Iti Dream Gran Castillo

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Address: C/Hoya De Afre 2, Playa Blanca, 35580, Spain

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.6

One of Lanzarote's most luxurious hotels, with a superb location, food and spa.

The imaginative design of this five star hotel is inspired by the nearby 16th century castle, Castillo de San José, and it really appeals to me. Appropriately enough, the food and the spa is fit for royalty. I also really rate its location, right next to an attractive promenade leading to swish Marina Rubicon.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
4.8
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

A 20-minute walk to the marina, on the edge of the resort of Playa Planca which is 2.5km away. It is a 15-minute walk to the beach.
 

Bedrooms

I was impressed with my ‘standard’ room, with a decent sized bed and walk in wardrobe and own terrace. One thing though: do try to get a sea view – it's worth the extra cost, although other rooms do look over the gardens or the countryside inland. Décor is pleasingly neutral, with lots of bare wood and soft lighting. Suites include penthouses, which may appeal to those wanting to push the boat out, as well as superior ones which have a jacuzzi on the balcony.
 

Public areas

I love the very attractive public areas of this hotel, which include three huge seawater swimming pools and wonderfully large sun terrace, as well as a playground and seawater pool for children. If the heat gets too much, there is a lovely, cool internal courtyard with a fountain. I didn't get to use the spa, gym and tennis courts, but they were certainly inviting and looked well serviced. A large hall is often booked for special events.  

 

Eating and drinking

The 'Show cooking' restaurant was a new one on me, but it was fun. The obligatory Italian restaurant is a good fall back, and there is even a welcome option that specialises in Canarian cusine – a rarity in Lanzarote.

 

Leisure facilities

The themed evenings didn’t do much for me, although the kids' club comes highly recommended and there is a babysitting service. I resented (as always) having to pay for Internet connection, but at least it was a good, high-speed connection (not always the case on the island). Sporty types can exercise themselves on the running, and even skating, track, or play tennis, badminton or volleyball. Bikes and boats can be rented, which are a good way of occupying older children. 

Service

Generally good, helpful and efficient, particularly on reception, but the service in the buffet restaurant is not up to scratch. 

Who stays there

Mostly families, although some couples. A lot of German, English and Spanish guests. Some business travellers also - as one of the most sophisticated properties on the island, it functions as a wedding venue.
 

Price advice

The all-inclusive deals are a good option because you get the choice of three very decent restaurants. 

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Great views / scenery
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • Relaxation
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive rooms and leisure areas
  • Impressive local architecture
  • Exceptionally clean
  • Not quite a five star (more of a four)
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