Just had 8 days here on self-catering basis. We had an excellent room (856 overlooking the pool with sun all day). here are the good and not so good:
Nicely laid out with 3 pools, one of which is heated for year-round use).
Pretty quiet, at least at this time of the year.
Mostly friendly staff (reception so-so but the cleaners were lovely and so were the ladies in the shop).
Good shop on site for all basic needs, Freshly baked bread and croissants in the morning for breakfast on the balcony.
Clean and tidy apartment/room with nice living area and kitchen counter area. Kitchen had coffee machine and hotplates for cooking, plus all equipment you need.
Adequate but shabby bathroom but no toiletries. Reasonable towels which were changed regularly.
Lovely balcony overlooking the pool.
Excellent location - just a short walk to the promenade, shops and restaurants. Not far to walk to the marina in the other direction which is really nicely laid out with good restaurants.
NO SO GOOD
Although the room was cheap everything else was extra; 6€ a day for wifi (outrageous - we didn't bother as there are wifi cafes in town), 3€ for TV (except for 1 Canary channel), 3€ for air-con (didn't need it), 1.80€ a day to use a safe, 15€ deposit for a pool towel plus charges for anything else you want to use. We avoided all these by not using anything except the pool which thankfully was free!
We would never have considered all inclusive as everything is so cheap and much more interesting to eat out. You can buy beer, wine and soft drinks cheaply in the shop and drink at poolside or on balcony. The food provided in the restaurant looked pretty functional and the restaurant is underground and unattractive.
There were plenty of sun loungers by the pool but some of them were a bit old and broken. Despite a "rule" not to reserve sunbeds by the pool people still did this in the early morning in prime spots and then didn't appear for hours. Why doesn't the pool attendant remove them (the towels I mean not the people!)
The beds were OK but they had nasty plastic mattress covers - horrible!
There is a noisy generator by the restaurant which affected us at night in room 856 but would have been far worse for rooms in the 860s.
Playa Blanca has a very nice centre and marina but accommodation is very sprawled out and some of it looks pretty desolate so if considering a different hotel check the map. There's a bus which runs around but we didn't use it as we had a car.
The tide comes up quite high at the town beaches so you probably need to rent a sunbed to avoid sitting on wet sand. But we always went to Papagayo beaches. You can easily get to this fabulous area by going to the very edge of Playa Blanca (we parked next to the Sandos Hotel but you can get bus/taxi) then walk for 15 minutes over the cliff and drop down to fantastic huge sandy beaches. The furthest one has a nice restaurant, but generally we stayed on the first one (Playa Mujeres) where there is a drinks van which has the best mojitos in town for 4.50€! (and beer for 2€). We would go back to Playa Blanca just to be on this beach again - never mind the hotel!
The restaurants are good value and similarly priced everywhere. But we started to find them all a bit samey (same menus, nothing desperately exciting). The waiters often pander to the tourist crowd with jokes and free sickly drinks. To eat better you have to pay a little more and go later than the average tourist (ie after 9pm). There is some excellent fresh fish to be found.
We loved the interior of the island and visited the Manrique house. Tequise was a nice place to visit and the volcano area is stunning.
We would return to Playa Blanca, and probably to the Cay Beach Sun as long as we could choose the right room, and always on a self-catering basis.
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