After trawling through many options online, we went for a package deal at La Penita. Really enjoyed our stay there as it was centrally located and did what it said on the tin: Quiet side street but very close to the beach. We used the alley way marked "beach" often and it spits you out by the duty free shop/Sol y Sombra (?) bar or if you use the proper gate, past the Mucky Duck pub. Can recommend the latter, though usually not a fan of British pubs in foreign climes, the staff were very friendly there and helpful. However, this should be another review.
Reception welcoming and gave us an apartment that was "quiet" but overlooking the pool. Lovely, but I have to agree that it got a tad too noisy and staff did not seem to bother what it said on the sign and enforce the rules. Kids could go riot on occasions which I thought wasn't on. The same goes for those travellers reserving sunbeds and this time, they weren't Germans! Half-joking aside, it put us off using the pool more than once. Mind you, if the beach is this close, clean and tidy - who needs a pool? As the apartments have no air-con (which we did not expect) it was a toss up between sticking ear plugs in and having an airy flat or shutting the balcony windows in doors and being in stuffy accommodation. Something might need tweaking here.
The place was clean but not spotless. Ice tray and a plate had a hair on which wasn't overly appetizing so just as well we brought our own ice cube bags. We got over that quickly but again, a bit more attention to detail would make people all the happier I think. Kitchen was well equipped and in working order. I liked that washing up liquid and toilet roll was provided and the latter replenished, which is not always a given.
Apart from those minor points, we felt very comfortable there and would recommend it. What we particularly loved was the fact that we could have a late check-out for just 15 EUR. That was fantastic as it bought us another day, given that our flight was not till 20.00.
We did use the pool bar a couple of times and staff were friendly, efficient and breakfast good. Not used any of the entertainment which we nearly missed but that's good - after all, we did not book an AI holiday but one where we could chill out and La Penita is a great place to stay for that.
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- La Penita Apartments Lanzarote/Puerto Del Carmen