My wife and I booked a six night stay in the second week of January in order to get some winter sunshine and to celebrate my birthday. I had originally intended to use the 111 bus from the airport, which drops off in Los Cristianos within sight of the hotel, but there was a large queue of travellers at the bus stop. I was aware of the reports on TripAdvisor about slow check-in at the hotel and knowing that there was a Thomson flight (Thomsons use the Sol Princessa Dacil) about to land I took the decision to take a taxi. The cost is no more than 25 Euros, a lot more expensive than the bus but as it turned out it did mean that we didn’t have to wait to check in. It’s worth having some small denominations of Euros as my taxi driver pulled the “no change” excuse and was about to drive off with my 30 Euros for a 22.40 Euro fare. Miraculously she found a 5 Euro note from somewhere. Check in is slow but it seems that this is due to the sluggish computer system and not the staff. We also paid 20 Euros for the room safe. The safe itself is key operated, remember this is a 1972 built hotel, so no small metal box with an electronic key pad device here. The safe is set into the concrete inside a wardrobe and sufficiently large for your valuables. You will get 5 Euros refunded when the key is handed back in when checking out. By the time we had checked in there were a few more arriving guests seated on the couches behind us. Reception is also the place to pay for the mattresses for the sun beds for which a receipt is printed which you hand to the pool attendant. This will also lead to delays at certain times of the day.
Our room was on the thirteenth floor and faced the harbour. A nice view but it is on the side where you will get no sun until late afternoon. The room was clean and comfortable with two single beds, a large bathroom and small settee. We couldn’t get the fridge to work and phoned down to reception. By the time we got back from dinner just over an hour later a hotel employee had called and the fridge was working. There are four lifts and we never experienced any significant delays when they were requested.
We had booked half board and like a few other reviewers found there always to be enough choice to satisfy our hunger. Take time when selecting your table to ensure you are not on an obvious traffic route as people will be passing to and from the food area all the time which gets annoying. Drinks can be purchased from a small bar area and it was not uncommon to see guests taking a half drunk bottle of wine to and from the dining area each evening. We paid 5 Euro for a half carafe of house wine on a couple of evening which was OK. The automatic hot drinks dispenser at breakfast is a bit hit or miss. The hot water for tea is not hot enough and if you like a coffee you can taste then go for the espresso. Press the button twice to fill the cup, it won’t overflow. The main bar area just before the restaurant was quite expensive and got quite busy in the evening. To be fair the majority of guests at this time of year are quite elderly and tend to stay in the hotel in the evening rather than venturing into Los Cristianos so the bar will get busy. The animation team (Jordi and Ola) took time to include people from different countries using their language. Ola in particular knew people by first name and guests were joining in the daytime activities by choice rather than being cajoled.
A nice surprise occurred on my birthday as the hotel left a chilling bottle of Cava in our room. They obviously check birthdates from the scan they take of your passport. I called in to thank the duty manager in her office by the lifts and she was pleased to have added to the occasion and asked us about our stay.
Overall I was more than happy with my stay. Yes, it is an older design of hotel which has been brought up to date but it is clean and comfortable with hard working staff and offers a good product. I would hope that they include a decent free wifi in future as I would choose a free wifi enabled hotel over a payable wifi. As more people of all ages are buying tablet PC’s this may give the hotel an advantage over other hotels in the area when it comes to making a decision about where to stay. We waited until we were in Los Cristianos and were able to use the free wifi in bars. A dedicated smoking area would be nice to see rather than guests having to pass through the smokers congregated under the canopy leading to the main lobby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. TRYP Tenerife lies 200 m from the beach of Los Cristianos in Tenerife. It features a large outdoor pool with sun loungers and rooms with balconies, most with sea views. Children can enjoy activities such as climbing and the superjumper. Meanwhile parents can enjoy a session in the gym or simply sunbathing on the sun terrace. At the end of the day the family can come together to share a meal in the buffet restaurant before enjoying the nightly entertainment. There is also a pool bar and a sports bar. Tenerife South Airport is less than 20 minutes' drive from TRYP Tenerife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Princesa Dacil Hotel Los Cristianos
- Sol Melia Arona
- Sol Princesa Dacil Arona
- TRYP Tenerife Los Cristianos