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Travel Blogs from Puerto de la Cruz
A really early start: the coach picked us up from outside the hotel at 07:15 to drive up into the national park and up to the Teleférico (cable car) to the viewing platform just below the summit at about 3500m, with amazing views of the island and the volcanic landscape from high above the clouds. There was still snow and ice on the peak though the …
We went our separate ways today. I went mountain biking with MTB-Active (Calle Puerto Viejo, tel +34 922 37 60 81) and Sarah spent the day at Lago Martiánez. My trip cost €70 including guiding, transport and hire of a Bionicon Edison full-suspension mountain bike, hers cost €4.50.
It was an early start for me as we met at 9am …
We made omelettes for breakfast (we had to buy a spatula as the room didn't have one!) then headed off to Loro Parque. I was initially reluctant, thinking we have perfectly good zoos in UK, but it was excellent. The first major feature was the gorilla zone with at least three of them romping around an apparently good-sized enclosure looking pretty …
A day of orientation. La Paz is high above the town but it's a thriving area with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. There's a supermarket on the corner of Calle Acevino which has a really good bakery section with fresh breads and pastries delivered fresh in the morning, including decent croissants and a good rye bread, plus local and …
Our plane touched down in Aeropuerto del Sur a little late at 18.05 due to headwinds. The flight was fine; just barely noticeable turbulence. The transfer was a bit slow: we waited about 45 minutes for the coach to leave to take us to Puerto de la Cruz on the north coast of the island, and the journey took just over an hour, so we arrived …
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Overall, this hotel suited us well, after a little initial difficulty. The room was a good size, comfortable and clean and we had no problems with noise (we were on the North side, facing a quiet side road over a small parking area) and the staff were very friendly and eager to help. The pool and gardens are nice, and the location is good, with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, plus the botanical gardens just around the corner. There's a supermarket just a couple of blocks away and a minimarket next door, so no problem getting supplies. The supermarket has good, fresh bread and pastries so we went out for freshly baked croissants every morning.
There are impressive viewpoints nearby giving a panoramic view of the town and coast below. Returning from town to the hotel involves ascending 231 steps plus some uphill walking on some attractive pedestrian walkways. You have the choice of going down to the town beaches or a 45 minute walk in the other direction through banana plantations to the less-frequented Playa Bollullo. There are more than enough restaurants and bars nearby, some of them very good, and bus links into town and to La Orotava from the end of the road. We didn't use the restaurant and bar so I can't comment on them.
The little initial difficulty was that on entering the first room we were allocated, we discovered a couple of cockroaches. We caught and removed them but more appeared and after finding about nine of them we went down to reception. The staff were very apologetic and helpful and moved us to another room without any bother. We had no problems after that.
Our room was on the outer side of the building overlooking a road but turned out to be a good choice as it avoids the noise from the front of the building and the view from our balcony had the sea to the left and mountain to the right, and the balcony caught the sun in the mornings, which is when we appreciated it most for breakfast on the balcony (we don't hang around hotels much). The self-catering facilities were basic but adequate: a two-ring hob, fridge, pans, crockery and cutlery (no kettle, no oven). The room was clean and reasonably sized but beginning to look a little shabby at the edges (cracked mirror in bathroom, scuffed paintwork here and there, a couple of stains on the net curtain). Some of the tiles in the hallways had been replaced with plain white tiles instead of the original marbled pattern. There are quite a few optional additional charges: €3 turning-on fee for TV plus €10 deposit for the remote; €6 per day for wifi (my mobile phone provider charges only £3 for mobile broadband abroad); €9 plus €40 deposit for the safe.
Overall, we thought it was fine for the price and it suited us well but could do with a bit of smartening up and some more attention to pest control. We would consider staying again.
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