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Hotel Ocean Ponderosa
Reviewed May 9, 2014

We booked with Holiday Gems and the holiday cost approx £800 all inclusive, flights, transfers etc. We loved the ponderosa. Its more shabby than chic but the rooms were spacious the food was good, the location was excellent and the weather wonderful. We're both in our late 50s. id go back tomorrow.

Room Tip: some of the rooms back onto the main road and bus station so avoid if poss.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

The Ponderosa was exactly as it should be: not too loud, not too quiet, clean, had a good mixture of guest types. The food was decent. The drink choices were decent. The rooms and the pool areas were clean and had plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas and inflatables.
We were a party of two 20-odd yo women on a reasonably priced holiday for chilling and having fun and this hotel was just perfect for our holiday and I would certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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5  Thank H S
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

We were a bit apprehensive about staying here after reading the reviews, but we were pleasantly surprised, the rooms were spacious, the sea views are lovely, the location was spot on. the food was nice and there was just enough choice. The local beer was very nice and you got it in a pint jug if you wanted so you wasn't getting up to go to the bar too often. The only downfall was sometimes you were waiting ages to get a drink because the staff were running between the restaurant and the bar. plus the entertainment was a bit lacking but with 9 of us there ( 5 adults and 3 small children) we didn't really need it. All in all for the price there's not really much to complain about, we will be going back again anyway!

Room Tip: it looked like all of these have a sea view so if your not afraid of heights the higher the better!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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9  Thank 2014laura1986
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

stayed last week in Jan.2014. Very poor choice of food which was also cold at times. Need more variety as alot of people complained of same thing. same food most nights of week only dressed differntly. Rooms are in need of major refurbishment as they are very old fashioned and in much need of repair. Single bed had mattress that was bigger than the base of bed therfore resulitng in my mother falling from the bed during the night. This was replaced the following day. Cant seem to say much good of it at all. Staff were ok.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank margo k
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

some people have complained about this hotel and in some cases quite rightly so, however we stayed AInc. for three weeks in Jan 2014 and what was lacking in the accommodation was made up by the well kept and clean public areas which to be honest is where most of your time is spent. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful so thank you to Tamara(reception) and her fellow receptionists, Laila, Andrea, Marko, Adreanna who manned the bar as well as keeping the restaurant nice, and of course the kitchen staff. The only thing we found lacking was the fact that there was no professional entertainment, therefore the nearby bars were kept very busy as they had 'shows' on every night. me n him

Room Tip: all rooms overlook the sea and pool areas so choose a high floor for the best views especially the s...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank mags s
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

stayed in January 2014 for 14 nights, the location is excellent for access to all activities and near the beach unfortunately the hotel is very tired and requires extensive renovation and the self catering facilities are none existant-2 electric rings, 1 pot,1 frying pan, 2 cups and dirty cutlery. the drawer base in the bedroom fell out when we put clothes in, there was six coat hangers for a 2 bed apartment but the beds were very comfortable and clean. the overall condition of the apartment was very tired and all the units required immediate replacement. there are no fans or air conditioning or heating.
The all inclusive was or good quality but cold and there was no way of heating it up. There was entertainment shown for 6 night/week but it was the worst I haveseen on two nights the acts walked in looked around and left.
I known I have made adverse comments about the hotel but the staff are excellent and tried there best especially the cleaners to make do with what the hotel offered.
I would not recommend the hotel for children or young families the layout of the pool especially the depth min 1.3m and the slippery floor tiles and the play facilities are poor.
on the plus side the hotel is very quiet after midnight and you get a good night sleep.

Room Tip: try for min block facing the seafront on level plus 8 to get best views.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Stayed here with my boyfriend for a week in September. Hotel is very basic but as we are a young couple all we wanted was a bed to sleep in. The food was the same everyday most of the time not hot enough but we wasnt too bothered as we were hungover the first few days till my boyfriend got really ill with a stomach bug an sickness which we realised was from eating the pasta in the hotel as its cooked with their water which can make you ill so STAY AWAY from the pasta unless you want to be sick all holiday.
Hotel could do with an update but the views were fab nice from the 3rd floor.
Staff were ok needed to cheer up and smile abit more though :-)
overall was an ok hotel you get what you pay for its a budget hotel on a budget and would do any young couples or groups fine.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ave Venezuela s/n, 38660 Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > Playa de las Americas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Playa de las Americas
Price Range: $102 - $192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ocean Ponderosa 3*
Number of rooms: 146
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