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Default Casa de Hilario Review - Yaiza - Lanzarote

Casa de Hilario

Yaiza, Lanzarote







A cluster of 7 stylish rooms on the edge of one of Lanzarote’s prettiest whitewashed villages
Knowing what to do and where to go can make the difference between a phenomenal holiday and a mediocre one. Owner José Ignacio Amigo is akin to having your own personal Lonely Planet at hand. When you arrive at Casa de Hilario he will sit you down to find out exactly how he can help. His contacts and local knowledge mean you will enjoy his hospitality but also ensure that you have precisely the kind of holiday you’re looking for.

Converted from an 18th-century cottage, this pretty white property looks like a normal family abode, albeit an affluent one. But since 2006 José and his partner Tatiana have been hard at work behind the façade designing, adapting and building 7 double rooms. Using bold colours and contemporary fittings, they’ve created compact yet stylish accommodation for those keen to avoid the Lanzarote crowds. This boutique guesthouse is close enough to walk into Yaiza village, but far enough out to be classified as a rural residence. Trekking and mountain biking trails are literally on the doorstep; needless to say, José can sort you out.


Rooms

Five double rooms and two junior suites are joined to the main building, five facing a small cacti-laden courtyard and two smaller ones in the main body of the house. Each has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and a mix of contemporary and ornate Spanish fixtures and fittings. But the thing which really makes them stand out is their bold colours.

Our room, number 5, was situated in the corner of a patio occupied by endemic plants and trees. The bedroom walls were coated in a regal claret and lime green; not an unpleasant blend, but a bit of an eye jolt on an island of ubiquitous whitewash. The double bed was topped by a black headboard with gold inlay and features a Chinese bedroom scene which, though not the most subtle artwork, was fun and bright.

This bold, oriental styling is continued on much of the furniture throughout the Casa de Hilario, hand-painted by a friend of the owner's in Barcelona. One room has a whole wall devoted to a naive pagoda scene; others are more subdued, with wooden flooring and unpainted furniture. In ours, a flatscreen TV and satellite box occupied the only work surface in the bedroom, which might be awkward if you want to work, write postcards or spread out your make-up.

The terracotta-tiled bathroom was decorated in a salmon pink wash and had a walk-in shower with glass brick partition and a modern sink with face mirror, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries. Off the bathroom was a spacious dressing area with a generous fitted closet and a head-to-toe mirror. There was also a mini-safe tucked inside one of the wardrobes - all very functional.

For more elbow room, number 4 next door has a wider bed. For the best views, room 7 wins hands down. This is the only detached room and has the benefit of a picture window facing west towards the ocean and providing spectacular sunset views. Although all the rooms are designed to sleep a maximum of two, room 3 can be converted into a three-bed.

One word of warning: Lanzarote is an island of light, but unfortunately the light seeps into the bedrooms even in the dead of night - so light sleepers should bring an eye mask.


Features include:

  • TV
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Internet Connection
  • WiFi Internet
  • Safe box
  • Baby Cots
  • Extra Beds
  • Bathrobes
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Coffee/tea making
  • Hairdryer
Eating

Continental breakfast is laid out along with the usual assortment of morning beverages. Fruit such as figs from the hotels orchard is served when in season. Breakfast can be eaten in the pretty, bare stone-walled dining room or on picnic tables on a suntrap terrace in front of the hotel.

For lunch and dinner, La Bodega de Santiago is a reputable Canarian restaurant just a few paces from Casa de Hilario with tree-shaded seating outside. Several other dining options are a healthy stroll away.

Highly recommended is the owner’s restaurant, the a la carte Casona de Yaiza, voted 'Best on the island' by
a prominent French magazine, and there's no reason to doubt the acclaim. Although small, the quality and presentation of the Mediterranean offerings in this wood-beamed eatery can't be faulted. Casa de Hilario guests receive a 5% discount on their first visit, 10% on subsequent visits. If you book through i-escape, you also get a free bottle of house wine.


Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Walk to restaurants
  • Coffee/tea making
Activities

  • Follow the camel route from Uga to Timanfaya National Park on a bike (José can arrange for bikes to be delivered to the hotel for you) or on foot (José will guide you if he’s available)
  • Make a splash on a surfboard, jet ski, windsurfer or sailboat at the swanky El Rubicon marina in Playa Blanca
  • Saddle up on a horse or a camel at Lanzarote A Caballo just a few minutes’ drive away
  • Ask José to take you out on his boat to visit the coves of Papagayo
  • Grab your tackle and head out to sea for the big game fishing season from May to December; deep sea fishing excursions
  • Swing a club at the new Tias golf course
  • Practice yoga on the terraces in the sun in summer or in the living room in winter if cold
Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga
Facilities

  • Stylish furnishings and bold décor, with hand-painted Chinese bedheads and artwork
  • Attractive patio with a small swimming pool (heated in winter) and sub-tropical flora
  • Elegant public room with fireplace, and picture postcard views of Yaiza village, Fire Mountain and the ocean
  • Peaceful rural location
  • Centralised base ideal for touring
  • Daily maid service
  • Lots of activities can be arranged
When to go?

All year round - though it gets pretty hot for hiking and cycling in summer.
Author's tips

Bring an eye mask: light seeps into the bedrooms even in the dead of night. You can rent a mountain bike nearby, but keen cyclists (and hikers) should bring equipment: boots, helmets, serious sunblock, big water bottles or (better) water bag. And don't come in midsummer.
Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Walk to restaurants (offsite)
  • Internet access
  • Outdoor pool
  • Heated Outdoor Pool
  • Bicycles available
  • Off street parking
  • Airport Transfers
Kids

Children are welcome at the hotel. Cots are available free of charge on request; children 3-12 years old pay a supplement in an extra bed.
  • Best for: Children (4-12 years)
  • Family friendly accommodation: Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Location
Casa de Hilario is west of Arrecife Airport heading inland along the LZ2. It’s located on the northern edge of Yaiza village.

By Air:
Lanzarote's Arrecife (22km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the airport
The hotel can arrange a transfer or you can take a taxi (around 20 minutes)

By Car:
A car is advisable although a reliable and efficient bus network links most of the major towns and villages. For car hire we recommend Holiday Autos, which offers competitive prices. Be sure to book well in advance.

By Bus:
A bus stop is situated less than a minute’s walk from the hotel, the route goes from Playa Blanca to Arrecife.


Airports:

  • Arrecife 22.0km ACE
Other:

  • beach: 15.0 km
  • shop: 0.5 km
  • restaurant: 0.1 km



Highs

  • José: he'll do his damnedest to please, from lending you his yacht club pass to taking you on guided walks and bike rides himself
  • The small swimming pool: heated from November and with views of the ocean
  • Spectacular village-, ocean- and mountain views
  • Location: great for Playa Blanca, Timanfaya Mts, La Geria vineyards
  • Yaiza: a pretty village of sugar cube houses and palm-fringed plazas
  • Dining options: there’s a splendid Canarian restaurant right next door, and although it’s a short drive away, sister property La Casona de Yaiza is among the best restaurants on the island
Lows

  • This is a guesthouse, not a hotel, so service is intermittent, and there's no restaurant or bar
  • Weak WiFi signal; although it’s free, thick stone walls make connecting with hyperspace a hit and miss experience
  • The bold decor may not be to everyone's taste, but we liked it
  • Recent feedback suggests rooms can be cold and the village very quiet out of season
  • If you plan on hiking, biking or other José-related activities, you should check he'll be there before booking



Guest Ratings

Room: 84%
Food: 82%
Service: 79%
Value: 84%
Overall: 82%
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