I have stayed at this hotel 3 times, August 1999, October 2002 and October 2012 and have had a fantastic holiday each time. This review is a little late but I decided to take a minute to express how wonderful this place really is. This is a little long but I wanted to put it all the little daft details I always wonder about when deciding what hotel to book for my holidays.
The complex is beautiful, traditional Lanzarote style low rise white buildings with lovely palm trees and plants dotted around. The complex is very quiet with no obnoxious loud music blasting out when you're trying to lie and relax in the sunshine. Its also quiet at night and the bedrooms being at the back of the apartments mean you aren't disturbed by people arriving home late. The roof terrace is worth a visit to admire just how beautiful Lanzarote is. The whole complex is kept lovely and clean by a team of 5 staff, 4 ladies clean the rooms and 1 man who cleans the pool area almost every day. The staff work so hard to keep the place immaculate and it really shows, we left one day at 7.30am to go on a trip and the cleaning was already well underway when we left.
The rooms are bright and clean and just the right size in my opinion. I have stayed in both ground and upper floor rooms and personally prefer the upper floor as they are a little more private but on some of the lower floor rooms you get a terrace at the back as well as the front of the apartment so it depends what you like. The apartment was cleaned 12 out of the 14 days we stayed and the ladies who clean are very pleasant and extremely hard working. The beds are nice and comfy and despite the lack of air con the rooms are not too hot to sleep in (we had a heat wave when we stayed here and the temperature crept up to 45 degrees as well). During the day we blocked open the balcony door and the bedroom window to let the breeze pass through so there was no real need for air con.
We only ate toasties and a burger at lunch from the snack bar and didn't eat at all in the restaurant so can't really comment on the food, prices at the snack bar were reasonable for food and drink during the day. There are so many amazing, cheap restaurants in PDC that we ate out every night. There is a tiny shop in the hotel but its expensive and doesn't stock much. There is a shop across the road but I would recommend walking 5 mins down the hill to the big supermarket where the prices are better and you can get pretty much anything you need.
When we were here in October there were a few of the annoying sunbed reservers, those obnoxious tourists who lie towels across the same sunbeds in the exact same spot then don't turn up to use the sunbeds for hours. It may have been that the hotel wasn't full but we almost always managed to get beds when we went out around 10am. The pool itself is fabulous, quite chilly but not uncomfortably so. In this heat I always prefer a cooler pool to swim in as I find it much more refreshing than a heated pool.
We had to check out by noon on the day we left but our flight wasn't until 6pm. We stayed by the pool for the afternoon and got a key from reception for the courtesy room. This room is located next to the public toilets and has a toilet, shower and hairdryer in it to freshen up before heading to the airport.
The hotel is located at the top of a hill, nothing too difficult if you are able bodied, but if you have mobility issues or just don't feel like walking a taxi up the hill is only a few euros. At the bottom of the hill is the gorgeous beach and the main resort centre. If you turn left at the bottom of the hill you will find all the main bars, clubs and lots of restaurants. Look out for Taberna Nino which is a right turn up a side street and serves amazing tapas. If you turn right at the bottom of the hill there are a few low key bars and more restaurants. On this side look out for Bollywood indian restaurant, (about 10 mins walk, don't let the tacky sign put you off) for a really good curry. The old town harbour takes around 30 to walk to but a taxi there is only 5 or 6 euro. If you want to walk take a right at the bottom of the hill, walk the full length of the strip until the road turns up to the left and you see an indoor shopping mall (with a McDonalds in it) turn left down the hill and you will find the harbour. Emma's Mexican Cantina in the old town is great, (the nachos, extra spicy enchiladas and chocolate brownies washed down with a huge frozen margarita is a little bit of heaven) it is hard to find so I would recommend a taxi here then walk back to find your bearings. When you leave Emma's walk straight across the street and down the stairs to the harbour, its lovely at night as well as during the day.
We did the trip to the Teguise market with Last Minute Transfers, they were charging 4 euro compared to £14 from Thomson. I loved this trip, you get a few hours to wander around the market and I could have happily stayed there all day. There are a few tat stalls selling fake designer junk but there are also local people selling homemade foods and drink. These stalls all have green canopy roofs to let you know what is actually authentic. A special mention to the mojo sauce sold here, we brought a couple of jars home and it was so much better than what most of the restaurants where serving. If you like the fake designer items haggle with the seller, a lady tried to get me to buy a bag I didn't want and actually dropped the price from 30 to 5 euro because I was walking away from her so always haggle and you will pay less than half what they are originally asking, That being said do be respectful of items that are hand made, it is insulting to the seller if you try to haggle a lot off the price of something they themselves have made. Also be aware the market is located quite far inland so there isn't much of a breeze and it gets very hot so take water with you. We went on the earlier trip which left around 8.30 I think and it was still very hot.
We didn't bother booking transfers with our travel operator, they were charging us £10 per person each way for coach transfers. Having been to Lanzarote a few times I knew how close the hotel is to the airport so we decided to just get a taxi at the airport. There is a taxi queue just outside the airport doors (very well signposted and easy to find). The queue can seem long but moves very quickly and we were waiting less than 10 mins. All the taxis are air conditioned and comfortable. The taxi cost us 15 euro each way so saved us around £15 and was much quicker to get to the hotel, it took around 10 mins from getting in the taxi to arriving at the hotel compared to sitting on a coach for an hour while others get dropped off en route.
The other thing I will mention about the airport is the cost of food is extortionate! We went to Burger King and were charged 23 euro for 2 adult meals, medium not large. The other thing about Lanzarote is that as it is a duty free island its actually much cheaper to buy perfume, cigarettes and alcohol in resort than at the airport. In resort if you buy perfume in one of the perfume stores you can usually haggle on price especially if you are a perfume addict like me and are buying 4 at one time!
All in all this hotel, and Lanzarote in general, are fantastic. Do not hesitate when booking here, you will have a wonderful holiday and if you are anything like me will keep coming back again and again. I have no doubt I will be back to stay at this beautiful place in the not too distant future.
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Azul Hotel Puerto Del Carmen
- Plaza Azul Puerto Del Carmen
- Plaza Azul Lanzarote/Puerto Del Carmen