We have just returned from a week's holiday at Los Jameos Playa - our first family holiday with our baby. We booked the holiday just under 2 weeks prior to departure - this was not a cheap last minute holiday, but having read the reviews and having visited Lanzarote previously we were sure this is where we wanted to go. So much so that we travelled to Doncaster (2 hours away) just to get there for the week we had booked off work.
Our check in was smooth and we were welcomed with a glass of cava whilst we waited for someone to see to us. The transfer time from the airport was great - literally 5 minutes, which, after a 4 hour flight with an 8 month old baby, was a god send!
We were allocated a room in the 'Tenerife' building on the ground floor. Our bags were transported to our room by the porter where he met us in a very dark and dingy back corner right near the 'service area'. We thought nothing of this until the middle of the night when the bottles were clearly being sorted into recycling! Very noisy and not great with a baby who was awoken several times due to the noise. Our room was also a disable access room - which meant we had a huge wet room style bathroom (no bath). As in previous reviews, the rooms are somewhat dated and chintzy but absolutely spotless. In fact, that theme continues throughout the hotel in that it is spotless throughout. In the morning we decided to approach our First Choice rep to try and secure a change of room - this he did with minimal fuss from the staff who were so helpful. We even got a sea view room when we moved (our things were all moved for us too).
The food in this hotel really is superb for all inclusive. We cannot stress that enough. We are real foodies and have become somewhat food snobby over the years so we are always dubious about all inclusive hotels (bad experience in Tunisia). The choice and variety of food is phenomenal at every meal time. The evening service is themed - the poorest night for us whilst there was the french theme with the best being the Chinese night! Yum! There is a grill for fresh meat and one for fish (note, they over season everything on the grills so have your water ready which often killed delicate fish like John Dory) - perfectly cooked though. There really is something for everyone. Our baby had a whale of a time tucking into lots of new and exciting foods whilst we were there.
The pool area is also lovely too - again, very clean and lots of different areas to choose from. We spent most of our time in the toddler pool which is knee deep throughout and perfect for babies and small children. There are plenty of loungers and parasols too - the weather we had was amazing (30+ most days_) so keeping our little one out of the shade was important. There are plenty of activities to choose from too if you are so inclined - we weren't but others were and the animation team are very good but not so in your face as in other resorts we have been to.
The local area is nice too - some lovely bars and restaurants and the beach is on the doorstep (right across the road). Supermarkets within spitting distance.
The main resort of Puerto Del Carmen is a bit of a trek - we braved it, twice from the hotel to the old town (3 miles each way and we walked). The main resort has changed a lot in the 10 years it has been since I was last here - and in all honesty, probably not for the better. I'm, pleased to say we were at the right end of the resort in the Los Pocillos area.
The walk to the airport landing strip is well worth the 15 minute walk - the planes are so close to you as they come in to land - even I was impressed, and I didn't think I would be. (And it is worth noting that the airport being so close, there is some aircraft noise but not that you would be bothered by, we weren't anyway).
The only slight blot in the copy book was that mid-way through our break, we arrived back from our trek into town to what can only be described as a swarm of men around the pool. It turned out that a very large and well known brewery were having their annual conference at the hotel for 450+ sales reps (mainly male) from Belgium and Rotterdam (I believe). Their priority was clearly not to be involved in the conference but to eat, drink and be (very) merry and noisy. It certainly changed the mood of the hotel, which until that point, was delightfully relaxed and family orientated. They took up a significant amount of room around the pools and in the dining areas. It didn't spoil our holiday but we certainly felt calm being restored on Saturday morning as they were all leaving!
Finally, a massive mention must be made to ALL the staff - they are all so helpful, friendly and welcoming - and they ALL work very hard and for long hours. Nothing is too much trouble and you often see management making their way round the site to chat and check all is well - lovely to see! They are to be applauded for this and for making our holiday as lovely as it was.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Seaside Los Jameos Playa is located alongside the beach of Los Pocillos in the quiet area of Puerto del Carmen. Architecturally inspired by the island style, the hotel has magnificent pools set in extensive landscaped palm gardens. Hotel guests can enjoy a wide variety of sports activities and entertainment, suitable for all ages, even for the youngest members of the family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seaside Los Jameos Playa Hotel Puerto Del Carmen
- Los Jameos Playa Lanzarote
- Seaside Los Jameos Playa Lanzarote/Puerto Del Carmen