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Hotel Los Jameos Playa, Lanzarote

Just back from a weeks break in Lanzarote, hence the lack of posts last week. Have loads of work on so I’ll keep this short.

My wife, little girl and I stayed in the Hotel Los Jameos Playa Hotel which is on the border of Playa de los Picollos and Playa Matagorda in Peurto del Carmen. In the sweltering heat, it’s about a 25 min walk to the centre of Puerto del Carmen.

The hotel itself was fantastic, I had read horrible reviews about the place before we left, but to be honest I’ve been in worse 5 star hotels.

My only criticism of this hotel was that it was overrun with Germans, not that that’s a bad thing of course. But if you want in anyway to be social and get to know people, you’ll need to know a little German. It was hillarious though watching my 1 year old daughter stare blankly at them as they tried talking to her :)

But she was over the moon. She had plenty of space to run riot and cause havoc! There were 3 pools that we could safely bring her to, with only 1 being too cold for her liking. There is also a playground and a pond loaded with fish!

The food was great, plenty of choice for every taste. The evenings were perfect too, they had kids entertainment for an hour every evening and straight after that there was entertainment for the adults. It was OK to have the kids at the adult shows too.

A lot of the reviews complained about the staff being unpolite. I only encountered one of them and it wasn’t rude enough for me to be too concerned.

All in all, I’d definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who is planning a sun holiday.  It’s particularly suited to families or older couples. It’s a nice quite place without the hussle and bustle, but within easy access to the great night life in Puerto del Carmen.

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Budget Travel false advertising?

It’s that time of year where a lot of us think about getting away to the sun for a few weeks to destress ourselves and reenergise our batteries. Well being no different than everyone else, I decided to see if I could get any great last minute deals.

My first port of call was the famous Budget Travel (www.budgettravel.ie) – they always seem to have great last minute deals for your typical package holiday which is all I’m looking for. Nothing fancy, just a quick, relaxing week in the sun….

So it was no surprise when I found holidays to Lanzarote with prices from €189 per person sharing. But having been caught out in the past with Ryanairs hidden charges and with Michele discussing Aer Lingus’s stealth charges, I decided to do a test to see how much the holiday would actually cost.

Unfortunately, Budget Travel is no different and probably worse than Ryanair. At least when Ryanair say they don’t have any fuel surcharges they mean it. But this is not the case for Budget Travel. If you happened to have picked up the Budget Travel brochure by now, you will see on the front cover a big message stating “No Fuel Surchrage Guarantee”. I don’t know what this is in reference to, but it certainly isn’t referring to ordering online.

Here’s an example of the quote I got online from Budget Travel – bear in mind that I chose a weeks holiday for 2 at an advertised price of €189 per person sharing.

So as you can see – there is a fuel surcharge of €50, a late booking fee of €30 (how ironic, how can you charge for a late booking fee??) and of course, the lovely Inbound Together Seating charge… Brining the total cost to nearly €150 more than what they advertised.

I know you can’t complain because it’s still a very good price, however It’s about time the government outlawed this sort of false advertising!

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