We returned last week from a fortnight in Lanzarote, where we stayed in the Hyde Park Lane bungalows. It was our third visit to Puerto del Carmen this year, and gave us yet another perspective on this lovely resort. In January we were in the Old Town, in March we were right in the centre of the strip and this time we were right at the opposite end at Playa de los Pocillos. Each one had different qualities and this one was no different. The bungalow complex itself is very pleasant, largely single story apart from the two story apartments over the road in the other part of the complex, but we’d asked prior to travelling for a bungalow away from the pools/kids clubs where it may have been busy or noisy, and we were place all the way down in the bottom corner, away from any potential revelry, which suited us fine. It was blissfully quiet and sleeping was easy. We were luck to have very quiet neighbours too, the couple that were in the bungalow attached to ours were probably in bed earlier than us, and we were in bed very early most nights.
The bungalows are basic, but functional, they were cleaned regularly and the towels were also changed on a regular basic. Staff were friendly and helpful and were only too happy to provide a change of towels or extra loo roll on request. Or when they’d forgotten to do both one day, when they were full of apologies and plenty of smiles when they realised we weren’t annoyed. I’m sure nothing would’ve been too much trouble.
There were sufficient cooking utensils etc, and we ate in most nights as we just couldn’t be bothered getting ready and going out to eat when it’s easy enough to chick a salad or the like together. As I said previously, we were in bed very early most nights, as we’re not party types, drink very little alcohol and were up early in the morning and jogging along front not long after 6am. You may think it’s sad, but there were plenty doing it every day!
Flat screen TVs were good quality, but I couldn’t get the HDMI socket to work with my tablet computer, so the couple of films we did watch we had to watch on my wife’s laptop, which was no hardship. There were only a couple of English language channels, but we don’t go on holiday to watch TV, but we did keep an eye on the news a couple of times. And MotoGP in Spanish is interesting! There is a DVD player AND a Nintendo Wii in the apartment, so you could take films and games should you so wish. Again, we were either out running, walking or reading and relaxing by the pool, or sitting on the terrace in the sun, so the TV/DVD/games console wasn’t a big draw for us.
The main pool area was good, the free wifi was welcome, and the pool itself was large and clean. Some people (wussies) were complaining that it was cold. I certainly didn’t think it was bad, I’ve swam in far far colder and been comfortable. The only way to do it is get in and swim, not mess about on the steps moaning about it and shouting to anyone who will listen that it’s freezing. Just makes you look nesh when ugly here just tuts at you and dives in.
There were little idiosyncrasies with the bungalows. Some of the fixtures and fittings are damaged, they’re a bit tatty, you have to be a bit frugal with the hot water when you’re showering (but it’s red hot for pot washing, mind your fingers!) and as ever, the living room and terrace furniture isn’t the most comfortable for spending any length of time on, but they’re spacious and quiet and were a good base for our holiday. The beds were as firm as we like them and we slept really well.
The onsite bars and restaurants looked ok, but we didn’t sample them for ourselves, apart from a couple of coffees one morning. We did hear people saying that they’d tried the food and it wasn’t great, but we can’t comment from personal experience.
The complex is a little bit isolated, especially for people with mobility problems, as while it’s very close to the beach, it is a bit of a walk to anywhere, either the main strip into Puerto del Carmen, the restaurants at Pocillos or right round to Matagorda, which is a shame as the complex is well suited for people with disabilites with it being flat and mainly on one level. If you are mobile or fairly fit, then it’s a nice stroll along the front, either way, to a bit of life, bars, restaurants and shopping. Get to the front and turn right for the long strip of PdC and right for shorter selection of Pocillos and Matagorda. Go past Matagorda and you come to the airport runway, which is always a nice way to spend an hour, especially watching the aircraft come in when it’s excessively windy.
The onsite supermarket is adequate for essentials (they even sell decent porridge) but there are a couple of decent, large Spars within walking distance, the closest being towards Pocillos (turn left at the front) and another at the start of the strip to the right. There’s also a little HiperDino in that direction too, but it wasn’t the best stocked supermarket. As I said, the onsite supermarket would always do at a push (the red apples are incredible), but for fresh salad stuff it would have to be one of the Spars.
Another good way of getting around is by bicycle, and there are a few good rental places in PdC, the closest of which is the ProAction shop at the bottom of the hill on the front. You can’t miss it. Nice shop, good staff, nice bikes, reasonable prices. www.proactionbh.com. The cycle path goes from the Fariones hotel all the way to Arrecife and is a very pleasant ride. If you want something a bit more adventurous, turn right at the end of the road where the main entrance of the complex is, under the motorway and past the Ranch Texas Park thing, up into the volcanoes towards Tias, as there’s some nice off road rides up there, then head down to Puerto Calero and ride back on the coastal track. That’s also a nice ride back to town.
All in all, the Hyde Park Lane Bungalows delivered for us, it was a perfect base and we weren’t expecting bells and whistles. Usual advice, you get what you pay for. If you’re prepared for something that’s not five, four, or even three star, you won’t be disappointed when it’s a bit tatty and tired. We don’t go on holiday to scrutinise the accommodation that we’re stopping in, we’re there to relax, which this complex delivered us in buckets.
The only real tip that we would give, is invest in some mosquito repellent and a plug in one for the bedroom, otherwise you’ll be eaten alive. The gardens/vegetation are very nice, but they’re a haven for the nasty bitey things, so a little preparation will save yourself some histamine hell!
- Also Known As:
- Hyde Park Lane Bungalows Hotel Puerto Del Carmen
- Hyde Park Lane Bungalows Hotel
- Hyde Park Lane Hotel
- Hotel Hyde Park Lane
- Hyde Park Lane Bungalows Lanzarote/Puerto Del Carmen
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hyde Park Lane consists of 220 bungalows set off by 18.000m2 of gardens, built in the typical local style. The complex comprises of four heated swimming pools(2 adults, 2 children) one tennis an two pael courts, a restaurant, a bar, a pool-bar, a supermarket, launderet, and internet. ... more less
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