We thought we'd go self-catering in the interests of keeping the costs down a bit. My partner found this deal and we were sold.
The apartment was well appointed, everything you could need to cook with (a conventional kitchenette plus microwave, toaster, coffee filter machine) with some complimentary extras that are handy like coffee filters, washing up liquid (possibly from the last users but hey, pay it forward...), A balcony with a great view up Mount Teide and the vista out to sea- ironing board, hair dryer, good water supply for the bath/shower, TV (with some basic English TV channels if you laid down a deposit for a remote as well as other Italian/Deutche/French/Irish). Was even able to pug my media player into the spare HDMI port.
Bedroom was nice enough, safe rental available (advisable for peace of mind) and several minimarts within close walking distance. Parking was available at a small cost underneath the apartment blocks as well.
The in-complex entertainment and catering was adequate but a little 'all things to all people', Puerto De La Cruz is a town that needs at least 2 if not three days to discover all of its secrets, as well as its better restarounts (you will NEVER be walking for more than 2 minutes withoug finding some kind of pub/bar.reastaurant). Compared to the south of the island (Los Christianos, Playa Del Americas) this was a welcome retreat from English tourist traps. The staff were very polite and practically all of them seemed to be able to converse in at least three languages, plus permanently helpful and polite. There were plenty of organised activities that you could subscribe to if you only want to lounge by the pool (refreshing) and do various extra activities like archery, bowls, there is even an on-site small library open a couple of days during the week for those who couldn't pack their favourite holiday reads.
I have two only two minor (very minor) niggles about things this place- we requested a double, got two singles pushed together (hey, extra wide though?) but they were very VERY firm, I suspect twin rooms don't get used as much as doubles, so we were slightly uncomfortable for the sleeping time during our stay but it was a small price to pay. The other things is a simple matter of geography- there are plenty of steep streets to walk up and down and this can be a bit punishing on the legs- then again getting tired out helps you sleep on the firm beds!
Final extra thoughts rolled up into one- we had no inkling of nuisance noise, no prowling gangs of rowdy stag or hen parties, the weather was peculiarly North-Tenerife in that it could be cloudy and a bit damp for a few hours of the day but as Brits a) welcome home and b) enabled the North to look a lot more lush than the dessicated south. Also there was a significantly lower level of 'street pestering' from sales people, virtually no beggars, and some real bargains to be had. Local Honey Rum Liqueur is strong and cheap, as is the booze made from the Dragon tree fruit. Dorada is still at most £2.20 a half-litre in a bar and less than that from a supermarket. The cheese selection at the supermercados may disappoint cheddarphiles but this is not an island where cows roam free on lush verdant green fields so mainly import Dutch as well as local.
Another observation about food- if you like fish or seafood, this IS the place to come. And also don't assume that what you thought 'tapas' meant is what you get. It's like some kind of gastronomic journey around the flavours of local cuisine. Try the potatoes and Rojo. Tapas there is NOT a selection of hams and sausages and a few olives on sticks.
Finally, I know it's an old chestnut but try and speak Spanish while you are there, a few short 'Thankyou' and 'Please' things, even on the end of an English sentence do indicate a little courtesy and if you go even further and at least stiltedly read out sentences from a phrase book (like me) the locals are at least willing to help you out with misunderstandings.
Going back, without a doubt.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We consider our apartments to be comfortable and modern, ideal for an enjoyable stay. Situated in a residential area of Puerto de la Cruz, with wonderful views of Teide and the Orotava Valley, just 800m walk from the centre and the seawater pools Lagos Martianez. Nearby you can find supermarkets, shops and restaurants. Our studios with sleeping area and 1 or 2 bedroom apartments have fully equipped kitchenettes and private bathroom with bath and shower and are equipped with a hairdryer. The kitchen area includes a full cooker with oven, refrigerator, coffee maker, juicer, toaster and microwave. The apartments also boast satellite TV, direct dial telephone, a safe and personal Wi-Fi. Cleaning is carried out 5 times per week, with the change of bed linen twice a week and towels every other day. Baby cots and highchair are available on request free of charge. Our cafe bar offers continental breakfast with thermal carafes service and a wide and varied menu of combined dishes. We also have 24h reception service, gym with special prices for our clients, games room, pool table, table tennis, Internet access, coin laundry and an outdoor swimming pool with access for disabled guests and a separate pool for children. Entertainment program is provided throughout the year and an additional program for children during the summer. On request and with extra charge we also organize shuttle service from/to the southern airport (Reina Sofia). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apartments Casablanca Hotel Puerto De La Cruz
- Casablanca Tenerife
- Casablanca Apartments Tenerife
- Apartamentos Casablanca Tenerife/Puerto De La Cruz