first off. you're right on the seafront. breathe in the Atlantic. forget about cars. exit the hotel, cross the pedestrian street, go to the excellent Martianez swimming pools (the reception provides free tickets). that's really a great feature of the hotel, which also has a rooftop pool & (humdrum) restaurant with a very enjoyable view.
do try to get a seafront room - the views are great, although some rooms (notably on the 4th floor) have been renovated and are now available at increased rates but do not quite live up to expectation. (unless you want to pay 80 euros more a day in exchange for a newspaper and some soft drinks).
also a plus: the rich breakfast & dinner buffets, consistently enjoyable. half-board is a definite recommendation, as the surroundings do not provide memorable dining.
the promenade cafè downstairs is pleasant enough for an after-dinner drink with some live music (very touristy, natch; though some of the performers are good).
the service has some dramatic ups and downs. waiters can be overly confident in buddy-like behaviour and a bit slow in delivering. room service does not meet four-star expectations; try finding 10 shampoos and not a single shower gel in your room.
a definite no-no for this reviewer was the sorry excuse of the hotel for not having wi-fi: when asked, at reception they will put a sign on the counter which states it is not available due to unwanted radiations. (you have to walk 30 metres to the McDonalds to get your wireless service).
overall the feel of the place is none too glamorous: you get the impression the hotel could have been a contender for top place in puerto de la Cruz, but they settled with busloads of German retirees on a budget, and adjusted their standards accordingly.
to sum it all up:
not recommended if you're full of top-tier expectations; but if you're willing to unwind, relax, have great breakfasts, enjoy the scenery and not be too prissy about things you might find it thoroughly enjoyable.
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- Also Known As:
- Valle Mar Hotel Puerto De La Cruz
- Valle Mar Tenerife/Puerto De La Cruz