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 Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013

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PostSubject: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:10 pm

Since last year the Pueblo Marinero has under gone changes, they have changed / introduced some of their rooms into premier room. These rooms command the best sea and pool views at an additional cost from last year. However, unless you pay for premier room you are unlikely to get the good views

So lets see what you get for your money beyond last year



The dining/lounge has been repainted and wallpapered added down one side, also there are new curtains. The sofa and chairs have just been recovered and the original table and sideboard have had a glass top added to them to save wear.

the old sofa is recovered, with an additional lamp for effect



Above there is an air condition grill but on enquiring it only works when switched on by the hotel in the summer months, we didn't need any air condition for December. Also I was told that apartments with double rooms at the back of the complex do not have air condition at all. Other than the blue paint this was the same as last year



The kitchen area, which has a mircowave, toaster and kettle as per last year. Also the two ringed cooker and the fridge remains the same



the electric rings



the toaster, an essential item for us



the fridge with a complementary bottle of sparking wine, which was a nice gesture, not sure whether it was given as a returning guest



Around the door has been painted blue but the rest of the kitchen area remains the same except for a fancy coffee machine which had two coffee shots provided



The new coffee machine, plus this year we had a bottle of washing up liquid, a sponge and a dish dryer provided



Hotel towels provided have been through the mill many times and they could all do with being replaced, being picky now lol

cutlery is still the same stuff



this other equipment we don't use



looks like a murder committed under those knives







The wine glasses were left with the bottle of wine, now we find those cups are a bit small, so we bring our own,





Now other things in the room, the same TV as last year, of the 20 channels, you can only get BBC world news, sky news and CNN in English apart from two Arab channels which show a lot of films in English with arabic subtitles but they are only at the bottom of the screen and are not too bad to watch



something new is this IPOD docking station thing but not used by us



Now the bedroom, which to me always looked ok before but it does look better



so now, it has new curtains and bedding, including duvets and new head board, the wall was papered down one side and painted the other, cushions and robes were provided but we don't use them

again the dresser has a glass top and a lamp for effect




wardrobe is the same as last year, so to me it looks nice but is really all cosmetic


Now the apartments weakess point it's bathroom which IMO is it's achilles heel

The bath has a fixed screen and access to the taps behind is not easy and the bathroom tap is slow to discharged the water in a little ring spray fashion and will take an age to fill a bath



however all is not lost, as the shower spray will actually reach into the bath lol, no beating the Delboys



His and hers matching sinks but we don't get up together lol



toilet is fine and the walls have just had a paint but lets just say the piping is small lol and you are requested not to put paper down



which leaves the outside areas

They have a snack bar there with a TV but watching a football match the satellite would annoyingly cut 5 minutes from each half and it would have to be rejigged to get the match back, large beer 3 euro's, snacks were reasonably priced. Tables and chairs are new and I think the TV was too





All the old sunbeds have gone and various beds have replace them









The swimming pool is just the same and I asked a lady what the temperature was like and she said sort of luke warm, I think it is heated but to a low temperature



The jacuzzi is now working, it wasn't last year



various areas have been grassed over with artificial grass



They have a small tennis court between apartment blocks, new balls please



There has been a lot of improvements in the lighting around the place and probably nice to sit out on a summer evening



even the flower tubs light up which is a nice touch



you have a card key which lets you in the bottom gate at night





Reception has had a face lift with new lighting and sofas





now if you haven't already been kindled, there is a book shelf to borrow books



Internet facilities was a euro for 20 minutes worth but you could go on for less if your quick



Here's a nice touch you can hire an ipad for 5 euro's a day but will only work in reception or in the bar area but will not work in your room



or better still is this one that apparently works anywhere for 6 euro's a day or less for a weeks hire



The safe hire is still 18 euro's a week

The front entrance which is locked late at night and entrance by your card



also there is a taxi rank opposite



plenty of parking outside due to the shopping centre opposite



so the selection of views depends on whether you pay the premium or not





a view we had from our first year



all in all a nice adult only hotel with just a few mentioned glitches


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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:31 pm

A good start Del, the rooms look nice enough and I would feel more than comfy being there for two weeks

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:51 pm

Totally adequate so far. The bathrobes/dressing gowns are a good touch. What star rating are they claiming now?

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:22 am

I couldn't make out the make of the toaster, maybe Aunty Micks eye sight is better than mine.
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:58 am

lol! @ dads,

I'll given give you the make as we go into more detail on page 73 of toaster instructions  rolling laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:47 am

Looks good enough to stay in.  Thumsup 

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:31 am

It's rate Spanish 4 star Mark, I've given my honest review of the place, they do a food voucher for 28 euro's a night to use at various restaurants around the marina which can be expense but it doesn't include drinks and I have read that as soon as you mention a voucher at some of the restaurants a limited menu comes out, IMO not worth it, breakfast is 8 euro's pp but you can eat 100 yds away for 4 euro's with just a coffee extra
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:53 am

Yeah, a bit like Benidorm last year del. Remember that resto opposite that did a starter breakfast for just ONE Euro?? Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:08 pm

yes this one was 4.95 and toast and marmalade included coffee's were 1.50 if I remember, so why would you need to spend 8 each



Barney's above the beach would have been a great saving at lunchtime instead of the restaurant directly above the beach, except the weather wiped out going there a lot, so you can trim the costs
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:49 pm

del, did you figure out what those wooden structures were for ( the ones you could see from your balcony each morning)? they look like small cranes or hoists but are a bit back from the sea.
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:11 pm

yes I asked about them a few years ago, some time back the area was used for gathering salt out of the foam from the crashing waves. There is still a salt farm as you come into PB which has a different way of getting the salt. This method is fairly straight forward. The salt was gathered and place in the holes below those structure. Now the structures originally supported fans that dried the salt below, one of the structures still has the pulley the fan rotated on.
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Pueblo Marinero, 2013   Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:48 pm

Yeah, we went to see that salt farm

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