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Best Semiramis
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Leopoldo Cologan Zulueta, 12, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain   |  
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Ranked #29 of 81 hotels in Puerto de la Cruz
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
1 review
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“The Bat Cave and Beyond”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My Dad and myself went for a break away the first week in March to the Hotel Semiramis. We stayed under bed and breakfast board. I had read reviews previously, but was surprised to find that the hotel is built into a cliff side. Therefore, all of the rooms have spectacular view of the wild sea. Also the Hotel is upside down, with reception on the top floor. There is a sneaky lift at the far side of the hotel that takes you down to a tunnel that pops out by the sea. Semiramis guests can use their room cards to exit the tunnel for a quick journey down to the town centre, avoiding steep walks when leaving by the hotel reception.
Breakfast is stupendous and a good feed will lasted me way past dinner. The rooms are massive and immaculately cleaned on a daily basis. The pools are great, especially the partially indoor one with Jacuzzi and jet streams. The majority of staff and guests are very friendly, but there's always one or two moaning bores anywhere you go.

Room Tip: If you are afraid of heights ask for a 1st, 2nd, 3rd floor room as up on high is awesomely steep.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Returned again for the fifth stay in 4 years. Asked for a high floor, corner room and got one on the 12th floor. Food was as previously a good standard with plenty of choice and always decent cooked to order fish or meat too. Plenty of choice for breakfast, loads of fresh fruit, meats, cheese etc. Very quaffable wine, pay when you check out, 7 bottles 42 euro!

The permanent sound of the Sea on the rocks is a real plus, sadly some folks moan about it, which begs the question, why stay in a hotel directly overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Rooms are big, nice firm large double beds a bit faded but hey the room rates on each of our five visits have been 3 star prices. Apart from the sea it is very quiet. The motorway mentioned by some is a road and after midnight is pretty quiet. With the doors and blackout curtains closed any street noise is cut out.

All in all another great stay. A quiet hotel, a quiet resort for early nights and a relaxing break. Not 5 star but a deserved 4 star holiday hotel and inexpensive. If you want late nights, discos, and lots to do, this is not for you. Will return for a sixth stay soon.

Room Tip: stay above floor 8 and if you book a "promo" room expect to hear the traffic as these are...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Booked at this hotel because a friend had booked and I agreed to go out and meet her. I was very sceptical after reading the various reviews.
You cannot judge by any one persons review because we are all looking for something different from a 'holiday hotel'. However, I do think it is worth taking advice from reviews that regularly point out the negative aspects of hotels.
This is my personal evaluation:
Good Points -
1. Very hard working staff.
2. Hotel generally clean
3. Good selection of food especially freshly cooked fish, poultry and meats at dinner
4. Spacious bedrooms
Bad Points -
1. North facing rooms dark.
2. Couldn't sit out on balcony - crashing waves very, very noisy.
3. I didn't sleep very well because of the noise of the sea.
(These points might not bother some people but if you want a quiet room with sunny balcony don't stay here!!!!!!)
4. Very hard and uncomfortable bed.
5. Corridor carpets incredibly shabby and smelly.
5. Dining room definitely like a canteen with tables very close together.
6. Understaffed, felt sorry for the waiters trying to keep up with demand.
7. All Inclusive drinks very limited at dinner and poor quality.
8. Staff struggled to keep breakfast buffet stocked with regular shortages and
absence of melon for a week.
9. Personal room problems including:
a. First room damp and foisty smelling
b. Moved to second room and was contacted by reception to say there was problem with the air conditioning and I would have to move again.
c. Third room okay, I thought. Came back to my room at 10.00 p.m. to a fridge that was hot inside and giving off noxious fumes!!!!! A maintenance man did come at 11.45 but I had already unplugged the fridge and put it out into the hallway. The smell in my room was terrible!!!
(The management were concerned about the situation but it still spoilt my holiday and caused stress and exhaustion when I had hoped for a relaxed and peaceful holiday)
10. Swimming pool too cold to swim in.
11. Terrible smell from drains around swimming pool area
12. Shabby public areas

As I say, everyone has their own ideas of a good or bad hotel.

It wasn't for me. I shall pay a lot more attention to reviews in future.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

staff very helpful, large rooms, very clean with wonderful sea views. Breakfast had everything you could want. The hotel was in a good spot near the main town but in a quiet area. The walk into the main shopping area was very pleasant and a taxi back was only 4 euros. we would stay here again.

Room Tip: our room had a seaview which we requested when booking, higher floors are better
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We were a family with two kids, 12 and 13 and this hotel is probably not ideal for families. Cant fault the accommodation, the room was great and the view from the balcony was stunning, but don’t expect any sunshine on the balcony as it faces due North. We though the food was good with enough variety every day. We got a good half board deal in what we would consider a quality 4 star hotel. Puerto de la Cruz is really a waiting room for Heaven, all the action is in the South of the island as we now know from previous visits to Tenerife. We don't regret seeing the North of the island as we met some really friendly and eccentric characters at this hotel. The North is definitely photogenic than the South. The main outdoor pool wasn't heated which was a little disappointing but there is a semi outdoor heated pool.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Return home on 15th February after three weeks all inclusive SAGA holiday. The hotel is not advertised by SAGA as Five Star which is fair but there have been improvements since last year. The food arrangements are acceptable, fresh eggs for Breakfast, at least two grilled choices for Lunch and often three at Dinner. The fish is very good and to be recommended over the red meat dishes. The choice of other items such as salads is extensive. The choice of hot vegetables is limited, but this is Spain and to be expected. The staff are very helpful and react to a bit of conversation rather than scowls. The bar arrangements are good, even if a little slow early in the evening. The evening entertainment is about the same standard as any of the hotels we have stayed in in Spain.
The rooms are clean and of a good size, TV is a bit clapped out and the bathroom towels could do with replacing. The sea view is good but a bit of sun on the balcony would be better, but it is not possible to turn the hotel round 90 degrees!
The walk into town is good and should be experiences and the location gives lots of different walks including the walk to Bololo Beach, about 40 minutes away through a banana plantation.
We shall be returning to this hotel next year, one of several we will be using during 2013/14.

Room Tip: Try to get a room above level 10.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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23 hotel reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We got a good deal on this hotel, so we can't really complain, but if we had paid full price then I would have been very disappointed. The hotel may have been about four stars in the distant past but is more two star - it is a jaded hotel that caters for pensioners on a budget. Generally the staff are pleasant and helpful. The hotel is fairly clean but not gleaming and generally shabby.

The food is not great and not warm - we avoided most of the meat and chicken as they were of poor quality. The salads were quite good and we found enough to do us -though one week was enough - especially having to queue for food etc as their were a lot of guests in the very large dining room - some of the guests do not understand that they must take their turn - tea and cereal is dreadful.

The hotel is situated outside the town up a fairly steep oceanside hill with no lights at night - the hotel is not accessible via this road after 9pm and the only way in is via the main door up a very steep hill - this does not encourage guests, especially elderly ones , to leave the envrons of the hotel in the evening which can be boring as their is only basic entertainment in the evening - though probably adequate for some of the elderly guests. Beds and pillow very uncomfortable - bring your own toiletries as they are not great

Room Tip: Ask for a room at level 10 or above and away from lifts
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Leopoldo Cologan Zulueta, 12, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > Puerto de la Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto de la Cruz
#15 Luxury Hotel in Puerto de la Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Best Semiramis 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Best Semiramis is a confortable establishment of five stars located in the quiet residential area of “La Paz”, 1.5 km away from Puerto de la Cruz and leisure complex “Lago Martianez”. It offers wonderful views of the sea and the north Coast of Tenerife. ... more   less 
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