Lanzarote hotels

By Jane Egginton, your Lanzarote expert

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Things to consider before booking

Lanzarote may not have the sheer quantity of accommodation that you can find in many other Spanish resorts, and only a few large chains have a presence on the small island. However, it does have the complete range of quality options, from budget beachfront to extravagant five star, with the occasional stylish boutique and a hell of a lot in between.

• In terms of choosing where to stay, I really would recommend either opting for off the beaten track (there are some very special places in this category), or bang-on-the-beachfront. Of course, if you are really saving the pennies (although you won’t save that many), go a block or two back from the beach.

• Lanzarote is small – it takes about an hour to drive end to end – so wherever you decide to base yourself, you won’t have a long way to travel should you want to explore the whole island.

• One of the many wonderful aspects of Lanzarote is the vast majority of buildings that are no higher than two storeys – a fact reflected by probably about 90 percent of my accommodation choices. The island has mercifully been saved from the horrors of the rash of new builds that have blighted so many parts of Spain in the last 30 years or so.

• Many accommodation options, even those in the upper price bracket, do not have air conditioning in the bedrooms. Of course, this is a plus from the point of view of the planet, but temperatures do soar in the summer and even leaving the balcony doors open is sometimes not enough. Often hotels will rent you a fan for an extra fee, which obviously cancels out any eco points, but also often fails to really reduce the heat. If cool temperatures are important to you, check that your hotel has air conditioning throughout, or seriously consider travelling in the European winter months.

• Lanzarote hotels often have saltwater swimming pools. Now, on an island where even the drinking water is desalinated salt water, that shouldn’t be surprising. And again, it is a plus for the environment. It may mean you have to shower after swimming, but it’s hardly a terrible hardship, and all that salinity helps you float. That said, I have tried to point out salty swimming pool water in my choices of accommodation.

• Parking can be a bit of a pain, particularly in the sprawling resort of Puerto del Carmen, where dedicated hotel parking is a rarity.

•  Internet use is usually charged extra in Lanzarote hotels, which really does seems petty and outdated, especially when the connection is often so bad and so many people, from teenagers to business people, regard it as a lifeline.

• Buffets are big in Lanzarote hotels, both for breakfast and dinner, and there are some staggeringly good value all-inclusive deals to be had, which you would be mad to turn your nose up at. Dismiss all thoughts you have harboured about all-inclusive meaning naff, poor quality food and service. It is no exaggeration to say that some of the best hotel food – in fact some of the best food, period – I have had in Lanzarote has been on all-inclusive deals, which is some statement, I admit.

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The hotels I have picked are my real island favourites from every price and style category. I rate authenticity and atmosphere above flashiness and fancy facilities.

• Location is key, of course, and almost all of the hotels I have chosen are either right next to Lanzarote's lovely coastline, with easy access to the beach, or in a scenic rural area that is desirable in it's own right. 

• A welcome trend in recent years has been a slow trickle of innovative, off the beaten track places that are wonderfully stylish and desirable. Let’s not forget that two of Lanzarote’s best features are its omnipresent ocean and dramatic volcanic landscape. It is no coincidence that two of my absolute favourite places – Finca Malvasia and Finca de Arrieta – to stay on the island make the most of the island’s unique and spectacular backdrop.

• Hotels do – as they should – get points for their eco credentials and value for money as much as for being generally gorgeous or having a spectacular spa.

I would love to hear your comments about my choices! It may be that I have missed something that you value as important, or that you think I have got it completely wrong. Hopefully, you have tried out my recommendations and had a delightful holiday as a result. Either way please let me know. I have stayed in many of Lanzarote’s hotels and apartments in the name of both work and pleasure, and am constantly on the look out for new options. Things do change and these recommendations will be updated regularly.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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