My boyfriend (aged 22) and I (aged 19) stayed at Oro Negro from 29th June - 6th July.. and we had a brilliant time at this hotel. We stayed half board, and in room 501.
Upon arrival, check in was pretty quick, although our passports were taken for some reason (perhaps to scan or take details). She said they'd be returned within an hour, but we wanted to go out and explore the resort and get a drink, so went back after half an hour, and hey presto, they were finished with them and I got them back.
We were given room 501, a lovely big room, with a corner balcony overlooking the ocean, Veronicas.. you could see across quite a bit of the resort from our room. The bathroom was also pretty big compared to other hotels I have been to. There is a lot of wardrobe space for your clothes, and a fan that actually works in the room (we didn't need any air con). There was only one electrical socket, which was a bummer, as we could have used perhaps even one more, as we maybe wanted to both charge our phones etc, but it wasn't a major problem at all.. nothing to cry over.
The maid service was regular and they cleaned your room everyday, and left new towels for you. If you don't leave dirty towels in the wash basin like it says, they won't know that you want new towels and therefore won't leave any. The room was clean upon arrival, as was the balcony and surrounding areas. We did have one cockroach on our balcony, which we dealt with, and we saw none after that. Not a huge biggie either. I saw many cockroaches whilst on holiday in Tenerife, as long as they don't come in their numbers, it isn't a concern.
The food was exceptional for a 3 star rated hotel. Great selection of food at breakfast and dinner times. I even got a proper sausage at breakfast! Every evening, there was a chef who would cook you your meat, or spaghetti to how you like it, as well as a selection under the hot plates at the buffet counter. There was a wide range of food, and I don't know how anyone could possibly go hungry. Dessert selection, slightly lacking, but it is the same in every Spanish hotel.. they aren't 'big' on desserts like in the United Kingdom and the like.. so don't expect New York style chocolate cake, or apple pie.. their pastries and ice creams, plus the rice pudding were very nice, and I enjoyed them, as I like something light on holiday. The staff in the dining room are very pleasant and welcoming. Also I might mention on Thursday nights, everyone gets free champagne with their dinner, which I found quite nice, as I haven't experienced another 3 star hotel that gives their guests that kind of treatment. Smart tactic, it keeps us happy (and tipsy - as mine kept getting re-filled, haha).
The pool area was well kept, and there was always a lifeguard on duty. I could always get a sunbed, no matter what, no fuss made. All the other guests also seemed rather pleasant. The pool was great, I really enjoyed it - taking a dip in the shallow end, to swimming down to the deep end of the pool. I'm not really a sun worshipper, but the best of the sunshine seemed to be on the one side of the pool, and the other seemed to be in shade most of the time. The pool was clean - and it wasn't too cold that it was impossible to get in. In fact, it was rather refreshing on a really hot summer's day! Lifeguards are very friendly, I got a sunbed in the sunspot and he brought over an umbrella for me and put it up, which I found rather attentive.. which guests do love, they like to feel like the staff care about their guests.
The daytime entertainment seemed good for the older crowds staying at the hotel, such as games of bowls etc, although we didn't see much of it as we were out most of the day until the middle of the afternoon. My boyfriend had mentioned to me that he would have loved a game of football, and this would have kept him in the hotel a bit more during the day but he said that they didn't seem to do this. I think if they catered activities towards the younger crowds as well as the older crowds then it might balance it a bit more. But on the bright side, there always seemed to be something going on. I cannot comment on the evening entertainment, as I never stayed to listen or watch it, I always went out to the local bars for drinks instead.
The bar in the hotel is nicely set out, but I must mention that sometimes the staffs' English is lacking. Asked for a White Russian, and got a tea (I don't know how that worked out). Anyway, let this be a lesson to the rest of you to maybe point to the cocktail menu when ordering at the bar, just to make things a bit clearer. The prices seem reasonable, about the same as you'd pay out in a local bar, which is what keeps people happy as well.
Overall presentation of the hotel.. it is a lovely hotel, it looks great from the outside, but the reception area could do with a bit of refurbishment and perhaps a lick of paint in the rooms, although I did think the rooms were of a good standard compared to other hotels.
As for noise.. I never had any bother with noise from other guests etc during my stay. We did hear Veronicas a few nights when it was very loud, but that didn't bother us in the slightest, as we sleep through anything. Beds were actually pretty comfy and we slept well every night.
To finish.. the local area. I did notice a few people saying about the so-called 'red light' area, which I didn't even notice til the last 2 days of my holiday (it really isn't noticeable). We ate out one night out of choice as we fancied a change, and we got a 3 course meal in the Aberdeen Steakhouse for 7.50 euros - the food was good quality for what you paid. Resturante Vilaflor on the beach front is lovely for fancy cocktails, juices and huge boots of beer/soft drinks, and we also got great lunches there whilst glancing over to the beach. As I'm from Northern Ireland, The Gaelic Corner/The Dubliner trended a bit on our journeys, but if you really want a good night out with friendly banter, visit Cafe Amsterdam (which is on the road beside Burger King on the sea front, and just down the road from The Dubliner. The bar owners (Pim and Angelique) recognised us from last year.. how good is that?! They made us feel very welcome, and we aren't even Dutch. We went here every night without fail, because of the friendly atmosphere and the upbeat traditional Dutch music - best bar in las Americas.
Also for something different to do, try out the Treasure Island mini golf, which was very cheap to play, and they have two different courses to suit what kind of golfer you are (we found the hard one challenging, haha!) Anyway, it's a nice little golf course, beside it they have a kids park and a pool where you can, get this - walk in a bubble on water. Amazing for something different to do, and to occupy yourself if you're a big kid!
Already been to Loro Parque and Siam Park on previous visits, which were brilliant, but I wanted a more relaxing holiday this time round.. but these two places are a must if you are looking to get out and do some activities during your holidays.
Overall, once again, I've fallen all back in love with the island of Tenerife.. it gets harder to leave everytime I visit!
- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Oro Negro Hotel Playa De Las Americas
- Catalonia Oro Negro Hotel
- Catalonia Oro Negro Tenerife/Playa De Las Americas
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Catalonia Oro Negro is located 500 metres from the las Americas de Arona beach, in Tenerife, close to the local leisure centre and the "Las Americas" golf club. The hotel facilities cater to the most discriminating clients, both adult and children: swimming pool for adults, children's swimming pool, children's playground, large terrace, solarium with hammocks, hairdressers and beauty salon, table football, table tennis, private garden, pool bar, live shows in the bar, Daniel's bar, breakfast buffet restaurant and more. ... more less
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