The second time we went to Lanzarote, we stayed at the hotel above.
Since then we have
been all over Puerto del Carmen, and since we always wanted to walk
from the old part of the city, we have preferred staying in the
other end. The hotel above,
is situated in a area called Matagorda, not too far from the airport.
Secondly, it has a few
rooms on the back-side, where no sun is shining, at least not in
winter-time, and we love
to have the morningsun into our terrasse during our breakfast. So,
this time, our 8th visit,
we did not wish to go to this part of Puerto del Carmen, we hoped
for a place in the Old
Town. And if we should still be placed in the Matagorda-area, we
definitely did not wish
to be placed at the SOL-Lanzarote Hotel, which is the name of the
above hotel today.
I guess you can imagine what happened? And why not.... And if
we ever come back
to Lanzarote again, we would certainly enjoy another stay here.
We even talk about
paying that extra (we normally jump on last-minute trips, with no
hotel or anything
What had happened? May be it is because we now are ten years
But most of all, we were placed in a room with a beautiful view
towards the beach,
and - of course - with the sun in the morning! Yes, we did not miss
the sun till early in the
afternoon, about 14.00 local time. Later, during spring, summer
and autumn, it will
even last longer.
View from our room at dawn!
(Click here for larger
Secondly, the Government of Lanzarote has done a very good job,
making the whole
of the Matagorda area a friendly place to stay. Before, we had the
busses (and you bet there are a lot of them on the island), taxis,
private cars, and not
to forget all the tourists in their rented cars. That main-road
was between the hotel
and the beach, making it more or less dangerously to anyone - especially
to try to get to the other side of the road, and it has now been
closed to all trafic!
A new throughway is zig-zagging through the upper part of Matagorda,
a trip with the bus an exciting ride in narrow streets, up and down,
to the left and to
the right. But that's another story.
So, now the beach, which at times are more than 60 m (180feet)
broad when sea is
low, and at least 20 m broad when the sea is high, are a place where
families can enjoy
the sun and the sand more than ever. And they do. I should think
it would be difficult
to find another place that family-friendly. As the sea goes out
twice daily, it leaves
behind a small narrow dam, from 30 cm (1 foot) deep at first, and
as the water is
disappearing during the next few hours, it is the most wonderful
place for all babies,
smaller children , grown ups and adults to play at absolutely no
Of cours there are risks on the beach, too. But only if you
wish to try out the
forces of nature. From time to time there are rather high waves
rumbling into the
beach. They can be as high as 2 meters (7 feet), and once, being
assaulted by such
when not keeping my eyes that way, I was thrown around - lost my
and was rather confused when I got my head above again. That was
and the next morning, 40 meters further out on the now dry beach,
guess what was
lying in the sand? Sometimes you are more lucky than you deserve.
Well, I was counting good reasons to stay at this hotel. Here
is the third, fourth, fifth and so on:
During our stay, they just finished a lovely, romantic outdoor restaurant,
with view over the
seaside. Lunch and dinner are served á la carte, and the
bar is open at night.
The service you get in the reception is excellent, and the whole
place is very nice and clean.
There are miniclubs for children, shows every night, nice equipped
rooms, with cooking-utensils
as they call it, and of course refrigerator to keep your drinks
Which brings me to another point, where our experience if brought
to focus. The water
in Lanzarote comes from a saltwater destillery, and is a bit salty.
Suitable for coffee if
you are not too sensitive, but you might as well do as most other
tourists if you don't
wish to have a stomack-pain or else during your stay. Buy the water,
but for all sake -
buy 5 litres at a time, they cost just the same as 1 or 1-1/2 or
2 liter bottles...
And for some reason, the prices at the supermarket in the hotel,
here just as well
as in other hotels, are higher than in the supermarket just a 100
yards away. Wonder why? Every morning several guests went out for
small fresh and crispy canary-breads and almost everyone went to
at the nearby shopping-center.
I could go on and on, but somewhere I have to stop - there are
other stories to tell also.
So if you wish to learn more about this beautiful hotel, send an
e-mail to them.
I do believe they will appreciate it, and if you refer to this site,
may be they
will do even more than that.... email@example.com
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Melia Hotel Group
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We are here now, which
mean we are still working
on this project.
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10.TH VISIT TO THIS ISLAND,
17.TH VISIT TO CANARY ISLANDS.