A group of friends and I met at the Hotel Rural Victoria last month for two nights prior to a Sea Dream crossing from Tenerife to Miami. I had chosen the hotel as I didn't want to return to the Sheraton in Santa Cruz... from the reviews it sounded like a great alternative although I did note quibbles about bedding, etc. When I emailed the hotel I inquired about this and was told by Erica that they were aware
of the reviews and had made substantial changes in the soft furnishings.
I found the hotel to be charming and Enrique and Erica very friendly and helpful. My room was on the third floor, up the little winding staircase to the terrace which had glorious views in all directions. There are two rooms off the terrace, both facing the street but I was never bothered by traffic noises. The room was smallish, very clean with nice furnishings, two windows--one looking out at the mountains and the other overlooking the terrace and the sea. The sheets, blankets, pillows and towels were fine... pillows and duvet in the style of country inns throughout Spain, not plush but certainly satisfactory.
There were 6 of us in all and we each arrived at a different time and on a different internal clock but the small staff took this in stride and made sure we were comfortable and well fed. The food was very good... I had a steak which beat any I had on the crossing and the others were also very pleased with their orders. Rabbit was a big hit with all! The only problem--and it was a small one--was service at dinner... one waiter was just not enough to keep the dinner service
moving along as it should have.
I was able to see one of the larger rooms on the second floor and it was lovely... it looked out over tile roofs to the sea and had a very spacious private terrace. One of our group (the last to arrive) had a small room facing a wall and the ventilation was poor so I would suggest when making a reservation avoiding this room (and any others with the same configuration).
There is a high speed computer set up just off the lobby for guests use at no charge and I believe they have wi-fi also as one of the group used his laptop in his room.
Our group makes this crossing every autumn and we all agreed that this would be our hotel of choice next time we sail from Tenerife. It’s only about 15 minutes from the airport, but La Orotava could be a million miles away from the touristy areas of the island and the hotel is a delight. And the prices were surprising reasonable... very good value indeed!!
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- Also Known As:
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- Hotel Rural Victoria Tenerife/La Orotava, Spain