H10 Rubicon Palace Lanzarote: Review

I had such high hopes for this five star hotel, but all I can truly say in its favour is that the room was lovely.  The rest of it was just OK, nothing wrong with it, but all a bit ‘meh’.  IMG_3156

I think my judgement was coloured because we started off on the wrong foot.  The hotel allocated us a room which was barely completed (ie the paint was still wet) and there was a huge noisy digger right outside our window making the whole block tremble. I was off down to reception sharpish to complain but was told they could not move us until the next day.  I complained to Thomas Cook who couldn’t do anything about it.  Very disappointing.

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We were moved next day to a lovely bungalow room with a sea view which was mercifully quiet.  Because we had been inconvenienced on day one, we were compensated with a superior room which I have to say was lovely.  We were also invited to have dinner in the Vulcan restaurant which is for Privilege guests only and was excellent.

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The bathroom was great and the bathrobes were a nice touch.

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The hotel is big, with several restaurants to choose from and plenty of pools, should you be inclined to take a dip.  Not for me unless it’s 28 degrees outside!  There is a really nice piano bar where you can take advantage of the all inclusive drinks package while you listen to some good live music.  There’s also a sports bar where we spent a couple of nights.  Service in the piano bar was a bit patchy but the sports bar was better.  Drinks quality in both was excellent.

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One of our favourite spots was Mike’s coffee shop where you could get a nice cappuccino and sit in the sun with a book.

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The food was overall good, but not great.  I’m not veggie, but I do like a good amount of vegetables and this is where I found it lacking.  There were plenty of salads but cooked vegetables were disappointing.  Breakfast and dinner were a bit of a scramble – hard to get a cup of coffee as I think the place was understaffed; cutlery, crockery and condiments were on a ‘steal it yourself from a spare table’ basis and there were long queues for speciality things like fresh pancakes.  Fresh juices at breakfast was a nice touch but often the jugs were empty.

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Lunch was a delight as it was warm enough to sit outside and I think the burger bar tempted some people away from the restaurant so we had more space and better service.

The location of the hotel was OK.  There is not much to do or see in Playa Blanca, but for a week of just getting some sun on your face, it’s fine.  Lanzarote is notoriously windy and our week was no exception.  You need a cardigan or sweater in March and a jacket for evenings.

What I did enjoy was the opportunity to wear a dress in the evenings as the hotel felt dressy enough.  Quite often these days everyone is in jeans and I do like to dress up now and again.

One mistake we made, and entirely our own fault, was that we booked a week that overlapped with the start of the Easter holidays, so that by the last couple of days the place was inundated with children.  No-ones fault but our own! Really must be more careful with dates.

I enjoyed our week, but I think that the poor start definitely clouded my opinion and I wouldn’t return.  This was our first stay with H10 and I can’t see me trying any of the others in the chain.

 

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Hotel Coronas Playa Costa Teguise Lanzarote: A Review

Last month we made our first ever visit to Lanzarote, staying at the four star Hotel Coronas Playa in Costa Teguise.  First impressions of the hotel were pretty good, lovely looking pools, good check in, the sun was shining and we were happy to have a bit of warmth after a chilly start to January.

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Our room it has to be said, was pretty disappointing.  Although huge, with a sitting area as well as a bedroom, it was quite dark with hardly any natural light.  The bathroom door was damaged by water and after taking a shower I saw why.  The whole place flooded with water and I had to use several towels to mop up the mess which had spilled over into the bedroom.  Whilst on the subject of the bathroom, I really didn’t like the nasty industrial looking soap dispenser on the wall which reminded me of being in hospital.

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Not a good start!

However, in true blitz spirit, we laughed, dressed for dinner and prepared to be disappointed.  How wrong we were!  The dining room was a delight.  Lovely atmosphere, great service, a fab choice of dishes including fresh grilled octopus (yum).  In the space of an hour, the hotel has redeemed itself!  Dinner all week continued to be the highlight of the day with lots of local fish dishes to choose from and plenty of salads.

Breakfast the next morning was best described as ‘not my cup of tea’.  The water wasn’t hot enough to make neither tea nor coffee and the orange juice was sweet and nasty.  Once was enough, we never went back.  Instead, breakfast every day afterwards was taken at the lovely Pasteleria Damien, two minutes walk from the hotel, which did pain au chocolat to die for!

The local area is great for walking.  There’s a coastal path leading from the hotel which takes you to the little harbour where you can grab a coffee and a spot of retail therapy if you wish.  My favourite shop was Crazy Loop which sells the kind if hippy chic stuff that I can’t resist!  I bought some fantastic harem pants which I’ll wear on my summer hols in Mallorca.

We lunched in various places, but the Hollywood Bar next door to the hotel was the best.  Great salads and a nice little terrace.

Weather wise, we were unlucky.  Just two nice days, with the remainder being cool, breezy and rainy. Not to worry, we gadded about and I had plenty of reading material.  I had the February Red mag with me which had a whole section on health and wellbeing, so I set my mind to thinking about ways to improve my health and came up with a strategy for the next couple of months.

Overall, it was a relaxing, restorative break, but I’m in no hurry to go back to Lanzarote.