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Coronas Playa after New Year
Hi all, I have just returned from an excellent week at Coronas Playa and can highly recommend the hotel. This was my first visit and I can guarantee I will be returning.
Even though the staff had been working so hard over xmas and new year they were all so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. (we travelled on 5 Jan).
Hotel, pools, and public areas were all spotlessly clean the food was excellent, well presented and very tasty with more than enough choice for the heartiest appetite. Have to mention Nati here, the 'kissy' waitress what a joy she is, always smiling and waving and of course the famous kiss.
Weather was fantastic considering this is their winter as well as ours, and with all the news of floods and gales in England we were enjoying clear blue skies and temperatures around 20-22c ever day. though the wind had a bit of a chill and you need a cardigan or similiar if you go out at night.
Entertainment was good in The Pavilion, Elvis, The Bee Gees and a Soul Group who were all very good and had everyone on their feet. There was also a Scottish lass who I am sure is a nice person but her act needs some working on!! Thomson Team were entertaining and did a good job during the daytime poolside entertainment and then again in the evening.
All in all a great holiday and a highly recommended hotel.
Greaaaaaat time at Coronas Playas
We had a wonderful time at the Hotel Coranas Playa excellent food and the superb night entertainment every night in the Thompson gold tent which was located in the centre of the complex, We had spacious accommodation with a sea view also overlooking the pool, in the lower half of the complex, we found it to be very peacefull and relaxing. It was nice to be away from lots of screaming kids for a change! The Hotel staff were very friendly and always gave you a warm welcome, The open stlye buffet restaurant catered for everyone offering a superb wide range of cuisine with a different menu each day. Thompson reps played a major role throughout the day and night, entertaining everyone, lots of fun was had by all.We hired a car and toured around the island during the daytime visiting the volcanoes of Tiramanfyre a wonderful site to behold,catching the coach tour around the volcanoes is an experience you will want to relive. crossing over to the other side of the island to the highest point around the mountain roads you overlook the beautiful island of Grasiosa where you can dine in the mountain top restaurant.
Back at the hotel Coronas playa we found the bed a little bit hard at first but when you are having a great time you soon forget!
We will be ever greatfull though to all the Thompson reps who made our stay a fun one, thanks to luke, and the team who made us laugh every night, We will be returning in the near future. thank you to all the Staff at Coronas Playa your service was excellent.
Fantastic Summer Holiday
We stayed in the Coronas Playa in June 2004. We especially chose Thomson Gold because it specified no children, and it transpired we were the youngest guests there, being in our 20s. This was not all bad as it meant we pretty much had the swimming pool to ourselves most days - only one pool was open at the time of our stay but this wasnt a problem. Most of the other guests were happy to lounge around the pool sunbathing.
If you are not into cheery holiday reps and "giant jenga" it might be advisable to sit by the lower pool where everything is generally quiet.
What visitors should be aware of are the numerous topless sunbathers. I can understand puzzlement here, but these sunbathers are far too old to be flashing their bits around; frankly I would be embarassed if I saw my grandparents doing that. And again, being the only ones in the swimming pool meant we were constantly being stared at, and sometimes this was uncomfortable.
The rooms were bright and airy; the beds, as noted by another reviewer, are very hard, and please be aware you have to pay to use the safety deposit box in your room - a fact not mentioned by Thomson's brochure.
The food in the dining room, at breakfast and dinner, was always plentiful and delicious. As vegetarians we found lots to eat, and when staff were told one of us had a nut allergy, every subsequent evening signs were placed above all dishes containing nuts so we didnt have to keep asking them. The majority of the waiting staff were very friendly and amicable.
Please also be aware that all drinks are charged for; you can't drink the tap water there so you have to pay for bottled.
We rented a car using the rental service in the hotel, and enjoyed a day travelling around the island taking in the sights. It is very easy to navigate as it is so small; the company provide a map, and all the road signs are in English, so it would be very difficult to get lost. The only thing that was slightly disappointing was that our car had no radio.
The scuba diving company that runs through the hotel were very efficient and helpful and with English staff. My partner dives professionally but I had never tried it before. The staff were very helpful during my free try dive, and even though I decided not to continue I was able to go along and sit on the beach while everyone else dived.
The volcanic park is a tourist attraction highlighted in most brochures - DONT BOTHER TAKING THOMSON'S BUS - it is much cheaper to hire a car and drive yourself there. It is very easy to get to (we speak no Spanish) and a coach drives you around the park anyway. If you have a nervous stomach or suffer from car sickness we wouldnt recommend you take the tour; the coach goes up and down and round in circles incessantly during the audio tour, and we both felt very nauseous when we finished. However, it is worth seeing if you can stomach it!
Overall had a lovely week's holiday, and if searching for sun in a quiet resort with good food, would definitely return.
Here we go again, only three weeks (and counting) our 14th (i think) return to this loveley resort that we have watched grow, and improve over the years, this will be our second year running in this hotel (our friends are returning for their 4th visit) say no more !! The management team run a good hotel, rooms are spacious and spotless, food is great, nothing is too much trouble for anyone, and all requests carried out promply with a smile.
The food is well cooked and presented, you are spoilt for choice and everyone seems to be catered for, (especially "ATKINS DIET" I have never seen so much variety of meat), and I have never heard of anyone going hungry.
There are two pools and plenty of sunbeds at the hotel , If you sit/lie around the top pool then you can join in all the organised daily activities but if you like a quiet time sit/lie around the bottom pool it is very peacefull and no one bothers you, so peacefull in fact we all turn our book and newspaper pages over quietely.
Of course we all hope for good weather but at this time of the year you have to remember it is "THEIR WINTER" as well as ours. Over the years we have had some fabulous "Hot" weather and other times cooler and windy,but never the less we return each year to meet up with old friends, our first meet is at the small market in the square every Friday evening. We meet at "Bar Chispas" (look out Simon the February lot are coming). good value drinks and good company.
Excellent hotel but beware
Have just spent Xmas and New Year 2004/5 at this hotel, and can thoroughly recommend a hotel where there are no children!. This was a very expensive holiday, and before I issue my warning, I must say that it is an excellent venue - the staff are excellent, the food and the cleanliness and perfect peace second to none. However, the bedrooms have all the charm of a hospital isolation ward, with beds as hard as hospital trolleys.
If I have one gripe directed at the hotel is the fact that on Xmas Day and New Year's Eve drinks were not included as part of the Gala Dinner.
My mother-in-law stayed at a Thompson 4* in Benidorm during the same period ( £500 cheaper than my holiday! AND the hotel was heated), and drinks were included on both occasions.
Warning - if you plan to use this venue for your winter break, the hotel has NO HEATING, Thompsons do not mention this in their brochure - and it costs you 16 euros per week to hire a heater!
Warning- the hotel offers superior rooms at a cost of 24 euros PER DAY, for which you get tea and coffee making facilities, sun loungers on your balcony and fluffy bathrobes - so if you were expecting these as standard in your 4* hotel, think again!
The Thompson entertainment team worked very hard, but there was too much of them and not enough professional entertainment. The home grown entertainment makes it feel like Butlins, and some people even walked out on New Year's Eve before midnight.
Simply The Best
Stayed here in January 2005, I really cannot fault the place, in terms of value for money as Tina Turner sang. Simply The Best.
The hotel itself is approx 10 -15 minutes walk from Costa Tequise centre but taxi is only 3 euro one way. two or three bars near the hotel and two supermarkets, limited shops.
Worth paying the extra for a superior romm if you like your own space they have sun loungers on our balcony, plus kettles, fridge and bathrobes.
Pool towels can be hired for a returnable deposit of 10 euro.
I would recommend this hotel to the older clientle.
Have just returned from a week at this hotel and will not be going back. We booked through Portland and unfortunately for us, the hotel is very much misrepresented in their brochure. 'Thomson Gold' was described as a highly recommended hotel with no children under 16 - great we thought, being a childless couple in our 30's. But no - 'Thomson Gold' for our week meant an average age of 60 and entertainment - if you can even call it that - tailored to that era, by wannabe reps singing to backing tracks. We attempted to sit through the 'entertainment' on 3 evenings but walked out on all 3. The cheesiness was crucifying.
On a more positive note, the hotel rooms were huge (we had upgraded on booking) with the biggest bed I've ever seen, a fabulous bathroom and massive balcony with a lovely view. However, if you are not 100% steady on your feet, this hotel is quite tricky to navigate. All rooms open onto outside corridors - this was a nightmare as our week was very rainy and the corridors were wet and slippery - getting to the restaurant means going down emergency stairs and across the pool area or around the edge of the hotel - none of which is fully undercover. This meant we arrived at most meals wet - as did all guests. We felt very sorry for the elderly guests and one guest in a wheelchair for which this was completely impractical.
Having never visited Costa Teguise, we left disappointed and unimpressed and will stick to our usual visit to Playa Blanca in future. This hotel and the resort needs an overhaul - very dated and unfinished.
April 2005 As my husband says it was his 58-70s holiday and were only in our 40s
The hotel catered for a lot of older people.They never had any music round the pool.
I personally could not believe how hard it was to get good old meat and veg to eat,but the meat was always rare when cooked and many a night had veg and gravy or cheese & crackers for dinner.
We never stayed for any of the entertainment as it was like being at a holiday camp.
The staff were very good you couldn't fault them and the rooms were very clean and the service was very good .
We have just returned from this hotel staff excellent clean ,food very
good ,reps work extremley hard to make sure you have a good holiday.
If you want to relax and be spoiled we reccomend this hotel.
Weather sun gets very hot but take a cardi for early morning and evening can get very windy.
Not a 4-star hotel...
We arrived in the hotel in July 2004 to find that the main pool was closed. Thomson had not warned us of this before we arrived and we were disappointed to find our 'pool view' room had a fabulous view of the workmen working in the pool below us. There was no chance of changing room as many others were in the same position. There was another pool, and we were assured that there would not be a problem. However, as the week progressed, and Lanzarote had its hottest heatwave in memory, the lack of shade round the only pool became a problem, with people getting up very early to reserve sunbeds under shade - without these,and with temperatures in the high 40s it became impossible to venture out.
The hotel itself was pleasant and staff could not have been nicer, but being a family hotel, they did not have the infrastructure to cope with the heatwave - there is NO air-conditioning after 10:30 pm, and each morning brought a long queue of exhausted holidaymakers begging the rep and the management to do something. We were told to open our doors at night!Those who were on the ground floor were afraid to, and those on higher floors like us, who did open their windows, were wakened in the morning by the workmen chipping away at the tiles or using cutting machinery in the pool from about 7;30 am.
After a couple of days the air-conditioning in many rooms broke down completely, and the management found it hard to deal with this -as did we - the temperature in our room was 36 degrees at its coolest. After several days of complaining, and being told there was nothing wrong with our air-con, the manager came to our room, took the temperature, and agreed that it was 36 degrees - but by then the hotel could not get any fans.
Would we go back if the pool were open and the air-con working? No, unless we got a really good deal - though, admittedly, we did not see the hotel at its best. The staff and reps could not have been nicer, but we found the general surroundings dreary and unappealing, (particularly the area down by the seafront, which is crying out for some tables and parasols and plants) and service in the bar slow - especially in the bar by the only pool. Food was plentiful and varied, but very british (shepherd's pie in 46 degrees?), and if you wanted to venture out for entertainment (the 'big top' had no air conditioning and had been in temperatures of 46 degrees for most of the day) it was a long-ish walk in the heat into the resort. There is, however, a beautiful bar/ restaurant, with its own pool along the prom, built into the rocks looking out to sea - well worth a visit for a well-cooked, promptly-served, shady lunch.
I would say that my experience of the hotel was a reasonable three-star - particularly the lack of any air-conditioning at night in the summer - but maybe we were just very unlucky. We don't plan to return to find out.