If you want to see what a 3 star hotel looks like then go down the road to El Trebol or Ficus. There is no comparison. The Grand Teguise Playa is definitely 4 star. If you want an impersonal modernized Ikea style hotel with no comfy chairs or chill out areas then choose its sister Be Live Lanzarote Resort hotel up the road (in the middle of nowhere).
If you want a lovely hotel in a central location with excellent staff, lovely food, fantastic views and wonderful comfy seating both inside and out then the Teguise Playa is the place to be.
Just back from a week’s stay this was our second visit (prev stayed Jan 2009). We arrived at 11.30 am and were given our AI bands and told to come back at 2 so we chilled out by the pool bar then went to lunch then our room was ready. All rooms have the same view so not worth the extra spend for floors 5 and 6. Yes it is a little worn in the corridors but as others have said who spends their holidays in the corridors. The rooms are bright and airy and the aircon a godsend. Linen and towels changed daily and rooms are spotless (in fact the whole hotel is spotless – they have a guy who does nothing but polish the marble floors all day). The water pressure in our room dropped, we told reception and it was fixed within the hour. Extra pillows arrived promptly on request.
Most guests seemed to be AI and for the low price many had paid this was an absolute bargain.
Pool area: Lots of sunbeds around 3 pools. Also chairs/tables in both sun and shade but then a lovely chillout area in the shade with loads of comfy chairs and sofas. This was the place to be after lunch to read a book or have a snooze. The whole atmosphere around the pool was very relaxed. At the pool bar AI guests help themselves to water and soft drinks and a barman serves anything else. Yes there’s sometimes a queue but we’re only talking a few people not mega queues so it’s not a hardship to wait a minute or two.
Restaurant: The first part as you go in is the nicest but the tables are only set for couples (or four if you wish). Large groups and families tend to be in the third section furthest away from the food. If you want a table and it’s not been cleared just sit down and the staff will come over and do it for you. I think the service was a bit more attentive in the first section. Once seated they will ask for your drinks order. Don’t leave your knife and fork on your empty/finished with plate unless you are happy for them to be taken away. If you leave them on your napkin they won’t be touched and you can go up for a new plate. The food was lovely and plentiful for both veggie and non veggie. Cava at breakfast if you wish . Full English/American/continental + a few oddities such as a salad bar, onion rings and chips! And the best churros ever!!!
Lunch: Sometimes has extra food outside at the BBQ area. You can go out and bring food from there inside or vice versa. Drinks can be water, coke, red/rose/white wine, sangria beer etc and you can have glasses or jugs.
Dinner: Drinks as lunch. Loads of choice A shame the dress code has been relaxed a little from Occidental days. The only thing they don’t seem to allow now is sportswear. Previously it was no shorts or jeans and it was smart casual which made it all a bit more special.
Evening bar: This opens at 6 when the pool bar closes. Don’t buy bottles of water as you can ask for them here anytime between 6-midnight. This is the best part of the hotel – a quirky, comfy, feel good bar with the novel rotating floor area and the stunning plant festooned atrium above it. And the queues here are actuallty good because it guarantees you get served in the order you arrived at the bar and no one can just turn up and push in by standing at an empty space. There are at least 3 staff behind the bar and others servicing the seating areas so you don’t have to wait long. They seem to like you to order all your drinks in one go so don’t say one then when they come back with that say another. Unlike some AL hotels we've stayed at they don't restrict how many drinks you can order in one go. If you sit at the bar you will get nuts and olives but you can ask for these if you’re seated elsewhere as well. The entertainment is 9.45 til about 11. It’s better than lots of other hotels with the professional nights better than the animation team nights. Having said that the animation team is happy, enthusiastic and so hard working. A lovely group of people.
All the staff here are professional, helpful and friendly. We would definitely come again. We’ve been to Lanzarote/Tenerife/Fuerteventura 9 times now and this if the best hotel we’ve stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Teguise Playa Hotel is a hotel resort in Costa Teguise. Located in El Jablillo's coastline, this beach hotel is specially designed for couples and families with children who want to spend magical under excellent weather conditions at the Canary Islands. Common areas and Superior rooms have been recently renovated in order to offer to its guests more confort and quality during their stay. Rooms with balcony or terrace and spectacular sea views. For those who loves to play golf, The Be Live Experience Grand Teguise Playa Hotel holds agreements with the two existing golf courts in Lanzarote: the Lanzarote Golf and the Costa Teguise Golf. This hotel has the ISO 14001 Certification, as a result of its effective environmental management system. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Grand Teguise Playa Costa
- Occidental Teguise Playa
- Occidental Grand Teguise Playa Hotel
- Occidental Hotel Lanzarote
- Hotel Grand Teguise Playa Lanzarote/Costa Teguise