This is a beautiful hotel in the Lanzarote capital and we had an amazing week there and got a good deal.
Rooms & facilities
It's got a lot of suites (more than double bedrooms) and we were upgraded to a large suite which, whilst it faced towards the town, still had side views up the coast both ways. The room had separate bedroom and sitting areas along with a large bathroom and entrance area. The pictures from others and the hotel illustrate the rooms well. There is a great spa with Turkish bath and pools etc. for 15 Euros for 2 hours. They also provide very reasonable massages and other spa treatments. Didn't try the top floor restaurant as we found so many local ones (see other reviews for these). Went the café a few times on the top floor with great views and a good selection of snacks and drinks at reasonable prices. The 2nd floor pool area had 2 major events on whilst we were there and we were offered free entry both times, having great nights (lots of locals came to see the band one night paying 9 euros each).
Only stayed B&B but the choice at breakfast was huge with a large range of freshly made food (pancakes, churros, omelettes to order, eggs, bacon) as well a huge range of meats, cheeses, breads, fruits, cereals and so on. For me, the cava and freshly squeezed orange juice and smoothies are the differences that mark it out above a 4 star hotel. Snacks in the café were very good value.
I could see the main downside at the hotel could be for those that like to sunbathe around a pool and use sunbeds. There is very limited room within the hotel grounds to sunbathe outside and the covered pool area, whilst great at night, tended to be very warm during the day. The few beds on the terrace filled up quickly. Personally this was no issue for me as it is so near one of the most beautiful and quiet beaches I've visited on Lanzarote with golden sand and very clear sea. The beach has no sunbeds but its very quiet until the locals come down around 4pm each day. When staying in Puerto Del Carmen in previous years, we've cycled to this beach a few days, as it's far prettier and better for swimming.
Arrecife isn't a tourist town, but that doesn't mean it isn't beautiful with lots to offer. You can see in the capital that one hotel had closed and some redevelopment work has been halted, obviously due to the economic issues. It is a working town and, in my opinion, has a lot to offer above places like Puerto Del Carmen. There are less tourist bars, but a huge choice of restaurants and enough shops to go shopping for a few hours. If you want an endless (and I mean endless) choice of very similar perfume shops rather than the 6 or 7 in Arrecife or more English bars or to play some crazy golf, buses take between 10-20 minutes to Puerto Del Carmen, depending which end you are visiting, for 1.70 euros per person. They go every 20 minutes from the station at the other end of the beach. The few nights we went to clubs in PDC, a taxi home was about 15 euros.
It was quiet when we stayed and I imagine this explains why we got a week there with about 40% discount (and were upgraded). Honestly, at full price, I would give it 4 stars, but with the discounted price, upgrade and just general value for money, this has to get 5/5 from us. We will definitely stay here again and are making plans to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa is the only 5 star hotel which is situated next to one of the biggest white beaches of Lanzarote.Ideal to spend an unforgettable vacation full of relaxation and tranquillity. It offers in its 17th floors 26 standard rooms, 26 rooms with sea view, 104 suites with sea view an 4 Imperial Suites on the 16th floor with extensive sea views. Fantastic and spacious rooms with excellent views over the sea and the beach, El Reducto beach.All rooms are equipped with the following: •Internet connection/ WIFI•Satellite television•Bureau •Mini bar•Safe deposit box•Air conditioning •Telephone in sleeping room and bathroom Attention to detail is present throughout. They combine exclusive decoration, sophisticated amenities and an excellent service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arrecife Gran Hotel Lanzarote