Having never visited Tenerife before, we were recommended to Costa Adeje by a number of friends who all raved about the this area. We always like to get a Sun break in Winter and this year (2011) decided to give it go.
We chose the El Mirador principally because it was a smaller Hotel than many of the other 5 stars around Costa Adeje and we were not disappointed. It has a large hotel feel, but with only 120 rooms and the biggest bonus for us - NO CHILDREN!!!
The spacious feel of the hotel extends to the suites, which are immacuately clean, well furnished and have a either a balcony or terrace with a sea view. The pool area is quiet, uncrowded, there are lots of sunbeds to choose from and you don't feel like you are sitting on top of anyone. In the week we were there the Hotel was full, but it didn't feel at all overcrowded.
Service and standards are excellent and the the staff /guest ratio is high.
There is one thing that lets this hotel down, however, and this is the food. I would describe it as variable. Breakfast is fine - great choice, lots of fresh fruit, a guy cooking eggs etc, all the usual stuff you would expect in a Hotel of this standard.
We ate lunch twice. The first time it was excellent, the second time we ordered exactly the same dishes and it was poor. My apple pie was still frozen in the middle and I had possibly the driest Pasta Bolognese I have ever tasted in my life.
Similarly, we ate Dinner in the buffet restaurant twice. Again, the first time it was excellent , the second time it was awful. I have never tasted duck or hake with absolutely no flavour. The desserts that evening were also tasteless. Perhaps Chef's night off? Other people were similarly unhappy - so not just us. Shame, because when it's good it's great.
Minor gripes - and more about me being fussy than anything else:
There is only 1 computer to access the internet for guests which always means a queue;
You are never quite sure whether you will get (obviously new) beautifully luxurious, fluffy towels in the bathroom or old, thin, boiled to death white ones;
We had to ask for the mini bar to be filled (water, tonic etc) on a couple of occasions.
However, I will return. We can always have Dinner out and there are some good Restaurants about within walking distance. (Don't eat at La Nonna - appalling!) The proximity to the beach, the surroundings and the 'boutique' hotel feel would all encourage me to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury, attentiveness and elegance on the island of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), is how the Grand Hotel El Mirador is defined, a boutique hotel with 120 Suites, belonging to the exclusive IBEROSTAR Grand Collection, located in a prime location in Costa Adeje across from the internationally famous Playa del Duque. Designed for adults only so they can enjoy themselves and relax peacefully, this intimate and personal 5-star deluxe hotel offers 72,000 square feet of unique, extensive gardens, large swimming pool, solarium, a 3,300 square foot Spa, sports facilities, suites and VIP area (La Balconada), a restaurant for every palate, attentive, personal service by highly qualified staff. The Grand El Mirador, an unforgettable enclave. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Costa Adeje
- Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador Tenerife/Costa Adeje