night at 10pm and didnt hear a thing) so I was more than happy. The rooms have a small hob, good sized fridge, hairdrier, shower (no bath in ours), a safe if you want to use it (we didnt and it was fine), a coffee machine, and a kettle. The sofa in the living room also folded out into a bed.

The staff were quite nice for the few times we encountered them. Obviously when self catering you dont have as much contact with the staff in a place but on Saturday nights they do a BBQ for €10 and they were very attentive indeed. This BBQ is well worth attending as its as good as anything youll find in PDC or elsewhere in terms of what you get for the money. Steak, spare ribs, chicken, big thick chorizo sausages, chips, potatoes (canarian), loads of salad (including potato salad, rice etc) and a small desert afterwards. We left very full up! The beer on tap at the Guacimeta is Carlsberg too so pretty good stuff. The BBQ is posted as starting at 630pm but we went down just 5mins before this (thinking we'd get in early) and many people were already eating. So take a peep across to the dining area and see whats going on there. It might be possible to snoop in much earlier.

There is WIFI available at the lobby where the reception is and the WEP key is posted on the door if you need it and its closed. We found the signal a little weak to be honest and it only worked if you were quite near the lobby or actually in it, there are many, many places with WIFI around matagorda/pdc however so you wont miss out. The reception has a small shop to the side but its a bit limited and doesnt sell beer for example, so its maybe better walking the 5mins down to the Spar and getting your things there. You will get keys for your room which includes a round key to stick in a hole in the wall to switch your electric on, and a key for the outer gate of the apartments to get in at night. This gate seemed to get locked quite early so look out for that ( and dont forget your key lol).

There are several sunbeds around the pool for lounging during the day but it was quiet when we were there. Im not sure if they had more beds in storage but at the time there were only around 12 sitting out. They also have a pool table and the small/bar restaurant advertises a buffet breakfast for €5 and other meals in the evening too. We only attended the BBQ so I cant really comment on the other food they had but if it was as good as the BBQ then it should be fine. Look out too for the big ginger cat that comes with the hotel. Hes very friendly and looks a bit like the Cheshire cat from Alice with huge big weird eyes lol.

All in all we had no real complaints about the Guacimeta. My demands have always been for a place to be clean and quiet at night wherever I go, and both of those were covered satisfactorily. Im happy to recommend as somewhere cheap and cheerful.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

We stayed in the Guacimeta for two weeks over the Christmas period of 2011 and were very pleased with all aspects of the stay.

The staff were excellent and reception was manned at the very least 12 hours a day. Cleaners came and cleaned almost every weekday – even on Christmas Day! The rooms remained a good temperature even when temperatures dropped at night. The small warm water heaters worked well (which is not always the case in Spain) allowing a family of two adults and two children to shower without problems. Location was good, quiet and relaxed. It was close to the airport but this did not detract in any way at all. It was not far to walk to the beach and the local supermarket - Spar (where prices were lower than in the huge Carrefours of mainland Spain).

Balconies (ours overlooked the pool) were sheltered from the wind and caught the sun. Rooms were generally very clean. There were plenty of sunbeds for the winter crowd there. The pool was a little on the chilly side but, hey, I guess that is what you get holidaying in December! Most of the time we drove to beaches on the south of the island because the island is so small it is possible to do that. We would definitely stay there again if we wished to return to the island although we would book directly with the hotel rather than going through an agency.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the top floor overlooking the pool area - they have sea views and are well protecte...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

As we last stayed in these apartments, we have re-visited them again and I still would recommend them. They are not classed as a mini-hotel (toileteries included etc) but are very clean and the maid comes in at least evry 2days with fresh towels. Although there is only a 2-ring cooker, a kettle, toaster and a fridge, we find that is adequate for a breakfast having toast, cereal ,fruit juice and tea. However there is a restuarant on site and the morning after we arrived, we had breakfast there with a good choice. We hire car and find there is ample room for parking as the apartments are in a cul-de-sac all to themselves. We had a downstairs apt, as we always do, and have no problem with getting some sun on it. (We are not sun worshippers so it suits us). As someone else mentioned, there is plenty on Lanzarote to see and do. I think it may be too quiet for a family but for anyone who seeks peaceful surroundings with no boozy neighbours, it's ideal. We would return here again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lake District, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Just returned from a week at these apartments.
If you are arriving before 4pm you should be aware that the reception does not re-open until then - we weren't told that so we ended up hanging around for 30 minutes.
They are spotlessly clean and cleaned nearly every day with regular towel changes but they are very basic. In the one we had (number 16) the bathroom appeared to have been recently refitted and was very nice but the rest of the apartment was fairly tatty. There was an old TV with a few English channels but no remote control, a kitchen area with a two ring hob plus a kettle and toaster and a bedroom with two cheap single beds - metal frames with thin hard mattresses. There was no plug for either the sink or the washbasin.
We had no problems obtaining extra pillows and blankets from reception.
Having read previous reviews we did ask for a first floor apartment but were given a ground floor one with the excuse that all the first floor ones were taken - strange really as the one above ours was unoccupied throughout our stay!
The first floor apartments are vastly preferable to the ground floor ones as the have balconies where you can sit out in the sun whereas the ground floor outside area is beneath the balcony.
Matagorda itself is an excellent small resort with a good choice of restaurants to suit all pockets to which we would definitely return but we wouldn't return to Guacimeta unless we could book an upstairs apartment but that doesn't seem to be possible.
As has already been recommended, Auto Reisen is the place for car hire - just over £70 for a Citroen Xsara Picasso for a week - although it was somewhat worrying that we got run up the back by a Spaniard in a virtually identical Auto Reisen Picasso who maintained that his brakes had failed - not sure I believed him as we weren't actually stationary at the time - I think the real cause was that he wasn't looking!

Room Tip: If you can't get an upstairs apartment don't bother unless you are only using it as a base.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Junco 3, Urbanizacion Matagorda, 35510 Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Lanzarote > Puerto Del Carmen
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Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #29 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Del Carmen
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Number of rooms: 58
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