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San Marcial Apartments
Ranked #44 of 91 Hotels in Puerto Del Carmen
Reviewed 10 January 2013

I have stayed in this apartment complex many times and am returning again in a few weeks. As said by others the apartments are basic and probably a little dated but this is a lovely complex, the staff are brilliant, can't do enough to help you, the food is excellent and very reasonable, a lovely pool and sunbathing area, a very convenient supermarket on site, and great views from the apartments. The airport is less than 10 minutes away, €10 approx in a taxi, the planes glide quietly and gently in over the Beatriz (just opposite the apartments), a novelty, but no hassle.

The promenade is about 2 minutes away, you can walk to the right to Puerto Del Carmen (1.25 hours to the old town), or to the left, along by the airport, through Playa Honda to the capital Arecife (1.5 hours to the centre of Arecife). This is a most beautiful walk, all paved and all along the seafront, where would you get it, it's magnificent. Bikes can be hired (cheaply) in the commercial centre, Lanzarote is a fantastic place to cycle ( from the beginner right up to the Sean Kellys), if you hire the bike for 3 days they don't have to be consecutive days which is very handy.

The Commercial Centre is the place to go for the restaurants and pubs, good choice of both. My favourite restaurant is the Matagorda, but there is a great choice of restaurants (Chinese, Japanese etc), you won't be left hungry. Finish off with some light refreshments in The First and Last with John C, or with Dave in the Auld Triangle, a bit of a sing along (you can even have a go yourself) and a bit of craic. Pay a visit to Dolores in Peggys Snug as well, upstairs in the Commercial Centre.

Highly recommended - looking forward to revisiting as I look out on this dull dank day!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

We have just returned from a weeks holiday staying at San Marciel and have had a great relaxing week chilling out by the pool. We arrived on Christmas Day where we collected our keys from the Bar as reception was closed until 5pm but this was not a problem. We could even have had Christmas Dinner if we had wanted. The bar staff are very pleasant and helpful with a great sense of humour. The appartments are very clean and spacious, shower was always warm and the pool areas was very clean with plenty of sunbeds. We had lunch most days in the bar and the menu is varied and good value for money. It is in good location with the Commercail Cenre only a short walk away with some nice bars and restaurants. Would definately recommend.

Room Tip: We styaed in room 106 which overlooked the pool but was not in the sun for most of the day
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank HelenHeckmondwike
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

Just got back from San Marcial for a winter sun break over Christmas.
Overall impression was good, nice large apartment with bright airy bedroom, good firm beds and balcony overlooking pool with sun most of the day into the evening.
The kitchen was poorly equiped with mismatching cups, plates & only 2 glasses of different sizes but we were able to prepare simple breakfasts and salads for lunch.
Arrived 23rd late on so didn't have a shower that evening, next day no real water pressure but persevered with it but had to report lack of shower on Xmas day, no-one there to fix it but we didn't really expect someone to come out on Xmas day but Jose turned up 9.30 Boxing day, looked at and said be back in 10 minutes, we never saw him that day so reported the shower again. This time he put on new shower head, not good as it wasn't a faulty shower head it was a complete lack of water pressure and the pump doesn't work - I could go on but to cut a long story short we DID NOT have a warm shower the whole week we were there.
Even though the apartment and complex were nice the lack of a hot/warm shower really lets this place down so would not go back or recommend.

Room Tip: try your shower first room 164 the shower doesn't work !!
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

We have just returned from an excellent week at the San Marcial apartments in Matagorda. Being a 2 star rating under Thomson's I was a bit wary, but need not have been concerned.
A 10 minute coach transfer and we were at the apartments, we received a lovely welcome at reception and were given a ground floor room 129. We do not usually like ground floor but this worked out perfectly as the sun was on the patio from 8.30am to 6.00pm, perfect for sun bathing. The room was very clean, only things missing were a kettle an a toaster, we went back to reception and they immediately supplied them and additional coathangers which we requested.The aircraft noise was not an issue, and we actually ended up enjoying watching the planes coming in.The apartments were very quiet and the pool area was also kept very clean and there were allways sunbeds available.There is also a supermarket and bakery below the apartments, the coisants are superb!!
Only negative was that the beds are very soft!!
The resort of Matagorda was lovely and very quiet, there was an excellent promenade and you could walk for miles in eiter direction.
There were ample shops and restaurants within 5-10 minutes walk from the apartmets. The restaurants we used most frequently were Sorocco and San McGuires, the latter being good value for money and excellent food.We only ate at the bar at the appartments on the last day and it was also very good.
The weather was very good, only Boxing Day was a cloudy cool day so not bad for their winter, it was however very cool at night and you do need a jacket.
Overall the San Marcial is a very good family run friendy place to go and I would highly recomend it. Hopefully we will be back next Christmas!

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 December 2012

I recently spent a very enjoyable week at the San Marcial apartments. Matagorda is a quiet area and this complex is in a quiet part of Matagorda - perfect for a chill out with a couple of books. The complex is very close to the airport so there is a bit of noise - but don't worry, it's no Heathrow and we certainly didn't find it a problem. For sure there were minor issues with the apartment (drawers without handles, broken shelf in the fridge, cupboard doors that don't close etc), but to be honest we weren't expecting a 5 star and it didn't detract from our stay.
The complex itself is well laid out - but there are some steep steps in places. The staff were always very helpful and friendly. The on-site restaurant is not only good value but provided surprisingly good food. There is a nice promenade close by that stretches all the way to Puerto Del Carmen and is very pleasant for walking or cycling. All in all a very enjoyable stay in a well run complex.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Clevland_Potash
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Reviewed 18 December 2012

My wife and I have just returned from a 7night stay at the San Marcial in Matagorda Lanzarote. This holiday far exceeded or expectations (we booked mainly because of the positve reviews posted here by the majority of contributers) and fully endorse the general concensus. The apartments are basic no heating "not a problem even in december" no air conditioning so do not know how it would be during hottest time??. The staff were very freindly and more importantly helpful " apartments spacious and better than lots of others we have stayed in and facilities basic but again considering cost no problem at all. The resort very good surprising lots of aircraft very close so if it is a bother then may be offputting but we found it no problem (in fact we found it entertaining). Talking of which cannot really comment on entertainment as we saw none in hotel on our stay most of seafront strip also quite during run up to xmas. Very good beach great for long walks lovely relaxing holiday lots of older people there" we are a young 57 and 59 year olds" All in all we would definately want to return to the San Marcial we had a great holiday. cheers all Bobs.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

I recently stayed at the san marcial apartments and felt it was a really great place. The bar food was rilliant and the atmosphere was great and inviting. I really felt safe aswell due to there was a security guard on duty every night on the premises.The Swimming pools where rilliant and you always had a place to sunath you never had to run for the eds!!!.. It had a lovely little shop below the apartments which was really handy aswell. It was only a 2 minute walk from the sea and the main shopping center i would deffinatly return to these apartments.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Calle Alpahor 4, 35510 Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain
Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Lanzarote > Puerto Del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #44 of 91 Hotels in Puerto Del Carmen
Price Range: £95 - £172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — San Marcial Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 62
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