I wasn't sure which hotel to pick, but am so glad I settled on this. It's small and has a personal feel. Built on a wide (by Hierro standards) flat coastal area, the building is well designed and constructed, furnished to a high standard and clean. The central hall/atrium is planted with lush foliage and even a palm tree, giving a lovely tropical look with the wow factor. Rear rooms look out onto the pool area and up to the mountains, the car park being to one side. Sea views from the other side are as stunning as described by others. In our upstairs sea view room we hardly heard the crashing waves with the windows closed.
The staff were very welcoming and helpful despite our inadequate Spanish; all receptionists bar one had enough English to help out when needed. Service only occasionally fell below expectations; replenishing the mini bar water was not automatic, a bulb was replaced on request but they did not get the bathroom extractor to work.
The food is indeed the weak point and I suggest booking B & B as we did. That way we could eat in (3 courses for €18) but had the choice of going over the road to the bar restaurant or we ate out at lunchtime and had a snack in the room or tapas over the road later. However, if you go intending to use the spa a lot, booking half board will get you good reductions on treatments.
We ate in 3 times and mostly enjoyed what we ordered. However, the menu is short and only changes once a week, on Friday. On half board it could get very boring. On the plus side, the wine is reasonably priced and we loved the local ones. The waiter is a lovely guy who makes up for the lack of choice with his welcoming helpful service.
A word of warning: if exploring the island by car from here, think carefully before taking the shortest route to the other side of the island on the HI500 beyond the Playa del Verodal turning. Despite being an experienced mountain driver I was scared by the vertiginous unfenced drops from this single track road which has a lot more hairpin bends than most maps suggest.
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