Just got back from my first ever week in Tenerife, hopefully not the last. I thought all the staff tried hard to make our stay pleasurable. I emailed in advance asking for a quiet room on a high floor, and was given 522 which faces north (thus in the shade all day) but which has pleasant views from a balcony with sight of the sea to the left, the seafront and the hills on the right. The room had twin beds, softer and more comfortable than others I have experienced in Spain! Aircon was simple to use but was not needed. Beds have a sheet and a coverlet; in the wardrobe were two thick blankets which were sometimes needed in the middle of the night. The wardrobe was big with no less than 30 proper hangers - means you can unpack and get the cases out of the way. There was a desk with a flat screen TV on it and a fridge underneath. The TV English-speaking channels are BBC World News, BBC1, BBC2, ITV and the Paramount channel for films. Our TV stopped working but was fixed the next day (after we reported it twice - could perhaps have been done quicker). The bathroom had a bath with a decent shower attachment; there was also a bidet. There were a few cracked tiles on the bathroom floor and ageing grout on the wall tiles - these areas particularly and the bedrooms generally need a makeover, but hey, I didn't go on holiday to stay in my room!
The communal areas were much better and quite grand with a large staircase leading down from the four lifts past the bar to the dining room. There is a huge choice of food at breakfast and dinner with lots of familiar and some less familiar foods (although I missed fried mushrooms for breakfast!). Chefs will cook you an omelette or a fried egg at breakfast just how you like it; at dinner they grill steaks or carve poultry etc depending on what's on the menu that night. Otherwise it's help yourself to the buffet, which can get a bit hectic at times. There was usually a good selection of fish (even sushi one night) as well as an 'Italian area' with pasta and pizza. Also plenty of choice in puddings, including four flavours of ice cream. This was definitely the best food I've had in four recent Spanish holidays.
We went half board, instead of all inclusive which we have done before. This saved us at least £200, even accounting for the drinks and snacks we had to buy. Beverages at breakfast are included in the half board, but any other drinks have to be purchased separately, as well as any lunchtime snacks. The hotel has recently adopted a 'cashless' system so that you can only sign for your drinks and build up a tab payable when you check out. The drinks are very expensive in the hotel (e.g. €4 for a large beer) but as we drank moderately our tab for two was €120. And although the hotel terrace is very pleasant, not far way there are lots of promenade bars where you can get a beer for €1 before 6pm, or €1.50 or €2 after 6pm.
On the terrace is a large unheated pool, a smaller circular heated pool and a small children's pool. Try a dip in the heated pool first, a quick splash in the unheated pool and back into the first one - feels like a warm bath! Who needs spa treatments?! We always were able to get sunloungers when needed - the hotel will lend pool towels for a deposit, although we took our own.
There is a large entertainment room where each night there was a different show - those we saw were quite reasonable and had a full audience. At 8 or 8:30 each evening in a separate area there is dancing to a keyboards player - most people were doing a simple sort of waltz, although occasionally there was a tune suitable for jiving to.
There are various activities available in the pool, including scuba training and aqua keep fit using a sort of submerged cycling rig - good for those with reduced mobility. The nearby promenade for several miles has been adapted for wheelchair users, although to get there from the hotel wheelchair users presumably must have to go out of the front entrance and round by the public road. Those who can manage steps (quite a lot of them!) can use the rear entrance through a gate unlocked by your room card key.
The clientele was very cosmopolitan, including French, German, Dutch, Belgian, Italian, Russian, even some Spanish! as well as plenty of Brits. We found most guests were polite and happy to speak a few words in greeting even if in a different language.
Despite the slightly tatty rooms, I would be happy to stay in this hotel again - perhaps by then they will have been renovated! Thanks for a lovely time.
- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Torviscas Playa Hotel Costa Adeje
- Iberostar Torviscas Playa Hotel
- Iberostar Hotel Torviscas Playa
- Iberostar Hotel Adeje
- Torviscas Playa
- Torviscas Playa Tenerife
- Iberostar Torviscas Playa Tenerife/Costa Adeje
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The IBEROSTAR Torviscas Playa hotel is a 4-star with an All-Inclusive option in Tenerife and situated next to the beach. It's located on the Costa Adeje, in a beautiful area full with nature. Its spacious rooms designed to meet all the guests' needs; entertainment and leisure programmes, and activities specially designed for the very youngest make this hotel the ideal choice for a family holiday in Costa Adeje. ... more less
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