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“Dirty, delapidated, disappointing.” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Villas Las Arecas Club
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Dirty, delapidated, disappointing.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2011

We booked a holiday with Villa Parade for a special holiday for the extended family of 6 adults and 2 children. The holiday was to celebrate 2 special events for the family and we were impressed by the images and descriptions of the villa and its facilities, that we thought that it would be ideal.

However, the reality was that none of our expectations were met. The images on the web site show large rooms, beautifully fitted bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms as well as a large, clean pool. It became immediately obvious that the images had been taken using a wide-angle lens artificially enhancing the dimensions of the rooms. The kitchen was small and although equiped with a microwave oven, a toaster, an oven, a coffee percolator etc., there was only one power point! The floors and furniture were dirty and dusty, the "well-manicured" gardens were overgrown with weeds and untrimmed scrub and the pool was green with algae. It was obvious that there had been little or no cleaning done prior to our rental. The "jacuzzi" bath could not be used as the water immediately leaked out and to add insult to injury, the shower in the basement ("lower ground floor") overflowed with waste from the drainage system. We contacted the agent in the UK who arranged for the local maintenance to fix the drainage system. It turned out that the pump had packed up but would be replaced the next day. It didn't get replaced at all, so the maintenance men had to manually empty the cess pit on a daily basis, triggering off a visitation of cockroaches!

In addition, we also found two power points that were hanging out of the wall showing exposed wires and the power cable on the kettle had been joined with insulating tape. The pool eventually got cleaned satisfactorily meaning that we lost the use of it for 5 days.

The images shown on the web site were obviously taken when the villa was new and It would have been very pleasant. Today, however, the villa is showing signs of neglect and lack of maintenance. The resort itself is lovely and Playa Blanca is a very nice place to stay with particular emphasis on good food and clean beaches.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank ericthehalfabee20
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Zuzana R, Manager at Villas Las Arecas Club, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Eric,

As a new Manager of Villas Las Arecas, thank you for your opinion. You are very welcome to come back visit our villas. I understand your position of unhappy client. We take the management recently, so I know how you feel. If you would like to repeat your holiday in our villas, it´s a pleasure to show you how many chages we did.
Thank you again and hope see you soon here in Lanzarote.

Best Regards,

Zuzana
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2009

We stayed here last year and the villas were excellent they were of a high standard there was some building work in the area due to it being a new complex but it did not interfere with our holiday, it is only a 10 to 15 minute easy walk into the centre of Playa Blanca which is a lovely town for families lote of nice eating places and not rowdy, there is a lovely marina with shops and bars also a promenade with more restaurants and bars, the beach is excellent in all we had a great holiday it was our first time to Playa Blanca and we will definatley be back and will definately stay at the villas again.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank keiranGlasgow
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Zuzana R, Manager at Villas Las Arecas Club, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Keiran,

As a new Manager of Villas Las Arecas, thank you for your opinion. You are very welcome to come back visit our villas.

Best Regards,

Zuzana
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Additional Information about Villas Las Arecas Club

Property: Villas Las Arecas Club
Address: Blanca Parcela 115-119 Plaza San Marcial, 35570 Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Lanzarote > Playa Blanca
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Playa Blanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villas Las Arecas Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Complex of Villas Las Arecas Club, four-star category that is located in the tourist resort of Playa Blanca in the south of the island of Lanzarote, in the vicinity we found the shopping and entertainment of the beach that is two hundred meters of shops, bars and restaurants. It has three four-bedroom Villas each, equipped with all the details to make it feel like your own home and so on have bathroom, satellite TV with DVD player and kitchen with appliances needed to prepare our meals, although around local we offer a selection of Canarian cuisine. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace where you can enjoy the sun on the island while we relaxed in the water and as we propose the activities related to water sports with boating, diving or sailing. There are also possibilities of outdoor sports in the Timanfaya National Park is a few miles of the resort. ... more   less 
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