Casa de Hilario

Yaiza, Lanzarote, Spain Book from

Reviewed by Joe Cawley
A cluster of 10 stylish rooms and suites 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. Casa de Hilario's owner José Ignacio Amigo is akin to having your own personal Lonely Planet at hand. When you arrive he'll personally greet you and find out exactly what floats your boat. His contacts and local knowledge mean you'll enjoy his hospitality but also ensure that you have precisely the kind of break 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 has been hard at work behind the façade designing, adapting and building 10 rooms and suites. Combining bold colours and contemporary fittings with touches of Canarian rustic, they’ve created compact yet stylish accommodation for those seeking peace, solace and a central base for island exploration. 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.

Highs

  • José himself: he'll help you make the most of your time there, from lending you his yacht club pass to taking you on guided walks and bike rides
  • The small swimming pool, heated from November
  • A spectacular location with village, ocean and mountain views, and handy for Playa Blanca, Timanfaya and La Geria vineyards
  • Yaiza: a pretty village of sugar-cube houses and palm-fringed plazas
  • There’s a splendid Canarian restaurant right next door, and although it’s a short drive away, sister property La Casona de Yaiza has one of the best restaurants on the island

Lows

  • This is a guesthouse not a hotel, so service is intermittent and it's essential you let José know your planned arrival time in advance
  • No restaurant or bar, though breakfast is served and tea - and coffee-making facilities are available
  • Although there's free WiFi, thick stone walls make connecting with hyperspace a hit-and-miss experience in some rooms
  • The bold interior colours may not be to everyone's taste, but we liked them
  • Recent feedback suggests rooms can be cold and the village very quiet out of season

Best time to go

All year round - temperatures are always balmy, and Lanzarote is a great place to escape the northern European winter. Be aware that it gets pretty hot for hiking and cycling in July and August.

Our top tips

Do make use of José’s vast insider knowledge and network of contacts. Whatever you need, he’ll do his best to make it happen.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 10
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Junior Suite

Rooms

José is a stickler for perfection, which shows in the attention to detail and quality of finishing in the rooms. There’s rarely a speck of dust to be seen, and the towels, pillows and bedside glasses are positioned with near-obsessional accuracy.

The 6 Double Rooms, 3 slightly larger Junior Suites and large Suite are dotted around the main house and a small courtyard. All feature ensuite shower rooms, double or twin beds, and a mix of contemporary and ornate fixtures and fittings - perhaps Oriental-style paintings, a gilt-framed leather headboard or a wall-full of modern shelves. But the thing which really makes them stand out is their bold colours.

Our room, Junior Suite #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 terracotta-tiled bathroom was decorated in a salmon-pink wash and had a walk-in shower with a glass-brick partition and a modern sink with a 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 (a Junior Suite) next door has a wider bed. For the best views, Double #7 wins hands down. This is the only detached room and has the benefit of a picture window facing west towards the ocean with spectacular sunset views. Junior Suite #3 can be converted into a triple on request, and numbers 8 and 9 (a Double and Junior Suite) can be connected via a garden gate. We're yet to see the Suite (#10) but its huge terrace, with views of the ocean and Yaiza, looks incredibly inviting.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

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

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

Highly recommended is the owner’s restaurant, the à la carte Casona de Yaiza. It was once voted 'best on the island' by a prominent French magazine and there's no reason to doubt the acclaim. Although it's small, the quality and presentation of the Mediterranean offerings in this wood-beamed eatery can't be faulted. If you book through i-escape, you get a free bottle of house wine when you dine there.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity: Yaiza

Activities

  • Follow the camel route from Uga to Timanfaya National Park on a bike (José can arrange for bikes to be delivered to Casa de Hilario 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 Rubicón marina in Playa Blanca
  • Saddle up on a horse or camel at Lanzarote A Caballo, just a few minutes’ drive away
  • Ask José to arrange a private boat trip to La Graciosa island, or along the coastline
  • Head out to sea for the big game fishing season from May to December; excursions can be arranged on request
  • Sample local wines at one of the island's many bodegas. La Geria, Lanzarote's main wine-growing region, is nearby
  • Swing a club on one of Lanzarote’s 2 golf courses - Costa Teguise and Tias
  • Back at the guesthouse, practice yoga (available on request) on the sunny terrace or in the living room

Activities on site or nearby include:

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

Kids

Children are welcome and will enjoy splashing around in the pool. Cots are available free of charge on request; there's a supplement for children aged 3-12 years in an extra bed.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Room 3 (a Junior Suite) can be converted into a triple on request, and rooms 8 and 9 (a Double and Junior Suite) can be connected via a garden gate - ideal for families with older children who want their own space.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
7/
Food
7/
Service
7/
Value
7/
Overall

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