We enjoyed our stay, but I am going to be a anal here, for the following reasons:
1. Yes, the hotel was under-occupied but this may be due to the crisis.
2. The location was not ideal, it being quiet to the point of desolation. On one side is the skeleton of an intended hotel gradually being filled with graffiti, on the other a deserted, unfinished housing estate; both are large and blot the landscape. However, the rooms all point inwards so one can close one's eyes when walking through the never-ending corridors. Many local businesses and cafés are closed, or not doing very well, possibly because Playa Verde holidays are all inclusive. A local café owner did mutter about this, but then look at the type of clients that these places try and attract, without wishing to sound snobbish. Cheap beer, karaoke and live shows are plentiful, in pockets of activity.
3. It was May, and the pool was unusable, but who would want to swim in it? There was a cold, prevailing wind blowing across the bleak, black landscape, which is filled with previous large rocks, presumably from previous eruptions. Some lost souls had mounded the smaller rocks in key areas, but they looked more like dog turds than attractions.
3. The food was plentiful, and if one self-service offering did not appeal then another was available. No need to moan there, even though the quality could be variable. Many people queued for food to be grilled by chefs, or crepes to be freshly made, including egg and bacon breakfasts, but we gave up on the meats after a while, because they invariably were overcooked and tough. The fish were better, although there must be a problem with the heat of the cooking surfaces.
4. Now to the key point: the noise generated by the over-enthusiastic waiters, when they stored dirty plates and cutlery was colossal, intrusive and unnecessary. When we transferred to a sister hotel for the 2nd week, in Tenerife, the problem was noticeably muted; this was simply because the waiters gave customers the time to clear their own plates onto the trolleys. It begs the question: who is given the greater priority: the customers or the waiters? I would encourage the staff to go as far as pointing out this facility to the customers, and refraining from diving in to clear used plates whenever people leave their tables, even mid-course. Sometimes, a stressed waiter (Male or female, in the Spanish sense of using this word), would send a wobbly pile of plates crashing across the floor.
5. A final comment on the guests: conspicuous consumption was the order of the day; each meal was eaten as if it were going to be the last supper, and the root cause of many of the guests with vast girths was self-evident. If Lanzarote were to lose contact with the outside world for any length of time, then I fear that these people would turn to cannibalism.
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