A Long Review but Worth Reading!
I must say that Trip Advisor is really a good source of information when you are travelling. I always check Trip Advisor before I book a hotel and I end up satisfied because I know what to expect. The reviewers’ tips, particularly for Jameos La Playa Hotel were really so helpful and useful. I checked other reviews for hotels at Puerto del Carmen and found Jameos to be the top hotel there based on the reviews. And right, the hotel is ideally situated because it’s just about 20 minutes from the Arecife airport. A first glimpse of the very Spanish hotel gives you already a Mediterranean feel. Inside, at the reception, the whole lobby is very spacious with lots of tables and divans for lounging, giving a tropical feel. The Piano Bar is just in one corner of the lobby and this lobby is also where people can get free Wi-Fi.
And this is a first useful tip that I read on Trip Advisor. Yes, they are correct in saying that the wifi sucks in Jameos and to forget about it. Apart from being slow, one loses the connection every now and then and most of the time, you’d find yourself waiting for 15 minutes for a page to load. There is a cyber corner where there are about 5 of 6 working computers where you can use the Internet for 2 euros per 30 minutes. Even that is very slow and most of the time, it closes on me even before I am able to hit the send button for my messages, just because the time is up. Management should do something about fixing the wifi system and maybe get a provider so that guests can also have the option to pay for wifi connection in their rooms. There was one 4 star hotel in Ibiza where I stayed last year where the free wifi works all the time and there is no problem connecting. There was also a cyber corner where you can pay for Internet connection. And, there is also an option to buy wifi for 15 euros per 24 hours. Jameos should really act on this issue very fast because even if the guests are on vacation, technology is also needed to check on matters back home or the office. People still need to connect fast to the outside world.
Such a Nice Room but So Little Time!
Now back to the review. Arrival and checking in is smooth and fast and the receptionists are nice. There’s a valet that gives children an already-inflated blue seahorse that can be used as a floater for the pool as a welcome present.This in itself already provides excitement to children. The valet then hauls your luggages to the room. This is very convenient especially after a long tiring flight. We took a family room and was so lucky to have a corner space that provided a feel of our own home because we had our own hallway to get to the door of our room. Others are located next to each other just like in a hotel but we have our own entrance, at the LOBOS. And we are very near the poolside which means we are centrally located so it was so convenient. And then you open the door and you will see a very clean room with a cozy, homey feel. Flatscreen TV is incredible because on our third day, the channels were upgraded and you will be amazed at the numbers of stations you can get on the TV. German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish of course, Russian, British are among the TV stations you can get. They even have diverse international radio stations. Too bad, at Jameos, there are so many things to do other than being a couch potato and all the time we spent on TV were only to wait for each other dress up.
Another useful tip I got from Trip Advisor is how to reserve the sunbeds. I followed the tip and got down at 7:30 am every morning to save two beds and wait until 9 am for the opening of the cushions stock room. The guests (at least during the week that I stayed) are all very disciplined and polite. As soon as the guy who opens the door walks by, people start lining up the door and get the cushions. Each guest wait for his turn and this goes very smoothly. Most people are saving their sunbeds as early as 6 am but I didn’t see any complaints. And I am able to get the same spot every morning. It seems that people are so disciplined enough to stay in same spot but work hard for it because that means you have to wake up as late as 7:30 am to save a sunbed that is very near the pool. Otherwise there are plenty of sunbeds around the pool area. I don’t agree with other reviewers here in Trip Advisor that management has to do something with the way people save their sunbeds. Everybody goes to Lanzarote to get the sun and it’s fair the way people reserve their sunbeds because it is not easy to get up early (even before the sun is up) just to reserve the beds, every single morning of your holiday. First come, first served but this case, first come equals more fun under the sun.
A Banquet of Food!
Food is good and plentiful. There is buffet every morning, lunch and dinner for the all-inclusive guests. Every night there is a different country theme for dinner so you are provided different options. There are also hot and fresh fish and meat that are cooked right in front of you. There’s fresh waffles and crepe cooked in front of you every 4 pm with a table lined up with different sauces, toppings and ice cream to go with them. The plain waffles and crepes are already very good without any topping.
The drinks are all good. Branded softdrinks, cocktails, alcohol, cava are all available. My only problem is the coffee. I really can’t drink the coffee there. Even the espresso from the machine tasted like instant coffee.
No Dull Moment Inside the Hotel!
There are so many activities and kudos to the animators who keep the people, especially the teenagers and kids entertained. The water aerobic is highly recommended. The instructor is so awesome and fun to follow and this is one way of getting a tan without being bored for an hour and at the same time burn calories without even feeling the pain of a strenuous exercise. Two animators namely Jose and Idaira are also very good at keeping the adrenalin level of teenagers and kids high. One just wonders where they get their energy. They are friendly and very helpful.
I’ve been advised to take lots of mosquito repellent but I’ve never encountered any mosquito while at Jameos for one week.
There is a souvenier shop and two groceries about 5 minutes from Jameos if you run out of toiletries or if you just plain want to bring something from home.
While you are there, you can arrange a VIP tour with the hotel and it is a good deal considering you’d see most of the interesting parts of the island.
I don’t recommend buying the Strelizia or Birds of Paradise to take home. At the hotel, they offer to order for you a box of these popular flowers of Lanzarote to take home. I asked the reception if they are okay to take in the plane and they said they are okay because they sell them in the airport. When I got them on check out, it was such a long box. When we went to the airpot, I was just lucky that the ground stewardess allowed it to be checked in as a special baggage but without charging me anything.
Hotel Hearts Guests
Jameos is such a client-oriented hotel and serves to satisfy the needs of the guests. Everyone needs to check out at 12 pm regardless of their flights especially in the peak periods of July and August. But Jameos makes sure that guests who have late flights can still enjoy the hotel even after check out. All-inclusive guests can still avail of the food and drinks till 5 pm. There is a special room provided to store the luggages so you can still very much enjoy the last minutes at the pool or at the hotel even when you have already checked out. The hotel also allows you to use a complimentary room to shower and dress up before you catch your flight. There is also a fridge at the reception for those who bought tapas like chorizos and tortas to bring back home.
One important advice is not to bring home the soft cheeses of Lanzarote as they won’t be allowed in the airplane because the cheese can melt and turn into liquid from the heat.
We will definitely go back to Lanzarote and I suggest Jameos should start issuing fidelity/loyalty cards for the increasing number of satisfied and will-be-returning guests.
- 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