As the name states Isabel "FAMILY" Hotel is exactly that.
We decided to go half board after reading trip advisor posts and am glad we did. You do miss out on the free drinks and lunchtime snacks or meals, but the cost of drinks in the hotel or outside was very reasonable, so no worries on that score.
Check in was fast and very efficient. Given a map at reception and a bit of an ordeal to find room but made it after a few false turns.
The living room was very large but dated and had double doors to huge patio with table and chairs. Kitchen was spotless and had a coffee filter machine, microwave and very cold fridge.
Bedroom has double doors to balcony as well and large sliding door wardrobe. It also has a safe which you could pay for if needed.
NOTE the locks to the sliding doors are a bolt at end of the door, not at the opening end. This is more secure than normal sliding door locks which could be easily forced.
Our balcony got the sun until 8pm which was great as you could chill-out reading and having a few beers before heading to dinner.
Towels were changed and the room cleaned daily. Only once did the maid forget to leave towels and toilet roll and a call to reception got them delivered in a few minutes - great service.
The food selection was very good, but liked dinner time it was a real hassle to work your way carefully through the crowds at the food stations.
We had breakfast at varying times over the 2 weeks, ranging from 0800 till 1000 and I don't think there was any noticeable difference in the volume of people apart from a huge increase at the weekends due to Spanish guests coming in for the weekend.
British, European and Mediteranian food is served. Coffee was from a machine and wasn't too bad. Thermos flasks were available which had proper coffee. Juices were the diluting type but several mornings a chef was juicing fresh fruits free of charge, something that's normally charged for in other hotels. Nice one.
Seating outside was nice as it became very hot & stuffy inside.
Evening Dinner 1900-2200
Our first evening it was all a bit too much to take in. Waiters show you to your table quickly, place your order for drinks and then its up to you. The volume of people at the food stations was a killer. Also, the tables were so close together it was uncomfortable. However, day 2 and onwards it became easier when you started to know where things were that you liked.
They catered for every taste imaginable. Brilliant carverys' most nights, fresh gammon, roast beef, ribs, pork, veal, fish etc. Large selection of food for vegetarians available.
Large salads elections and a great kids food section which also had the italian foods. Fresh pizza with every type of topping available, lovely fresh pastas' and sauces every night. Garlic bread was really very good.
Every night we looked forward to having the soup from the choice of two available (+gazpacho every night). They did garlic soup one night and it was awesome.
The deserts were absolutely excellent with small bite sized mini pastries filled with mousses, almond paste, sweet fillings, fruits etc. ice creams were also excellent but always huge queues. Very large selection of fresh fruit.
Biggest downside was the heat that built up in the restaurant as the air-conditioning never seemed to work,
We ate early one night and went to the Michael Jackson show. Why did we eat early? It was to get a table outside in the plaza where all the shown takes place. Most nights when we had finished dinner, there were no seats available.
The evening entertainment always starts with kids activities and main acts around 0930 or 1000.
Sardines spring to mind. Far too many people crushed into one area. The pool doesn't open till 0800 but people have towels down to reserve beds from 7 Onwards. Signs around the pool stated towels would be removed but never saw this happen.
Despite having a separate kids pool, which always had lots of empty beds, a lot of the small kids seemed to be in the very shallow part of the adult pool which was a real pain at times especially if there was a really noisy bunch around. The pool was large so you can get away from the noisy end. The pool was spotlessly clean and beds and pool area washed down daily.
Bar at the Pool
Large and clean cafe and bar area. Prices for snacks same or in some cases much cheaper than outside hotel. Tapas, lasagne, sandwiches, prawns, salads and lots of other dishes available. Also has the AI buffet in a separated area of the restaurant. Interestingly they lay tablecloths out for paying guests and a lot of attention paid to guests by the bar.
TIP: discount vouchers are available and definitely worth buying. Non alcoholic drinks 15euros and alcoholic drink vouchers 25. You get 10 vouchers
The tram runs from outside the Fanabe sister hotel ( just across the road) and it's €9 return to Toriviscas beach. A nice relaxing journey but not the cheapest way to get around.
The market is across the road and held every Thu and Sat. Worth bargaining a lot to get the price you want. Next to the market is the bus station and you can get busses to most parts of the south island from here, cheaply.
On the left of the hotel is a small mall and a large supermarket in the basement.
Just before Babushka cafe bar, there is a ticket agent and they are much cheaper than buying trips near the beach or in Toriviscas
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aparthotel in Costa Adeje area, south of Tenerife. Hotel A. ISABEL offers Apartment, Bungalow and Villa (one and two bedroom) accommodation, in a lovely Canarian village style. Our accommodations are fully equipped with kitchen and separate bedroom area. In our Hotel in Costa Adeje you will find facilities and installations as: Mini Club, Children playground area, sport installations, gym and pool area, Restaurant, Pool and Tapas Bar. Perfect for families, couples or friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Isabel Family Adeje
- Hotel Isabel Family
- Hotel ISABEL Tenerife/Adeje