Hotel Jardin Tecina, La Gomera
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Feels like a prison
An extrememly boring place with absolutely no night life whatsoever. The hotel caters mainly for the German tourists and the keen golfers. If you stay at this resort expect your week or fortnight holiday to feel more like a months break in Alcatraz.
If you want dramatic scenery, lots of walking, fabuluous views and weather in a non-commercial setting this is the place. It is nothing like it's neighbour Tenerife. It doesn't have great beaches, but it does have a rainforest! You do have to get the ferry across from tenerife, but who cares when you can be accompanied by Dolphins on the trip across. Hotel Jardin Tecina is perched high up on a cliff with all the facilities you need. Four restaurants, food always good, Beach Club is the best! Very good sports facilities, tons of walking, and lovely surroundings and very good service. Rooms very nice, spend the extra for a superior with a sea view, its worth it! I went for my 40th birthday, and the hotel really made it a great day. Don't go here unless you want peace, quiet and relaxation, the only nightlife is in the hotel's club. terrific place we will be back!
A lovely, well run hotel. Peaceful and scenic. Plenty of activities, but you're left alone to join in on your own - no pestering! Good food in a choice of restaurants and rooms well quipped.
Lovely hotel - very good service
We spent a week in late November at Jardin Tecina. It was a good choice. The hotel is well designed and laid out. The facilities are excellent. We ate mostly in the buffet restuarant which provided excellent quality food and a fantastic range to choose from, both at breakfast and dinner. The staff are extremely polite and helpful, both in restuarants and at reception. [This is not always the case in spanish hotels.] We left an important work document in our room at the end of the holiday and this was mailed to us immediately on our request.
Some rooms are refurbished , some not yet. Ours was, and was good. However, tea and coffee making facilities [at least a kettle and mugs!]would have been a sensible addition, as it can be a very long walk to the cafe/bar areas. Also, if you value any kind of privacy during your stay, insist on a 1st floor room - otherwise the only way to prevent frequent passers-by looking in is to draw the curtains. This is a significant minus point and should be reflected in the room tariffs - we are not sure that it is.
All in all though an excellent hotel and highly recommended.
Wet but happy
We have just returned from 8 days at the Jardin Tecina having had a lovely holiday at this excellent hotel. It's big but so well designed you never feel overwhelmed by the numbers. The staff are fantastic especially as we had three days of exceptionally wet weather and the main dining rooms leaked like a sieve. In spite of buckets everywhere the staff kept smiling - and so did we - just. The food is excellent especially in the buffet dining room. Because of the storms, the lift to the village wasn't working for three days so we did feel a bit cut off but again the staff were amazing - handing out games etc. When the sun shone you could see what excellent facilities there are here, tennis, squash and a lovely new golf course close by. A good mix of German, Scandinavian, French and English guests - mainly couples, either walkers or golfers.
The resort is very isolated and getting round the island involves either an infrequent ferry or hairpin bendy roads but for serious walkers it's brilliant though the best walks are on the other side of the island not near the hotel. Some quiet bars in the rather boring harbour area make a change. Excellent food at La Cuevita, a restaurant built into a cliff near the harbour - but miserable waitress! Castillo Del Mar in Vallehermoso on the north of the island definitely worth a visit if you can cope with the journey.
Plus points of hotel: good little shop in the hotel for all necessities (and mini mart over the road), good room sizes with robes. Minus points- no tea or coffee-making facilites in rooms which is a nuisance since some are a long walk from main hotel area, no ironing board, etc. They make a charge for the safe in room and the air conditioning is noise and pretty ineffectual - but rarely needed. Only very basic cable tv channels, ie BBC World, CNN & Sky News, and pay-to-view films but excellent internet access in main hotel. IMPORTANT Ask for 1st floor room so you don't have people passing your window or terrace.
Top hotel, Brillant Island trip advisor Wilstead England
We have just returned from our second visit to the island of La Gomera and the hotel Jardine Tecina.The hotel is first class, as are the grounds,
the buffett resturant, together with the International resturant, provide more than enough choices, and if that does not please you there is allways the al a carte in the Lido. If thats not enough the island has it's on rain forest.
A super holiday in la Gomera
I have just returned from two weeks at Jardin Ticina and what a super hotel it is. Located on the sunny south side of La Gomera it has ample facilities for all. My family and I enjoyed our tennis and swimming each day. The location is superb although could be too quiet for some. Food in the various restaurants was very good quality and with ample choice. The main restaurant has a balcony overlooking the ocean, this proved very popular. The Garajanay ferry runs regularly to the capital and valle gran rey from the port just below, being cheap and reliable it proved much easier than other means of transport. If you enjoy walking and dramatic scenery then La Gomera is ideal, although if you have difficulty getting about on foot then you may wish to check further before deciding to come.
The staff at the hotel were extremely helpful and efficient, making our stay a very enjoyable time.
Perfect for a honeymoon
My wife and I stayed at the Jardin Tecina in June 2004 for a week for our honeymoon. We were looking for a resort where we would be unbothered and have peace and quiet....we certainly got that. Driving through Tenerife to the port gets you a bit worried but La Gomera is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Playa Las Americas and the like. The island is a beauiful mixture of dusty paths and lush green woodland. Most of the people staying at the hotel were German, with a few Italians and a few English, it never seemed packed to the rafters. The majority of the staff were very friendly and helpful. The evening entertainment was sometimes very good with traditional live music, 50% of the time though it was very cheesy and only bearable for its comedy value! Check out 'Duo Celebration' if they're still there...hilarious. The food in the hotels was pretty good but take a walk down to Club Laurel for a superb dinner - BBQ and A la Carte. The hotel was very clean. The National Park walk was well worth the effort the Island Coach tour less so.
Overall this hotel and the island itself suited us down to the ground. It is VERY quiet and if you're not interested in walking it might not be for you. But if you're looking for either a walking holiday or a holiday where you want to do absolutely nothing but relax this place is perfect. Would definitely recommend.
We chose the Island for its peace and tranquillity. Ther is plenty of that but because of the nature of the terrain there are great driving distances between towns. My husband likes a semi active holiday and booked to go diving. After one dive he was bored. We wished we had taken our walking boots as the island is a paradise of walking paths through spectacular forests.
The Hotel Jardin Tecina is one of the best hotels we have both ever stayed in, the staff were very efficient and extremely friendly. The beautiful gardens of trees and flowers were the most relaxing place to spend a week and the food was first class. To sum up I would say go to La Gomera for 2 reasons. 1. Total relaxation 2. Walking, Trekking holiday.
OK, but not for us
We only had lunch here, and did not stay, during last week. Large hotel, low-rise and nicely set out apartments and villas amongst lovely gardens, and quite busy, mostly German tourists. Food was fine, service was good, cost not outrageous. In the evening there seems to be a choice of a la carte or buffet style restaurants. The hotel is laid out on top of a bluff overlooking the small resort, which was quite a steep and longish walk away and the resort itself didn't look too inspiring, mostly uninteresting modern concrete blocks and with a small harbour, and usual scruffy black sand beach. Town is split into two by a small creek. There looked to be a very large development going on above the Jardin Tecina. The small airport, the only one on the island, and small aircraft only, is a couple of miles the other side of town. Its quite a journey across the mountains to the main town on the island of San Sebastian de la Gomera, where the main ferries run in and out of, but there are small ferries running to and from here. It just felt a bit remote and off the beaten track.
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