It sounds like gushing praise following a good holiday to say that the Hotel Tigaiga was the best hotel we had ever stayed in, yet it really was. Looking soberly back over many years, considering an extraordinary range of places, many of which had individual strengths or made a special appeal to our affection, none had the all round excellence of the Tigaiga.
On arrival, we were warmly welcomed and offered orange juice or sherry. Our luggage was whisked away and appeared in our room. Up there was plenty of space with chairs and a table inside and more on the balcony. The hanging space was generous and there were lots of drawers and shelves. If one had a taste for viewing oneself from every angle, one would not be disappointed by the provision of mirrors. On the wall, there was a gentle picture of a local village with hills. The bathroom was well appointed and there was room for everything and lots of towels. Everything worked efficiently and had been sensibly arranged. We looked with pleasure at a basket of fruit in the bedroom and fresh flowers in the bathroom. The general impression was of intelligent thoughtfulness in the way things were designed.
From the balcony, on one side we could look down to the sea and on the other up to the mountains.
The grounds were delightful, a botanical garden of attractive trees, flowering shrubs, cacti and lawn. Apart from the swimming pool, there were other outdoor, diversions: boule, table tennis, a few exercise machines, a path for barefooted sensations, and plenty of seats and loungers.
The hotel is on a hill and below is the town, a mixture of architecturally distressing and interestingly pleasant buildings. Beyond, out of sight, there is the harbour but from near the pool one can watch the Atlantic rollers breaking on the black beaches. Into the distance the rocky coast plunges in outcrops down to the sea. Inland, the snowy dome of Mount Teide coyly appears from behind cloud from time to time.
There was no disappointment in the eagerly awaited visit to the dining room. We had half-board. The evening meal was served table d’hôte but there was the addition of a buffet offering a generous variety of extras, including fresh vegetables and fruit as well as greedier temptations. One could dine in a thoroughly healthy way or be shamelessly self-indulgent. Food was imaginative, looked appealing and presented a range of culinary pleasures. We especially enjoyed the local red wines. There was no danger of leaving the dining room unsatisfied either in the evening or after the outstanding breakfast buffet. The staff were extremely pleasant: friendly, efficient and cheerful. They had been well trained and gave the impression that they were happy and enjoyed their work. In addition to Spanish, they coped in English and German.
There was some evening entertainment in one of the lounges but for no more than about an hour e.g. a saxophonist; a traditionally dressed trio singing accompanied by guitars; a modern take on flamenco with a drummer and two lithely energetic young women with Byzantine eyes.
The bed was extremely comfortable and the nights very quiet, except for the crowing of cockerels who seemed to have a lively night life and the ecstatically painful cries of peacocks.
We liked the position of the hotel, its height gave a sense of space but it was also next to a public park and there was access to the town down challenging flights of steps through water gardens. Cafés, shops and facilities of the town were within walking distance, as was the bus station from which one could visit villages and towns.
On the last night the head waiter had drawn with coloured powders on the tablecloth an oblong containing a representation of flowers found in the garden. There was the legend HASTA PRONTO. After breakfast our hands were shaken and, when we left, a member of the family saw us off most kindly. When I praised the hotel, she said, 'But we always try to do even better.' There was no complacency there but commitment and professionalism.
We like our home but there was sadness in leaving the Hotel Tigaiga, where we had thoroughly relaxed, eaten well, and felt happy and welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Tigaiga: Beautifully located in extensive subtropical gardens in the tranquil Taoro Park above the main town of Puerto de la Cruz but only 15 minutes walk from the town centre. Owned by the Talg family since it opened in 1959 it is now managed by the third generation. Rooms are very comfortable and with all requirements and excellent bathrooms. Breakfast is an extensive buffet offering both hot and cold options and half-board dinner is 5 courses and waiter served. The heated pool and terrace have spectacular views over Puerto and the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tigaiga Tenerife/Puerto De La Cruz