Having just returned from 2 weeks in this hotel there really isn't anything to moan about. It is a brilliant hotel and worthy of a 5*. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they do not have tea and coffee making facilities in the room which didn't bother us anyway.
First of all, let me comment on our journey out. We flew with Thomas Cook for the first time and found the experience O K but very cramped and even worse when trying to eat!! The good news was that we landed 30 mins early but the bad news was that after a marathon to reach the transfer coach, we had to sit on the coach for approx lhr 20mins waiting for other passengers to arrive to take their seats on the coach. Had we known this and when we return to Arrecife airport, we will book a taxi as the hotel is only about l0 mins away.
On arrival we were greeted with champagne and check in was quick. We were shown to our room which was spacious and as we had been upgraded to a Cat B room with a side sea view were very impressed. We were in La Graciosa room 3024 and had a lovely view of the beach. Cat A rooms are apparently on the ground floor. Request Cat B or C room although these may cost more but well worth it.
Everywhere is kept so clean and tidy. The gardens are especially lovely as there are several varieties of cactii, some of which are the most extraordinary shapes!! Glad to say the sunbed rule was carried out i.e towels cannot be put on beds before 9 and unoccupied. Unfortunately the towels would be removed from the beds, folded up and left on the table next to the beds and consequently no-one would take these beds for fear of causing an argument when the previous occupiers returned.
Mealtimes can be a bit hectic, especially at breakfast if you go at 9 when the sunbed rule finishes but we went about 9.30 and found it O.K. Usual scenario about the toasters but that is par for the course I suppose in foreign hotels. Food was always hot and it was nice that the food was cooked whilst you waited. There was plenty of variety and I defy anyone to get bored after 2 weeks. Of course you will if you have a bit of everything at one meal but you have the choice at dinner of about 4 or 5 varieties of meat which are carved there and then for you.
Drinks were of a high quality and impressed us as they did not seem to be watered down as we have experienced before in some hotels. They are of good quality.
The only complaint seemed to be with regard to having to carry your keycard around with you all the while as this was swiped everytime you ate or ordered a drink. Wrist bands would be much more convenient and as the hotel offers different types of board, different colours could be used. One to note hotel!!
Although we did not travel with children, they are catered for very well having their own section of the pool, a little playground and a sandy area for them to play in.
The hotel is ideally situated as the bus stops are outside and you can get to several places easily. We visited Playa del Carmen and Costa Teguise. There were 6 in our party and we found it cheaper to get a 6 seater taxi back to the hotel from Playa del Carmen than get the bus.
At the back of the hotel is a gate which leads onto the promenade. A key card is needed to get through the gate and the walk along the promenade is lovely, made even better by the fact that the airport is only about l0 mins away and the planes land virtually on the beach. It is brilliant to stand at the end of the landing lights in the sea and have the planes go over so low. You almost feel you can touch them!! Awesome experience not to be missed.
All in all we had a brilliant holiday made even better by the company we were in, Angie, Den, Sue and Dave and also the people we met whilst there Nigel, who was on his honeymoon, Peter and Erica with whom we played darts, boules, shuffleboard, mini golf and, can you believe it, BINGO!!! The sports organisers were good especially Reda who we only met for a few days before our return. It is a pity they are not allowed to walk round the pool asking for volunteers for the games as unless you get an itinerary from reception no-one knows what activities are on offer and when.
Entertainment in the hotel is virtually every night and we were lucky enough to be there on the 18th September when they had "White Night" which is a celebration of the end of summer. It was a festival held in the hotel and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Don't miss the museum on the third floor. It was only being told about it that we visited it.
If you decide to go to this hotel I promise you you won't be disappointed. I am hoping to return next year and my thanks go to the hotel for upgrading us and for allowing us to stay in our room until 6 as we had a late flight home.
- 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