I've titled this review as "Some clearly love it" because many of the Brits we spoke to really did, and have been back to this same hotel year after year and will continue to do so until they're too old to travel. I'm not one of them. I didn't hate it, but we won't be going back.
Quite simply, it wasn't our thing and we've had much better value elsewhere, e.g. 5* all-inclusive in Cos last year for 30% less and that included flights and transfers, which this didn't.
The hotel is some 30 odd years old and quite dated, but kept very clean - the pool area is spotless plus there was never a shortage of sun loungers which incidently were comfortable ones. We were told that usually Brits make up around 40% of the guests and Germans another 40% approx with a mixture of other nationalities making up the remainder. Many of the guests are in their 60's upwards from the North of England, and these seem to be the ones who are returning guests. We did wonder if that was a mixture of wanting to be in 'familiar, friendly company' or just that having found somewhere they liked, they just kept returning, without realising what else was out there. Either way, the hotel appears to be well booked up and there's no incentive for the management to change/improve things since they're probably turning in a good profit for Iberostar at the moment. On one review, someone was critical of the animation team, and we thought that very unfair, as they're clearly hard working and the content matter of their shows seemed to be well tailored to their audience. Considering the large proportion of Brits there, only one English TV channel (Sky News) which is really poor and it's not that you can't get English channels via satellite in Lanzarote - we spent the following week in Puerto del Carmen and got all the main UK channels. The room we were first given when we arrived was dingy and tatty with peeling paint and a sea view obstructed by trees. We complained and were moved to a similar type of room but in better condition and with a lovely view. There's no air conditioning but in May, we didn't really need it. One problem was that there was not only any drink making facilities in the room but that the information book stated that food and drinks weren't allowed in the room and if found would be charged for separately. That eliminated the pleasure of a morning tea or coffee on the balcony. If you're thinking of hiring a car by the way, don't do it through the reception desk. I asked what the cost would be to hire a small car for the day and after a phone call was told it would be 68 Euros. We then went out the front of the hotel and got an Opel Corsa from cabrera medina for 33 Euros including all insurance. The car had a few scrapes and minor dents which we pointed out and they said: "It happens. Unless it's a bad one we're not worried" which sums up the Spanish attitude to cars (almost every car you see has scrapes and dents - even the mercs)
In conclusion: a bit dated, only one bar in evenings, with limited visibility of shows due to the layout. Food is plentiful and while not being gourmet quality isn't bad and It's relatively quiet. Cheap, it's not. Chic, it's not, and there's better value to be had elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Everybody is different, and everybody can enjoy the IBEROSTAR Lanzarote Park hotel with spa, in the south of one of the most beautiful islands in the Canaries. The three rings that make up the hotel are designed to exceed all your expectations: experience an incredible holiday as a family, access all kinds of luxury for adults, or enjoy a few days of relaxation. A place that fully adapts to your personality. Power to the family. Enjoy Lanzarote with the children in a modern, spacious family room and give free reign to their imagination in the spaces designed especially for kids, such as the Babystarclub or the Teenclub. As well as this, the calm waters of the nearby Playa Flamingo with its gentle surf are just waiting for them to jump in. Exclusivity for those over 18. Have one of the most luxurious experiences of your life in the Star Prestige building. Aside from the preferential treatment, you can also access exclusive adults only areas, like the chill out zone with hammocks and Balinese beds by the pool, a private restaurant, or the special area with a pool and whirlpool bath. Stress mode off. Allow all your worries to drift away in the SPA Sensations, a place where the relaxation of mind and body is the only thing that matters. Your experience at this hotel in Lanzarote also includes hearing the relaxing sound of the waves crashing against the rocks from your bedroom. Swimming for all tastes. As well as being right on the shore, you can also choose to bathe in one of the seven swimming pools in the complex. There’s a pool for every type of guests: pools for children and pools for adults only. And there’s even a water park with eight slides! Eat wherever you want. Think of all the things a buffet can offer, like delicious roast beef or sauteed vegetables, and add to that the chance to enjoy a drink or a cold snack while lying on a Balinese bed or reclining in a seat right next to the seafront. Entertainment tailored to you. Work up a sweat playing sport in the sea or in this sea front hotel’s facilities, strut your stuff in the club and dance along to the live performances, or sample the almost infinite number of dishes… You choose your level of activity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Lanzarote Park Hotel Playa Blanca
- Iberostar Playa Blanca
- Iberostar Hotel Lanzarote Park
- IBEROSTAR Lanzarote Park Playa Blanca