The Iberostar Costa Colero hotel is located just up the hill from Puerto Calero. Puerto Calero is a purpose built marina which is about €5 in a taxi from Puerto Del Carmen old town or a 30-40 walk along the cliff top.
Puerto Calero is beautiful, clean, classy and some lovely boats to look at. A bit like Puerto Banus but on a smaller scale! There are a few bars – one English, one Irish and a Cocktail bar. There is also a good selection of restaurants including Canarian, Italian, Tex-Mex, Chinese, Steakhouse, Indian. These are all reasonable price. There is also a restaurant at the far end of the marina which is at the upper end of the scale and quite expensive. There is also a supermarket and the Catlanza and Submarina Safaris tours go from here.
Puerto Calero doesn’t have a beach. However, there is access to the sea from a small cove to the right of the marina (looking out to sea). Farther down to the right, the nearby 5 star hotel has a jetty which you can also use to get access to the sea. The snorkelling here isn’t the best but it is more than adequate for a swim in the sea.
The hotel is about a 5 minute walk from the marina but beware – the hill is VERY steep and may not be suitable for people with mobility issues. On arriving at the hotel you will walk into the lobby area which is on the 1st Floor. This is also the location of the Piano Bar and stunning roof terrace. Many an evening was spent here sipping a cold beer looking out to sea. On the ground floor is a small shop (basics like sun cream, newspapers, limited range of sweets, a few clothes, hats etc). There is internet access and computer games for €1 per 10 minutes. The ground floor is also the location of the breakfast and dinner restaurant and the show bar. The show bar also has and outdoor seating area which is quite nice at night.
Walking out from this level will bring you to the pool side bar, lunch restaurant and an ‘infinity’ style pool. The pool is surround by ample sunbeds and umbrellas and the sun bathing areas are nicely broken up by shrubbery and low walls. At the same level as this pool, but at the other corner of the complex, is the very large salt water pool and large kiddies pool. This pool is quite salty but great if you want a decent swim. Beside this pool area is a man-made sandy beach area, again with many sunbeds and umbrellas. There is also a large sand pit for kids.
A level below these two areas is the ‘garden’. This is home to yet another large pool. The garden is an open grassed area and whilst there are plenty sunbeds there are no umbrellas. There is a small bar open during the summer months serving drinks and snacks from 12-6pm.
The hotel is arranged in a rectangle around the pools and garden areas. Depending on room location you will have a sea view, garden view, be near or quite far from the main hotel.
We stayed on an all-inclusive basis, our first time trying this type of holiday
Breakfast: great selection of fruit, cold meats, yoghurts, breads and pastries. Good selection jams, nutella, cereals etc. Fresh juices, tea, coffee and Cava available! There was also a full cooked breakfast available including freshly made omlettes, fried eggs, fresh pancakes, Spanish omelette, scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes etc and strangely chips! The breakfast was really good. Even though we were there at the end of August we rarely had to queue.
Lunch: This is served in the open air pool side bar. Each day this was a number of pasta dishes, huge selection of salads, Gazpacho, selection of pizza, and freshly grilled meats/fish which changed daily. Drinks are ‘serve yourself’ and include coke, fanta, sprite, sangria, tonic, Tropical beer on tap and bottles of wine. There was a large selection of breads and fruits and a choice of desserts and ice creams daily. The restaurant is very informal so you can go straight from the pool to lunch – shorts and t-shirts are required or a wrap/kaftan over a bikini. It was really great not having to get ‘dressed’ for lunch. The food did get a bit repetitive at lunch time but I cannot fault the freshness or quality.
Dinner: There is only the buffet restaurant in this hotel and buffet dining was a new experience for us. We arrive after 11pm the first night, but even at this time the hotel had prepared a cold buffet for the late arrivals – this was very much appreciated. On arrival in the restaurant you will be given a wine list with a very large list we are all in the all-inclusive package. The wines will be opened at your table – no house wine here. There was a large choice for dinner each night. Starters would include things like chefs salads, pates, shell fish, mini pies. This is along with the usual selection of soups, salads, cold meats and breads. For the main there was a roast joint, a pasta dish, freshly grilled meat/fish and plenty for kids. The roasts did repeat in the second week. From what I can remember, Monday to Sunday was: roast chicken with proper homemade gravy (yum!), roast pork (a full pig!), roast beef, roast lamb, theme night, baked full salmon and baked ham. The theme nights for the weeks we were there were Chinese and Mexican on the Thursday nights. The roasts each night included all the usual accompaniments and were great quality. There was a huge selection of mini-desserts and ice-cream each evening. Dinner is from 7-10pm in the summer. I would suggest going earlier rather than later to get the roasts when at their best.
Snacks: A small selection of sandwiches and salads are served in the bars from 12-6pm. Watch out for the toasted sandwich rush at 4pm!
Choice and quality were excellent. All salads were fresh and perfectly chilled. The food was hot and changed regularly so did not get stale. Ok, after two weeks it was a bit repetitive but I suppose this is a given with all inclusive. We only ate out for dinner once the first week but 4 times the second week! We didn’t eat out at all for breakfast or lunch. All-inclusive would not be a good option for a fussy eater or someone with allergies. You have to have to be willing to try new things – if no, you would live on salad and chips! I am not too fussy and only had one night where there was nothing I really wanted for dinner. Not to worry – had big starters and dessert instead! You can eat as much as you want – and we did see people with two plates of food or those having joint + pasta + grill on one plate, each to their own!
On the all inclusive package most drinks are included. The beer is local – Tropical, not bad at all, and is available on tap on in bottles. Budweiser, Corona, Heineken and Miller all available for a supplement – I think about €2. Spirits used are branded – Smirnoff Vodka, Bacardi Rum, Gordons gin etc and these are part of the all inclusive package. A large range of whiskeys and brandys are also available without a premium. Cocktails – some included, some extra charge. These were not great at all, made from mixes and really not good. Moet champagne was available at a premium for €30 – amazing value! Noting like sipping a glass of champagne on the terrace watching the sun set! A full range of soft drinks also available.
We had a twin room (I don’t think they do doubles) on the third floor with a sea view. The rooms have a TV with limited channels, a small fridge, dressing table and chair, safe and ample storage for two. There is a balcony with two chairs and a table and a clothes hanger. The bathrooms are lovely – the hairdryer was useless, bring your own! The curtains have blackout lining which is great and the room stays dark in the morning. There is air-conditioning which you can control. The rooms are cleaned daily and fresh towels and bed linen provided. The beds are OK – fairly hard but not too bad. The weather was so good we hardly spent any time in the room, for that reason I think it was more than adequate.
These are available from reception for a €10 deposit and you can get fresh ones each day. There are some people who get up early to put towels on sun-beds but this really isn’t a problem as there are plenty sunbeds.
There is a full schedule for adults and kids including aqua aerobics, volleyball, archery, target shooting, darts, pool volley ball, giant chess etc. We didn’t do much of these as it was far too hot.
We never went but it did look lovely. You get a voucher on arrival for free usage of the thermal baths.
Night time entertainment:
This was OK, but not really our scene. There is a kids disco from 9-10pm, prizes are given out for the days activities and the show begins at 10 until approximately 11.30. After this music plays and the bar stays open till about 1am. The shows we watched were Abba, Lord of the Dances, Mongolian Circus act – not much else. Don’t get me wrong, kids and families seems to enjoy it, we just preferred to head down to the marina or into Puerto Del Carmen. The room was great though, plenty comfy seats and a well staffed bar
Bit of a mix – some were nice, some were grumpy. But, I suppose if I was working in 30+ temps serving beers in the morning to red foreigners I would be grumpy too! On the whole staff were professional and courteous.
The public areas and toilets were spotless. I have never seen a cleaner hotel. That said, I don’t know how they do it as you never saw loads of cleaners or grounds men wandering around.
There were fireworks on 3 nights for weddings – very cool!
The hotel has a bus into PDC a few times in the morning and afternoon. This bus drops up off and picks up just outside the Fariones hotel which is perfect for a spot or snorkelling and a ice cold pint at Playa Chica! If the return times don’t suit a taxi is only about €5
Not many. However, on our last night there was a Spanish wedding which started at 8pm in the garden area. They moved to the show bar at 1am and the music went on until 5am. Our room was quite near the hotel and when I called reception at around 4pm the answer I got was ‘it is a wedding, it will finish at 5am, and nothing I can do’. To say the least I was not happy. The following morning at checkout I mention this again and pretty much got the same response. I had requested a late checkout as we weren’t due to leave until 6pm. Unfortunately we had been told the previous day that our room had been allocated but we could move to another room. Maybe because I gave out about the noise, or maybe not, but the room we were given was at the far corner of the complex – I could not have been farther from where we had been staying. This involved a rather long trek with heavy bags and unfortunately put a bit of a downer on the last day.
Would I go again?
Yes – but for 1 week if there was a good deal.
Would I stay in Puerto del Carmen?
No – it has got seriously tacky and isn’t a patch on Puerto Calero.
- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Puerto Calero
- Costa Calero
- Iberostar Hotel Costa Calero
- Iberostar Costa Calero
- Hotel Costa Calero Lanzarote/Puerto Calero
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- If you are looking for complete relaxation in a luxurious setting in the Canary Islands, allow yourself to be won over by the charms of the Hotel Costa Calero, a magical holiday resort built in 2004 and featuring details of Lanzarote's traditional architecture and lush tropical gardens of 27.000m2. The wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean to be enjoyed from our delightful hotel are an invitation to rest and relaxation on Lanzarote, although we also have a modern thalassotherapy centre providing treatments under medical supervision, a new concept in spas to restore mind and body. ... more less
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