We have just returned from a great two weeks stay at the El Tope. The accommodation is basically good although there are some areas in need of updating. Our room on the second floor was spacious and comfortable with a lovely view but the carpet was quite grubby and definitely in need of replacing - a tiled floor would be more suitable. We enjoyed the food. Breakfast was excellent with lots of choice. Bearing in mind that it is a buffet, getting really hot food is going to be a bit hit and miss. However the chef did cook fresh food at both dinner and breakfast. We did not eat the 'English' breakfast but made our own fruit salad with the fresh fruits on offer - apples, bananas, oranges, kiwi, grapefruit etc. to have with yogurt. The scrambled egg was freshly prepared and there was a lovely variety of breads. My only criticism of the evening meal was in the limited choice of sweets. We would have preferred some of the lovely pastries on offer at breakfast to be available as sweets for the evening meal. Having said this, there was a good variety of salads, soup and main courses - no one would go hungry. Perhaps a saving could be made by not having champagne on offer on Sunday morning - would anyone object?
The evening entertainment in the Hotel was variable. We very much enjoyed the folk dancing and Flamenco.
The staff were all very pleasant and efficient - particularly the dining room staff who were quick to remove used crockery and reset tables. They were also good at speaking English as well as French and German.
There are over 100 steps or steep slope to get into town from the El Tope so anyone with mobility problems would need to consider this and be prepared to take local taxis - not expensive for short journeys.
We feel this was a great value for money holiday and would be happy to return to the El Tope.
The El Tope is in a great position for getting out and about and exploring the island. My tip is to get a bus 'Bono' card from the bus station which gives a great reduction on bus travel. Once you have your card you do not need to walk to the bus station unless you are going West. There is a bus stop 5 minutes walk uphill to the main road, which you can catch to get to many places - Santa Cruz, La Laguna, Oratava etc. Fares are extremely cheap. You can travel for an hour for around e3. You can get to Mt. Teide (same bus stop) but this is the only bus you can't use your Bono card on. There is only 1 bus up at 9.15 and one bus back at 4pm. To the furthest stop at the Parador and visitor Centre (past the cable car station) costs around e12 return.
There are lots of interesting places to visit in Puerto Cruz - Loro Park, the Lido, the Botanical Gardens, the Orchid Garden, the town and harbour area, Jardin Beach and gardens, Jardin Taoro. Slightly inland, the town of Orotava is a beautiful place to visit with lots of interesting buildings and park areas. Garachico in the west is also worth visiting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Gran Hotel El Tope where you will be made to feel at home during your stay with us.Our philosophy is to create a warm and enjoyable atmosphere where all our guests are considered to be our friends.Enjoy the calmness and the facilities provided in a warm and cosy family-like atmosphere where our kind staff members will be on hand to assist you at all times.Our hotel reflects the hospitality typical of the area as acknowledged by our guests.Our guests will enjoy free Wireless DSL Internet access throughout the hotel.The Gran Hotel El Tope is magnificently located with a panoramic view of Puerto de La Cruz and the fabulous Valle de la Orotava. In addition, it is also adjacent to the Martíanez Shopping Centre, which is less than five minutes walk from the Atlantic Ocean beach and next to the fabulous swimming pool complex, Lago Martíanez. The hotel is only 25 and 90 kilometres from the airports Tenerife North and Tenerife South, respectively. Each room is spacious and bright with a unique and elegant character, where every detail makes a difference. Our en suite facilities included fully equipped bathrooms, hair dryer, T.V., telephone, wall-to-wall carpet and air-conditioning, as well as an optional safe and a mini bar.Their balconies are overlooking the sea or offer a view to the mountains.The swimmingpool is located in a unique setting surrounded by green vegetation and magnificent gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel El Tope Tenerife/Puerto De La Cruz