Hesperia Playa Dorada Hotel
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Big and Impersonal, but the price was right! Feb 23, 2008
I used to work for one of the big hotel companies in Mallorca and usually try to avoid staying at these big hotels that often feel like factories, especially at meal times when people are herded around like cattle! The Hesperia Playa Dorada does a pretty good job, for the most part of keeping that sensation to a minimum, although their dining system could use some improvements.
The hotel is pretty huge, with five swimming pools (one was heated the rest were too cold for me!, nice gardens, a health club/gym and is located right on the coast by a nice beach. The health club has an enormous indoor swimming pool and the chlorine smell in the reception area can get pretty intense! They should do something about that.
The common areas are well maintained and clean. The staff for the most part was friendly. For me this hotel was a good selection because the price is affordable and it is a convenient place to sleep and have dinner while spending the rest of the days exploring the island.
Mealtimes are chaotic - the dining room is enormous, with high ceiling and bright lighting that feels like a college cafeteria. All food is served from a buffet. It's all about standing in lines and avoiding bumping into people with loaded plates! After the first three days, the food pretty much all tastes the same, but they do a decent job of providing varied food to a big crowd of people.
Arrival from the airport is no problem, it's about a half hour from the airport in Arrecife. Check in wasn't friendly or welcoming, but I have to say that I did talk with one girl receptionist there who was really nice. The chief receptionist is the one who sets the tone, and in this case he just didn't seem too happy about his job.
Among many services available in the hotel, there is a little rent-a-car place. The price is a bit higher than if you rent from an agency in town (a short walk away). So, it's worth it to check a couple of possibilities before hiring a car. Also, the guy at the hotel's rental car place didn't know much about anything as far as things to do and places to visit, which really surprised me. I asked about a few places and his answer was "locals don't visit these places!" Hard to believe, but true. It's a good idea to research things beforehand!
The room I got could use some work. It could use a lot of work! The room above mine had a leak in the bathroom and the water filtered through the ceiling and dripped on the floor by the bathroom door! Nice! I didn't want to think too much about what was filtering through my ceiling!
To sum it up, this is a perfectly adequate hotel. A good location and an acceptable base for exploring the island. But... if you're looking for something special for a really memorable stay, I wouldn't recommend it.
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Hesperia Playa Dorada Hotel Overview
With a privileged location close to the stunning Playa Blanca Beach, Hesperia Playa Dorada is an ideal lodging option for leisure travellers aiming to spend a relaxing holiday in the Canary Islands. This 4 star seafront hotel is located on the Costa del Papagayo Coast, in Lanzarote, where you will be able to relax and enjoy the sun, the sea, as well as the contrasting beauty of the island. Hotel superb facilities include several bars, where you will be able to have a snack, a drink or a cocktail; and a restaurant serving specialities from the best international cuisine. Moreover, the hotel features a disco and a multifunctional meeting room, equipped with the latest technologies and ideal for holding any kind of event for up to 160 people. Sport lovers will be able to enjoy a tennis court and a complete fitness centre equipped with indoor swimming pool (25 m), gym, 2 squash courts, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam bath. Besides, the Hesperia Playa Dorada Hotel boasts a games room, 5 outdoor swimming pools (2 of them for children), el unico Pitch & Putt de Playa Blanca, shop and hairdresser’s. Exclusive services in the hotel include children’s mini club, complete program of entertainment with live music and shows, service of massages given by professionals and wireless Internet access throughout the building.
Hesperia Playa Dorada Hotel Amenities