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We had a big lunch planned for today so we started today with a much smaller breakfast than normal! Just a small sandwich then off to our now customary spot at the poolside, we've both kept ourselves more than occupied by reading various books on the Kindles and making use of the free WiFi by the pool.
When lunchtime came around we ...
We decided to mix it up a little today so went for a walk straight after breakfast instead of waiting til lunch time! We saw a couple of restaurants we wanted to try and then had a walk along the coast before heading back to the hotel to relax in our usual spot by the pool.
We chose to have our lunch in a restaurant ...
The day was started with a nice buffet breakfast then we made our way to the usual sunny spot that we had taken a liking to near the heated pool. This is when the alarm bells started to ring, there was a man blowing up what looked like a bouncy castle! We thought about moving but decided to wait it out, and it turned out to be a massive water inflatable for the kids to play on! Unfortunately for us, they decided to put this in the heated pool as opposed to the kids pool or ...
Friday and Saturday rolled into one as we spent both days lazing at the pool with not much movement, Saturday morning we awoke to blue skies for the first time on the trip and apart from lunch we stayed at the pool all day making the most of the lovely weather.
At night we ventured down to las americas to sample another of Mandy's old favourites, Balkonen. We enjoyed a lovely dinner and Mandy was ...
We started the day with another lovely breakfast at the hotel, as it was cloudy again we decided we'd spend the day going for a nice long walk.
We started by walking to las Americas where Mandy pointed out numerous landmarks and we went to the hotel that Andrew had stayed at some 10+ years ago.
We stopped at a cocktail bar overlooking the sea where we had one of the worst examples of one of our fav cocktails, we then carried on to ...
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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.