Coming to the end of our 11 night stay at the Barcorola and all had a very good holiday. Staying self catering in perfectly fine apartments set in lovely grounds, the apartments are cleaned to a high standard on a daily basis. Beds nice and comfortable with towels changed daily if required. Reception were also first class in terms of booking the different trips and activities in a very friendly and efficient manner. The only criticism i would level at the Barcorola is the "Free WI-FI"...In a word its shocking with at best, intermittent signals and speed. I would actually go so far as to suggest that the Barcorola remove the advertisement for free WI-FI until they sort it out...it just attracts comment and dis-satisfaction and was a point of frustration for lots of other customers. As far as PDC itself is concerned, its a better resort than both Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca in my view having a greater degree of things to do and a better selection of restaurants, its only real issue is the incessant touting from people asking you to eat and drink at their nominated place. Most are ok with just a "No thank you" but some of them (especially opposite Tex Mex grill near the scuba man advert) needed a firmer refusal and it could get borderline ugly when menus were thrust in your face and "no" was simply ignored....we had a route whereby we crossed the road at key parts of the walk towards old town to not pass the pushier touts and keep my cool!...onto the good things about eating out, we couldnt really argue with current TA ratings and ate fantastic meals at both Everest and Sunshine. I would say that Da Vincis should be much higher up the list however and Trattoria much lower.
Yum Yums over the road do fantastic sarnies and we enjoyed the Hawaiian bar for its price and location.
As for the weather...well it was in summary, very VERY disappointing with thick cloud,high winds and specks of rain dominating the second week most days. It didnt make me feel any better to hear the constant "its not normally like this" remarks and was sufficiently poor to make me decide that this was a one time visit to Lanzarote for me.
Finally, we booked at end of June thinking we would not see too many kids (to be clear, we are parents ourselves and anticipated a quieter break is all) but alas, did not account for the fact that Ireland had already seen end of term. Consequently, PDC and the Barcorola was full and i do mean FULL of Irish. Whilst not a bad thing, it did get a little tiresome towards the end of the holiday having certain kids run amok, hearing on a perpetual loop how fantastic they all are, how brilliant their holiday was and how much of a great time they were all having.
In summary then, nice apartments, good resort, great food, lousy weather and at any one moment, feeling like a potential extra in Riverdance!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A comfortable complex of very well-equipped apartments in the centre of Puerto del Carmen,next to the beach and set in an oasis of native vegetation. The resort was refurbished in 2009 and it is the ideal place to rest and enjoy either a family holiday or individual holiday, and offers both peace and quiet and the usual attractions of the tourist area of Puerto Del Carmen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apartamentos Barcarola Club Hotel Puerto Del Carmen
- Apartamentos Barcarola Hotel
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- Apartamentos Barcarola Club Lanzarote/Puerto Del Carmen