We have just returned from ten nights at the Royal Monica, I have to agree with other reviews, firstly you do get what you pay for, and if you don't expect 5 * then you will not be disappointed.
The hotel staff work really hard to ensure you are catered for, I had reason to complain one early evening about a group of shall we say our "European friends" sat on their balacony making a lot noise and getting drunk, the hotel staff sorted this out immediately with security and calm was re instated.
We had a one bedroom suite which was quite large and a very large balcony, the fans in each room were adequate. Did pay for aircon but it leaked, the Hotel said they could fix it, we decided not to bother, the Hotel refunded our money no problem or hassle.
Can't really comment on the evening entertainment as our daughter is 15 and is now too old for some of the entrtaiment, so we did not bother attending the pool bar. However the other bar was more than adequate and the drinks were ok. The beer and wine are on tap (Amstel Beer) I had a couple of cocktails and they all tasted fine to me.
As with any all inclusive, the meals can get repetitive as your stay goes on, however if you take extra Euros there are some nice restaurants in Playa Blanca. We went out a few times but if we ate at the Hotel we mostly found something to eat, even though it may not have been to our taste. Always salad on the menu and pasta/pizza. As for the outside seating area it is designated as a smoking area so if you want to eat outside you have to put up with that, there are a number of signs advising of this.
The Hotel also has a number of cats (all related - never seen so many black cats, all well fed and they do not bother you or beg for food). When I say a number its no more than about six or seven and being a cat lover they can be quite comical at times.
This is the first hotel we have been to where you do not have to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve a sunbed, yes you will need to have your bed reserved no later than 9:30 - 10am some days (an absolute joy for me - got a lie in!!) If you want a sunbed in the beach alcoves then you do have to reserve early. The lifeguard some mornings did take towels off beds if they had been left unattended after an hour and other people were looking for beds, rightly so in my opinion. You can also hire beach towels from the Hotel, wish I had known this before and would not have bothered packing ours.
As other posts have said the Hotel is favoured by Germans and French, some are very rude and others just keep themselves to themselves. You do seem to get stared at if you dress smartly for dinner, but who cares, just let them carry on, quite amusing at times.
The walk to Playa Blanca on the promenade is not an easy one and certainly not all flat, it will take you a good 50 mins at a steady pace, for us this was the only downside to the Hotel, it is set in a really quiet area but nothing much aroud it other than villas, there is a supermarket and a couple of bars just down the main road from the Hotel but not much more. A taxi is a must and will cost around 5 Euro's each way into Playa Blanca.
All in all we enjoyed our stay and for a three star the Monica is good value for money, we have stayed in some 3* that are no way near Monica's standard.
You can't always have everything but as it's on a sea front promenade then the location is the compromise. If you want peace and quiet then you will certainly get it here.
I would stay again at the Monica as Playa Blanca is a nice resort and it is good value for money, just a shame about the location in my opinion.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Calimera Royal Monica Playa Blanca Hotel Playa Blanca
- Royal Monica Lanzarote/Playa Blanca