It's a good, clean budget hotel. We had a small room with a tiny balcony on the 6th floor. It's a fine hotel if you want to be out and about, but not great if you want a hotel based holiday. It's a 15 min walk downhill into the town or beach, and a 25 min walk uphill back again. It's quite a slog back, not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties, unless you get taxis or buses. The 382 stops right at the hotel, but it's hard to figure out where to catch it. Loads of buses stop on the main road below the hotel, but even that still leaves a 5 minute hard slog uphill. We walked in and out of town sometimes twice a day and treated the walk as decent exercise to wear off the overeating at breakfast and dinner.
Breakfasts were what you expect, with cooked English and basic continental cold meats and cheese. Fills you up enough to not need lunch.
Buffet dinners were variable - once or twice really good (the rabbit and fish), but mostly OK and nothing special - there were always really good chips whatever else was on offer. Puddings were disappointing usually, looked mainly like kids food - jelly and icecream, but once or twice a very tasty rice pudding (thankful for small mercies!). All in all, probably a little better than you'd expect at the price paid (£191 for 2 for a week half board in our case)
It's in a residential area away from the tourist areas. Suite us - you see real Spanish life from the balcony, generally people hanging around in groups chatting in the warm evenings. We also saw some sort of religious procession complete with marching band, and a wedding celebration outside the bar below - not the normal things you see on holiday.
The gripes I have are to be expected I suppose. Only tepid water at morning shower time (hot later in the day when no one else wants a shower I suppose), and the freezing swimming pool, which was far too cold to swim in. Annoying, because on a couple of days the weather was very hot, and a dip would have been very welcome. SWo tyhe hotel shoul invest in a couple more thermal solar panels - one to top up the hot water, and one for the pool.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay and the location was an advantage for us. Staff were helpful and friendly, but only the reception staff spoke English - the second language I expect is German, and the guests were mainly German, so guard your toast as it's cooking! On sunny days, although their welcome pack states sun loungers can't be reserved with towels, on the two days we went to sit by the pool, many loungers were empty yet had towels on them, so we made do with chairs.
We stayed here because it's part of the same group as the excellent hotel we stayed at last month. This is at the 'value' end of their group I expect - nothing at all wrong with that, but don't expect many luxuries. It's a very good basic package for the price you pay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family hotel with wiews of Teide or to the centre of Puerto de la Cruz. Has 31 rooms with private bathroom, restaurat, pool bar and two spacious solariums in the pool area, as well as two television rooms and a games room. We are situated at 1,5 Km from Playa Jardin, and 15 minutes walking distance to the centre of the city, only 10 minutes away from the Taoro Gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Acuario Hotel
- Acuario Tenerife
- Globales Acuario Tenerife/Puerto De La Cruz