We loved it!
I'll get the hard bits out of the way first. The rating - you'll see lots of references and marketing referring to '5 Star'; this is not a 5 star hotel by any international rating (Forbes etc). In addition, it may have been 5 star by island standards at one time but some have taken that standard higher in recent years. What lies behind a carefully designed and minimally decorated foyer is an excellent (for the price) standard hotel just like you find in any other capital city - and I mean excellent standard. The second point is the location - this is not a resort hotel. Arrecife is the capital of the island and it is a working town/city. The area proximate to the hotel is pretty run down but this is purely a reflection of recent economic times and the decline of the fishing industry and ,ore concerted efforts to focus on the resorts and tourism for the while of the island's economy. Regardless of the decline in the local area, it is very safe and a part of the city's charm in a way. In sum, none of these factors take from the fact that this is a great hotel in a fantastic location for getting around the island.
The Food - we wen half board and it was of a fantastic standard with lots of choice between freshly cooked foods. With the half-board option you can eat in the top floor restaurant for 50% of the carte price - this is really worth it and try the taster menu which is a delight and really worth it.
The Rooms - perfectly adequate and very clean. The finishing isn't always the best (it seems as if they were in a rush to get the place finished) but it doesn't matter. there is a fridge but no tea & coffee making facilities which was a disappointment.
The Staff - excellent friendly people.
The Area - there is much to do. Immediately adjacent to the hotel is a quiet beach which is very clean and safe (tide rips etc) - one thing to note, there is a reef bed covering much of the beach - check it out when the tide is out for a safer swim when the water gets higher. There is a beautiful inlet harbour with so,e amazing Tapas restaurants that of a very high standard and great value - you have to try the calamari and garlic chilli prawns - you can still taste the sea they are so fresh! A bit further a filed is the museum or modern art in an old fort tower which at 4 euros is a bargain. You can easily use the local bus transport or hire a car/bike to get further afield.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa is the only 5 star hotel which is situated next to one of the biggest white beaches of Lanzarote.Ideal to spend an unforgettable vacation full of relaxation and tranquillity. It offers in its 17th floors 26 standard rooms, 26 rooms with sea view, 104 suites with sea view an 4 Imperial Suites on the 16th floor with extensive sea views. Fantastic and spacious rooms with excellent views over the sea and the beach, El Reducto beach.All rooms are equipped with the following: •Internet connection/ WIFI•Satellite television•Bureau •Mini bar•Safe deposit box•Air conditioning •Telephone in sleeping room and bathroom Attention to detail is present throughout. They combine exclusive decoration, sophisticated amenities and an excellent service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arrecife Gran Hotel Lanzarote