We much enjoyed our nine days in the Princesa Yaiza, well located at the E edge of ‘downtown’ Playa Blanca and beside one of its few beaches. (To find proper ‘playas blancas’, walk c. 5 km further E).
The decor is a design delight - sober elegance is methodically executed throughout and the hotel thankfully lacks the architectural dramatics/bling of its typical Canaries competitor. The (modernist) art collection is interesting and there are quality temporary exhibitions - Rubens prints from the Palais Luxembourg during our visit. The hotel seems well adapted to families and to people with mobility problems.
Our fourth floor ‘junior suite’ consisted of two large rooms, a large bathroom, a balcony and a mini-kitchen, all well equipped and with especially good storage. Our W facing ‘sea view’ certainly included the sea (and the nearby ‘mountains’) but also an undeveloped site, some nondescript commercial buildings in cream (in Lanzarote!) and a Burger King. However, we had good sun on the balcony from late morning.
The breakfast buffet is excellent and has good staff support, including eggs cooked to order. We also ate dinner in each of the four à la carte restaurants and thought three of them quite good. But the Kampai - a pretend-Japanese venue with noisy theatrical cooking - would not survive long in Tokyo.
All the staff we met seemed to be on a happy team and were friendly, attentive and helpful, especially those on Reception and Public Relations. Our few problems were dealt with quickly.
This is a genuine *****L hotel, operated to that standard. However, there were a few irritants. The (free) WiFi service covered only part of our suite, required frequent reconnection and was often overloaded and slow. None of the several bars was a quiet zone in the evening. The choice of wines by the glass was very poor (typically Spanish). Coffee quality at breakfast was inconsistent.
We have been visiting the Canaries for 39 years and have stayed in most of its best hotels. Taking everything into account, we think the Princesa Yaiza comes out on top (just) and is certainly the most elegant. Recommended.
Tip – there is a good choice of restaurants in the nearby Marina Rubicon and we enjoyed return visits to El Mirador and La Casa Roja, good value and competitive with the Princesa Yaiza’s offerings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed in the colonial canaries style, with its traditional, picturesque balconies, and exotic interior tropical, excellent facilities and faultless service, Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort is a welcoming, five-star luxury hotel, conceived to satisfy the most demanding customer by making their stay a unique and unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Princesa Yaiza Hotel Playa Blanca
- Princess Yaiza Lanzarote
- Hotel Princesa Yaiza Suite
- Princess Yaiza Hotel Lanzarote
- Princesa Yaiza Lanzarote
- Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort Lanzarote/Playa Blanca