Stayed for a week at the beginning of July with my boyfriend, and we absolutely loved it! I've stayed in a number of hotels in Lanzarote (its like my second home) and this was the best so far! We arrived at 10pm, just as dinner was finishing. Absolutely beautiful foyer, with a gorgeous water feature! The reception staff were absolutely lovely, friendly and helpful.They said if we went to our room and unpacked, and come back down in an hour or so they'll have a plate of food prepared for us to eat. I thought that was really good of them! So we had cold meats, some bread, salad, eggs etc. A really thoughtful and considerate gesture.
The rooms were absolutely huuuuuge! I'm not exaggerating! (We had 2521) Honestly, they are massive. The balcony alone was bigger than the bathroom I had in my last hotel at Lanzarote (Blue Sea Costa Teguise Gardens) and the bathroom at Sol Lanzarote was just something else, absolutely wonderful. The whole apartment was very cool and airy, clean and tidy, tastefully furnished and decorated - we had a full length mirrored wardrobe, a coffee table and two armchairs, a mini fridge (free to use, great to keep aftersun cool) and a lovely flat screen telly with a few English speaking channels like BBC World News, Pop/Tiny Pop for kids, and a horror film channel. Not that you need the TV anyway but it was still a nice touch! Our balcony overlooked the volcanos to the right, a McDonalds to the centre (hahaha) and to the left you could see the sea/beach! Lovely :) Rooms were cleaned and towels changed daily, although be careful and keep an eye on your clothes and stuff as on the last day I noticed that one of my tops and a pair of my shorts had gone walkies! Wore them on the first day, assumed they were in my wardrobe, but went to pack my case and they'd disappeared... but who knows?! There is a safe for hire, I believe its €18 for the week and you get it back at the end? We didn't actually use one, we just locked our valuables in our suitcase. Was absolutely fine :)
Check out is at 12pm, which I think is great as the hotels I've stayed at before it's been 10am!
Wifi is very expensive - €8 a day, €30 for the week... but you're not on holiday to be on your phone/tablet anyway! There are computers in the reception area, €2 for 15 minutes!!
Loads of facilities - a games area, a gym (free of charge to use), a massage centre, a bike hire shop, supermarket/shop on site, kids area indoors and outdoors, tennis courts...
There are professional photographers onsite who do photoshoots and take photos in the gardens of the hotel, didn't look into this so I'm not sure of the price but it seems like a lovely idea!
The hotel has 3 pools, 4 if you include the baby/young childrens pool. There are lots of sunbeds to go round, but they tend to be claimed with towels pretty early on, but you can still get one when you get down there, it just might not be too close to the pools. Probably a good thing as the day we did get a sunbed right next to the pool, kids were jumping in and splashing left, right and centre! The pools are lovely, one is tiled and 1.50m all over, and another is 2.60m at its deepest! Loads of entertainment and activities going on by the pool, water aerobics, water polo, slides and stuff in the middle kids pool, music and games too!
One of the best things about the hotel is its location - as well as it being near to the airport, (near but not near enough to be noisy) next to the pool area there is a door which you operate using your room key and you open it and you've got about a 10 metre walk and you're on the beach!! A few times whilst we were there the entertainment team did volleyball and football on the beach, which seemed great too! The hotels located in a lovely, quiet area of Puerto - more in the Matagorda part, took us a good 1hr 30min to walk into Puerto Del Carmen and along the strip! Taxi's aren't badly priced though, about €5,45-6 into the main town, which isn't bad! A 2-4 minute walk from the hotel is a small complex of bars, shops and restaurants though which are quite nice.
The All Inclusive at this hotel is by far the best I've experienced in Lanzarote. Breakfast was absolutely wonderful, definitely the best meal out of the 3 for me. Pancakes, croissants, churros, different pastries galore; as well as all the cooked breakfast essentials. Lots of freshly cooked bread, etc. NUTELLA!!! The chef cooks fresh fried eggs for you whilst you wait, its really good! Lunch and dinner were pretty similar, however I wasn't bored of the food by the end of the holiday! They do often have themed nights, e.g Monday is Mexico night, Wednesday was Indian night (yummy tikka masala) and Friday was Canarian night (try the canarian potatoes, they are to die for!) Yes the food there is typical of what you get at an All Inclusive, with the pasta, pizza, different meats, vegetables, chips etc but it is incredibly tasty and there is so much to choose from! The steak was divine! Pudding was great too, incredibly varied - profiteroles and chocolate tart were my favourites of the week! Another great thing about the AI is the pool bar, open 10-6 with food 12-6, it's self serve! They have a separate area for AI guests where its buffet style burgers, chips, pasta, onion rings, a toastie making station, loads of icecreams e.g. mini milks, cornettos etc. The drinks are self serve too, help yourself to wine, beer, fizzy drinks, water! I would definitely recommend going all inclusive as it is very pricey at the pool bar - €9 for a pizza!! €6 for a burger!! Well worth the extra money for the All Inclusive, you won't be let down :) The bar is open 6.30-12.30, serving drinks, cocktails etc. With AI, some of the cocktails were free, like sex on the beach and pina colada, however others you had to pay for, but at a cheaper price than the self catering guests. Wasn't too much of a problem as we didn't drink those, but its just something to be aware of!
We didn't stick around for much of the evening entertainment as we went out most evenings, but the few times we did get a glance it did look very children oriented, as well as typical holiday shows like Grease and Mamma Mia!! (gotta love it really though)
I think it is a hotel tailored to families, there were so many! I couldn't believe how many considering children haven't broken up from school in the UK yet! Although we were a couple, this didn't impact our holiday at all. But if you're looking for a child-free environment, this hotel probably isn't the one for you.
Overall, a truly fantastic hotel. I genuinely cannot think of a negative comment/con/fault! Next time the rest of the family plan on coming to stay there too! Absolutely loved my week at Sol Lanzarote, didn't want to come home. Can't wait to come back! 100% definitely worth its 4 star rating. :) Enjoy!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Set on the oceanfront at Lanzarote's Matagorda Beach, with direct beach access, Sol Lanzarote - All Inclusive has 3 outdoor swimming pools, gardens, a tennis court and a gym. All air-conditioned accommodation has a balcony, most with ocean views. All rooms at the Sol Lanzarote - All Inclusive are bright and functional, with a 39-inch TV and a private bathroom with hairdryer. Some accommodation also offers a microwave, fridge and kettle. The Sol Lanzarote - All Inclusive has an international buffet restaurant, and a tapas and sushi bar. Drinks are served at the pool bar and lobby bars. An entertainment programme for adults and children over 5 is provided, while the property also includes a kids club and adventure playground. All-inclusive rates include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Puerto del Carmen is only 3 km from the hotel, and Lanzarote Airport is 5 km away. Free public parking is available on site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Lanzarote Hotel Puerto Del Carmen
- Sol Lanzarote Puerto Del Carmen
- Sol Lanzarote Aparthotel
- Hotel Sol Lanzarote
- Sol Lanzarote All Inclusive Puerto Del Carmen