Where to sleep in Lanzarote

The island has 4 main tourist areas with the largest concentration of hotels and restaurants. Below we detail the characteristics you will find in each of them so that you can decide with more information where to sleep in Lanzarote and the types of accommodation you will find to enjoy your stay on the island in the best way.

Best places to sleep

Costa Teguise

Costa Teguise is a coastal area located 8km from Arrecife and 14km from the airport so the transfer from this point to your hotel would be very simple and quick, in a matter of 17 minutes you could be checking in at your hotel to officially start your holiday. This area of the island has a large number of well known hotel brands such as H10, Barceló, Meliá, etc. On the other hand, you will find offers of holiday rentals near the beach that could be a good possibility according to your type of trip. This sector of the island is recommended for families because its beaches are safe and well prepared, it has a restaurant area, a water park and the only aquarium on the island, so if you are travelling with children you will always have a proposal to enjoy the island with them.


Arrecife, the capital of the island is located on the east coast, about 6km from the airport. This area of the island has a port where boats arrive from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Cadiz and Santa Cruz de La Palma. This is an advantage if you plan to arrive on the island by boat as the transfer to your hotel will be almost immediate. 

This area of the island has urban hotels, generally these types of hotels are designed for clients who enjoy touring the city and eating out so you won’t find such a wide range of services within them. The main and most important ones are located next to the Playa del Reducto beach, so you will enjoy privileged views of this beach located in the city.

We recommend this type of accommodation if your trip is for work/commitments that require you to move around a lot within the capital or if you are an urban traveller, otherwise it would be better to consider other areas of the island further away from the traffic of the city.

Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen is located on the east coast of the island, 10kms from the airport and 14kms from Arrecife. This location has a large restaurant area next to the coast, which gives you the chance to enjoy lunch with excellent views of the sea. As well as bars and restaurants you will find areas with amusement machines and mini-golf for the little ones. You will be able to do your shopping in the Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre, where you will also find an open-air cinema, restaurants and a supermarket.

If you are travelling with your family, you can enjoy an unforgettable day out at Rancho Texas Park, the only zoo on the island.

As you can see, Puerto del Carmen offers many possibilities to make your holiday unforgettable. Here you can find an excellent range of hotels to suit all tastes and preferences. Whether you are looking for a family hotel or a quiet accommodation to enjoy with your partner, Puerto del Carmen is undoubtedly a good alternative for your accommodation.

Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is located in the south of the island, close to the coast and has some of the best beaches and coves in Lanzarote. It is the furthest tourist area from the airport (about 30km away) so the transfer from this point to your hotel will take about 40 minutes. A great advantage of this area are the already mentioned southern beaches such as Papagayo. On the other hand, this location has a harbour with boats arriving from Fuerteventura, which would allow you to visit the neighbouring island in a very easy way.

This area is very quiet and isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city, with ample space to walk around and a wide range of restaurants. It has a shopping centre and a water park, making it a good option if you are travelling with children.

The hotels in this area are very spacious, with swimming pool areas and activities for the whole family, making it a great place to share with your family. 

On the other hand, in Playa Blanca you will find a wide range of villas with swimming pool to stay with family or friends and enjoy the privacy of your accommodation just a few minutes from the sea.

Types of Accommodation

On the island you will find all kinds of accommodation to enjoy your stay. Among the first and most traditional options, you will find a wide range of hotels in the most touristy areas of the island and with the greatest number of services within your reach. If you are one of those travellers who enjoy a comfortable room, with private bathroom and cleaning service in the room, this is perhaps the best option for your holidays in Lanzarote. You will find all kinds of hotels with different options and services ranging from 1 star to luxurious 5 star hotels that have hosted important world personalities.

As a second option, you will find holiday rental flats and villas. For a relaxing holiday as if you were at home, this may be the ideal option. Whether you are travelling with your partner, friends or family, you will find rental options for all types of trips. You will find offers of this type of accommodation all over the island, so it is up to you whether you prefer a quiet and isolated area to disconnect from the stress and routine or to stay in one of the tourist areas of the island with all the services just a few steps away from your place of stay.

But if you are someone who prefers a more social travel experience, where you can share and meet other travellers, I recommend that you look at the island’s hostels. In addition to saving money that you can use for other activities during your stay, you might make new friends with whom you can plan a future trip. This type of accommodation is usually room only, with a shared bathroom and in some cases you will share a room with more people. If you like adventure and are looking to connect with other travellers, don’t miss out on this accommodation alternative.

Needless to say, all the options we have mentioned can be found on the most popular websites and apps where you can compare prices and book your accommodation on the island.