We stayed at the Parque Tajinaste for two weeks, self catering back in 2004.
Its appealing pics in the brochure drew us to the are as we were hoping to try Tenerife again but away from the chaos of Playa de Las Americas.
The grounds are indeed immaculate with beautiful tropical flowers trees and neatly trimmed lawns. The pool is a fair size and the poolside bar accomodating. The rooms were cool and roomy - enough for two with a small kitchenette, ceiling fan and TV. Maids visisted probably 4 times per week. They changed the beds twice a week. As for towels they do ask you to use your own discretion i.e dry them yourself and only change if you really have to - environmentaly concious Hotel!
Right next door to the hotel is a small but beautiful orchidarium with sub tropical plants of all description. They charge about £4 to get in but its a lovely way to spend the odd hour if you are the green fingered type.
The staff are very helpful and speak English to a fairly high degree. We did meet the famous or infamous security guard who is indeed a stickler for the rules. However he is friendly enough and does make sure you are safely to your door at night with a pleasant Buenos Noche.
The hotel was situated about 200 uphill from the first part of the resort and be prepared - you will need to have sturdy legs to walk up and down this resort as it teeters on the top of a very high cliff (excellent view point) and trickles down countless steps to the city centre below. The top of the resort is o.k but a bit like Berlin on Sea or a mini Rotterdam. i.e. lots of Dutch, Germans and Swedish etc. The bars are fine and again everyone speaks the lingo regardless so don't be afraid pop in for a drink on the way down to the Brit and Irish bars further down.
I would certainly agree with the point of walking down but unless you are Paula Radcliffe or some kind of pain lover I would definately NOT attempt walking back up especially in the height of the day. Guaranteed agony, dehydration and tears. The taxi is aboy 3 Euros and you are back at the hotel in no time. You will find them situated on the main road down into the town.
The resort itself is varied and cosmopolitan with all kinds of shops selling fashion such as Mango etc to the high spanish designers and Lladro and the more up market brands of jewellers and leather outlets. Plus your standard nick nack tacky cack touristy shops.
Wander down through the town and take in some of the lovely spanish piazza, terraza's and squares where all ages congregate. The town has history further down into the harbour with the 15Century merchants house and harbour house. There are some pretty good restaurants down here.
All in all a good resort for those who don't mind the walk and trying something new instead of your traditional Brit Bars and Egg'n'Chips.
Loro Parque is a must - absolutely fantastic plus the yellow train will pick you up and run you back to the town centre for free. Lido Martianez is huge with plenty of room for all. Nostromo is excellent.
- Also Known As:
- Parque Tajinaste Apartments Hotel Puerto De La Cruz
- Parque Tajinaste Apartments Tenerife/Puerto De La Cruz