We really enjoyed our stay at El Tope. We found the staff to be very helpful. (The water would not drain out of the bath, so they had that fixed by the time we had returned from a day's outing.) The restaurant staff are possibly some of the hardest-working waiters I have seen in a long time!
The location was great - it meant we could walk down to the beach and town centre, or also walk up (where we walked most evenings after dinner) to La Paz and the lookout point. We felt very safe here.
The room was great - the double set of doors meant that we never heard anything from the corridor outside, although we were right near the stairs. We had a lovely little balcony. Our room wasn't on the sunny side, but we didn't mind this because there were always sun loungers free by the pool and it was nice to have a view of the sea.
The evening entertainment was hard on the ears. It would be nice to have something cultural - but instead, they were usually mediocre singers with a keyboard - some variety would have been good, since most people stay for a week or fortnight. Let's just say I was grateful for the double doors!
The food was good, it was always being replenished. There was a lot of variety (for non-vegetarians) and the fruit was fab. The meat wasn't the best, but there was always the option of fish, which was freshly cooked on the hotplate.
We went to Loro Parque, which was 32 Euros, but we spent the whole day there. We recommend that you take the first Loro Parque train (free, and goes from town) at 9am, and then watch ALL the shows. This left us free after midday to wander around and enjoy the other attractions. We saw some lovely orchids here. Having been to the Orchid Garden the day before, we felt slightly ripped off that we had paid around 5 Euros each to see a mediocre garden, when Loro Parque had heaps of greenery and lots of well cared-for orchids.
The worst thing was finding souvenirs. They were all made in China! The evening entertainment was disappointing, but it was a good reason to leave the hotel and head up the hill for a walk. There was a gym, but it cost 5 Euros to use, which we thought was a bit cheeky in a 4* hotel.
The best thing was the walking. We did not hire a car, we chose to explore Puerto de la Cruz on foot and we had a fabulous time, with great weather and lots to see. We also went to the creperie La Vie en Rose and had the chocolate and pear crepe and yes, it was amazing!
Perhaps not in the near future, but I would not hesitate to return to this hotel. We were looking for a relaxing winter break in the sun, and that is precisely what we got.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Gran Hotel El Tope where you will be made to feel at home during your stay with us.Our philosophy is to create a warm and enjoyable atmosphere where all our guests are considered to be our friends.Enjoy the calmness and the facilities provided in a warm and cosy family-like atmosphere where our kind staff members will be on hand to assist you at all times.Our hotel reflects the hospitality typical of the area as acknowledged by our guests.Our guests will enjoy free Wireless DSL Internet access throughout the hotel. The Gran Hotel El Tope is magnificently located with a panoramic view of Puerto de La Cruz and the fabulous Valle de la Orotava. In addition, it is also adjacent to the Martianez Shopping Centre, which is less than five minutes walk from the Atlantic Ocean beach and next to the fabulous swimming pool complex, Lago Martianez. The hotel is only 25 and 90 kilometres from the airports Tenerife North and Tenerife South, respectively. Each room is spacious and bright with a unique and elegant character, where every detail makes a difference. Our en suite facilities included fully equipped bathrooms, hair dryer, T.V., Telephone, wall-to-wall carpet and air-conditioning, as well as an optional safe and a mini bar. Their balconies are overlooking the sea or offer a view to the mountains.The swimming pool is located in a unique setting surrounded by green vegetation and magnificent gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Tope Tenerife/Puerto De La Cruz