The island and the sea… What a name for a hotel! Considering Lanzarote is an island and the Boutique hotel La Isla Y El Mar is overlooking the Atlantic Ocean it seems oh so fitting.
Lanzarote design & materials
In a sea of white buildings the Boutique hotel La Isla Y El Mar is the only grey one sticking out. That’s because the architect has taken inspiration from the volcanic origin of the island. All the materials come from Lanzarote and of course the grey stone is no exception.
Mirrored roofs & shade
Another element that defines the hotel are the mirrored pergolas and roof elements. Their shape is inspired by the surface of the ocean and it’s reflections amongst the black and grey stone. The canopy of every terrace is shaped individually to take in account the direction of the sunlight.
Boutique hotel character and spacious rooms
In total the boutique hotel has 81 rooms. The rooms of the Classic category are already bigger than some Suites in other hotels are. With 50 square meters, a separate living room and bedroom the standard is quite high. A highlight of each room are the terraces – most of them are also overlooking the ocean.
We stayed in a De Luxe Suite with 64 square meters, two bedrooms and one special luxury: A private Jacuzzi. Our very personal highlight was the perfect mattress accompanied by the perfect pillow. We slept like babies and had never had such a comfortable bed in any hotel before. For individual needs the hotel also offers a pillow menu.
As you might know Lanzarote has spring-like temperatures all year around. During our stay in April it had comfortable 22 degrees. Because of this the pool and Jacuzzi of the hotel are heated to 27 degrees using solar panels.
That’s one of the interesting facts: The privately owned hotel takes pride in sustainability. While they transformed an existing apartment complex into the boutique hotel, they also dug 80 meters into the ground to use geothermal energy.
Pros & Cons of La Isla Y El Mar Boutique Hotel
These are our personal Pros & Cons from our stay at La Isla Y El Mar:
Pros: La Isla Y El Mar
- Boutique Size:
Hotels in Boutique size are always the best. The feel cosier and less overcrowded than the big ones.
The hotel is located in Puerto del Carmen, only 15 minutes away from the airport, overlooking the coast and the ocean. (And don’t worry: You don’t hear the airplanes.)
- Modern architecture:
The hotel design is defined by the grey coloured stone and it’s terrace like set-up on a hillside. Mirrored roof structures create shade and light paintings, a few frangipani bushes and cacti decorate the paths. The architecture is a true standout.
- Spacious rooms:
Our De Luxe Suite (Room #606) was divided into a big living room with ocean view, a master bedroom and a second bedroom (both equipped with kingsize beds), a big bathroom and two terraces. One of them facing the ocean and pool area, the other one hidden in a small courtyard featuring a private Jacuzzi.
- Quiet & relaxation:
The hotel doesn’t have a specific “Adults only” policy, but kids pay the same price as adults. That’s why there are mostly adults at La Isla Y El Mar. This makes it a very quiet and relaxed hotel. (If you’re looking for a family option, you might want to consider their apartments.)
Cons: La Isla Y El Mar
- Bathroom situation:
In a room as big as this, we’d love a separate toilet. The bathroom would actually be spacious enough for a wall and a door separating the toilet from the rest. But that’s complaining on a high level 😉
We think the perfect traveler type is the city-hustling busy couple, who wants to relax and zone out for a couple of days in Lanzarote. They will find the perfect quiet and comfort here – combined with amazing architecture and a high level of service. This will make for a wonderful city escape.
Stay tuned for our Lanzarote Travel Guide!
?? In the meantime you can check the hotel website for more infos: La Isla Y El Mar Boutique hotel.
Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at La Isla Y El Mar Boutique Hotel, but our views of the hotel stay independent from that invitation.