We stayed in the Oro Negro 17-24th April, half board over the Easter weekend. We paid around £700 for 2 people with good day time flights from gatwick.
The Oro Negro is handily placed for the beaches and resorts of Americas, Adeje, Arena and for a slightly longer walk to Christianos. There is regular buses that stop outside the hotel but almost all of the resorts are walkable within 10-20 minutes.
We had read the totally mixed bag of reviews on TA before leaving and to be fair can only agree with the positive reviews. 'Prostitutes' are ladies working in one of three shops within a close proximity to the hotel offering 'massages', as a young married couple we where not approached. The 'lucky' men who work most of Americas/Adeje trying to sell tack are annoying in quantity but will leave you alone if you are firm and only say No thanks.
We used resorthoppa coach for our transfer as they where cheaper than Thomson's, we got to the hotel before the Thomson customers but transfer time was an hour and not 20 mins as quoted. Return was 30 minutes.
Our check in was quick and friendly, although we ended up back at reception after unpacking as we needed the safe key which costs €28 per week with €10 deposit returned. The AC remote was not needed on our week for the evenings but costs €20 which is a returnable deposit. If you require WiFi, it's best to ask for the code as well.
We had emailed the hotel 10 days before and requested a pool/sea view on a high floor and had not received a reply back but our room was as requested. Room 552 has a pool view and has partially obstructed sea views. It is obviously a heavily used room and has several small repairs needed such as squeaking fan, cupboard with hinge hanging off and a plug in the bath had been wound down so would not drain. The room is clean and tidy but basic, luxury items are a TV with 2 uk news channels and a decent hair dryer. There is a lack of electrical sockets in the room. The maid left the room tidy with fresh towels daily but also left the balcony door open on a few occasions which I feel jeopardised the room security.
Our room was noisy at times from doors and lifts being used. We had 5 fire alarms go off in our block, the worst being at 4.10 am, others being before 7am. No apology or reason was given on checkout.
The sunbeds being unlocked til 9am goes someway to stop us greedy Brits reserving beds for the whole day and only using them for 10 minutes. Other nationalities must think we are crazy as it was only UK guests racing out between courses of breakfast to get beds which they would come back to mid afternoon and use for a short while. Pool beds are unlocked at 10 am which also get rushed for. During the busiest days beds were still available so please don't let this bother you. The lifeguard is grumpy as others have said and may even be a bit OCD but he is very funny to watch as he huffs around the terrace making sure it's kept clean and tidy.
The canteen for breakfast has plenty of choice and drinks are included, dinner has a selection of meats cooked your way and most items can make a meal. Drinks are chargeable for dinner, €5.50 a bottle of wine, €2.20 local bottle beer & €1.40 water. Bottled wine can be corked and saved for the next day. The choice was always varied but we did get bored by the end of the week even after eating out a few times.
We did not use the hotel entertainment as it appeared to cater for older guests. The wifi was painfully slow, if at all workable but it did have a huge demand of the younger generation just staring into tablets and phones sat round the reception area!
Must do's and hints!
Email the hotel and request your chosen location. Side rooms and high floors are worth requesting.
Find the glass lift and ride to the 11th floor for great views over Tiede.
If you need drinks then the supermarket DialPrix (right out of hotel, right at junction and 150mtrs on left) is half of the price of other supermarkets. Super Dino is next door and is also good for prices.
Bring an extension lead with multi plugs on and stick a euro converter on it as there is not enough sockets in the room (1 in bathroom and 1 in bedroom).
If you like tea/coffee in your room then a travel kettle and drinks will need to be brought with you.
Find a local bar that you like and stick to it after 9pm as it becomes difficult getting past PR's and lucky men. We would recommend the corner bar on La Paz for comedy and The Travellers Rest near to Veronica's Strip for sport and drinks.
Overall this hotel represents good value for money and is of a good 3 star standard. We where happy with 1 week here but could struggle if we stayed for a longer period in 'off peak' season for the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Catalonia Oro Negro is located 500 metres from the las Americas de Arona beach, in Tenerife, close to the local leisure centre and the "Las Americas" golf club. The hotel facilities cater to the most discriminating clients, both adult and children: swimming pool for adults, children's swimming pool, children's playground, large terrace, solarium with hammocks, hairdressers and beauty salon, table football, table tennis, private garden, pool bar, live shows in the bar, Daniel's bar, breakfast buffet restaurant and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Oro Negro Hotel Playa De Las Americas
- Catalonia Oro Negro Tenerife/Playa De Las Americas