No cockroaches (there was a can of spray in the cupboard but we didn’t need it), lovely big balcony with table and chairs (and a wall light), lots of pretty shrubs planted around, plenty of kitchenware, cleaning lady almost every day, and a lovely view.
The only slight niggle was the hard beds, which was very easily rectified by using the sofa cushion and the spare single mattress (under the sofa) on top of our beds. Problem immediately solved, and a good nights sleep was had by all.
Very helpful reception staff. We asked for 2 extra pillows and within 30 minutes they’d been put in our apartment (cleaning staff finish at 4pm so requests for things to do with the apartments need to be made before then, otherwise it’ll have to wait until the following morning).
There were 3 computers with internet access available in reception. I think that 2 euros bought about 20 minutes of surfing (I could be wrong). 24 hour reception meant that there was always someone there to help you if you needed anything, which was good.
Pool was wonderfully clean and very well maintained. At night it looked stunning with the coloured lights turned on. Nice little poolside bar for snacks. I counted about 60 sun loungers, so more than enough to go round.
I’d read the negative reviews, so we didn’t bother using the safe inside the wardrobe (kept our cash on us), however a guard was walking around all day long so we felt happy with the security arangements. I did notice several people leaving doors and windows open (ground floor apartments) while they went off to the pool, which I’m guessing might’ve encouraged an opportunist thief to try his/her luck, however we didn’t hear of any robberies during our stay.
I was concerned that we were right above the on-site bar/venue and that we might’ve been disturbed in the night by noise, but the site operates a policy of ‘no unnecessary noise after midnight’ so we rarely got woken up. To be honest, once the balcony and bedroom doors are shut you can’t hear anything much.
There was so much choice within a 5 minute walk we only bothered to pop into the on-site bar for one quick drink, so I can’t really comment on the entertainment, however I know they had quiz nights, karaoke and satellite tv in there.
I liked the fact that the bathroom had a bath and a shower. The microwave in the kitchen was very useful. There were tons of coat hangers in the big wardrobe. Spare blankets were in the cupboard, but we didn’t need them. The kitchen had lots of cupboard space, which was also useful. I also liked the fact we were given plenty of big blue bath towels & hand towels (changed twice during our stay).
I highly recommend the Grand Tour (volcanoes, camel rides, lunch, wine tasting, lava caves……) as well as the submarine safari (32m under the Atlantic Ocean watching the fish in their natural environment). We booked through our rep and we got door-to-door service (which is what you need after a long day’s sightseeing).
Yes, ‘cardiac hill’ is quite steep but it’s mentioned on all of the websites I’ve seen so there’s no reason for anyone to not be aware of this before they book their holiday. In my opinion, it’s worth being up a hill to get better views.
Grocery shopping can be done cheaply at the local Spar shop (5 minutes walk).
The new shopping centre is just over 5 minutes walk away. Lots of designer shops if you like that sort of thing, along with restaurants and a creche.
‘The strip’ is at the bottom of the hill (turn left) and is crammed with bars, restaurants and tacky tourist shops. It has a vibrant atmosphere for those who like things lively.
The beach is at the bottom of the hill (just across the road) and is vast.
To the right (10 minutes walk) is the old town, which is quite charming and has a more relaxed feel.
There’s a wide variety of entertainment available, from drag shows to live music venues, so something for everyone!
The sheer number of shops, bars and restaurants mean that prices are competitive and good deals can be had (avoid the electrical shops as there’s a lot of dodgy iPods and cameras about). Full English breakfasts are around 2.5 euros.
We can’t really fault the Atlantis Las Lomas and we’d definitely return if we had the opportunity.
Atlantis las Lomas website http://www.atlantislaslomas.com/
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