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Hotel Hesperia Playa Dorada Hotel 4 star
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The large 486 room Hesperia Playa Dorada, not to be confused with its more upmarket sister hotel, Hesperia Lanzarote in Puerto Calero, was somewhat of a disappointment. Dull and drab with no sens of service, was our impression of this sad-looking hotel in dire need of a facelift. On the positive side of things, the hotel has a lovely pool and is set on the Playa Dorada, Playa Blanca's main beach. The hotel's location means that most of its rooms have sea views. There is also a golf course next to the hotel, which is a great attraction for golf aficionados. We also liked the fact that authentic works of arts were placed all around the hotel, despite the fact that the work wasn't shown under its best light.

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    Location 7.0 /10

    The hotel is situated in Playa Blanca, across the promenade that lines Playa Dorada, the area's main beach. Although Playa Blanca is one of the liveliest areas of the island, there isn't much in the way of sightseeing or Canary Island culture. However, there are lots of bars and restaurants to keep tourists entertained, most of which are not Spanish.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The resort has 486 rooms altogether, making it one of the largest resorts on the island. In total there are three room categories: standard, junior suite and suite. The rooms are all decorated in the same dated nondescript style. Fitted with carpets, the rooms are extremely bare. The furniture is of a pale melamine coating. There are a couple of paintings hanging on the wall as an attempt to add colour. All rooms have an old generation television and a balcony; some rooms are sea-facing with lovely views of the sea and of Fuerteventura, the neighbouring island, which is a strong point for the resort. This must be requested at the time of booking, or you could risk having a room with a view of the car park.The beige soft furnishings make the room even duller than it needs to be. All rooms have an old generation television, a fridge and a safe. The bathrooms are as basic as the rooms. Also of a dull beige colour, they are purely functional. All have a bath tub. There isn't an elaborate range of toiletries, so do bring your own.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    The resort is located just a couple of steps away from the area's main beach in a very lively area of Playa Blanca. There is a car park out front which is free of use for in-house guests. You will also notice a copy of a sculpture making allusion to revered revolutionary local artist's, César Manrique, work, in the form of a slightly rusty wind sculpture. This gives us a clue as to what the rest of the resort is like. There is a strong interest in art as there are some original paintings hanging all over the hotel, however there is a general feeling of 'laisser aller' which can be felt in the dreary atmosphere as well as in the drab décor. Built in 1987, the resort doesn't look like it has been renovated since, which would explain its outdated atmosphere. With 486, the resort is on the larger side and has some wide open interiors, like the lobby. However, the structure is only two floors high, making the buiding less imposing than other monster structures on the island. The beiges and dark greens are dated and the entire resort could do with an entire modernisation where décor is concerned. The service was absolutely appalling at reception, which did help with first impressions either. The terrible organisation between the staff behind the desk and the general carelessness left a queue of guests waiting to check in, check out, ask a question, make a complaint...we waited over an hour to be seen by a member of staff who could help us.

    The large spaces are badly appointed and not particularly pleasant to explore either. Outside, the pool areas are pleasant, although a little more vegetation wouldn't go amiss. The main pool is set close to the beach access, which is handy for guests. There is a second pool to the back of the resort, which is more of a quiet area. Here there is also an access to the spa centre that was being renovated when we visited, but from what we could see, the finished product looked promising. The main access is to the right of the resort reception entrance.

    In terms of facilities, the resort lies next to a small golf course. It also has a gym, television room and kids' club. The hotel's spa, due to open in summer 2011, offers a massage centre, Jacuzzi and sauna; none of which are free.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    There are several food and beverage outlets here at the resort, including Papagayo, the main restaurant and Vulcan, the à la carte restaurant. There is also the pool bar/grill and the evening lounge bar. The main restaurant is situated underneath reception, meaning there is no natural light. This restaurant offers an international buffet at breakfast and dinner. The restaurant is not open for lunch. Instead, guests have the option of trying out the bar/grill on the pool side or they can venture out into the wilderness of the island to explore its lovely sites and typical Canary Island eateries. Papagayo otherwise caters for children and vegetarians. The evening bar is otherwise open after dinner for drinks and for entertainment out on by the animation team every night. Be aware that as the hotel has a large capacity, restaurants can get a little full, at breakfast and dinner.

    Beach 7.20 /10

    The hotel is set along Playa Dorada, the main beach in Playa Blanca. Although the quality of this beach is fairly good, it does tend to get crowded quite quickly. As beaches are public in Lanzarote, the hotel doesn't have a designated area, but there are sun loungers and parasols to rent from an independent company. The beach forms a bay of sand encasing beautiful turquoise waters. The disadvantage here is that the area has retained very little charm due to the large hotel structures that line the bay next to the Hesperia Playa Dorada, like the Princesa Yaiza, which is another large hotel.

    To know

    Hesperia, now part of the Spanish-owned NH Group, is no longer a standalone brand. Its newest hotels are being equipped with NH facilities and service standards are being reviewed. The client base here is mainly Spanish in the summer and British and Irish the rest of the year. Its sister hotel is situated in the more upmarket spot of Puerto Calero, slightly east of Puerto del Carmen. The two resorts are worlds apart, with the Hesperia Lanzarote being a lot smarter than the Hesperia Playa Dorada. In terms of internet access, there is Wi-Fi in the lobby against a fee, and otherwise there are a couple of computer terminals close to the television room beyond reception.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, golf, mountain bike, archery, squash, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Proximity to Playa Dorada.
    • Large pleasant pools.

    disadvantages

    • The hotel's somewhat gloomy atmosphere.
    • The drab décor.
    • The inefficient service at reception.
    • The unappealing 1970s concrete structure.
    • The size of the resort - one of the larger hotels on the island.
    • The resort is completely open onto the beach that is public.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score 5.00/10
      • Package deals in January 2007 Posted on 2010-10-13 Couple - One week or more (Room with a view)

        How luck you are, Dennis! We went to the Hesperia Playa Dorada which was TERRIBLE!!! We often go to Lanzarote but this time it was awful.

      • Advantages

        Close to the Playa Dorada beach which gets rammed in high season anyway.

      • Disavantages

        TERRIBLE HOTEL!! Messy, dull, dated, TERRIBLE SERVICE! We had to wait at reception over 30 mins to check in which staff were faffing around.

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      • Overall Score 4.57/10
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