It was indeed lovely being met by a gentleman in traditional dress as our taxi pulled in and being ushered to a private desk for check-in. No standing in line. In true 5* fashion our luggage was whisked away and we were offered a glass of cava with which to relax whilst checking in. We stayed in a suite with a pool view on the third floor of Block C. The suite was ideally placed to catch the afternoon sun right through to sundown. The suite benefited from a little kitchen in the hallway with a full size cabinet fridge (as opposed to the usual minibar size) and a microwave that I imagine would be useful for heating baby food as no cutlery or crockery is provided. The hotel is trialling in-room tea and coffee making facilities which means there is a kettle, some cups and a starter kit of teabags, instant coffee and UHT cream. I think the cost to replenish the supply is €20. There is no freezer/ice making facility in the fridge so we had to request a delivery of ice from the bar. This was provided by room service and was charged at €3 (plus tip) on each occasion. I must say this is the first time I have ever been charged by a hotel for ice – 5* or otherwise. Beware - if you have ordered anything from room service be certain to listen at the door for the delivery otherwise the staff will just come right in. Obviously room service must be signed for so the member of staff delivering same must reach you, however, my Partner was changing at the time and was caught in quite a compromising situation.
The suite was a really good size with a fabulous balcony furnished with 2 steamer chairs and a small table - very comfortable. The public areas and reception are very grand and everything is well maintained.
We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis. There are numerous restaurants in the hotel some of which are buffet style for guests on half board while the others are a la carte. Whilst we did not use the buffet restaurants I noticed from the weekly publication of restaurant opening times that not all of the buffet restaurants are open all of the time thereby cutting down choice. We ate at the Italian restaurant just beside the beach entrance to the hotel, La Piazzetta which served a very respectable pasta carbonara. There is an artist on most evenings providing entertainment and this was very pleasant. We also tried Kempai – the teppenyaki. The teppanyaki was fabulous with the chefs showing off their knife skills and entertaining the diners. The food was outstanding and at €120 for 2 prawn starters, 2 mains of fillet steak, a bottle of wine and a bottle of saki, great value for money and a great experience. Another must for adults is Bar 4 Lunas. This is a jazz bar that comes alive in the evening until 3am with nightly entertainment.
The lower level pool area is best for adults only groups as the pool is quite deep and cold. This seemed to deter the families with babies. With the breeze blowing in from the sea by day this pool area was the perfect place to relax. There are loungers in the shallows at the water’s edge and this just made it extra special. The sun loungers on the terrace are of a modern wicker design and very comfortable and the towels provided at the pool are quite luxurious. They are also a generous size.
Breakfast offered the usual 5* buffet fare. There was ample choice and the dishes were replenished regularly. Fresh salmon, omelettes made to order etc and the requisite cava. Again, what spoiled it for me was the children being left to roam in and around the buffet. It was quite chaotic at times and the parents put no effort into controlling their children. In Restaurant La Hacienda the windows are open out to the pool area which sounds ideal, however, the staff encourage birds by leaving bread out on a tray and as a result there are birds dive-bombing the tables and even pecking at the baked goods. I returned to my table on one occasion to find it covered in bird droppings! If it’s a peaceful breakfast you seek the place to enjoy this is an outside table at the buffet restaurant across the hall from La Hacienda. The birds are not quite as bad mannered over there.
Sadly, our stay was blighted by crying babies waking for their 2 hourly feeds during the night (or so it seemed). The design of the main hotel is such that the bedroom windows face directly out to the open and cavernous hallways and there seemed to be a baby in each room (maybe a slight exaggeration), however, the cacophony of noise during the night was quite unbearable at times. I was under the impression families were housed in the annexe but this is definitely not the case. We were staying in Block C and were surrounded by families. We arrived in the evening and had begun to unpack before this became apparent. I choose not to make a fuss as my holiday was a gift from my Partner who was with me on the trip. Normally, in such circumstances I would have asked for a room change but where to go? There were crying babies and toddlers everywhere it seemed.
If you are relying upon wifi we found the signal very poor in all areas of the hotel except at reception. This proved quite frustrating at times.
All in all a super time was had and we enjoyed our stay. I have stayed at other 5* hotels in the resort but this hotel’s location is second to none for fans of Playa Blanca.
- 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