Travel Blogs from Puerto de la Cruz
... get home! There are a lot of resorts and apartments here so I can imagine it's very popular later in the year. It was about 8.30 when we first went through the town and we learned there had been a big carnival here the night before, there were lots of people heading home in a bedraggled state still dressed up, the theme was cartoons so there were smurfs, snowwhite, Angelina ballerina, Mickey Mouse etc! Looked like they had fun! Otherwise the town is a sleepy quiet place on a ...
... swim but the sea was freezing so he didn't stay in long! We also had a sangria demonstration ;). Thursday was a quiet day and Friday morning we went for a horse ride at a surprisingly nice place. Mike even rode in an English saddle like a champ! Saturday we toured around more of the island and Sunday we returned El Ray (sadly!) and hopped on a bus bound for Santa Cruz along with all the dressed up kids headed that way for Carnaval! Now we are in Santa Cruz for a few days until we ...
... a ship in the morning and when we were getting back to the ship that afternoon, to see them finish and take off immediately. Before we left, another ship docked in its place.
The high speed car ferries make regular trips to other islands. The docks are so long that a bus picks you up at the ship and takes you to the street at the beginning of the dock for 4 euros. We decide to walk it. We decided to forego any shore excursions ...
... the sun sinking on the horizon.It is Formal Night this evening - it's always nice to see everyone dressed up.David always likes to dress to impress and he didn't disappoint this evening, quite a few people commented on his shoes so I thought a photo was in order to complete the story. We skipped the show this evening, had a nightcap instead listening to the Irish singer before heading to our comfy cabin. Night folks will be back again tomorrow. Zzzzzzzz
... my lovely new family. As i suspected though they are wonderful. Gonzalo speaks English very well and Ana his wife is still learning. The two adorable little girls i am taking care of Izel & zoe, Izel can speak a little English but is timid to try and Zoe is just learning to even speak so for now we just giggle & laugh together until my Spanish improves and there English improves it will just take ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Luabay Tenerife Puerto de la Cruz
I loved it!
I thought it the hotel was propa brill, and im 12, so i had a really good time there cos the receptionist, Jonathon dares was totally flirting with me!! The food was alright though it was very plain! But overall i loved it! Its the best hotel i have ever been to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This really wasn't very good at all. I agree with all the negatives previously noted (thin walls, uncomfortable beds, small balconies), though we were grateful that it was clean and we didn't feel unsafe. The bar area was actually quite nice, and as we had arrived on a group trip it was fine to sit and chat with the people we had travelled with. The duo in the 'entertainment lounge' were dreadful - really really bad. We heard it through the open door, and that was as close as we wanted to get. However, nothing can prepare you for the awfulness of the food in this place. I can only imagine that all the food is prepared with denture wearers in mind, as the vegetables had clearly been on the boil for hours, the meat was mush, and the desserts based around rice pudding and swiss roll (though the serve yourself ice cream was fine). I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone aged under 80.
I felt old
I felt I had landed in a dedicated Saga zone (and I am 50). The rooms small but clean but beds very hard. Dining room was hell, packed, noisy and fighting for tables, especially at breakfast. The food was mass produced and overcooked. Staff friendly and place clean. However, the hotel behind the swimming pool is being refurbished and didn't we know it, the noise and dust were non-stop. You could not sit around the pool or at poolside bar without being deafened or spied on by builders! The bedrooms noisy too, walls are paper thin, we could hear people either side and anyone in the corridor. I came home for a rest! Reception staff helpful but bored looking. Entertainment fine, if you like ballroom dancing every night. Not a hotel I would go back to, or recommend to anyone under 80.
Airtours allocation on arrival, so could have been sent anywhere.
Second time in Puerto Cruz. First allocated on arrival at MIRAMAR(3*) was fine. Not spectacular but O.K. It had charachter!
2 weeks returned 22nd Feb 04. We were allocated the Florida on arrival.
We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Florida Hotel and there were only two complaints really.The food which was not up to the standard of a **** hotel.There was plenty of it but the chef and the cooks should be sacked and better cuts of meat,chicken, bacon etc should be served.The fried and scrambled eggs in the morning were so snotty that it made you want to throw up!I must say the fresh baked bread in the mornings was fantastic though.I have never seen such a bad desert menu.Every night was swiss roll with either ice cream,cold custard,cold semolina or yogurt.Terrible!There was always lots and lots of fresh fruit though.The hotel itself was really nice and the rooms clean and comfortable with good service.We did have ants in our bathroom (on the 7th floor) but as soon as I mentioned it to reception they had someone up to deal with the problem.No scrabbling for sunbeds or mattresses and a nice peaceful sun terrace on the first floor away from the pool.It only took a short stroll to get to either the beach or the town square and shops.It was in a good position with views of Mt Tiede and the sea.It was also only 15 minutes walk along the promanade to Loro Park.Opposite the hotel were a couple of bars and a shop.These bars were not roudy and were very friendly.All in all we had a great holiday and for what we paid thought it was value for money but maybe it should be downgraded to a ***.
I was in Florida Hotel from September 11th until the 16th. My evaluation is the following 1--During this period the air conditioned in the rooms and at ithe dinning rooms did not work. It was horrible! The temperature was very hot, higher than 33 o 34 Celsius degrees. I Thng that it was off on porpuse, trying to save cost.
We were allocated the Florida on arrival. (Don't say Florida - it's flor-ee-da, with the stress on the 'ee'!) It's one of those old high-rise hotels which put us off a bit at first, but inside it was very clean and comfortable and certainly worth its 4 stars. Food was good (nice gazpacho) and the staff were very friendly and helpful.The 'entertainment' was as you might expect - strains of "Coward of the County" could be heard most nights, but that just added to the character of the place. The best thing is the location though - well away from the touristy area towards the lido. It's just a couple of hundred yards to the excellent beach which never got too crowded (in September at least) and there's a row of excellent restaurants just across the way.I would certainly stay there again, if only for the location and the relaxed atmosphere of the place.
The hotel is as advertised and the quality of the accommodation is fairly good.The bedrooms are functional and clean.Reception and public areas are very nice and the staff were friendly.The location of the hotel is good with it being only a few minutes stroll to the centre and very close to the bus station where 12 euro buys you a weekly rover ticket( ask at reception ).However the buffet meals are another matter unless you can live on salad.I have never seen breakfast bacon, eggs etc destroyed as they were here.Dinner was the same,a good choice available but the cooking of it was not impressive. I would say over cooked and tasteless.If you can eat salad all the time you will enjoy this hotel.Shame because everything else was fine, but anybody you chatted to complained about the food.