The Canarife Palace is one of 3 hotels on a quiet road about a mile from the city centre. Myself and 3 other friends stayed here for a week 11-18 August to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday. The Canarife Palace was allocated to us on arrival, we were the last to check-in that day and after visiting the 2 other hotels during our stay, this is the best of the 3 hotels. The others being the Bonanza Hotel next door and the Interpalace across the road. These 2 held the entertainment every night. Rooms in the Canarife are very spacious with plenty of wardrobe space, fridge, large bathroom and large balcony. Reading other reports that say we were up a mountain were quite ridiculous. Puerto De La Cruz is close to the mountains anyway and even though the last 2 days of our holiday were overcast, to go here in the winter months hoping to get a golden tan maybe a bit of a gamble. We had 5 out of 7 days wall-to-wall sunshine from 11am-8pm and it was very hot, mid 30's. We all went half-board and the choice at breakfast and dinner were ample, at least something for everyone. Obviously you are in Spain so the taste of the products are not going to be exactly the same as you're named brands back home. Fridge in room wasn't that cool and the TV only showed foreign channels and the odd news channel. MTV would have been nice as background but nevertheless we always had our ipod docking station to fall back on and a radio built into the bedside aswell. Room was cleaned and towels changed every other day. Air-con was free but not that effective. Room safe was 3 euros a day. After breakfast on the first day we decided to get our sunbeds for the day but found out that there were none available, apparently there are only about 100 sunbeds for about 400 guests in the Canarfie and Bonanza, ridiculous. If you want a sunbed for the day, then from day 3 of our holiday, myself and another member of our party would set our alarm to reserve 4 beds at 7am, then go back to bed until breakfast before occupying them later. Everybody was doing it and these were British guests not German and no action was taken. You just had to. We were half board and they charged us just 2 euros for unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks for everning meal which was good. The all inclusive people wore blue armbands and the children yellow armbands, so I can't see how children could help themselves to booze as the staff were very vigilant. Restaurant staff and maids were very pleasant and so were the receptionists. Evening meals consisted of a choice of 2 soups, superb salad bar, fish bar, plenty of main courses, fresh fruits and desserts and you could eat as much as you like. It was a bit boring though by day 5, a week is enough here I think. You could also buy snacks at the hotel lunchtime for 3 euros each but we normally took a walk around the main street, a number of coffee bars would do you toasted sandwiches, hot dogs, etc. There is also a Suma supermarket at the end of the road and various other mini shops scattered around. No exchange facility in the hotel which I find very strange, nearest bank 10 mins walk away is BBV which charge you a hefty 25 euros to change travellers cheques. The city centre was half an hour walk away downhill and/or steps, you'll find the way you prefer. Get a taxi up, only 3.15 euros, 4 euros with a tip (that's only £3.20). About 5 euros after midnight. Plenty of shops, cafe bars and restaurants in the centre. Beach is awful, all black sand. Fund Grube Duty free shop is a shopper's paradise, 2 of them there. Cafe De Paris on the seafront is a must for coffee and cake in the day and cocktails at night. We only did one trip and that was to Loro Parque. At 33 euros thats more expensive than London Zoo but it was even better than London Zoo. Fantastic day out. We got a taxi again as there was 4 of us and with a tip was only 10 euros each way. Food and drink in the park very reasonable, in fact drinks in Puerto De La Cruz itself were all very reasonable, paying just 2 euros for a pint, 3 euros for a spirit and mixer and cocktails from only 4 euros aswell. If you want to stay within walking distance of the hotel, then the 2 bars we found to be the most frienly were Apricot and Orquidea. Orquidea, next door but 2 to the Canarife Palace, turn right as you come out, also do stunning food. Steaks and ice-cream profiteroles are superb.The hotels cater for older couples and families. Hardly any youngsters staying there and the entertainment that they provide wouldn't suit them either. A mixture of your usual mini disco, bingo, organ player, etc. Music is outside but finishes at 12 midnight. All in all not a bad holiday, even in the city centre though, not much for youngsters who want music bars, they would be better off down South in Los Christianos or Playa De Las Americas where I would also like to try if I return to Tenerife in the future. Would not rule out a return to the Canarife Palace again though although one cannot guarantee that they would be at this hotel until their arrival but they need to get more sunbeds in, OPERATION SUN LOUNGER AT DAWN is not funny anymore when you're in your 40s and have paid nearly £500 for a week's holiday.
Rooms on the front overlook the road, but very quiet at night anyway.
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