“A cluster of 10 stylish rooms and suites on the edge of one of Lanzarote’s prettiest whitewashed villages”
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.
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.
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.
Children (4-12 years)
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 cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking