My wife and myself are seasoned travellers to the Canaries, going 2-3 times a year during the past 12 years. Not through choice but other factors we have holidayed in either Gran Canaria or Lanzarote exclusively during the last 4-5 years. So it was with a certain amount of child like excitement we found ourselves revisiting Tenerife and Los Cristianos for the first time in five years.
We travelled with Globespan for the first time and would recommend them and use them again, found them to be better in all aspects compared to Thomas Cook and Thomson. Especially may I say with regards legroom.
Thereafter we found ourselves at the Los Alisios apartments. I extensively review any accommodation via the Internet and in particular Tripadviser. One cannot escape the fact that “one mans poison is another mans elicitor of life”. So every one is allowed their opinion.
Nevertheless we were disappointed with the accommodation and even more disappointed with Tenerife.
First of all the accommodation, I can imagine when this complex first opened in 1997, it would have been very grand and most impressive. The Canarian style is most impressive and the rooms, balconies and terraces are large and well built.
However when they say this accommodation was renovated in 2007, there are joking. It was given an outside paint job only. The inside is dated, so much so, you would to take a DNA sample to locate the exact year of some of the items in the apartments.
The kitchen area is worn, old, marked and uninviting. The doorframes have nails sticking out of them. The window frames have gaps, and they even have duck tape on the bottom of the doors to conceal gaps. Chipped and broken tiles are scattered about the apartments as well.
The bedroom and bathrooms are the best areas of the apartments. The insides need drastic renovation immediately.
As previously mentioned noise is and can be an issue. There are three blocks A-B-C and each comes with its own poison chalice.
Block A usually has families and groups of younger people, such as stag and hen parties. Therefore you can have the rowdy noise before bed and during the night.
Or as I experienced you may bump into Paul Gascoignes, pal Jimmy 5 bellies, Uncle Geordie 7 bellies. Who thinks it is alright for their sprogs to shine laser lights into people’s eyes at 12.30am. When you approach them they give you a phrase obviously picked up from the Karma Sutra, the only book they understand due to it having pictures in it. A most charming individual….NOT….
Block B is mainly residential, and therein lies the problem when Hotels start to sell off parts of the accommodation. Once sold, their authority and power over the occupants of the residential areas disappears and they have limited control.
Block C is part residential and part holidaymakers.
We stayed in Block C. We were given a top floor room, as we had requested, so plus points there, however we were above room 404C, which houses one of the dogs which some people have previously referred to. If you find yourself in Block C, good luck. The residents of the aforementioned have an Alsatian. Now not knowing their full details, they seem to work and also have days and nights off. If you find yourself staying during any of the nights they go out to party, may your God be with you. This dog is trained as a killer guard dog. We stayed above their apartment, when it is left in, if anybody uses the lift, is or is within 100 feet of the apartment the dog goes mental. It actually bounces itself off the door and walls whilst barking CONSTANTLY!!!!.
The owners sometimes did not return until 5.00am we had nights from hell from 10.00pm until 05.00am, fortunately only a couple. When you report to reception their response is to shrug there shoulders and even suggests there is no dog. The following morning when again addressing the noise, reception offer a room change to below the dog, HELLO!
As for Tenerife and Los Cristianos I saw someone recently say this was on a comparison with Puerto Del Carmen. I think not, any one who uses the La Penita and then visits here, will find the contrast for two supposedly 3* accommodations to be quite overwhelmingly obvious.
Los Cristianos is full of looky looky men thrown out of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, shop owners trying to add “TAX” to any price on the shelves and taxi drivers who try to shaft you.
Tenerife had its chance to entice my wife and myself back into the fold. It failed, not miserably, the weather was fantastic, but nevertheless its back to Gran Canaria and Lanzarote for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A large one bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor of this complex, mainly used by families and couples. Situated in a quiet area but close to all amenities and only 10 minutes walk to the town centre and 15 minutes to the beach, Los Alisios is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday. The swimming pool which is heated in the winter has a separate childrens' area. There are lifts to all floors, a bar/restaurant shop and laundrette on site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Los Alisios Hotel Los Cristianos
- Ramada Los Cristianos
- Los Alisios Cristianos
- Los Alisios Tenerife/Los Cristianos