We stayed in a self-catering apartment of the Paraiso del Sol complex in Playa de las Americas.
Our apartment was in Paraiso del Sol II, in the same part as the reception and the swimming pool.
The apartment was part of a deal which included flight and rental car.
I had read mixed reviews about Paraiso del Sol and luckily the bad reviews did not apply to us.
The apartment was very clean, and was cleaned 5x a week. Even the beds were made during the cleaning. There was always hot water and a good shower.
When we arrived around 14.00, our apartment was not ready yet, and we were offered a free lunch with drinks while we were waiting.
When we mentioned the light in the kitchen was not working, this was repaired within 15 minutes!
The only thing I disliked was the high price they asked for WIFI: 6 euro per day. Instead, we used free WIFI in the bar/restaurant a few 100 meters down the street while enjoying a beer :-)
At the reception there are also 2 PCs that you can use for 1 euro/10 minutes.
We've stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment with wonderful sea and Puerto de la Cruz view. It was fully furnished and equipped and had a great big terrace with a fantastic view.
The only draw back during our February stay was the unusually cold wether, and apartment doesn't have a heating. We've noticed that hotel offers portable radiators, after we've purchased a simple and not expensive little blow heaters.
We didn't use the free shuttle bus, but had a rented car which we highly recommend for exploring Tenerife.
La Quinta was built in 1990 and recently refurbished. Located in the peaceful residential area of Santa Ursula, it has magnificent views of Mount Teide, the Atlantic Ocean, Orotava Valley and Puerto de la Cruz, which is only 7 km from the hotel.
The hotel itself have a range of accommodation from the ordinary hotel rooms to one and two bedroom apartments. Several pools and gardens as well as the tennis court and spa are some of many features of this hotel.
It offer a Free shuttle bus service to Puerto de la Cruz, right to the shopping centre Píramides Martiánez which is close to the lido pool complex, the beach. Not far from the bus stop is the picturesque old town centre with its fishing harbor.
The Golf Real Club de Tenerife course is at 16 km from the Hotel and Golf Buena Vista at 28 km from the property.
We went to this resort buying a internet coupon so we basically picked it because it was an outrageously cheap offer (119 Euros for a week) but after being there we have been very pleased with out choice.
The apartment building is in a nice area, far from the noise and the chaos of Playas de las America and Costa Adeje. Somebody might prefer a more lively night life but not us.
We really appreciated the small restaurants and pubs in Callao Salvaje.
We had a two people apartment at the first floor, it consisted in a big living room with a full kitchen, a table, a sofa and television, a bedroom with a good size closet, a bathroom and a big terrace with table and chair.
The kitchen was fully furnished with oven, an electric stove, microwave, electric toaster and water boiler. There was a sufficient amount of pots and pans, kitchenware and glass and cups. The fridge was small but had a ice compartment and was perfect for our need. It was perfectly adeguate to cook breakfast and any other meal.
The cleaning service was every two days and they always make sure to arrange towels in a nice shape over the bed for us to see.
There was a restaurant at the ground floor, we never used it but we looked the menu and it was changed every day and with reasonable price.
Included in the residence there was a hair saloon, a nail saloon and a gym.
They also had automatic wash machines and dryer, very convenient as we traveled just with the cabin bag and had to do laundry after a few days.
There was a big pool but it was not heated and in January it was too cold for me to use it, even if more adventurous customers did. Near the pool there was some entertainment game as pelota, a soccer table and a billiard table.
For those without a car there was frequent bus to the main destination of the island.
I liked the absolutely quiet location, the great view from the balcony and the cleanness of the whole complex.
I stayed on the topfloor apartment 6004, two bedrooms.The rooms where clean and big and the balcony was even bigger with view to the sea and street also. with sunlounger and table and chairs a very lovely place with loads of sunshine all day long. The Restaurant near the pool serves very nice food, We went there a lot for lunch and it was allways nice and a lot of food.The big swimmingpool was freezing but the smaler one was okay to get in and have a swim. Everything was clean and people where very helpfull. The only negative thing i found was the noise all evening long . In the shopping centre under the hotel there is music and shows from 8.30 to 11.30.As i was with my parents we watched in the evening tv and it was impossible to listen to it.If you dont like noise dont book that room.
The Pools are fantastic, also great place for children
Hotel San Borondon in central Puerto de la Cruz is a nice place to stay if you either are over 60 or don't care much about over-60's. Don't get me wrong: The hotel is really nice, it's got a beautiful pool, a quiet central location and clean, though rather sterile rooms. Looking out towards the mountains, you can even see the Teide.
However, one should know that Hotel San Borondon is very popular by German pensioneers. And by "very popular", I mean "extremely popular". Everybody but us and 5 or 10 other people was older than 60. And everyone (seriously!) was German. This may be nice if you want to go to a faraway place and don't like getting to know other cultures - but that's definitely not what I expect my holiday to be. Moreover, everybody was only talking German. Nobody even made the slightest attempt to use some Spanish - it was a rare sight seeing somebody use "Buenos Dias" or "Adios"! This is another thing I don't like about my fellow countrymen, and for sure one thing I don't want to experience a whole week long.
Consequently, we only stayed in Hotel San Borondon for sleeping and having breakfast, and spent the rest of our time on the road or on some great hike in Tenerife's lovely landscape.
As mentioned above, the most unique thing is the sheer number of Germans in this hotel. Apart from that, the breakfast is noteworthy: A mixture of rolls, toast, croissants and Spanish specialties. The rolls and sausages were good, the jam was completely tasteless. I didn't try the croissants, but according to my wife they didn't have any taste either. So it's rather a hit-and-miss kind of thing.
We spent a week in Los Alisios, on an all-inclusive basis. The hotel is pretty modern-looking, on the outskirts of Los Christianos, but not too far to walk to the beach. In general i have to say we were very happy with our stay, though the only complaint we could come up with was the food. There wasn't a great choice when it came to dinners (Though the salad section was excellent), and the breakfasts were often cold. Lunch was brilliant, as it was from the pool bar menu, instead of a buffet.
Dinks were on the house all week (all-inclusive), and the staff were very friendly, and very professional. Our room was cleaned every second day, nothing went missing, etc. Unfortunately the pool bar closed at 10.30 every evening, but i guess thats sensible, or the guests would drink them bankrupt :P The one complaint we heard from other guests was about a rat spotted in the restaurant - we didn't see it, but who knows?
As said, the hotel was about 15 minutes walk from the center of Los Christianos and the beach. Not too far away, and pretty peaceful, but it sometimes seems like you'd like it to be a bit closer to the center :P Also, there was no entertainment laid on by the hotel - this could be because it was the middle of winter though.
For me, the service at the hotel was just brilliant. Friendly waiters, helpful receptionists, everyone saying "hola" every time you see them... But even better was the size of the room - bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and lounge area, with a balcony - it's easily a big flat, basically. Loved it!
Very relaxing. Beautiful accommodation and restaurant. Location not ideal (road looks like it may get busier over time), but better than most.
Probably one of the best restaurants in the whole of the Canary Islands.
The illusion ends in the elevator, broken panels leading you to 1960's carpeting that takes you to a small "Superior" room. The double beds are just that: two twin beds pushed together. The bathroom amenities are given to you in small plastic bags, more like a Motel 6 than a 4-5 star beach resort. The staff is unpleasant. Definately not staying here again. I still struggle with why they cannot provide WiFi to the rooms...are routers that expensive these days? FYI there is a HUGE difference between ocean front and beach front...there is no beach at teh H10 Conquistador
El Jardin Hostel is one of the few budget accommodation options in Garachico. The family-run hostel is part of a large house and has 4 rooms available for visitors. We chose the room on the top floor which was also the most expensive, as it was the largest and was the only one with ensuite shower.
The shared bathrooms were downstairs as was a kitchen available to residents. The family running the hostel were friendly and at 50 Euro per night for a double room it was a good value place to stay.
The hostel is in a good location in the centre of the village, very close to shops, restaurants and the lava-rock pools.
We spent 3 nights at Hotel Sombrerito, a 2 star hotel in Vilaflor, a village located close to Teide National Park. This part of Tenerife is much less visited than the resorts on the coast and we had no problems finding a room. The hotel is situated in the middle of the village, on the main street, and is quite easy to find.
A few of the rooms have balconies, though these were all reserved so we instead had a room facing behind the building. The room which cost 50 Euro per night. was ensuite, reasonably large and very warm (important at this altitude). There was no TV but this wasn't much of a problem as we spent most of our days out and about hiking and most of our evenings recovering!
Sombrerito is run by a local, fairly friendly family. As our stay coincided with the end of year there was very little open in Vilaflor so we ended up eating in the hotel restaurant every evening. This was very good value, especially for the set menus on New Year's Eve & New Year's Day. The hotel is also a small museum, displaying a range of ornaments and furniture from early to mid 20th century.
Breakfast was also included in our deal - this consisted of a typical buffet breakfast, not quite as good as the food in the restaurant, but nonetheless enough to set you up for a day's hiking. Vilaflor isn't perhaps the best place to spend the New Year period as it's very quiet but it's an excellent base for hiking in Teide National Park, and we felt El Sombrerito was a good value option for this town.
On arrival in La Orotava we found out the room we had reserved in Hotel Rural Orotava was unavailable owing to plumbing problems, but this turned out to be a blessing in disguise when they moved us to Hotel Rural Victoria a couple of streets away.
Victoria is one of La Orotava's nicest and most expensive hotels, and a double room here normally costs about 150 Euro but as we had agreed 90 Euro for the first hotel we were essentially given an upgrade.
The rooms in Hotel Victoria are spacious, and well designed, ensuite of course, and offering flat-screen TV and minibar. We faced onto Calle Hermano Apolinar, a quiet street in the centre of the town. An excellent breakfast was also included in the price, while dinner in the restaurant proved to be our finest meal of the trip.
The hotel offers free Internet to guests, but best of all there is a third floor roof-terrace, with good views of the town and the surrounding countryside. In particular it's a good place for sunset or sunrise as there are uninterrupted views of Teide Volcano.
Though we paid less that the usual rate for this hotel, I think it would still be great value for money at ~150 Euro per night. We had our best dinner, best meal and best night's sleep of our trip here, and overall I was highly impressed by Hotel Victoria.
OK so she is "no Frills". Marquesa probably has no stars and Monopole Hotel (also Spanish) may have one star but we were happy. Next time might try the Monopole.
just 2 doors down.
If you want to be in the heart of town,experience the feel of a Spanish island, enjoy music played in the sidewalk cafe every night this is the place to be.
If you want 5 stars or to be in the hills in a resort (resorts are all the same to me...no character) well do not come here.
The dining room is a little drab..we had breakfast only and there was plenty to eat. Sure the sausages are floating in a little juice (from another review) but sausages are no good for you anyway.
We had a bath in our room. I love a bath. Enough room for our luggage. Twin beds..oh la la la ..just a little firm.
And the staff (not many of them) were helpful and those at the desk spoke English.
And there is an outdoor pool, direct dial telephone, and ...wait for it..a bidet.
It is Spanish...well there is also sister hotel Monopole close by but what is unique is that Marquesa is the oldest hotel in Puerto De La Cruz.
Some rooms have balconies..."Go for a balcony"! We had a view of the sea from ours. Others look out to the square and the chiming clock.
Our agent found us a good price...was not expensive.
This hotel is the good choose,beauca is very near by beach,about 500m,in Adeje.
The hotel,have swim pool,jacuzzi,restaurant,wireless only at reception.Near at hotel you find many resturant and shops.
The price for this hotel,is very good and it is nice to stay here.
The pool is good,and you must go in the morning to find a place.
I eat at restaurants,the food it soo good.
A common theme for me in my trip away in 2009 is to get away for a night in each port and enjoy a stay at a good hotel, my first stop was in Tenerife and I chose this hotel based on the styish website and it's location on the edge of the town centre.
I was hoping to check in earlier but work called and I eventually checked in at 6pm and was given a simple double room. I used the excellent power shower to revive me before heading down to the busy bar for a few drinks.
When I got back to my room I made a Skype call to home using the free WiFi before having a good nights sleep. I'd to be up and away for 7am so didn't get to use all the facilities but the restaurant fixed menu did look very good value and the staff were excellent.
The foyer on the website that looks like an artists impression!
Superb hotel very modern, fantastic food, excellent service, great atmosphere.
Double beds outdoors for sunbathing! Not the tatty plastic ones, real mattresses ohhhh heaven.The four star Vincci Tenerife Golf Hotel is situated some 300 metres from a pebble beach at Golf del Sur, near to the 27 hole golf course, on the southern coast of Tenerife, about eight kilometres from the Reina Sofia Airport and 14 kilometres from Playa de Las Americas.
The accommodation at the seven storey Vincci Tenerife Golf comprises 129 rooms on seven floors, each room has a private bathroom and a terrace or balcony with a sea view. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, satellite television, a fridge and a safety deposit box.
The facilities at this Vincci hotel include a buffet restaurant, a lobby bar, and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Visitors can play tennis, squash, pool and darts. An entertainment programme is provided.
Board basis available at this hotel is bed and breakfast or half board.
The rooms overlooked the sea, so close that you could hear the waves breaking whilst in bed.
We had our very own Salsa instructor!! All the way from Cuba (very nice too)
Never heard any noise apart from the sea............ couldnt beat it.
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