We spent a week on all inclusive basis at the La Geria hotel in Lanzarote in March. On reading the previous reviews I emailed the hotel and asked for a high room with a balcony in full sun. I received a response from the hotel saying they would try but couldn't guarantee it. I didn't get a high room (although there are only 4 floors) but I did get one with full sun and the balcony (although it was more a terrace) was in full sun from first thing until about 4 pm which was lovely as it could be quite breezy round the pool so we spent quite a lot of time on the terrace.
The hotel is a bit back to front in that the front of the hotel is on a quite side street whereas the back of the hotel faces down to the beach and the sea so we had a lovely sea view from our balcony.
The food at the hotel was great - it was buffet style but had excellent choices with a chef's cooking station where they would cook a variety of food to order e.g. omelettes, fresh fish, steak, lamb, chicken etc. There were plenty of choices at all meal times and we never struggled to find something to eat and the food was always hot, which is not always the case at buffets. There were also several special days when they provide a barbecue by the pool and there were also sandwiches, cakes etc available at the pool bar.
The grounds at the hotel were lovely with lots of sunloungers, both in the sun and in shade. There was a day time activity co-ordinator with lots of different activities on offer but she was happy to leave you alone if you were not interested. There was also a coded gate at the bottom of the gardens which led out onto the promenade by the sea and because you needed your room key to use it, it stopped just anyone walking through the grounds. There was a lovely beach and promenade with plenty of shops and restaurants within a short walking distance and if you were feeling fit you can walk along the promenade to Puerto Del Carmen (about 20 minutes) although we took a taxi which only cost 5 euros to the old town.
I read previous reviews about the bar staff not being quick to serve the all inclusive guests, preferring to serve the paying customers but we saw no evidence of this and the bar staff were always quick to come and serve us at our table and the drinks were lovely, although probably not quite as potent as you'd get in a bar in Puerto Del Carmen.
As outlined in previous reviews, the hotel does cater predominantly to older clientele, but there were also young families and couples. There was also a nice mix of nationalities including British, German, Dutch and Scandinavian.
Overall, though, the best part of the hotel is the staff. I have never stayed in a hotel with such friendly staff. All the staff, from the chambermaids to the Maitre D' in the restaurant were warm, friendly and welcoming, always pleased to see you, ask what you'd been doing that day and serve you either a cold drink or a warm meal.
Our stay at the La Geria was wonderful and we would be more than happy to return, and should we go to Lanzarote again, La Geria would be my first choice of accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star Hipotels La Geria Hotel is located in b>Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, and has 242 comfortable and spacious rooms distributed in four floors. It is ideal for your family holidays in Lanzarote. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Geria Hotel
- Hipotels La Geria Lanzarote/Puerto Del Carmen