The hotel is very pleasant, well presented, clean, not a typical concrete hotel, in a very convenient location - the beach and promenade are a short walk away, as is the main town square, traditional harbour and a wide range of restaurants. All of the above are within 5 minutes walk.
Our room was supposed to be self catering but in reality it was simply a bedroom with no fridge, cooking facilities or even a kettle! When questioned, the hotel management did agree that self catering should have the above facilities. We ended up laughing about it. An alternative room was offered however as it reportedly faced the side of a building, was smaller than ours, wasn't available for a day and would cost 4 euros extra per night therefore we elected to stay in the room we had been given. There were self catering rooms at the site, our room wasn't and this resulted in meal costs being greater than anticipated as we ate out for every meal. The hotel does offer buffet breakfast and dinner and whilst it all looked ok, inexpensive and quality breakfasts were available a short distance walk away at the town square where you could sit outdoors and enjoy the morning sun. The only downside of this was the place we liked didn't open until 10am.
On the plus side the room was large, spacious, with a balcony overlooking the gardens and in the distance an exciting mountainous backdrop.
The pool - well put simply it was freezing cold! But this didn't stop people using it occasionally. I am a keen and daily swimmer. Once you got used to it, the water temperature was ok. The pool was very clean - it is advertised that the water is changed weekly - and at one end it is very deep. It's says 2m on the wall but I am 2m tall and when I jumped in, I went down a long way. So I'd say it's more like 3m deep - great fun for occasional jumping in. The pool area is very quiet - we didn't witness any boisterous behaviour. On one occasion that I jumped in, it broke the silence much to the humour of a nearby Swiss couple. The pool is heavily salted - so much so that my legs floated like I'd image one would experience in the Dead Sea.
There are few English people in the area and I like that. The more commercialised restaurants spoke English. It depends what you want. I prefer more authentic places with traditional menus and enjoyed fresh fish, rabbit, pork and a couple of fabulously tasty steaks. I would offer a word of caution - some of the Canarian restaurants seemed to be run by non-Canarians with mixed results. The 'canarian potatoes' served with red and green mojo sauce is must to try...but some of the restaurants just couldn't seem to deliver the right results - the potatoes are cooked in salted water and left to steam off leaving wrinkly skins that look like tiny baked jacket potatoes. But some of the restaurants efforts just looked like boiled new potatoes.
It seemed that most of the guests at the hotel and resort were German.
There was hardly any of the 'reserving of beds with beach towels' charade. Only on a couple of occasions were towels left on beds but this was perhaps more a case of people nipping off for lunch. We did lunch at the hotel bar which is run by an extremely hospitable little lady, very friendly and although she didn't speak English, it was very easy to order and she helped us learn some Spanish words which was great as we both enjoy learning new languages.
Wifi is available at a small extra cost but it only works in and near the main reception. A computer is available where you can buy time to use the Internet, I think 1 euro for 15 mins or similar and I found this useful for translating menus.
The nearby football pitch was noisy for one night but I wouldn't say it was much of a problem. The hotel backs on to the local Police Station which was reassuring.
The nearby beach was lovely. Very rough Atlantic sea when we were there, getting in and out was fun and a bit tricky but a lifeguard was always on duty and a bit common sense is all it takes to decide when is safe to enter the water. I went in when others were in too. There is a beach at one end of the resort that looks like it is dedicated to surfers - great to watch.
There are lots of little grocery shops in the area and a wide range of eating out options.
We went during March 2012 and the weather was good - warm and sunny on most days. Only one day was overcast and on that occasion we went for a long walk up the hill and out of the resort, in the direction of the exciting looking hills and mountains beyond. We passed some of the other hotels we had considered and whilst they looked nice, many were a long way from the beaches, unlike ours.
I searched the internet looking for Tenerife hotels to spend a 7 day holiday away with my girlfriend. Having found 3 potentials, I then used Trip Advisor to research further and was not disappointed with my choice. Overall a lovely holiday in a very nice, unspoilt resort.
(We were offered a shuttle from the airport or a taxi for a greater cost. We went for the shuttle (minibus). On the outward journey there were 4 passengers. On the return, just the two of us. Perhaps it might be different at busier times but knowing what I now know, I wouldn't waste the money on a taxi for this resort).
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