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Just returned from our first visit to Lanzarote and the Bahia Blanca Rock. We stayed room only as we are vegetarian and wouldnt be sure of what we were likely to get from the half board option. We were pleasantly surprised with the service ,frequent towel and linen changes and excellent maid service.
Our only faults were the charge to use the room safe and the notion that if you have kids in a hotel you need to shout and play music around the pool. (When we were there the were very few children so the hotel staff put on the afternoon entertainment for?) Overall very good with an excellent position for central Playa Blanca.
Great value for money, family friendly
We just came back from Lanzarote - first trip to the Canaries. A last minute decision resulted in not having too many choices for hotels but the H10 Bahia Blanca Rock was like a little oasis in a desert.
The apartments are well-equipped - balcony overlooking the pool, which is pleasant and windows overlooking one of the numerous volcanoes. Kitchen is decent for those who wants to do some cooking.
The reception is friendly and helpful. Waiting staff is friendly as well. English is spoken. Opted for the half board which was sufficient. Selection is more than average. Choices of continental as well as some local fare. Would have wanted more local sampling but there is always a seafood option as well as a decent salad bar and vege option for the vegans.
Location is OK and not more than a 5 min walk to the beach - Playa Dorado. Furthermore, there is a Netto grocery store right across the road where you can buy your water and alcoholic needs.
The entertainment option is geared towards kids and the Bahia Blanca would be great for parents who wants something to keep the kids occupied. It would not be that great for singles and couples who want something more but then again, the "town" is only minutes away.
Bahia Blanca is definitely great value for money.
Sorry to be home..............
Just returned from Playa Blanca - we've never been to Lanzarote before and were very pleasantly surprised, this particular resort is lovely, family-oriented, loads to do, great weather, excellent restaurants, good very clean beach, can't praise it enough actually.
We stayed at the H10 Bahia Blanca Rock, it's a great location, near to the beach, a small supermarket just opposite, about 15-20 mins (slow) saunter down to the sea front and restaurants.
The apartments themselves are very functional, they could do with a lick of paint here and there, but so what, it was clean, the staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for you, on our last day after having to check out at mid-day we were offered a courtesy room to shower before our coach came, all towels and shower gel etc provided for us free of charge. Oh and perhaps air-con would be a bonus, but we had an upstairs apartment, so we kept our windows and balcony door open all day and night so we had a cool breeze flowing through whilst sleeping, we just sprayed like mad with mozzy repellant to guard against the little blighters getting us when we were asleep! We never ate in the restaurant, so can't comment on the food (there are too many good restaurants on the sea front we wanted to try), and the Rubicon Harbour 10 minutes the opposite direction was also very pretty, some nice places to eat/drink there too, they hold a good arts and crafts market there on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Anyway, back to the hotel..........the Kid's Club was good, we've never been a fan of these in the past, as I believe you go on holiday to spend time with your family not to palm them off onto someone else, but in all fairness, we only have one little boy of 6 and he was very keen to join in most afternoons if we were around, he loved the activities and the Kid's Team are very friendly and great with the children, he made lots of little mates and thoroughly enjoyed himself. Well that's all I can think of to say really, apart from don't forget to make a visit to the Timanfaya National Park, it's spectacular!
This was our first stay in Playa Blanca and, based upon price and other reviews on tripadvisor.com, we chose the Bahia Blanca Rock .
All hotel staff were friendly and efficient. On arrival, we were given an apartment with balcony and sunshine in the afternoon, as requested. The apartment was basic, but clean, and the maid service was frequent and good. There are no apartments with sea views. They all overlook the swimming pool and the gardens. The view from our own apartment (216) was completely obscured by trees, but this didn't bother us greatly.
We cannot comment on the food as we were self-catering. The restaurant, though, looked OK. A couple we met, however, complained that the food was often not hot enough by the time it was served. The pool bar was pleasant, but in the winter months closes at 6. The main hotel bar was nice, but smoking is not allowed.
Playa Blanca has definitely improved since our day trip from Fuerteventura a few years ago. The new Marina Rubicon is very popular with daytime and evening drinkers and diners. We'd recommend Trattoria il Commendatore for an evening meal and Lani's for daytime snacks. The marina is beautiful and there is quite an "up-market" feel about the resort now.
From the lighthouse in the west to the beaches at Papagayo in the east, almost the whole of the coast is now paved and this makes for a very pleasant walk. Its total length is about 5 miles and is worth a few hours stroll with stops for refreshment at the many bars along the way.
A change from the beach is to take a local bus inland to Yaiza. It is a beautiful village with a couple of nice bar / restaurants. We considered a day trip on one of the ferries to Corralejo, Fuerteventura, but considered the price for a return ticket just not worth it. 30 odd euros each, including fuel surcharges, for the short round trip is a rip-off.
All in all, a nice hotel in a pleasant resort. We would go again.
Good Value for Money
Despite being half board, we had a good spacious one -bedroom apartment with excellent equipment and maid service.
Breakfasts were good but standard.
Evening meals were buffet style of reasonable quality and lacked variety.
Overall good value for money.
Small and friendly hotel!
I was a little apprehensive about staying here as I only booked the hotel 2 days before we travelled, and it was all a bit of a rush, but, I needn't have worried, as this hotel is small, but very friendly. The hotel staff can't do enough to help and the apartments are clean and comfortable. The food, although a little unimaginative is well presented and for a 3 star hotel, pretty good. The gardens are very attractive and well kept, and I would recommend the hotel for a good value stay.
We stayed at the Bahia Blanca last April 06.
The rooms are large and nice and clean.
The beach is 5 minute walk which was our main criteria. The pool was clean and there was a snack bar which had basic lunch time meals.
The staff were professional and very friendly. The Hotel was clean and well located with a supermarket opposite.
The food was good a little greasy if i had to make one critisism. But generally it was nice.
We went as a Couple in our mid 20's so weren't bothered about entertainment.The worst thing if i am being picky is the Entertainment... There really wasnt any. There was a Dancing sunflower running around the place for the kids and a kids disco in the evening.
I would go back as it was a 3*+ i beleive and really was good value for money in this respect.
Wouldn't go back !!!
This is a hotel of two sides, firstly the good bits, well the entertainment team and kids club is fantastic, probably the best we have ever seen. The first night we arrived we were there just in time for dinner and wandered into the end of the show, the kids reps came and introduced themselves to our children and us and made our daughters feel very welcome at the kids clubs the next day. The kids can come and go from the kids club as they wish so you need to make sure they know where you are,but if this worries you you can tell the kids reps and they will make sure they dont wander off. Now for the not so good bit, Cockroaches !!! When we arrived it was late evening so we quickly put our cases in the room and went down to dinner a couple of hours later went back to our room to find three cockroaches in the bathroom one sitting on top of my daughters toothbrush, it still makes my skin crawl now. The hotel reception gave us some spray but I got the feeling it wasn't unusual. We did see less cockroaches after this but still a few including one on the bed.I think the problem was there was a huge gap under the front doorwhere it was just worn away and old, and things just crawled in. I think we were unlucky with our room as we had gone with friends and they never saw one cockroach in there room, so my best advice would be to ask to be moved if you have any problems. The food was edible but not great, we did end up eating out more than we normally would on holiday, but it was ok and nothing much to moan about.
So in all it was actually a lovely holiday thanks to the entertaiment team but the rooms need sorting out and doors need replacing.
Great place - highly recommended
My wife and I spent a week here at the end of January and have nothing but praise for the hotel and the resort of Playa Blanca. The hotel is clean and tidy, the staff very welcoming and courteous and the pool / gardens area is beautiful. We stayed half board. The food is as you would expect, but well cooked and with enough variety for anyone.
The resort is clean, free from litter and clutter, and has a good variety of shops, supermarkets and restaurants.
If you're looking for a quiet holiday, with no noisy discos & bars filled with teenagers, and almost guaranteed good weather - go here!