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Hotel Finca de las Salinas Hotel 4 star
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17 LA CUESTA 35570 YAIZA Espagne Yaiza, Spain -
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A small charming 18th Century rural guesthouse set amidst what used to be a 'finca' or field in English. Finca las Salinas is a small hotel of 19 rooms situated at the heart of Lanzarote, in the small quaint village of Yaiza. Far from the mass tourism you can find along the southern coast of the island, Yaiza is an ideal place to stay to gage the real soul of the island. Finca las Salinas once was a princely place to stay, however the owners haven't refurbished it in a while, which is a great shame. The fading colours of the walls and the unkempt gardens give the place a somewhat nostalgic eerie atmosphere as the guesthouse has seen better times.

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    Location 7.94 /10

    Finca Las Salinas is located in Yaiza, a small typical inland village. Not far from the legendary Timanfaya volcano Park, Yaiza is a short drive from most sights in the south of the island, including beaches and nightlife and twenty minutes' drive from the airport.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The accommodation is set to the back of and separate from the main house. It is accessible from the car park, meaning guests don't have to cross the house every time they want to access their room. In total there are 19 rooms lined up around the pool. Each has its own small terrace that gives the room privacy. Low walls made of volcanic stone help to separate each room, which also helps in maintaining a little privacy. Inside, the rooms are well appointed and spacious, however they are fairly dark. Each room has a similar décor and unique pieces of furniture found at antique fairs and the like. There is one Junior Suite and two suites, which, if you are thinking of spending a bit of time indoors, might be worth the extra spend as they are a lot more spacious than the ordinary rooms. All rooms have an old generation television, a safe (14 Euros per week) and a mini-bar. Although basic, the rooms are tastefully decorated with carefully selected furniture. The rooms are close to one to one another and to the pool, meaning that when there is a lot of noise, it is audible. For utmost privacy, book a room at the two extremities of the accommodation blocks.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The Finca Las Salinas has a beautiful structure, which gives guests' stay a real air of Lanzarote authenticity; a welcome change from the larger resorts lined up along the south coast of the island. The Finca sits on the side of the main road (not busy) crossing Yaiza and is hard to miss, with its typical architecture and Bodega (typical Canaries restaurant) out front. The hotel reception is separate to the restaurant entrance, although the two meet inside via the hotel bar. The lobby is small and cosy, with the bar to the left, leading to the restaurant. Straight ahead is a large quiet area with comfortable rattan sofas and magazines as well as a television. The skylight makes the room bright, giving it a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The stone walls and volcanic stone floors help keep the house cool during the hotter months and the style is in keeping with a traditional Lanzarote design. To the back of the house, there is a small veranda looking out onto what used to be the owner's 'finca' (field in English). This plunges the guest into a world of noblemen having high tea and peasants working the land. The setting is ideal for guests wanting to get away from it all but who are not beach motivated. Nature here is present everywhere in the colours and natural materials used. In the breakfast room, the architect has left a small group of trees growing through the roof as opposed to cutting them down. The guesthouse architecture is very smart but has a tired look as it has not been renovated in a while and could do with a lick of paint to bring it to life again.

    The accommodation is found to the back, around a small pool; this area is separate from the main house. This area has some great views of the arid surrounding towering hills, making you feel like you are at the very heart of this volcanic island. On the way to the accommodations, you will also find the Spa las Salinas, which is unexpectedly elaborate, with several baths, Jacuzzis, a pool, massage rooms and a large relaxing area. The owners were in the process of cleaning it during our visit so we were unable to take any shots of the spa in use; however the structure was there and looked fairly impressive. Guests will also find a small gym at the entrance of the spa centre. Sports fiends will also be happy to find tennis courts in fairly good shape.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The guesthouse has its own bodega, the 'Bodega Dongonzalo', a typical Canaries restaurant, which is open to the public with a good selection of Canarian food and an elaborate wine list. The setting is dark, due to the wooden interior, but very cosy for an evening meal. Otherwise, guests can have breakfast in the main house, at the gourmet restaurant, 'Mariateresa'. The guesthouse offers a buffet of cold cuts, cheeses, yoghurts and fresh fruit as well as a choice of cooked breakfasts. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner although we do advise guests to organise this upon arrival as the restaurant does close for lunch during low season.

    To know

    Finca Las Salinas is an original 18th Century mansion, which was renovated in 1996 to its present architecture. In 1997 it won the award for best rural hotel at the World Travel Market (London).

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, mountain bike, water-polo, fitness, sports

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

    advantage

    • The intimacy atmosphere of the guesthouse.
    • The authentic Lanzarote architecture.
    • The elaborate spa.

    disadvantages

    • The guesthouse could do with a bit of a spruce up.
    • There isn't much to do in the immediate surroundings - guests would need a car to get around.

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    • Overall Score -/10