Lanzarote´s Hottest Hotels

June 15, 2010 · Filed Under Accommodation 

There are over 200 hotels in Lanzarote for holidaymakers to select from.  With six 5 star establishments amidst their ranks, all offering high levels of luxury and service.

The Arrecife Gran Hotel stands head and shoulders above the rest – quite literally.  As it is housed in the only high rise building on the island.  Which was originally constructed in contravention of local planning laws during the 1980´s. And which then lay idle for years as the local government wrestled with what to do with the edifice.

For a while it became a real eye sore as the structure was burned out by arsonists and then surrounded with ugly corrugated iron sheeting.  A real shame given its great location right next to the beach at Playa El Reducto which lies in the heart of Lanzarote´s capital city.  But pragmatism finally won through and a few years ago the island government decided that it would be better to utilise the building than demolish it.  Granting permission for the creation of the Arrecife Gran, which gives guests great views across the island from its seventeen floors.

Despite this heritage though the best known hotel on the island is still the Gran Melia Salinas, which is located in the resort of Costa Teguise – a ten minute drive from Arrecife – and which was developed with the help of the famous local artist César Manrique.  His objective was to create an upmarket resort using the Gran Melia as the anchor for the development.  And the resulting creation contained a number of trademark flourishes which haven been copied by many other hotels since.  Such as the lush internal garden which occupies the hotel’s central atrium.

Today some visitors have suggested that the Gran Melia´s glory has faded somewhat.  But there is still plenty to recommend it and the recently opened Salinas Villas extensions also gives guests access to some of the best holiday villas in Lanzarote.

Playa Blanca in the south of the island is home to a huge range of four star hotels – as well as the Gran Melia Volcan.  Which has been modelled after Lanzarote´s most famous tourist attraction, the volcanoes of the Timanfaya National Park.    The hotel is located right next to the luxury Rubicon Marina and offers high standards of accommodation.  With five main blocks, each of which is named after one of Lanzarote´s best known villages.  Making this one of the best hotels in Playa Blanca by some distance.

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