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Hotel Sun Tropical Hotel 3 star
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Sun Tropical is one of three apartment complexes belonging to the Orly Hotel Group. Situated in the back streets of Playa Blanca, the area is calm and quiet and a short walk away from the beach. The highlight of the Sun complex is its enormous pool - we can confirm that it is the largest pool of the island. Ideal for families or large groups of friends, there are an infinite number of pools on site, but remembering where your room is may be a bit of a struggle in this maze of apartments!

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    Location 5.5 /10

    Situated in Playa Blanca, Sun Tropical is twinned with its mirror reflection, Sun Island, the flagship resort on the enormous Sun complex. The resort is a 20 minute walk from the beach. Although Playa Blanca is lively, full of tourist bars and restaurants, there isn't much in the way of sightseeing.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    In total, there are 270 apartments at Sun Island. Each apartment sleeps four adults. Each has its own kitchenette complete with microwave, fridge, hob and coffee-maker. The rooms are very basic, furnished sparsely, with cheap pine furniture. The apartments have one bedroom with a sofa bed in the living area, which also has an old generation television. The best rooms are on the ground floor as they lead directly to the pool, which is practical for families with children. The apartments are light and bright although on the small side. All rooms have a bathroom with a bright mosaic of yellows and blues around the bath tub. 20 are specially designed with the physically impaired in mind and 32 have communicating doors.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    Sun Tropical shares the site with its twin hotel, Sun Island. Arriving onsite can be quite daunting at first due to the size of the complex. Also, the two hotels are exact copies of one another, which can complicate things when trying to find your room! Once the confusion over though, the complex gives way to a fun-filled holiday, especially for families and large groups, as there is plenty of space for children to run around. The complex does feel a little like a holiday ?estate' though, which contributes to its low-budget appearance.

    The reception is large and bright and although the staff's English isn't always up to scratch, everyone is very friendly and will go out of their way to help guests. The structure of the complex has been divided into several clusters, each with its own oval pool. The positive aspect of the resort is that despite its size, it is possible to find your little haven close to your room, as opposed to having to walk around the complex for hours permanently. The accommodation blocks respect the island construction rules and are no higher than one storey up. The typical Lanzarote style white washed buildings adorned with light blue pergolas and window frames help to break up the monotony of the concrete.

    In the centre of the complex, you will find the largest pool of the island, which is truly impressive. Music plays for most of the day here, so for peace and quiet, guests have the option of relaxing by one of the smaller pools close to their room. You will also find the kids' club nearby. The kids' club was a little disappointing however, due to the staff that looked completely unmotivated and not particularly pleasant on the whole.

    Every night there is a show in the resort 'carpa', which is situated far from the main hotel buildings so that guests are not disturbed by the noise. The carpa is truly impressive in size - guests will find a bar here. Although Sun Tropical is on the same site as Sun Island, each resort has its own carpa .

    Guests also have free access to the gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and Turkish bath. Use of the tennis courts comes at a small fee.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    With regards to food, we were surprised to find such a small restaurant for the number of guests onsite. However, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere feels intimate. The restaurant is open at all three meal times and offers a buffet. Themed nights take place throughout the week and changes on a weekly rotation. There are various meal plans on offer, from all-inclusive to bed and breakfast. For guests wishing to have an alternative to the buffet restaurant, there is a Tapas restaurant and an Italian pizzeria, which look the part but we did not have the opportunity to taste the food. The pizza is baked in a traditional over onsite. Eating at one of the two restaurants is not included in meal plans but is extra.

    The resort also has an English pub as an alternative to the events happening in the 'carpa', or large tent in English.

    To know

    Sun Tropical is part of the Spanish-owned Orly Hotel Group, which includes Sun Island, with which it shares the site, Sun Royal, Arena Dorada resort and Hotel Panorama, also in Playa Blanca. These are all low-budget very basic apartment complexes. A self-laundry service is also on offer at an extra cost. The two twin hotels, Sun Island and Sun Tropical share the same kids' club located by the largest pool.

    Equipment

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

      Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water-polo

    advantage

    • The large main pool of the complex.
    • The complex is spread over a large space, so lots of room for children to run around.
    • Day facilities, such as showers and lockers, for guests staying at the resort after check-out.
    • The large garden and manmade pond is a lovely area to stroll around.

    disadvantages

    • The complex is fairly nondescript.
    • Difficult to remember one's way around due to the size of the complex.

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