My girlfriend and I just came back from a week in Tenerife. We booked our holiday through Thomas Cook who - for some god awful reason - recommended these apartments.
When you check in here you have to do this through the adjacent building which is the Las Piramides apartment block. All of which seems like a very decent establishment until you are lead through a never ending route of stairs to the Parqe Cattleya dungeon cellar. All of the rooms at this end have only a patio access and there are no formal front doors to access from. This system relies on the use of a typical back door patio key and not the card key as you would probably by this day in age come to expect.
The room set-up is very basic but I must admit the facilities are OK:
- Kitchen has a decent long worktop with plenty of pots, pans and cutlery for use. This also includes a fridge, kettle and cooker hob. Does not include a microwave though.
- Shower/bathroom was fairly modern. However my biggest concern was the lack of ventilation and close proximity to the work area behind the room. The room had a small permanently opened void acting as a ventilation route to a store/workshop room. From the bathroom you could always hear workmen going about their daily routine. Another cause for concern is because you are unable to close this 'window' insects have a free reign to access the bathroom.
- The rooms all have twin beds so please do not believe a single word Thomas Cook tells you if they claim to cater for couples that wish to sleep in a double bed. The beds are not particularly great - my bed was full of cigarette burns and tears on the cover sheet.
- Another dissatisfying factor to these apartments is, as you can see from Thomas Cooks website, the general close proximity to the pool area. Although it provides decent access to the pool it is also a haven for insects to access from. Every day that we stayed here I was stamping on cockroaches that seem to be everywhere.
- An additional issue here is the clear lack of security at this end. We had a local man wondering around the pool area one night claiming to be a security guard although he was dressed in plain clothes. We questioned the front desk the following morning and they claimed no such staff member exists... you can come to your own conclusion on this one!
After 3 nights putting up with this and 3 nights of my girlfriend not being able to even sleep without fear we decided to phone Thomas Cook to get moved. To their credit they did move us to Las Piramides which is by far superior to Parque Cattleya. Typical modern day set-up with key card function on the front door and the rooms contain a patio area as well. Las Piramides is also a bit closer to the beach end of Las Americas so an extra bonus there.
The Parque Cattleya apartments are definitely more suited towards 2 care-free lads wanting a good booze holiday tear-up. They'd probably think twice about bringing a female back however!
In the end Parque Cattleya offers very poor value for money and above all else offers very little security to keep you safe. A point to add here is the pool area has free access to the street through an unlocked door. So any opportunist could easily find their way to your patio door in an instant.
Would definitely recommend the Las Piramides - it has a microwave in their kitchens if you like your super noodles ;).
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