More about Hesperia Playa Dorad
Back again !!
This was the second time to the Hesperia, Playa Dorada. It is a pleasant, quiet hotel in a handy location. You can walk out to the west and head for the town or east and head to the Rubicon Marina. Both walks are easy and along the beach on a specially built pathway.
Playa Blanca is clean and has plenty of little shops to investigate. Of course, they sell all the usual things found in a holiday resort!
The little boat trip to the Papagayo Beaches is well worth the money. Good for taking photos of the resort and relaxing in the sun. If you plan to stay at the sandy Papagayo Beach remember to take drinks, picnic etc. with you.
I am surprised that no one has yet thought of boat trips to Puerto Del Carmen - maybe next year?
The hotel is Ok - that's why we returned and have already booked for January 2007. Junior suite again - same number - again! It suits us as we are not so keen on nightlife and busy places. The peaceful ambience of this place is good for relaxing.
Food is fine - as good as you get at any similar hotel. We go away about 4 / 5 times each year but this is the one we return to!
Staff are extremely helpful and happy to chat about all sorts of topics. Bedrooms = clean and the chambermaids superb. Nothing was too much for them.
There were not many children here but those who were were extremely well-behaved which is so lovely to see in this day and age of spoilt brats!
Plenty to do and see here on Lanzarote :- take a trip to the Fire Mountain, visit the market at Teguise, visit the market at Playa Blanca - good for imitation Gucci etc. !
The weather has been wonderful every time. There is a breeze which makes the hottest day quite bearable.
There are several bars along the front where you can spend some time sippiing a beer and watching all the world amble by.
A good experience which we obviously hope to repeat.
Dancing at the Playa Dorada
The Playa Dorada has attractive public areas, and the staff were all helpful and efficient. On the plus side, it is central, very close to both the shops and restaurants in Playa Blanca town, and the Marina Rubicon cafes and shops the other way. It has sea views from many rooms (although some overlook the carpark and the road) and there is easy access to the sea front promenade from the gardens. The grounds are attractive and well maintained, planted with a variety of tropical trees and succulents and cacti. For animal lovers, you will be glad to know that the hotel operates a cat feeding scheme. This means that all the cats that habitually hang around other hotel grounds and cafe areas, that look hungry and get shooed away by waiters, are, in this hotel, well fed and contented, and this makes everyone's stay more enjoyable. Guests can contribute to the feeding scheme, but the hotel maintains it anyway. Also on the plus side, we enjoyed the house band who played every evening, and their dance music was popular with those guests who enjoyed 'proper' dancing (including us!). However the shows following the dance band music were of variable quality. On the down side, the rooms were rather small, and had no fridges which is a major problem if you need to keep specialised foods and medications cool. Also beers and wine of course! The food was average, not as good as cheaper 4 star hotels we have stayed in. Both variety and quality left a lot to be desired. Of particular note for the many people who do not eat pork, there was pork added to almost every dish, including soup, vegetables, salads. A strongly negative point is that smoking is permitted in the outside restaurant areas, and so for non-smokers this is a great annoyance. However, smoking is prohibited in most areas of the hotel. The hotel standards of cleanliness are good everywhere, including the swimming pools, though some furnishings are a bit tired and worn out. Overall the hotel was fine, though not outstanding. Playa Blanca is reasonably attractive as a modern, touristy resort, though not especially interesting and is a long way ( an hour or more by car) from the major cultural attractions of the island, most of which are in the north. However the promenade walk is interesting and varied and incredibly long - miles and miles of flat walking, excellent for pushchairs and wheel chairs.
Playa Blanca Revisted
This was our second second stay in Playa Blanca (which is by far the best resort on the Island for a relaxing holiday) and first time to the Playa Dorada.
Overall the hotel was very good, we had a junior suite with an excellent pool view and good levels of comfort. Location to the beach was superb and just a short stroll to the Rubicon Mariner and town. Levels of comfort in the hotel were good and made for an excellent holiday.
On the downside childrens clubs / activites were poor with very few young children staying at the hotel. The restarante was not always up to the standard of a 4 star hotel with quality of food and selection at times average. Even though the temperature was in the high 80's the pools were freezing and hardly used by the residents.
Finally if you go for car hire use Cabrere Medina in the town and also outside the hotel. Bargin them down for a good price they will will negotiate!!
fantastic family hotel
We have just returned from a stay at this hotel. There were my husband and I and our 5 year old daughter . We stayed for a week.
We are VERY fussy with out hotels and have to say that this was wonderful.
The room was spotless ( I always take flash wipes!, not needed!)
The beds were very comfortable and the room was so quiet. It was a pleasure to stay at this hotel. Our view was of the pools and the sea. Room 2139.
The staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
The food was a great selection for breakfast and dinner. It was not haute cuisine but for a mass catered buffet was great. There was everything that you could wish for at both meal times. Be aware that men do have to wear long trousers in the evening!
The swimming pools were clean, if not a little cold! But nice to cool off.
Playa Blanca is a beautiful resort (our 4th time there) and we found this hotel to be 5 minutes from the marina ( great bars and restaurants (Lani's and Cafe del Mar.) 2 minutes from the beach and 5-10 minutes from the old end of the resort.
This is a resort that is quiet, peaceful and beautiful and staying at this hotel will really make your holiday.
Didn't stay but adopted this hotel cos it was good
As title suggests we didn't stay here but adopted it during our stay because it was across the road from where we were staying and for 5 euros a day we had the run of the indoor pool, sauna, steam room and used the other facilities like the bar. They do a wicked Afternoon tea with scrummy choc cake. Recommended.
We have just stayed in this hotel, it is in a great position between Playa Blanca and the marina Rubican. The only thing that we didn't agree with is having to pay to use the indoor swimming pool , although it only cost 5 euro, we feel it should be free to guests staying in the hotel.....you also have to wear swimming hat's what is that all about!!!
The buffet was very good plenty of choice and all the food was very fresh. The hotel in general was very clean, room's mostly have a sea view. The hotel also has a 9 hole pitch and putt, you can hire club's from them.
A pleasant stay
We went to Lanzarote in 2004 as our honeymoon. We booked this hotel through Thomas Cook on HB basis.
This is a very nice old hotel, the room was clean and quiet, the bed was nice and comfortable, the furnitures were a bit old though.
The receptionists were very helpful. When we first arrived, we were not allocated in a seaview room as we required, so my husband went down to ask that 'we like to change to a seaview room, as this is our honeymoon', we've been told there were no one available at that time, and they would let us know once one available. We were very disappointed. After 2 days, they found us a nice sea and pool view room. It truned out quite lovely.
The breakfast were very good, we had fresh water melon juice every morning. Dinner was a little repetitive, but it's OK.
Oh yes, the cats. I am a terriable cat lover, there were quite number of cats around the hotel. I just enjoyed to watch them every day.
We also booked a trip to Timafaya National park with the tour from the hotel. It's really funtastic. It's first time I actually see a live volcano.
Overall, it's a nice place to spend a week there.
Avoid at all Costs
We would advise against staying in this hotel if you like your food and wish to treated as guests. Apart from the reception staff, who could not have been more helpful, the rest of the staff treat you with contempt. They were not interested in serving you, helping you or even Smiling at you. The food was cooked (maybe) and thrown on plates in front of you. Warm if you were lucky although cold and unappetizing more often than not. To get soup as a starter you had to fight your way through those getting to the sweet course. Overall this hotel does not warrent it's 4* rating. The only thing it has going for it is it's location. but even THAT would not induce my wife and I to stay here again.
Natura Palace or Timanfaya Palace here we come.
A very pleaseant stay
Just spent a week here with my parents, husband and 10 month old baby, who had a ball! I really enjoyed this break and liked the hotel, It grows on you, and I can be really fussy. Yes there are things that need some modernising but they are in the process of doing this. A couple of issues with our room, smelt of cigarette smoke, Why oh why do people smoke in their rooms when they have balconies? Disgusting. And I am a social smoker. Anyway we were half board and we found the food good. Yes it can get a bit of the same but overall found the variety and quality good. The staff were lovely and were brilliant with my baby who loved them. The kiddies organisers were also really nice and friendly. Could not complain here. Overall found this to be a good well run hotel that provides a typical hotel holiday experience. A great location too in Playa Blanca. Between the village and the new marina.
We also stayed in the Yaiza last year and I found this not too bad in comparison. The Yaiza is a bit plusher.
excellent hotel and lovely resort
if this is the 71st best hotel in lanzarote then there must be some excellent hotels as its dificult to fault this hotel. stayed for a week in june with a 15 month old and her grandparents and had a lovely time.
while the hotel may not look the most impressive from the outside, inside it is lovely. reception area is large and gives the impression of belonging to a nice hotel, while the staff at reception are slow, they provided an effecient service. Our room wasnt available when we arrived (7 am flight from gatwick) so we were given vouchers to get a coffee and our cases were delivered to our room in due course.
The hotel has three pools, an indoor pool and fitness centre and 2 large outdoor pools with kiddie pools. there is a garden pool at the back of the hotel which always seemed quiet and you could always find a space there, although the main pool was nicer. The water was cold, but always swimable.
The food I found to be no problem, travelling with a child and 2 fairly fussy eaters we had no problems, there is always a pasta course, some fish, a meat dish and a paella, not to mention the assorted salads, cold meats, bread, soups and desserts. Remember, its not ala carte food as they are catering for hundreds of people but they was never a problem for us. Pleasingly, everyone in the hotel seemed to dote on children and always bought us a highchair and were willing to do whatever for children. the spanish ( or canarianes) clearly adore their children.
entertainment in the evening appeared fine, although i didnt really get to see much of it.
One the extra attractions now of the hotel is the new rubicon marina approx 10 mins walk left out of the hotel, its a new development, very in keeping with the island that is starting to be populated by some nice shops and restaurants, it gives a nice alternative stroll around what is essentially a small resort. The old town is 10 mins the other direction, where you can take the ferry to feurta. This again has a selection of restaurants as well as the obligatory camera and electronic shops where you appear to agree to purchase something purely by looking in the window. Its funny how a camera thats orignally quoted as 260 euros suddenly comes down to 100 euros when you are leaving the shop. Its quite a relaxed resort, there are a couple of english bars but not too much for those who dont want to have englsih breakfasts and sky sports in every bar (thats peurto del carmen). The resort is split between english, german and spanish.
There is a lovely beach just outside the hotel entrance where you can hire sunbeds and swim;
overall, difficult for me to fault the hotel or the resort, if you are looking for a break to get away from it all, this comes highly recommended.