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“Pro's + Con's!!” 3 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ave Venezuela s/n, 38660 Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, Spain   |  
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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“Pro's + Con's!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

we arrived their late night, about 1am, and check in was fine, the lady at reception was very helpful, and considerate when we struggled with getting our key in the door!! We had a 4th floor room and while the lifts wernt anything brilliant they worked and got you were you wanted, the stairs were just as quick though athough the light didnt always work on a night which was difficult when stumbling in from a night on the strip haha!

Our room was fine! Very basic but all we needed for the 2 of us on a girls holiday. The bathroom was also fine and we just needed to remember to close our air vent on a night. Our balcony over looked the bar area and the swimming pool and was equipped with a table and chair. Like i said before it was just total basics but why would 2 girls on a party holiday need anymore than that :)

The only problems we experienced where the food. Dinner and tea was almost the same as each other, every day. This consisted of pasta, chips, and then other things that didnt look particularly appealing! its a good job we didnt need big meals! puddings were limited but nice enough.
The 2nd problem we had was with the all inclusive drinks. The bar was only open till 11pm which is fair enough , but as you can imagine we made friends at the hotel and it was easier for a couple of us to get rounds in rather than all go up one by one for a drink, but the bar staff were very adamant that it was 1 DRINK PER PERSON, 1 AT A TIME. it would have been understandable if we were trying to get loads for only a few of us or if we still all had drinks on the table but when he could see we all needed one anyway it would have been easier for us all. but never mind!

Location for us was fantastic! we were a five minute walk up from Las Americas, and from Veronicas strip. walking in the other direction took us into los christianos where there was loads to do for during the days. also from the hotel we could see Siam Park, but cause of the busy roads between we had to get a taxi round to there but it didnt cost much and was quick :)

Absolutely loved tenerife in general! Best bar for me would have been o'neills played all the cheesy pop haha loved it! best to go on the strip in big groups to get the best deals from the reps. deffo reccomend it :D

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Sollentuna, Sweden
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4 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

You don't need this hotel. Dirty, worn, outdated. Icecold pool, childrens pool closed. Only one elevator working (the hotel is ten floors high...). Never tasted the food though. Staff doing the best they can i guess. Except if somene is missing a frying pan. Then they take one from another room, maybe yours. Regardless if YOU need it or not. That what happend to us. Atleast they where honest about it.
You can argue that its good value for money if you get it really cheap. The restaurants outside of the hotel and the beaches are the same as if you stay at a more expensive hotel. But don't ever go there with kids, go there if you are there for the party. If you can't find another hotel

Room Tip: Ground floor, to avoid elevators
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Just returned from the Ponderosa, value for money, great location. Positives, the food was good, and freshly cooked if a little slow at times, no lines for the AI drinks and a quiet location, but minutes from all the action, if thats what you want. Minus's didnt see a cleaning in the 6 days we were there, even after complaining, did get fresh towels once after the 2nd time of asking.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Arrived 23rd all inclusive 1st meal we thought it was ok but then soon learned that what we had that night was what gets served every day for dinner and tea and not much to choose from (chips chicken nuggets and pasta) breakfast is edible but you have to be down early to get what you want or like some staff are great mainly women but the men are arrogant and annoying rooms are not the best all tv channels are in Spanish and there all fuzzy with no signal complained 3/4times but nothing changed!! Also the light in the room was out and took 2/3 days to repair over all I will say to you do not come to this hotel I'm still here now as I right this review just to basically stop any hard working people wasting there money

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

December 10th 2012 ,stayed for a week, late deal.Great value will go back again.
If you expect a 5* for that money-----dont go.
If you want a cheap well situated all inclusive holiday ----its great.
Yes ,the hotel is "tired", needs money spent,We had small issues, ants ,no sound on English TV channel.
Staff very helpful and nice.I believe that people treat you as you treat them !!
Food most of the time very nice, but at those prices , if you didnt fancy whats on the menu , eat out.----Its not compulsory to eat it .As for getting drinks, we had no problem,even to the point that they were brought to our table before we ordered them.
Ideally situated opposite bus station, so dont pay transfers, just get local bus from Airport. 4.6 Euros for two. If the price is good we will be going again 100%.

Room Tip: Pool side ,not road side not beside lifts
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

this has got to be the worst place i have ever seen ,booked a deluxe room which was about as clean as the street .booked for 1 week didnot even attempt to stay 1 hour it says its a 3 star i think they must have been blind who ever gave the stars out.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Tallinna, Harjumaa, Estonia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We had a very nice apartment for 5 people with 2 balconys. Rooms were clean and nice, furniture in good shape, big TV and all equipment in the kitchen. Receptionist were friendly. Very good place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Ocean Ponderosa

Address: Ave Venezuela s/n, 38660 Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > Playa de las Americas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Playa de las Americas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ocean Ponderosa 3*
Number of rooms: 146
Also Known As:
Ocean Ponderosa Hotel
Hotel Ocean Ponderosa Tenerife/Playa De Las Americas

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