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Riu Paraiso Lanzarote Resort Hotel 4 star
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The Riu Paraiso is one of two Riu hotels on the island. It is situated close to the Riu Olivina, also in Puerto del Carmen. The Paraiso is a large all-inclusive resort that feels slightly impersonal and the decor needs updating. However, on the positive side, it has a good range of facilities including three restaurants and four pools. The hotel is also within walking distance of the beach, Playa de los Pocillos. The resort is ideal for families wishing to have all the expected facilities and to stay in a lively area.

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      Riu Paraiso Lanzarote Resort   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.0 /10

    Riu Paraiso is situated along Playa de los Pocillos in Puerto del Carmen, one of the liveliest and busiest tourist spots on the island. There are lots of shops, tourist bars and restaurants to keep holidaymakers busy here although there isn't much in the way of Spanish culture or sightseeing.

    Accommodation 7.25 /10

    There are 501 rooms in the main resort building and 97 apartments in the additional wings. The maximum capacity of the hotel is 1300 at one time. Most rooms are decorated the same but some, including the suites, have a more traditional bland style with cheap pine furniture, satin bedspreads and curtains to match. Most rooms still have a drab carpet making the room feel dark. All rooms have a fridge, a safe, a central air conditioning system, a television (mostly old-generation) and a balcony. The rooms need to be updated as far as the decor goes. The resort also has 12 rooms that have been adapted for people with restricted movement or for people in wheelchairs.

    Overview 7.25 /10

    The hotel is one of the largest in Puerto del Carmen and has been split into two parts - the second part has its own lobby although check-in/out is all done at the main Riu Paraiso reception. This helps to spread out the guests, which is a definite bonus in high season when hotels are full. The plain lobby is devoid of charm and people. Apart from a small seating area to the right of the entrance, the lobby is devoid of people and activity. The low-hanging lighting helps in making the area a little more interesting to look at. The reception is to the left and a main staircase leads down to the main cluster of activity around the pool. The main restaurant, with its pretty mosaics around the food platter bases, is found downstairs by the pool. The two à la carte restaurants are situated a little away from the main pool. There is a pool bar located right in the middle of the pool with stools set in the water. There are four pools in total split into two separate areas. There are a few trees to help break up the monotony of the concrete construction. The accommodation blocks are arranged around the pool in a horseshoe shape, which can make the pool surroundings feel a little cramped, especially in high season. Parents will be happy to know that there is a well-equipped mini club onsite. In terms of facilities there is also a spa (all services at an extra cost apart from the sauna which is free), a gym (free for guests) and tennis/multisport courts.

    Food and drink 7.25 /10

    Unlike most resorts in Lanzarote, the Riu Paraiso has two à la carte restaurants in addition to its main buffet restaurant. The buffet restaurant is situated down on the lower ground floor by the main pool. It is lined by a terrace. The restaurant's full capacity is 425 at one time. The buffet is as varied as buffets go in Lanzarote and mainly consist of a general mix of international dishes. The two à la carte restaurants add a little variety in terms of atmosphere and food. The Asian fusion restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere and serves up a variety of dishes from sushi to Chinese stir fry. The second restaurant has more of Canary Island style complete with typical Canary Island decor.

    To know

    Riu Paraiso is one of two Riu hotels in Lanzarote (see our review of the Riu Olivina). Riu Hotels is a Spanish chain that operates hotels all over the world and prides itself on its customer service.

    The main client base of the Lanzarote resorts consists of British and German holidaymakers like most resorts in Lanzarote.

    Equipment

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

      massage, sauna, stretching, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, volleyball, beach volley, basketball, dance, step, bums and tums, water-polo, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The variety of restaurants.
    • The range of facilities available.

    disadvantages

    • The hotel can feel impersonal due to its large size.
    • The decor needs updating.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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