More about Occidental Grand Teguise Playa
Nice Hotel Shame about Food Quality
Stayed in this hotel Nov 2005
Last stayed in Costa Teguise 12 years ago the resort must be 4 times bigger now. The beaches around the resort are much better but it has become to 'trashy' for me now too many 'English pubs' and 'Irish bars'.
The Occidental Grand Teguise Playa
Great location close to all amenities in Costa Teguise
Lovely bar and reception area
The evening entertainment was pretty varied and different, Chinese arobats, Russian type dancers, Samba night as well as singers.
Well kept pool area plenty of sunbeds (low season though)one pool climatised to 25 degrees
Can eat breakfast and lunch on patio area outside restaurant
Room comfortable ask for mini bar key, prices reasonable (and you have room to store and cool your own drinks and water if you want to)
Balconies have seaview and catch most of the sun all day (in the summer it may make rooms very hot though)
Rooms 'gently' air conditioned (even on max setting personally would have liked more of an 'cold' blast)
Food was dreadful some choice but the quality was no where near 4* I have had better food in 2 and 3* hotels. You can exchange one of your evening meals for a meal in the on site A la carte Italian but the food in there was not much better. We exchanged most of our evening meals for lunch at least you could eat on the patio (better atmosphere and less crowded)and chose our own evening meals from outside the hotel.
Saltwater pools and very chemicalised
Decor starting to look tired in rooms and corridors
Our bathroom had a leak which caused a damp smell all the time could not be fixed as it was in the wall!!
However we DID have a very enjoyable week away. There are many nice things about this hotel but it could be a lot nicer especially if they improved the food quality
Paradise in Freezing February
Just returned after week of pampering at the Teguise Playa. Anyone who thinks buffet style food is sub standard needs to visit this hotel. We stayed on Half Board package. Breakfast consisted of our beloved bacon and any type of egg or omlete plus cereals, cold meats, juices, chips, fresh fruit and any number of different types of bread. Dont be put off by the self service style as you are able to take your own time and have as much or as little as you want. Cava is also available together with coffe tea herbal tea and fruit juices and water. Thats just the breakfast.
The dinner service is even more varied. Fresh salads cold meats baked fish, fried fish, hand carved roast meats, fried chicken, stews it just goes on. The staff are attentive and the wine service was high quality and not over the top in terms of cost.
You have the ability to swap dinner for lunch. Not as much choice but just as good (please dont try to do both lunch and dinner).
Hard to beleve at times this was the middle of Feb when sun was out it was sunbathing hot. Once behind the sun it did get a little cool. Both pools are beatifully presented (alittle cold at this time of the year) and the towel passes work great. Change your towels as aften as you need and have a chat with the cheerful attendant.
We enjoyed a laugh in the evening with the bar staff and the entertainment kept us amused even if it was not suposed to be funny.
We used the squash tennis and gym facilities without having to book in advance. We didnt use the kids club but what I could gather all enjoyed and the staff appeared to be well liked.(not sure about the evening show though chaps:only joking!)
Overall the hotel is a joy to stay at and the staff only add to the enjoyment. Thank You.
Lovely hotel, great location
This is a lovely hotel in perhaps the best spot in Lanzarote, the location is perfect with each room overlooking the sea. The rooms are slightly basic, the usual gripe of not enough power point!! and if anything are on the small side, but they are clean and comfortable. The food is typical of this type of hotel, ie, plentiful but quite bland. after a fortnight we were sick of it. However you could swap your evening meal for lunchtime and we found this to be much better. The evening entertainment again is typical, not brilliant but ok. The staff are all pleasant particularly the bar staff who are all very courteous and polite. Booked through Thomas Cook so probably paid above the odds, no doubt cheaper deals are available.
We have just returned from a 2 week holiday at this great hotel. We loved it so much we have just booked another 2 week stay for the same time next year.
It was our first holiday without our 2 teenage sons so we wanted a nice relaxing holiday which is what we got. This hotel is not suitable really for people with children as I think they would be quite bored.
The staff were really friendly and very helpful, after your first day their they remember what your tipple is! The rooms are cleaned every day and the hotel is kept very clean. The hotel is very well situated next to the beach, shops and bars.
The food is very good, and you can also exchange your evening meal for the barbecue served at lunch time which is very tasty.
On the whole this is a lovely hotel with a lovely friendly, relaxing atmosphere. If you are looking for a very relaxing holiday we strongly recommend this hotel. We couldn't beleive how many people had already stayed at this hotel before, some as many as 8 times a year!
Just come back from the tequise playa in costa tequise lanzarote, one of the best holidays we have had, the food was excellent the service excellent.
Rooms cleaned daily fresh towels daily, clean glasses well topped up mini bar.
Well worth the money.
Will be going back next year
Returned from holiday on 23rd Oct, first holiday away for 19 years without the children, had a wonderful time. We had wanted to stay at the Occidental for a long time but previous enquiries couldn't guarantee us rooms with the children next door. Our room was lovely and clean, the maid service superb, fantastic sea and pool view, as are most if not all of the rooms. When you arrive you pay a small amount for a safe and its a digital system, you put a card in the door first and press the # sign at the same time then when the green light comes on enter a six figure number. You also pay a 5 euro deposit for pool towels and mattresses, then when you go to the pool the pool man is in his "office" behind the pool bar, I felt sorry for him because lots of people got towels and mattresses but only took the towels back so he had to go and collect the mattress, and please at least say thank you to him he's not grumpy if your polite only when certain people have a go at him. When we first got there the poolside sunbeds were all full with towels that people had put on the beds then gone off for the day, someone must have complained because a couple of days into our holiday we saw the security man go round and take off all the towels from the beds that weren't occupied, brilliant! before anyone complains I've stayed in hotels where the towels are thrown in the pool and they were 5*. We were half board but decided to have our lunch instead of evening meal, and most times we went out for breakfast too, the hotel restaurant is quite small for the size of the hotel but the food was excellent, the nightly entertainment is also very good if you decide to stay in although we used to go out and wander back to listen and relax over a drink before we went to bed. On our last day our flight didn't leave until 10pm so we got a taxi at 7.30, 15euros, we checked out of our room at 12 used the facilities for the day then the hotel provided a courtesy room along with towels, soap and shampoo which was very nice. Yes the hotel could do with upgrading in parts but the atmosphere is very nice and the staff can't do enough for you. The onsite hairdresser is very good as well I had a cut and blow dry 12euro's and I didn't have to wash it out as soon as I went to my room, Ladies you know what I mean.We have been visiting Lanzarote for 8 years and we still love it.The Cutty Sark is always welcoming,The Mexican on Las Cucharsus beach was also very good and reasonably priced, there are still the touts trying to sell you tickets for eveerything from festivals to time share, we normally say we've either got one or we're going home the next day that put's them off. The sea is crystal clear and the beach is swept every day very clean. Its a nice time of the year to go, hot but not unbearable in fact it rained for about 10 mins each day but all that did was clear the air we still came back with a good tan. I'm looking forward to going again very soon
we love this hotel
We visited the hotel for the second time at the end of September, and stayed for 2 weeks. Our party was made up of my retired parents, myself and my 6 year old daughter. My overall view of this hotel is that it is in fantastic location, just on the edge of the resort, a stroll through the gardens to a beach, shops and bars very close by. The food was very good, although the restaurant can become congested at peak times and staff are not quick enough at replenishing supplies and clearing tables. Upon speaking to the General Manager this is something they are addressing. The alternative restaurant is fantastic, the food and service are very good. You are able to exchange 1 meal from the main restaurant to this one during your stay without any charge. However if you want to visit more often this is possible for an upgrade fee. Still very reasonable.
The pool area could be a problem as some guests were out at first light to reserve their sun beds and may not occupy them all day long. Most of the time we were able to get 4 sun loungers together and some shade. The pool attendants would take off towels from sun beds if not occupied. You can buy a towel card for 5 euros which is refundable at the end of your holiday.
My daughter had a great time. One of the swimming pools is not too deep and has a sloped entrance (beach effect) so that it was easy for her to get in and out and play. There is also a fun club for children aged 4-12 and this operates for a few hours in the morning and then again in the afternoon. This is very low key compared to Thomson T club, but it was great fro my daughter. They would do craft or sports and win a certificate which would be presented in the evening after the children’s disco, my daughter had 12!!. When we visited it was term time and there were only a few children over 4 although a large number of preschool children.
The adult entertainment was also very good, with a programme throughout the day arranges around sports, but for all abilities. And then in the evening the fun club team would do a couple of cabaret sets a week, or there would be entertainment brought in which was also very good. However s large number of bedroom that are in main area of the hotel can be subject to the noise from this until 10.30pm.
My daughter and I can’t wait to go back next year!!
very poor for its 4* rating
We have just returned from a weeks stay at this hotel on an overpriced Platinum holiday. We had a fantastic holiday in the sister hotel Occidental Oasis three years ago and were looking forward to our stay here as the location is more central. We had requested a top floor room but were originally situated on the second floor. The reception staff did relocate us to a higher floor on further request but this was a good walk from reception. This room had a better view but we had to buy air freshener to get rid of the odours. Decoration throughout the rooms and corridors is very tatty. Carpets are threadbare. Our bathroom had recently been re-plumbed but no one had re-grouted the tiles on completion. Circular bath that was discoloured and uninviting. Fridge was ancient and the air conditioning was worthless. Pigeons control the balconies and are very filthy and noisy at sunrise. Take your own toiletries as the hotel does not replenish them.
Staff go through their duties at reception but English language is limited. Restaurant is utter chaos. It appears understaffed and you are left to your own devices. Food is exceptionally poor for a 4* hotel. Use the Italian for one night, (included), it is the one good point in this hotel.
There are two pools, one is allegedly heated but wasn't. The patio areas to the pools are very clean and well kept.
Bar area is good and has a rotating seated area. Staff are slow and unattentive. Entertainment is on every night if you can stand it. Usually duo's with stong Spanish accents (yes we are in Spain), and some form of acrobats or dancers. Luckily the location of this hotel means that you can find something better in the local bars.
Location is good but the adjoining beach is small and crowded.
One week was long enough here and we will not be going back. Very poor 4 stars and definately not recommened.
Our holiday was most enjoyable and we loved the hotel
This hotel has quality rooms all with balconies facing the sea and keeping sun for hours. There is also a small sea cave just across the hotel pools.
Helpful and dedicated staff, excellent in all services: Well English, German and French spoken. Breakfast is buffet style with huge selection of internationational specialties. I saw many Brits enjoying from a genuine English Breakfast as they say. Lovely cocktail bar-entertainment area complete with its own small lagoon, fountains and streams. There, in the afternoons, they also serve high afternoon tea, sandwiches and pastry.
Superior hotel entertainment, far better than the fare offered in many of the bars around this resort which are generally pub singers.
The Occidental is in a class of its own. We would return with no doubt. Nothing is too much trouble for this hotel staff.
Our family of four (2 adult and 2 children, ages 11 and 8) spent a restful week at this hotel (bed and breakfast)and enjoyed it very much.
The hotel staff were friendly and helpful, the public areas were well cared for and decorated. It was clean and spacious.
The good variety breakfast (cava included!) would typically set us up for the day with just a very light snack for lunch. A good variety of restaurants were literally within couple of minutes' walk.
However, both of the saltwater swimming pools were very cold although one is supposedly heated to 25 degree C. You need to keep swimming or moving to stay warm. The other pool which wasn't heated was far too cold. Both pools were mostly empty which was a shame as they were really lovely.
The hotel organised day time activities for all ages. The evening entertainment, typically music and dance shows, were really good and we all enjoyed it very much.
Our rooms are not overly spacious and quite basic for a four star hotel but comfortable and clean. The sea view is lovely and the balcony is a sun trap.
As we have been to Lanzarote a number of time we have not taken any excursions this time but there are definitely enough to do for a week for anyone who is visiting for the first or second time. We spent most of our time by the pool although we were cold on several occasions due to the cool breeze. We were told by the local this was atypical as the weather had been variable in the previous two/three weeks with a lot of rain. We accept it's just one of those things.
With the superb location, this hotel was a very good choice for us and would be for anyone who is looking to stay in a good standard hotel in a good location by a nice sandy beach.
Least developed / little package tourism - Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria?
OR none? Can we enjoy a quiet evening in a patio restaurant WITHOUT having to book the table hours in advance?;) Can we find quiet local towns/villages? (not in bid resorts but anywhere on the island). Which island of these three?
RE: Least developed / little package tourism - Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria?
I haven't been to Gran Canaria, but I have been to the other two islands.Lanzarote is the much quieter of the Islands.Try Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca or the very quiet Marina of Puerto Calero. Lots of nice villages to eat out at. Even the busy Puerto del Carmen has a nice harbour for you to sit out and eat at