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Loved Costa Teguise
We have been to Barcelo La Galea four times over the years. it is a great place to stay especially for children.
The rooms are basic but clean and large ,the sheets and towels were changed every day.
The staff, all of them, are very friendly and work very hard.
The pool area is very nice. gardens well kept.
Were self catering and ate out a lot so cannot comment on the restaurant.
location could not be better, right into the centre and on to the marina
The great advantage of being in Costa Teguise is experiencing the curries at Mahatma Cote, round the corner from Barcelo. They are superb. Paula cooks them, trained by an Indian Chef and Richard , who runs the place with Paula is really nice
We have been back to Costa Teguise just to go back to Mahatma Cote (The restaurant) Honestly ! Although we love Barcelo La Galea
Good value for money
We have just spent a week at the Barcelo La Galea in Costa Teguise on a self catering basis and would recommend this accommodation whole heartily. We arrived at 9.30 am (due to flight times) so naturally our room were not ready. We left our luggage in a room just off the lobby and were offered a complimentary breakfast (despite the fact it was not the fault of the hotel). After a bit of exploring we arrived back at the appointed time but unfortunately the apartment was still not ready. However after a 20 min delay we had our key and an unsolicited complimentary dinner. The staff in reception were ever smiling and helpful as were all staff in the hotel throughout our stay. We literally couldn’t find a grumpy member of staff.
The one bedroom apartment was a good big size – two single beds in the bedroom and a pull out bed in the living room. The kitchen hidden behind a louvred screen, had oven hob fridge kettle & toaster as well as plenty of plates cutlery etc. We didn’t do any real cooking but I think it was adequate for the purpose. The balcony overlooked the sea but because we were on the third floor, it was very windy making it impossible to sit and read the paper. We also overlooked a parade of English/Irish pubs. The noise from these was not a problem and most were closed well before midnight. The apartment was cleaned most days and again the staff couldn’t be more helpful.
The pools were cold but once you jump straight in they were very pleasant. We never had any problem getting a sun bed at any time of day (we never put down towels at 6am either).
One major gripe I have applies not only to this hotel but also to most tourist hotels and that is lack of life guards. The pools were quite deep except for one small part of one pool. Despite this many very young children seem to jump in, run around with out much supervision. Whilst I know it is not the job of the hotel to supervise children, I fear a tragedy could well happen.
Within a 5 minute walk in any direction you will find supermarkets (netto, spar), pubs, restaurants, shops selling touristy tat and everything else you might need/want.
We ate out every evening and found each restaurant we used to be good value and excellent food however honourable mention must go to the Slow Boat Chinese (near the last minute travel shop) for brilliant food, good value and terrific staff. Dishonourable mention to the Harp Irish bar. Must try harder.
The island grand tour was very good however the forced bonhomie of our guide (Ian??) grated with me. That said by the end of the day we had seen the island and made friends a number of families – definatly recommended.
He highlight for me was the Catlanza catamaran cruise – expensive at €135 for one adult & two children but worth it for the cruise, the kids piloting the boat, the swim in the ocean, the jet ski ride – lunch and plenty of beers included and a very friendly & professional crew.
Negative points – the Barcelo La Galea would benefit from a lick of paint and some new sun beds
If you get bored by lying in the sun, drinking in the English/Irish bar, Karaoke then there’s not much else in Costa Teguise
Overall I would recommend Costa Teguise and The Barcelo La Galea for families looking for a quite relaxing time. I would go again
would not recommend
we went to the barcelo in lanzarote 4star in march and had a great time, we decided to try the barcelo la galea in june for a week , accommodation was awful , we were in room no 175, it is never a 3 star plus,more like a 1 star, the room had a stinking damp smell, and the furniture smelt as well, it spoilt our holiday, we were kept awake most nights from a bar that played loud music every night. we were on the ground floor and had ants in our room which freaked my head out. Not a place for a couple, the pool area was so packed with children and sunbeds hard to get and were all cramped beside each other, absolute nightmare. The food was cheap and tasted it. Great if you want to loose weight. The location was good , and staff were very friendly, i have never stayed in such poor accommodation, I would definately not recommend , such a big difference to the Hotel Barcelo a couple of miles away, which we could not fault.
Just returned from Barcelo La Galea, we love Jablillo beach mainly for the snorkelling and friendly fish! and wanted somewhere near to this beach. We found these apartments to be OK have stayed in cheaper ones, we go for cheap last minute flights , cheap apartments and spend our money on eating in nice restaurants, however the 'cheap apartments' usually charge for kettles, t.v's etc. and can have problems with plumbing and maintenance, in the Barcelo good sized rooms, comfortable beds, hot water whenever and clean rooms, cannot say about the food as no meals taken, however did watch a show one night and was good entertainment, the pools looked very nice, we had an apartment overlooking the pools and glad we did as originally asked for a sea view, but other views not so nice! i.e. lots of 'British type pubs', arrived early and was allocated 3rd floor but pulled a face as we are not young and no lifts, no problem, given a 2nd floor room straight away, staff are very friendly, we basically used the apartment to sleep in, yes a few problems, ants, tiny things, loads of them in the bathroom, but dealt with immediately we complained, however there are some always around and got used to them!! Reception always helpful with any queries and was given the name of a very nice restaurant Isla Bonita that we had not visited before, difficult to rate anything 2 or 3 star as standards are very different to the UK but the Barcelo Galea appears to be one of the better ones in Costa Teguise
Excellent tourist aparthotel.
I have read some of the reviews of the Barcelo La Galea and have to say that some opinions are very unfair.
We have stayed at the hotel for the past 2 holidays(with 3 young kids).
We have always found the staff to be communitive and helpful.
The rooms are as you would expect but TOTALLY adequate for a family holiday.
The restaurent is really good - a great value buffet option with a nice selection most evenings. The waiters come around in the evening to sell you drinks of course, but they are the 'normal' prices and not the over inflated prices that some other hotels may try to charge you for a drink with your evening meal.
Obviously, the Spanish have yet to master the bacon/sausage on the breakfast menu - but lets face it, the rest of Spain is the same. They dont reallly 'do' fried breakfasts, so, even tho' your fry up may not be to UK standards, at least they give it a go. Still, you have a vast choice of other food to choose from should you not want the rashers.
We always book direct, saving approx 30% on the brochure price, then we get our flights seperately.
All things considered, the La Galea is basically FAULTLESS for a family hoiliday, it's near to the beach, the accommodation is good, the staff are courteous and helpful, it's close to all that Costa Teguise has to offer and has everything else(eg car hire, shops) on the doorstep - I can add no more.
Barcelo La Galea hotel (in Costa Teguise) review
We stayed at Lanzarote and hotel Barcelo La Galea in Costa Teguise during April 2006.
Getting to the hotel from Arricefe was easy. We went by a rented car from the Arricefe airport, which only takes about fifteen minutes.
There was no problem parking nearby the hotel. Just make sure you have a full insurance on the care because the other drivers are either spanish or tourists with rented cars, and I can’t tell wich one is worst in parking. Your car is in high risk for getting parking damaged when left back to the rental firm.
The hotel is right next to to the main beach Las Cucharas. We were there for the windsurfing at Las Cucharas which was the main reason for picking this hotel that is very close to the beach. Also some of the rooms at the hotel has beautiful seaview over the beach and you can see all the the windsurfers passing back and forth. The hotel is placed on the south part, and right opposite to the five star Salinas hotel on the north part, of the the Las Cucharas bay. There was around 400 meters between the hotel to the windsurfing centre situated in the middle of the beach.
The hotel entrance looks nice and the personel working there are nice as well. We asked for a seaview studio and that was no problem. You can rent a safetybox for 10 euro a week. Exiting the reception leads you to the garden (30x30 meters) which is very well kept with green palms, plants and with the white hotel walls around this. You almost get the feeling of “is this really a three star hotel, could actually be a four”!
Entering our seaview room was a real dissapointment compared to our first impression of the hotel. The second we put the key in the keyhole made it hard to overlook the very bad shape of the old door to the room, this was like a door to a hovel with a bad lock and need for painting. Entering the room was an even more disapointment, we were hit by a strong smell of sellar or moisture problem. The room was narrow with one window wall out to the balcony towards the sea. This window was not enough to lighten up the room. It had one refrigerator standing against the wall in the middle of the room. The furnitures was very simple. The room had a small bathroom next to the entrance and we didn’t take any special notice of it because the rest was in such a bad condition. The seaview was beautiful and the beach was right outside the balcony. Maybe we could have lived with all the bad things for the good view but what finally made us whant to change room was the really bad smell.
Changing room was not much of a problem except for that there were no more seaview rooms available. We choose to change anyway, above having to live with the bad smell, also..this second room (studio) was to have a kitchen which we preferred. Unfortunly entering the second room was an disappointment as well, we where hit by the same smell but this time not as strong. Also this room had one window wall and it was also very dark. The balcony had both a sealing and walls which was the main reason for the darkness. The room felt a little like a hole in the wall. We decided this time not to go down again to the reception directly and instead to try this room out. Have you ever got the feeling that it might be you that is too picky when you are not satisfied, this time we did and tried to see everthing positive instead. This was after all “only” a three star hotel and we were at our destination, we had sun, heat, vacation and the beach around the corner. We were not gonno spend much time in the room during the days anyway.
We did ventilate the room a lot but just being out for half an hour was enough for the smell to be there again. We had to ventilate during the nights which was freesing cold, the sun never got into our balcony and therefore the room was very cold and our towels never dried. There was not a real lock on the balcony door, instead they had drilled a hole through both doors were you were supposed to stick a steal pin into. Not even the cleaning personell could get the hang of this. All the rooms we visited had this typ of lock. The kitchen was not frech at all! If you were to make a sandwich on the sink this would most likely be mixed with the previous guest food. This kitchen had not been cleaned well and also the old construction made its part. The sink was not attached to the bench so food would easily find its way in there. The refrigerator sounded like hell. I could go on but choose to summarize with “old and very dirty”. After two nights we were tired of freezing, the darkness and our wet towels. We choose not to change hotel because after all this hotel have a very good location in Costa Teguise and we had already paid for the whole stay.
The third time at the reception…”we want to have THIS room” we said, because we had now went around inside the hotel and found a room that had a very sunny balcony and looked empty. We got it and this was an apartment (two rooms instead of one, which we had to pay extra for). When entering this room we had now learned that all the rooms seem to have the same low standard. But what a difference in light compared with the other two, this was really nice, and no smell! After having not spent a minute on the balcony at the “second” room this was the first thing we did here. Here we spent our time for breakfast, after beach, after dinner and hang our towels and wet clothes for the rest of the time.
The kitchen was as dirty and old as the other one and there was nothing nice and special about the rooms or the bathroom. The hotwater went out in the mornings and evenings a few days, I guess that the hotel could not handle all that many guests that arrived in the end of the week.
We tried the dinner for 10 euros each at the hotel. That was nothing for us and we didn’t do that mistake again. For that money it was possible to get a much better dinner at the many restaurants just around the corner. The same goes for the 6 euro breakfast that we had the last day at the hotel. The hotel restaurant was very crowded and simple. This more remembers me of a school restaurant.
Final scores: I will not exclude that I will ever check in to this hotel again because of the location near the beach and the knowledge of which room to choose. But before I stay here again I will propably take a look at the other hotels also nearby the beach. The pros is that this hotel has a reasonable price and a five star location. The cons are that it gets a first impression of being a four star hotel but the rooms, general standard and food are only two star.
If you want something fresh, clean, quiet, tasty food, working shower and locks…then this hotel might not be for you. Regards C&C
We have stayed in various Barcelo resorts, most recently the Barcelo Fuerteventura which we loved. We booked the holiday at La Galea in Lanzarote on the strength of it. We were very disappointed with this accommodation and the entertainment. which was poor. The accommodation whilst adequate had a problem with ants which was never really cured. Whilst the reception area is very clean and neat (unless you look at the ceiling which is a mess), the accommodation itself is very tired and needs to be upgraded. The beds are single put me up types which are very hard and uncomfortable and my husband's bed squeaked terribly. We had a room overlooking the side street and there is building work which starts with heavy plant and machinery at 6am. In addition we were woken every morning at 3:15 (except Sunday night/Monday morning by the skip lorry which comes to empty all of the bins and skips up the road. The reception staff are helpful as far as they can be, although there were no spare rooms to move us.
We went bed and breakfast and the food was fine - albeit again we were a bit disappointed that there were no "specials" in that usually at Barcelo there are changes and specials being cooked on particular days - but same every day here.
The Children's club was I am afraid an absolute joke. We have a 4 year old. The club room is a hut next to the swimming pool which is tiny and does not have the usual equipment you would expect to see. The rep is a Spanish girl who is very loud and does not speak particularly good english (not her fault but it doesn't help). The reps tend to just take the children off around the complex to play table tennis or boules. Neither or these were particularly appealing to a 4 year old. I really do believe that the Barcelo have a cheek saying that there is a Kids club here. We eventually found that the hotel next door have a good and well equipped kids club with trained nursery nurses. We took our child there and paid 5 euros per session which we felt was a bargain. Costa Teguise itself is great but wouldn't go back to these apartments.
I stayed in an apartment on a half board basis with my boyfriend. This hotel was great. It was very central, just round the corner from all the bars, shops and restaurants, and the back door went almost straight onto the beach. There were loads of supermarkets very close by, where you could buy food if you wanted, as we had a kitchen in our apartment, although I'm not sure all the studios there do. Some people have complained about the noise from the bars, at night if I listened very carefully I could hear very faint music coming from one of the bars, but it did not bother me and I am a very light sleeper.
The food was OK, I couldn't eat much of it as I have alot of allergies, but my boyfriend like it and there was always quite a few different dishes. Although they were all very similar each night; chips, fish, pasta, some types of vegetables, some sort of meat and garlic bread most night. They also had choices of cold meats and salads, and breads and cheese. The food wasn't labeled that well, so it may have been difficult for vegetarians to decide what they could and couldn't eat. Breakfast was good, there was alot of selection here, full english, continental, pasteries, bread, they even had a diet corner which I thought was good, with skimmed milk, granary bread, sugar free jams etc. They had a toaster and a microwave so you could heat up anything that was't that hot. I think being all inclusive looked good as throughout the day you could help yourself to drinks, ice creams, cakes etc, and it wouldn't have been that much more expensive than half board.
The hotel itself was very clean. Our apartment was cleaned 5 days out of 7, and you could have clean towels everyday if you wanted. Every morning there were people cleaning the pool area so this never got dirty. The apartment had everything you needed; frige, oven, hobs, kettle, toaster, huge bedroom with massive wardrobe, tv, bathroom, with bath and shower, dining table and sofas and a balcony with table and chairs. We had a sea view from our balcony, and it seemed like most of the rooms either had a sea view, or pool view. Our bacony was in the sun all day so you could sunbathe out there if you didn't want to leave the apartment.
There were 3 pools here with lots of sunbeds around them, never a problem getting sunbeds whatever time you went down to the pool, and very few people reserved them with towels as the hotel has a policy that you aren't allowed to. 2 of the pools were freezing,a lthough some people did brave them on occasion. The other pool was heated, well they said it was heated, it was slightlly warmer than the others, but by no means warm. However on hot days it was nice to cool off in here and once you got in it wasn't that bad! It was also nice sitting by the pool as the hotel is quite sheltered from the wind, so while on the beach you feel quite cold in the wind by the pool you don't have this problem.
The staff at the hotel were all really friendly. The entertainment team were great! I never thought I would write that as generally on holidays I try to avoid hotel entertainment as it's not really my thing. However they convinced me to join in with a few games, they were free and the winners were always given a cocktail, or a bottle of wine. Although the entertainment staff would come up to you around the pool and ask you to take part in various games, if you really didn't want to they would leave you alone.
You have to check out by noon, but if your flight isn't untill later then they have a luggage room where you can keep your stuff and you can also book a courtesy room for 30 minutes before your pick up, free of charge. They provide you with a disused apartment, shower gel and towels so you can have a shower before you leave.
This hotel really was great, and for a 3* hotel it seems much better than similar ones in the same area. I would definately come back here and would recomend it to anyone.
We Loved it!
We,ve just returned from 2 weeks out in the Costa Teguise resort of Lanzarote and loved it! We read some of the reviews of the hotel before we went and we were a little nervous as some sounded very negative but we all had a lovely relaxing two week holiday and would be happy to return again!
The room was standard, clean and overlooked the sea so had beautiful views - a bit windy at times but hey, so what!
The hotel grounds - were kept perfectly tidy and beautiful looking very impressed.
The entertainment - what we saw was of hotel calibre but we didn't really take part day or night as there is so much else to do and see around outside of the hotel.
swimming pool - was lovely to look at but very very cold even though one was heated it didn't bother the kids though just us old morsels and we all prefer the beach anyway.
The beach - is literally right on the doorstop down the stairs and you're there beautiful stretch of beach.
bars and restaurants - in abundance! all within walking distance and are there for you morning noon and night.
Recommendations - La Allogia/Tiananmen restaurant - always empty and it shouldn't of been it has wonderful friendly staff and the most amazing steaks if you like steak you cannot visit the Island and not eat steak here. Gorgeous!!!!!
The Sand Castle a bar/restaurant just outside the hotel - run by a lovely couple Wayne and Tracy from leeds they have two lovely children - a very friendly and warm place to go. our kids loved it there and would of spent the whole two weeks there given the choice eating ice cream sundaes! Good food and good company
The grand Island tour - was a must do!
What would i do differently if we went again?
Use the local taxi and bus service and not rely on the travel company.
Take more jumpers the days are hot but the evenings are very cold
If i could fit it in my case some kind of wind break for the beach as very windy at times.
Just returned from a week at the La Galea with my husband and 2 small children. It was an ok place to stay, we were self catering and our appartment was a little tired in its decor but a good size for us. On a more negative note, the bathroom was a bit smelly and our balcony faced onto the side of a neighbouring hotel so we could hear a bit of noise from delivery vans plus there was no view. We didnt get to see any of the entertainment as the kids were in bed early but it sounded as though it was enjoyable! The pools were nice to look at but really cold and one was quite deep so we tended to go to the beach. The hotel is well located for access to the beach and the shops and there are loads of supermarkets nearby.
The resort itself is your typical 'Costa' style, but looking a little tired (the area where you access the beach looks very unattractive : disused shops to the left) however it was much more bearable as we visited at the end of the season, and it was fairly quiet. There are a few nice restaurants to eat in which were child friendly (Lani's were really good,for example) but we spent loads of money eating in and out so save up those Euros! All in all a week was definitely enough here as you soon run out of things to see and do.