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“Oh dear, the table was bare”
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Hotel El Tope
Ranked #32 of 82 Hotels in Puerto de la Cruz
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Visited this hotel for ten days at the start of April and loved the slightly quirky nature of El Tope, including the furniture and staff. No trouble either with the majority of the guests who were German while the 120 steps or so up from the beach did not trouble us even though we are of advancing years. So why are there so many bad reviews of this hotel?
Everything was beautifully clean even though El Tope is no spring chicken while the entertainment was variable but not dreadful as some would have it. The best evening while we were there was the Saturday when there was a live group in the downstairs lounge. They performed songs right through the decades and were excellent, yet from the start to the end there were no more than 16 guests there at any one time.
Not being swimming people we were amused by the noticeboard that indicated no more than 25 should be in the pool at any one time. The most we counted were four! The pool is circular and small by modern standards and everyone went round the same way just like goldfish.
The pool area was never packed and it was refreshing to note there were no early towels visible.
Now to the food. Breakfasts were fine, but the evening fare left a little to be desired.
We eat about 7.30, ie the second session, and that presented a problem - the 6pm gannets had stripped the table bare. It was noticeable that the restaurant staff were often under pressure and refilling the trays was a slow process. Often, too, an original item on the food notices above the trays failed to be replenished. My partner also described the sweet selection as one of the poorest among the many hotels we have visited.
What we must remember though is that this is largely a budget hotel at the time we visited and I believe all in all we got value for money for the price we paid.

Room Tip: We emailed ahead asking for a high floor room and got 628 which was excellent. It overlooked the poo...
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KatiPelka, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel El Tope, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2014

Dear guests,

thank you very much for choosing our hotel and for taking the time to write the review.
We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We already forwarded your kind words to the Sunset Band that is playing on Saturdays and they were very happy about it.
Your critical remarks about the dinner will be discussed in our weekly meeting. Thank you for the advice.
We would be delighted to be able to welcoming you again in the near future and remain until then

with kind regards
El Tope Team

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Read reviews after booking. Reviews made me panic as so bad. How wrong they were!! Wonderful hotel made even better by staff-nothing was too much trouble! Hotel was spotless. Food was exquisite. Staff were beyond helpful + extras like champagne for breakfast + wine on departure!! Have stayed all over the world-this hotel is one of the best!! Cannot recommend it highly enough!! Fantastic!! HUGE thanks to all at El Tope!!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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KatiPelka, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel El Tope, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2014

Dear guest,

thank you ever so much for your great review!

Your kind words about our hotel and the staff are very much appreciated.
We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, felt comfortable and recommend us.

Hoping to be able to welcoming you again very soon we remain

with kind regards
El Tope Team

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

I booked this hotel before reading reviews and then panicked about my holiday.....what can i say about this hotel ...marvellous, excellent, exceptional value for money...Cleanliness was second to none, staff really helpful....View from room spectacular, woke up every morning to a snow covered mountain and brilliant sunshine...location was on a hillside but that is clearly stated and i really didnt find it anywhere as bad as i thought it would be.. The finishing touches this hotel provides made such an impact on me, fresh flowers in the lobby, bowls of sweets., champagne with breakfast and the nicest and most least expected was cakes and a bottle of wine delivered to our room on the last evening.....The pool are is kept spotless, bar service brilliant...I can not say enough good stuff about this hotel...I was over the moon... The only thing if i really had to pick a fault, was comment that the carpets were very slightly worn in some places, but actually really feel petty saying that...Service and food in the dinning room was excellent.... Sorry i can not find fault really and feel i had to write a review as i was so worried about the bad reviews i had read and cant understand them, apart from some people are just complainers.. Well done to all staff at EL Tope and i will recommend you to anyone and will certainly come back...

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool have spectacular views
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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KatiPelka, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel El Tope, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2014

Dear guests,

thank you ever so much for your great review.

It was delightful to read that you found our hotel excellent. To receive such a high praise is of great value to us!
We hope to have the opportunity to welcoming you back on your next visit to our wonderful island. Until then wishing you all the best we remain

with kind regards from Tenerife
El Tope Team

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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Having read some of the previous reviews, we booked a room on a higher floor to avoid the noise from the public areas and the feral chickens in the adjacent barranco. We'd previously stayed in the Apartments Casablanca next door so we already knew how loud those birds can be...and how much of a climb it is from the main town centre.

That said, we had a great stay. The hotel is very well run, everything is clean and tidy and the staff were very helpful and professional. It was my partner's birthday during our stay and we found a nice bottle of sparkling wine on ice waiting for us in the room that night - a nice touch.

We only booked breakfast so can only comment that and, while the breakfast buffet won't win any awards, there was plenty of food available and enough variety to satisfy most people. My only suggestion is that they could do with better toasters as the ones they have are really, really slow.

Our room was on the 6th floor and, while we could still hear the chickens in the barranco, they didn't wake us up. We also had a great view of Teide, the town and the sea. The only drawback from having a higher room was the lack of wi-fi. There are signs saying that there's free wifi available in all rooms but it just didn't connect from our room.

Would we stay there again? Yes...as long as we can still climb those stairs up from the town.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor room and avoid any just above or below the ground floor. You might not get wi...
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KatiPelka, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel El Tope, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2014

Dear guests,

thank you very much for taking the time to write the review in regards to your stay with us.

We are very grateful for your kind words about our service and the friendliness of our staff.
Thank you also for your suggestions.
We would be delighted to be able to welcoming you again in the near future and remain

with kind regards from Tenerife
El Tope Team

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Having read recent reviews we were a bit worried about this holiday & our fears seemed to be concerned when we arrived & were given the wrong sort of room. We had booked a corner superior room with wraparound balcony but were given a room with terrace & no privacy. The man on reception didn't want to help but a text to Thomson gave us results within minutes. We had to see reception the next day & Kati Pelka was wonderful. She suggested that we stay in the room for another 2 days & then move to a corner room with views of Mount Teide & the ocean with sun all afternoon & evening which we did so we can review 2 types of room. Both were a good size especially the 1st one as the higher floors balconies used some of the floor space which meant that every balcony overlooks the terraces which are separated by a low wall so no privacy at all. The first room had springy beds, a large sofa & a shower over the bath with sporadic hot water & a heated bidet! The 2nd room had firmer beds, no sofa as it was smaller & a lovely walk in shower with constant hot water. Both rooms had sun loungers, a free fridge & coffee making facilities. Every area of the hotel was always spotlessly clean & all staff (except the 1st receptionist) were friendly & helpful. The food was fine especially the breakfasts & with so many nationalities to cater for the hotel does very well. The bar prices are reasonable & the pool area & gardens are well kept. This hotel has an added bonus in that the 125 steps to the road leading to the seafront gets you a bit fitter every day! Puerto de la Cruz has very few flat streets & a lot of steep ones & steps are everywhere so it helps to be reasonably fit. Overall this is a lovely hotel, the wallpaper is peeling a bit but this doesn't affect your holiday & we would recommend that people give it a try. One final thing - the hotel cat is lovely to look at but try to touch it at your peril!

Room Tip: Rooms with mountain views get sun most of the day.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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KatiPelka, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel El Tope, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Dear guests,

thank you ever so much for taking the time to give us your feedback.
We want to apologize for the issue on your arrival and any incoveniences caused.
We are grateful for your kind words regarding the staff, the service and our buffet.
It was a pleasure having you here with us and hopefully we will be able to welcoming you again!

Kind regards from Tenerife,
El Tope Team

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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We are just preparing to leave this lovely hotel and both feel very sad. We have had a wonderful 12days and although it's our 7th visit, we are looking forward to returning.
We found the hotel very comfortable..our room was clean and the views from our balcony were beautiful,especially in the early morning when snow capped Mt Teidi was visible. There was always something to watch...a mountain view on a high floor is well worth the little extra.
The food although buffet style, was enjoyable, with plenty of choice, and the dining room staff ( most have been at El Tope a long time) were always polite and most helpful.
There was entertainment most evenings and although we didn't partake the lounge always seemed busy. The one show we did see was the falconer and his birds....amazing and different!
This hotel has an air of quality, relaxation and above all friendliness...for my husband and I it was perfect...Thankyou to all the staff at El Tope for making it so.

Room Tip: If you want sun in the morning, choose a sea view...sun in the afternoon a mountain view. Corner sui...
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KatiPelka, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel El Tope, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2014

Dear guests,

thank you ever so much for this wonderful review!

It was delightful to read that you were fully satisfied with your room, our restaurant and our service. Your kind words to our staff are most appreciated and will be shared with our team.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back very soon.
Thank you for your continued loyalty!

With kind regards,
El Tope Team

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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Having read some previous bad reviews, I am not sure that we stayed in the same hotel! The El Tope we stayed in was very comfortable. The room was excellent, very big with a wonderful, huge balcony furnished with lovely loungers and views of both Mt Teide and the sea. This is a superior feature view room on first floor. The beds were very comfortable and the pillows soft. All was spotlessly clean, constant hot water in the bathroom with large walk in shower. I can imagine that the hotel was full because we stayed in March during carnival week. We did not find collecting pool towels 'a rigmarole', hand in the docket to the very charming pool attendant and he will fetch your towel. He also brings out the mattresses for the sun loungers. The pool area was kept clean and tidy and we saw the pool water being tested on a regular daily basis. All the staff were very helpful and professional, at no time did we consider that we were being treated any differently to the Germans. There was plenty of literature of excursions at the reps desk on the lower floor and in reception was a list of all the daily parades for carnival week with explanation of where and when in Spanish, English and German. Breakfast was good, the usual choice of continental and full English. We felt the dinner menu was a little unimaginative, particularly the hot section, lacking in variety, colour and fresh vegatables. We came for the carnival and had a very nice week enjoying the local flavour. The location was excellent for us as we were able to climb the 127 steps up and down to the resort several times a day!

Room Tip: first floor rooms have a huge balcony with lovely furniture
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KatiPelka, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel El Tope, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2014

Dear guests,

it was delightful to read you found our hotel comfortable and your room excellent!
To hear that you fully enjoyed your stay, felt comfortable with us and were satisfied with our service is the highest praise for us.
Thank you for your advice regarding the evening buffet. We are always trying to improve our services.
We are grateful for your detailed review and for your recommendation!

Hoping to be able to welcoming you again in the near future we remain

with kind regards from Tenerife
El Tope Team

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Address: Calle Calzada Martianez 2, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > Puerto de la Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Puerto de la Cruz
Price Range: £55 - £217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel El Tope 4*
Number of rooms: 220
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Gran Hotel El Tope where you will be made to feel at home during your stay with us.Our philosophy is to create a warm and enjoyable atmosphere where all our guests are considered to be our friends.Enjoy the calmness and the facilities provided in a warm and cosy family-like atmosphere where our kind staff members will be on hand to assist you at all times.Our hotel reflects the hospitality typical of the area as acknowledged by our guests.Our guests will enjoy free Wireless DSL Internet access throughout the hotel. The Gran Hotel El Tope is magnificently located with a panoramic view of Puerto de La Cruz and the fabulous Valle de la Orotava. In addition, it is also adjacent to the Martianez Shopping Centre, which is less than five minutes walk from the Atlantic Ocean beach and next to the fabulous swimming pool complex, Lago Martianez. The hotel is only 25 and 90 kilometres from the airports Tenerife North and Tenerife South, respectively. Each room is spacious and bright with a unique and elegant character, where every detail makes a difference. Our en suite facilities included fully equipped bathrooms, hair dryer, T.V., Telephone, wall-to-wall carpet and air-conditioning, as well as an optional safe and a mini bar. Their balconies are overlooking the sea or offer a view to the mountains.The swimming pool is located in a unique setting surrounded by green vegetation and magnificent gardens. ... more   less 
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