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“Stuck in a time warp, but great location.”
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Hotel Marte
Ranked #42 of 81 Hotels in Puerto de la Cruz
Reviewed 15 June 2007

My stay as a single traveller was in April 2007.

Hotel Marte's location is excellent - situated sensibly in the old town part of Puerto de la Cruz. The Hotel is 1minute walk from the towns beautiful Bus station (see photo). Regular buses run around the island (2.45hrs) for a full circuit. The airport is (35mins) away and buses frequently run to and from the North Tenerife Airport - 1.5Euro. Taxi 50Euro.

The Hotel has view of the ocean from the roof terraces. The roof terraces have nude bathing areas and the smallest pool ever - two people really would be a crowd in this pool (bathtub). The hotel is overlooked by other hotels and apartments up the hill.

The hotel is a box which is well maintained in a utilitarian sense and is dated, yet well preserved. Bit of a modernist relic - the architectural influence is Ronchamp Chapel, France by Le Corbusier 1955. (See photo)

The room as a single traveller I had was spartan yet clean with a good modern bathroom and soft towels. The television had a few channels in Spanish and German. Most guests were German and over 50+.... They charged me 8Euros? for the room safe and more if I wanted the key to the room fridge - sounds like Ry*nair to me - greedy. The rooms are noisy and have dated entry systems with old fashioned keys whick once you've opened the door you have to blindly put the key in the wall lock to start the electricity - very old fashioned. The reception staff are friendly and very welcoming.

The breakfast was plain/basic and you had a variation on eggs each morning - tip - bring your own tea bags. Take a few bananas with you for the day. Tip - bring a bottle opener/corkscrew as Spanish wines, especially Rioja is so very inexpensive - minus our nasty UK taxes and duty. No one uses the hotel bar.

Puerto de la Cruz is in the north of the Island, and the prettiest of the island towns/cities. Nearby Santa Cruz is very business orientated with the main industrial port and not really touristy - good for shops on a wet day. Do not venture south to Playa las Americas or Los Christianos unless you like Burberry and chavs being sick in the street at 10am, as well as the tribalist provincial politics of the UK & Ireland displayed in the form of territorial pubs. Very nasty - just don't do it!

If I was to visit Puerto de la Cruz again I would stay at the Hotel Magec two streets up - nicer interior and pool area.

Places to visit in Puerto de la Cruz:

Ebano Cafe - calle la Hoya - great for people watching.

El Mana - calle mequinez - modern food.

Restaurante Camaron Lindo - calle Iriarte, corner.

Color Cafe/music cocktail bar - strong French influence 10pm +
1st floor Plaza Del Charco.

Tasca El Abuelo/Cocina - Avda. Generalismo 25. Spectacular meats and wines ***** best food on the island ***** Great discovery.

Enjoy the sea wall for a stroll after breakfast - don't bring the kids as there are no safety rails!

Be aware - avoid the Shogun (Puerto Colon) boat tours unless you know you have sea legs - I watched 40% of the people being violently ill (into little blue bags) within the 1st two hours of the five hour sea journey and once on board you can not get off this boat. The hosts were insulting to those being sick and the weather was reasonably calm and the food basic.

If your young and like clubbing - most clubs are around Avda. Generalismo and open just after midnight.

Enjoy!

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 April 2007

I travel alone, i had a single room about 8 meters from the arrivals desk, the room was quite small and the curtains were closed all day due to the NO view, i was about 3 meters from the other room on the inside hence curtains closed. room very clean and bedding changed most days.

The staff were quite friendly and very accomadating.

They helped re day trips and there was always a friendly hello when you arrived at the hotel.


Food was very basic, and a tip for you is get your toast toasted before you get your hot drinks, as it takes a year and a day to toast on their toaster which it appeared to come from the Arc.

But overall i would stay there again as it is about 50 meters from bus station and meters away from good bars and eateries.

Also fine views from pool areas but do not forget your rubber duck for the pools they have, they are quite small but good for a refreshing dip.

All the best to the people reading this and if you stay there please enjoy.

F H Matthews.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled with family
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4  Thank FMATT27224
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Reviewed 11 February 2007

We stayed on Tenerife for 16 days with my baby. We had a great time. The hotel was just what it says - book it only if you go exploring the island. Breakfast is the same everyday, not tasty at all, rooms are small but clean. There are tiles on the floor, no carpet. You can use a fridge but must ask for a key at reception. It is situated in the center, going left or right from the hotel you'll find restaurants, shops, fast food, travel agencies and markets. Stuff is very friendly, they even say hallo if you meet them in the city. Thay speak German and a very few words of English. But as I said they are truly friendly.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled with family
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Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Calle Doctor Ingram 20, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > Puerto de la Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Puerto de la Cruz
Price Range: £28 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Marte 3*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the historic center of Puerto de la Cruz, a few meters from Plaza del Charco, and the old fisher harbour. Its location is perfect to know the city, walk through its pedestrian streets, and above all, the guest is in the best place to visit the main interesting sites of Tenerife, such as Las Canadas del Teide National Park, and the rest of villages of the north of the island, thanks to be in front of the main bus station. ... more   less 
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