My wife and I have just returned from a 2 week break (4-18 November) on a half board basis in a standard double room. We spent 3 weeks at this hotel in March and left a detailed review (warts and all) after that visit. As I believe Trip Advisor will link that review to this one I do not intend to repeat in detail the contents of that review.
What I can say is that it was the hotel rather than the resort that lead us to go back to Playa Blanca. It may only be a 3 star hotel but we would give it 4 stars for its location, for its food, for its easy going and friendly ambience and for its value for money. I can only repeat what I said in March. You would be very unlucky not to have a good holiday there.
A few miscellaneous observations.
We e-mailed the hotel prior to our recent visit requesting a room in Ring C (the one nearest the pretty Flamingo Beach). Although the hotel did not respond, they did comment on our email when checking us in and did give us a room in the Ring requested. We have now stayed in both Rings B and C and in our view Ring C is much nicer than Ring B.
We had read some reviews commenting about problems with mosquitos. We did not have any problems in March. On our first night this time we had one in our room and managed to kill it. Thereafter we ensured we did not have the balcony doors open after dusk and we turned lights off before opening the door when leaving the room. We had no further problems. That some people did have problems was evidenced by what I can only call ‘mossie splats’ on the walls and ceiling of our room.
I would not say the hotel is the easiest we’ve seen for disabled people. You either have to be able to climb stairs or find your way through the bowels of the building (with no signage) to use the lift to get to the lowest level where the restaurant, bar and entertainment area is. If you have mobility problems you would be well advised to contact the hotel before booking.
The evening entertainment offering was, in our view, much better than that of all of the local hotels e.g. the Timanfaya Palace, the Natura Palace, the H10 Rubicon Palace, the Princess Yaiza etc. We know this because we went into those hotels to see what they were putting on. There was more of it (7 nights a week) and it was more varied (a mix of bought in and in house shows). While obviously subjective, we thought the ‘shows’ put on by the in house animation team were really good and commend them for their efforts. It can’t be easy to entertain an international audience.
As before, the food was excellent. Maybe that was why people were taking food with them as they left the dining room on an almost industrial scale. We even saw one woman with a push chair loading up the tray underneath. The Iberostar Papagayo (at the other end of the resort) has a notice asking people not to remove food from the dining room. The Iberostar Lanzarote Park does not. Presumably they are content with what is going on. Oh, and when the hotel says “it is not allowed to reserve sunbeds with towels” and it is not allowed “to take sunbeds away from the pool area and put them on your terrace” note this is totally ignored by guests and the hotel makes no effort to enforce their rules. Maybe this contributes to the easy going ambience of the place!
We discovered this time that the hotel has a washing machine and drier for guest use. You have to get the key to the room they are housed in from reception. They charge 4 euros for use of the washing machine, 4 euros for use of the drier and you have to provide your own detergent. It did not appear to be used very much!
Wild cats were still very much in evidence inside the hotel (as they are throughout the resort). We even saw a cat going onto the stage and behind the stage curtains one evening! To be fair, we did see the staff cleaning the sofas in the reception area and outside the dining room much beloved by the cats, and it is difficult to control them when doors are open and when some guests are obviously feeding them.
The only thing that slightly disappointed us this time was the condition of the room. We thought it really needed some refurbishment and/or redecoration. For example, the door into the room scraped the floor when opening which made it difficult to open and, perhaps more importantly, close it quietly at night. We had to shut with some force. The grouting between tiles in the bathroom was very discoloured in places while some of the tiles were chipped or crazed. The wall around some of the light switches was dirty. The sliding doors leading to the balcony rattled in the wind. As people familiar with Playa Blanca will know, it is a very windy place. The airer on the balcony was not fixed to the wall properly. And there were the mossie splats referred to earlier which no one had attempted to clean off. This would not put us off staying at the hotel again however because, overall, the pluses considerably outweigh the minuses.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Iberostar Lanzarote Park hotel is perfect for couples and families with children who seek relaxation and an ideal holiday in Lanzarote. It features 388 rooms, including double rooms, family rooms, and suites; many of them have fantastic sea views and all accommodation types are available. Located just 50 metres from Playa Flamingo, Lanzarote Park hotel offers a comprehensive range of services and facilities. Adults have the Star Prestige option, which has a chill-out zone with a Jacuzzi, sun loungers and Balinese beds located in a private pool. For the kids, there's a children's park, Miniclub, Minidisco, an activities programme for children 0 to 17, a games room, seven pools, and even a fun pool with eight slides...Everything they need for endless fun. ... 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