We had a week at this hotel from 9-16 February. We went with our two children aged 23 months and 7 months. For parents travelling with infants it is worth booking an extra seat on the flight to guarantee that you can sit together. With an infant on both of our laps we had to sit in different rows due to oxygen mask numbers in each row. We booked the extra seat for the return flight allowing us a row between the four of us.
Anyway, the hotel was great. We emailed the hotel in advance to request the 2 bedroom family room as this was not a pre-book able option. On check in, we were given our requested room at a cost of 30 euros extra per night. We also requested a late check out which cost 45 euros. With two young children it was well worth paying the extra.
The room lay out was a living area/lounge/dining table with two bedrooms off it. The bathroom consisted of a bath with shower, a stand alone shower and double sink, all very new and modern. The travel cots were in our room on arrival and both had a soft baby mattress and clean linen. We were concerned and took our own mattress and linen but did not need it as the Riu provided all of this. There was a fridge in the room and all the extras such as kettle and microwave were available to hire from reception. We hired a kettle at a cost of 8 euros for the week with a 10 euro deposit.
The hotel reception provided bottles of mineral water free of charge and we asked for four each morning to make our baby bottles up and sterilise our other bottles.
The room was spotless and cleaned each day although the TV is very limited to English channels (sky and BBC news). There was a secure safe and aircon in both bedrooms. Both bedrooms had blackout blinds so perfect to catch an afternoon nap.
The food was great but it is worth pre-booking evening meals at the Chinese, Canarian and Mexican restaurants just to vary it up. These offer sittings at 6pm and 8pm. High chairs were plentiful around the restaurants and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Drinks were available all day. Soft drinks were Coca Cola products and main brands. There were various fruit juices, teas,coffees plus various wines, lager and alcohol.
The hotel is very large and has two main pool areas. The two baby pools were heated and the main pool we used was not too cold. The hotel provided pool towels which can be replaced when needed and returned at the end of the trip, so no need to pack beach towels.
The location was great for us. The gate exit to the main road was straight opposite the beach with a nice playground for the children to play on.
There is a supermarket close to the hotel that sells everything you need; we bought all of our baby food from the local Spar. There is a nice walk towards the port which is approx 5km away. As you get towards the centre of Puerto Del Carmen, there are lots of shops, bars and restaurants.
Taxis were readily available and a cheap way to get around; reception will happily book one if you need to get around.
There are car hire shops along "the strip" and we made a last minute booking. All was needed were both parts of my licence. Car seats were available free of charge but they were very basic.
All in all, a great hotel, great food and drinks and very friendly staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located 30 m from Playa de los Pocillos beach * Two 2-story main buildings and 1 or 2-story annexes * 2 km from Puerto del Carmen * 400 m from various shops * 8 km from the airport * 300 m from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clubhotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote Hotel
- Riu Paraiso Lanzarote
- ClubHotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote Resort Puerto Del Carmen