I’ll try to make this review as comprehensive as possible, so apologies to anyone who thinks it’s too long, but these are the kind of reviews I love when looking to book a holiday - not just booking a hotel/apartment.
Firstly, this apartment complex is rated as a 2 star. On trip advisor, it’s 4.5 star accommodation, and it was based on the trip advisor stats that we decided to book. We were not in any way shape or form disappointed with our choice. This is a little gem of a complex. No, it doesn’t have a pool bar, no, it doesn’t have a restaurant. What it does have is charm, and what it gives you is much more than a pool bar or an on-site restaurant could give you. It’s a small, peaceful little resort, with a lovely atmosphere and very good standard of apartments.
Location of apartments: A 5-6 minute pleasant stroll to the Princesa Guayadeque from the Avenue De Las Playas (Main Strip). Walk is up-hill, not too strenuous, but made a little more difficult in the heat! We stopped into the Rendezvous Pub (across the road from the Los Hibiscos Apartments) on more than a few occasions for a quick drink or two on our way to and from the strip. Lovely little homely pub, run by 2 English gentlemen who make you feel so welcome. Sports on the tv all the time, always a nice crowd there, sitting inside and outside, and it’s just a lovely atmosphere for a relaxing drink. One more point on the location...once you reach the Avenue de Las Playas, you are right in the centre of everything. The Old Town is about a 20 minute walk to the right and the edge of Puerto Del Carmen is about 20-30 minutes to the left, so it's an excellent location, you're never too far from anything. And for those of you who may find walking such distances a bit too much...just just in a taxi, they're really cheap and they'll have you at your destination in no time.
The apartments themselves are really really clean, and are in very good condition. Fresh towels every 2 days with the apartment cleaned every 3 days. Kitchenette has a kettle, microwave, toaster, 2 hob cooker, fridge, freezer, and all the usual cutlery, glassware, pots and pans etc. We didn’t use the kitchen at all apart from the toaster, as eating out was so cheap and there’s such variety in the restaurants that it would have been a sin not to sample them. However, if you do make use of the kitchen, it’s got everything you need to keep you going! There’s also 2 Spar shops just down by the Rendezvous pub aswell, so you can get all groceries etc here, just a 4-5 minute walk away. There’s actually an even closer shop, just down around the corner and across the street, this is more of a small local shop, we didn’t use it but again, I’m sure it would have been fine. There’s an ATM just down past this shop, which is the closest ATM. There’s also plenty of ATMs located along the main strip, so you wont be looking for very long if you need to use one.
We were checked in by a lovely lady on reception, check in was quick and effortless, and we were in our room within minutes. Note that the reception has restricted opening hours (something like 9am-1pm and 5pm-9pm weekdays, and less again at the weekend), so make sure you email ahead and let them know what time your flight is arriving. That way, they’ll make sure to have reception open for you to check in when you arrive. The apartment complex is small, and very safe. When reception is open, the entrance gate is also open. When reception is closed, you have to open and close the gate yourself, so there’s no one in the complex that isn’t meant to be in the complex! There’s roughly about 24-28 apartments, all with their own balconies.
We were in apartment 8B, which was on the first floor ( there’s only ground floor and first floor apartments) and faced east towards the town and the sea – we had beautiful views of the ocean. There’s a pool in the complex, with sun loungers laid around it. There’s also a billiard-table down by the pool. Bedroom had plenty of wardrobe space, and a safe is located in one of the wardrobes (you can use the safe for no extra charge, you get your safe key from reception at check in). Beds are comfy, with light sheets for blankets and heavier blankets also provided if needed. Bathroom again a good size, you get some little sachets of shower gel, shampoo etc. We didn’t use them but again, it’s a nice touch. Shower was good, decent pressure with hot and cold water, so no issues. TV has mostly non English channels but again, the tv wasn’t something we used – any time we spent in the apartment, we spent out on the balcony which was a complete sun-trap. All in all, these apartments far exceeded our expections, we’d have no hesitation in booking again for our next trip!
Puerto Del Carmen – Beautiful little resort, split into the Old Town, and the New Town. The New Town is centered around the Avenue De Las Playas, which is the main strip in the resort. This strip is filled with bars, restaurants and shops, as well as the usual touristy little shops. You will be spoiled for choice choosing somewhere to eat or drink. We ate in the Oriental World chinese restaurant, which was amazing. Also ate in La Cantina, twice for dinner (..and once for breakfast!) as it was so so good, I’ve never tasted such flavour in Mexican dishes before – chicken fajitas are amazing. Our pub of choice most nights was Route 66, which always had a great crowd, but was never too busy. Further up the main strip towards the edge of Puerto Del Carmen, we ate at Sorrento Di Italia – special mention here to their front of house concierge – this guy was just so nice, it actually felt as if he knew us. This was also well worth the 30 minute stroll, and while the starter and main course were brilliant all on their own, the desserts are out of this world!
We walked to the Old Town numerous times, which has some really amazing little streets and alleyways that look like something out of biblical times. Some beautiful restaurants down here also, we ate at Casa Cabana and another night at Taberna De Nina which were both absolutely beautiful. For a few drinks in the Old Town, you cant beat CraicnCeol, an Irish pub just below the shopping centre. Live Irish band each night from about 9.30-12.30ish, and they’re brilliant, they get the place rocking every night –these guys just take requests and start belting out songs. We also got a taxi to Los Pocillos to eat at The Kinsale, a lovely little Irish owned restaurant tucked away between cafes and shops. Again, a beautiful meal. We aimed to go to restaurants that were high up on the trip advisor list and none of the above disappointed us in the slightest. The Kinsale is currently ranked as number 41, and I'm sure its not higher based purely on location. If this restaurant was in the Old Town, or on the Strip, it’d be Top 10 at least, if not Top 5. Bear in mind, that we were having 3 course meals with a bottle of wine, and we were struggling to break the 65euro mark with the bill.
We spent 2 days at the beach, which is lovely, water is amazing, with lots of fish swimming round you as you swim. Rented sun loungers-they were 12euro, for 2 of them, and you have use of them until 5pm in the evening. You just choose your bed and the guy comes around, takes your money, and gives you the ticket.
One last thing, I rented a bike one day from Revolution Bikes who are situated on Calle Doramas (the next right after Route 66 as you walk towards the Old Town, or just at the bottom of the hill if you're coming from the Princesa Guayadeque apartments). The British couple who own/run this shop are so so nice, and I’d recommend you use this place if you are thinking of renting a bike. The bike itself (I rented a trekking bike) was brilliant, sturdy, 24 gears, and a very solid bike. I cycled up to Arracife and back down again, along the promenade all the way, and up behind the airport - a great plane spotting opportunity for anyone interested, the path runs about 20 feet behind the runway and then parallel along the runway perimeter. Anyone who is used to cycling will tell you how much more comfortable and easy a cycle is if you’re on a good bike, and this bike made the trip extremely enjoyable.
We didn’t do any tours, we were content to just go for walks around the town etc and enjoy the beautiful scenery, so I can’t comment on any of those.
Some really great bargains on cosmetics for the ladies, and fragrances etc in the shops on the strip (Fund Grube for example).
Im not sure how the dynamic of the crowd changes during the summer months, but when we were there, the majority of people were either families, couples, or elderly people. It was a great mix of people which added to the relaxing feel of the resort. Taking everything into account, it was an amazing 8 days, in a beautiful setting – and ill definitely be back! Thanks to everyone who contributed to our brilliant holiday!
Paul & Michelle, Cork, Ireland.
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- Also Known As:
- Princesa Guayadeque Hotel Puerto Del Carmen
- Princesa Guayadeque Lanzarote/Puerto Del Carmen