I just returned from a week's stay at the Arrecife Gran Hotel with two friends and had a truly excellent time. We had booked a standard room but on arrival were upgraded to a suite at no extra charge, and were further pleasantly surprised to find champagne in our room! We were on floor 9 out of 17, which turned out to be a very good location as there is a pool bar on floor 2 and a cocktail and snack bar on floor 17 which of course had evening/late night music on some nights. The views from almost any floor are stunning, but the panorama from the restaurant and bar on floor 17 is completely incredible.
The hotel itself is beautiful, quiet, relaxed and in a simply stunning location, right next to a beach which was not at all busy in the week but a little livelier at the weekend as local residents came down to enjoy the sun. We had hired a car for convenience - there is a huge car park directly underneath the hotel which costs a special pre-arranged rate of only 8euros per day (exclusive to hotel guests, I think the standard rate might have been 50euros per day? A lot more than the hotel rate anyway!)
Half board was an excellent option - at the buffet restaurant breakfasts were always incredible with a huge variety of food readily replenished. There was everything from hot food (sausages, eggs, bacon, beans, mushrooms etc) to fruit (pineapple, peaches, watermelon, oranges, melon etc) to pastries, pancakes, yoghurts, cereals, meats and cheeses...honestly something for everyone! Similarly dinner always comprised a full and varied salad bar, a huge range of hot options (sometimes on a theme - we had Canarian food, Italian food and Asian food nights during our stay), and again lots and lots of fruit, dessert and ice cream options for pudding.
Before our trip our only reservation about the hotel was that it didn't have an outdoor pool, but this actually turned out to be one of our favourite aspects about it. The pool area is covered in, as you can see in the photos, but with an open balcony at one end, and was a lovely area to swim and relax as it was hardly ever busy. If you want outdoor swimming, the beautiful beach is less than 20 seconds walk from the hotel entrance and there are of course a plethora of other beaches around the island! It was lovely to be able to relax and swim without worrying about sunburn and the like. We also used the spa - they offer a 90 minute 'circuit' for only 15euros, which allows you free use of the jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, turkish bath, foot bath, and sensation showers and pool. Again a very relaxing afternoon and they were not at all strict on time - having had no method of telling the time, when we finally emerged we discovered we'd spent just over 2 hours in there!
The reception staff were always extremely helpful, professional and friendly, and even booked a boat excursion for us on account of our Spanish not being too great! The booking couldn't have taken more than a few minutes but they apologised for 'keeping us waiting' - could not have been nicer people! Many of the bar and restaurant staff were similarly lovely, I wish I had got their names so I could mention them in person! Only a couple seemed less ready to smile or engage with the customers.
Overall a fabulous stay which was a definite highlight of our week in Lanzarote. I would certainly return and have already recommended it to several friends and family. The only point of awareness is that the hotel seems very geared towards couples or two friends travelling together - the tables at breakfast and dinner were always set for two and our room for 3 people comprised a double bed and campbed. The campbed was very comfortable and we were definitely grateful for the upgrade to the suite (!) but just a point to note if you are travelling in a group larger than two.
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay!
- 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