We stayed at the Hotel Las Aguilas for a week's all inclusive from the 17th to 24th of August. We were allocated room 128, on the first floor, although as the hotel is built on a hillside, this is on the reception level.
ROOM - The room was very spacious and overlooked Mt.Teide from our balcony. The room was naturally low down and was at car-park level however this did not distract us during our stay. It was a 1 bedroomed apartment with kitchen area. Both rooms had air conditioning which worked a treat, it was 38C on our arrival! The bedroom had the added benefit of a ceiling fan. The bathroom was equipped with a jacuzzi bath, shower, bidet, toilet and sink area. The jacuzzi bath was amazing but did initially smell of the drains when first used. My advice would be to fill the bath, run the jacuzzi, empty the bath and refill.....only takes a few minutes longer.
The lounge was equipped with 2 sofa beds for our 2 children which they both said were comfortable, TV with a few channels, not too bothered about there being limited english channels as we were not on holiday to watch tv! The area had a kitchen but we only used the fridge for drinks. There were no kitchen utensils but as we were all-inclusive, this did not bother us. I was told that utensils are available for those that go other than all-inclusive. The rooms key is a card as most modern hotels are these days, we were only issued one card to start with but a trip to the reception area and we were given another one without charge. The room was cleaned by housekeeping daily who were all very friendly and have to be commended for their standards of cleanliness. I wasn't afraid to leave any money or valuables out either....
The hotel has wi-fi but unfortunately was only available in the reception area and a few limited rooms and ours wasn't one! So consequently, the reception area is usually filled with people using laptops and mobile phones.....Yes, I was one of them....The price is 2 euros for an hour or 5 euros for 24 hours....this is actual connection time and stops as soon as you disconnect from the wifi so it lasted me all week. The hotel should maybe look at installing a decent wifi systemfor all rooms.
The food was outstanding and some of the best I have had at an all inclusive hotel in this price bracket. Breakfast included bacon, sausage, eggs (scrambled and fried), beans, tomatoes, and other continental foods such as meatballs, carrots and cod nuggets! There was also a wide selection of chilled meats, cheeses, fruit and cereals. Lunch and Dinner were also fantastic and we had plenty of freshly cooked meat and fish, pasta and salad available. The meat ranged from fillet steak, gammon and chicken through to Goat! (very similar to lamb). There was always plenty of food available whether you went as the restaurant opened or 15 minutes before it closed.
The pool area was clean and tidy and although the hotel was full, we never had any trouble finding a sun lounger. There are 3 pools at the hotel, 1 near the main pool bar which ranged from 0.60m to 1.4m deep with a shallow walk-in area. Another pool is situated some 75m away from the main pool and is large in size with a depth of between 0.8m and 1.6m with a very refreshing waterfall at one end under which are situated the toilets. This pool is where most of the water based animation activities take place other than the aqua gym. The only problem with this pool is the distance away from the pool bar and maybe the hotel should look at implementing a small pool bar in the area. Once again no lack of sun loungers here. The other pool is a small childrens pool which I cannot comment on as we never used this area. At all 3 pools there was a lifeguard on duty from 10am-6pm which was pleasing to see.
The all-inclusive drinks were good, with Amstel beer on tap and locally produced spirits and some cocktails available, at the pool bar from 10-7 and then in the main bar from 7-11. The entertainment was a bit hit and miss and was inside in the main bar area which could become a little crowded at times, especially one evening when there was a light drizzle outside. There was also limited seating that didn't have some sort of pillar blocking part of your view.
The animation team worked hard during the course of our week and didn't pressurise you into taking part in any of the events until I pushed Paulina into the pool and then she looked at exacting revenge in any way possible! I played Volleyball, Water-Polo, Water Volleyball and Football and found them all entertaining.
The hotel caters for many nationalities german, Spanish, Italian and Russian, and this has to be remembered when booking here although it didn't bother us in the slightest. Communication was never a problem as we found all the staff spoke relatively good English.
There is a Spa facility recently opened and both my partner and myself took advantage of this. I had an hour long aloe-vera massage for 41 Euros and my partner had a peeling deep cleansing massage for 34 euros. Jerome (the masseause), freshly made the aloe-vera rub by stripping a leaf from a plant and removing the sap...quite a sight to behold..... He explained everything in very good English of what he was doing...well worth the money.
There is a daily bus service into Puerto De La Cruz departing the hotel at regular intervals during the day. If you decide to have an evening down there, a taxi back will cost about 6 euros. The hotel is situated on top of a small hill and enjoys good views all round with Puerto Cruz to one side and Mt.Teide to the other. The hotel is quite near to the motorway however this didn't affect us once. Also there is a good shopping centre just on the other side of the motorway called La Villa which had many varied shops and outlets and is indeed worth a visit.
All in all, we considered the hotel good value, we paid £2200 for 4 of us through on the beach.
The hotel is definately worth a look if you want a quality all-inclusive hotel in this area of Tenerife. Many thanks for making our stay enjoyable. The only things from stopping me awarding it an excellent rating are the wi-fi issue and the lack of a secong pool bar......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star hotel Las Aguilas is located at the top of a mountain, surrounded by gardens of 10,000 sqm, with a spectacular view over Puerto de la Cruz and the Orotava Valley. It is just 3 km away from the city centre and from the beaches of Puerto de la Cruz and thanks to its easy accessibility this hotel is the perfect location for your holidays or your business trip. All of the suites dispose of one bedroom, one separate living room, a bathroom with Jacuzzi and a spacious balcony or terrace with wonderful views over the sea or towards the mountain Teide. Furthermore, all suites provide air conditioning, telephone, hairdryer, satellite TV, large beds, rental safe and refrigerator. Refresh yourself in the two swimming pools for adults (one of them heated in winter) and one for children, surrounded by ample gardens and areas with sunbeds. Try the variety of snacks and small dishes a la carte at our Snack Bar next to the pool and relax with the panoramic sea view. In our restaurant Amaltea you may enjoy the buffet with live cooking and theme nights and spend some time on its terrace with the amazing view over the Orotava Valley. The Vulcano Show Bar provides a large variety of drinks and international cocktails as well as an evening programme with shows and live music. During the day we invite you to participate in our activities for adults as well as for children (mini club for children between 4 and 12 years). You may reach the city centre of Puerto de la Cruz several times a day with our free bus service. WiFi is available in all rooms, the use of WiFi in the hotel lobby is free of charge. In 2005, the hotel was completely reformed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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