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“HOME FROM HOME” 5 of 5 bubbles
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La Penita Apartments
Ranked #7 of 94 Hotels in Puerto Del Carmen
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TULSK Co Roscommon
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67 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“HOME FROM HOME”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

This was our 7th return visit in as many years. Yes it needs a spruce up, what home does not, but guess what ? the pool is being rejuvenated next month. As always Armando remembered my birthday with some much appreciated chocolates.All the staff are superb, even when we had a problem printing return boarding passes , nothing was too much . As we normaly go in november air Con is not a problem to us, but there are many apartments without air con and not as nice as La penita. We meet "returning" couples every time we visit, and many of these have been coming back for excess of twelve years, so La Penita is doing something right.
if you want 5* luxury then l do not think La penita is for you , but if you want excellent and caring staff, with clean, comfortable well appointed facilities and continuos hot water then try La Penita.
Excellent value , and well worth a vist.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank littlejohn46
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Just got back from our first stay at La Penita, staff are helpfull, the rooms are fairly clean but not in the corners and the bar is horrible, we only had 1 drink there on our first day and never returned ,it needs a total refurb and you can smell the cooking oil being used whilst you are laying at the side of the pool sometimes (not nice at all), the hole place needs a touch of paint and new sunbeds & bar area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MrFSheffield
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Dublin, Ireland
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37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

Once again service was fantastic and the apartments and facilities were very clean at all times.
Location is excellent, you are 1minute from the Playa/Beach and to the right and left of the Avenue de las Playas you have all restaurants and bars. Although close you are still in a quite area with little disturbance.

Bad Points:No AirConditioning = No Sleep: Why I ranked sleep low is not due to beds which are fine, but because there is no airconditioning in the apartments. Due to this and the intense heat we didn't sleep throughout our stay. We were in a ground floor apartment with windows onto a walkway so didn't feel that we could leave our bedroom windows open at night for the cool air to get in. There was a stand up fan in the apartment but due to lack of sockets in the bedroom and their positioning althought we had it on all night, it didn't make much difference (oscillation button was broken).

Different Apartments: This was my second visit and I didn't realise the apartments were not standard. Upon arrival, we were assigned an apartment where we had to go up 7 flghts of stairs (no elevators or sloped pavement to roll your case up). Coming into this apartment I felt it was much smaller and older than the one I had stayed in previously and it wasn't as clean with dust and debris in the corners of the room from flaked paint/plaster. It was much more compact than I remembered. I went back to reception to see if they had a different apartment, thankfully they had and it was on the ground floor. Much bigger and exactly like where I had stayed the previous visit. Its important that you know which blocks of apartments in La Penita are the good ones. As much as I want to go back, I would only return knowing I had the larger apartments as I would not stay in the older ones.

Room Tip: Tip: The apartment blocks immediately to the right and left of reception are the two I have been in...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Littlebitz1
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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

Stayed for a week in october 2012.
A stones throw from main strip.
5 mins from the beach.
Apartments were nice and clean.
Had, tv, fridge, Mircowave,kettle,toaster, hob, blender.etc
Instant hot water.
Pool was nice and clean.
Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Armando at reception was a gentleman.
Would have no problem in recommending this place to anyone.

Room Tip: Room 169 we stayed in was a few steps from reception and a few more to pool. Would like it again.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Adriano R
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Just come back from 2 fantastic weeks at la penita. Lovely apartments, very clean and spacious. Staff very friendly and helpful, especially Alicia on reception. Close to beach and restaurants. Best restaurant was the Bufalo for great steaks, for breakfast either the mucky duck or hot shots. For a great night out try the owl and P ussycat pub, quiz every night, bingo twice a week. A must see is the legend and diva`s show at the music hall tavern, laughed all night. Will be coming back soon.
Only downside is the people getting up too early to put towels on sunbeds and not using them.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank 2Bobbys
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Dublin, Ireland
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51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

La Penita exceeded my expectations. It's clean, staff friendly, location great. I like that its locked up in the evenings and you need a key to gain access. The rooms are well equipped with all the essentials that don't cost extra. I've been to Lanzarote a good few times and have no need to stay anywhere else whenever I return.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Ms-HoneyBadger
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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed in La Penita for a week in October. The apartments are clean and spacious, beds were comfy, all the rooms are twin, but you can push the beds together if you want a double.

I was surprised to read some of the bad reviews so I have set out the good and bad points.

Good points:

Staff
Staff are friendly and helpful. The reception staff have good English and will book taxis, booked our diving trip and advised us about buses etc.

Entertainment
There are activities on everyday except Thursdays from 12 on, there is water polo, shooting, darts, bingo, aqua aerobics etc. There is supposed to be a mini disco at 9pm but the bar is dead at night as no one drinks there.

Pool
The pool is lovely and despite other reviews it is not chlorinated! Yes the paint is flaking but the pool is being re painted in November.

Quiet
The apartments were occupied mainly by older couples and families with young children. It is quiet all the time, which we loved. But if you are looking for somewhere lively this would not be the best place to stay.

Clean
The apartments are cleaned 5 days a week (not Wed/ Sun). Fresh towels are provided everyday, the floors are washed and beds made. They were not changed in the week we stayed. The only small thing was we were given 2 tiny bars of soap for the week.

Location
The apartments are excellently located about 1 minutes walk from the main area with the beach, lots of restaurants, shops, bars, nightclubs etc.

It is around 30 mins walk away from old town.

The airport is about 10 - 15 minutes away and €20 in a taxi.

We booked the bus transfer from the airport to the hotel and return, however the bus did not turn up to collect us going back to the airport and at 4am it was difficult to get a taxi to take us to the airport. If booking with low cost holidays, DO NOT BOOK the bus transfer back, it is too unreliable. Also there is a porter in the hotel at night (obviously we had checked out & handed our keys back) & when we went back to the apartment complex 10 mins after we left to get the bus the porter was no where to be found, the gate was locked and we could not get back into the apartments to try & ring a taxi.

There is a safe in each room & you can rent a key for €11 a week plus a €5 deposit.

Bad points

Sunbeds
People get up really early to reserve sun beds, so if your planning to lie in past 9.30 am you are not going to get a sunbed. Some people leave towels on the beds all day & might not turn up till around 4pm. There are usually free beds in the afternoon anyway.

WIFI
The wifi signal is really bad, intermittent and the band width is very low. However there are 2 computers in the reception that can be used for a small charge - 40 cent for 10 minutes, very fast.

Bar Food
Bar food isn't great, medium size pizza €4.50 (burnt and no taste), mini breakfast €4.50 - but walk down to the end of the steps and they do a full English for €2. Also restaurants do large pizza for €4.

TV
There is a TV in the room and the remote can be rented for €5 from reception, the signal/ picture is pretty bad.

Overall
We really enjoyed our stay at La Penita and plan to revisit next time we are visiting Lanzarote, the bad points were minor and I have mentioned them to give people a full review :)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Victoria M
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Property: La Penita Apartments
Address: Calle Chalana 2, 35510 Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Lanzarote > Puerto Del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Del Carmen
#5 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Del Carmen
#9 Family Hotel in Puerto Del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — La Penita Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 100
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