La Palma Princess & Teneguia Princess
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... was the small market square where a pleasant continental style cafe served typical coffee, beer and sandwiches. It was not the menu or the rather nice surroundings which pleased me so much, it was the friendliness, charm and manner of the staff and other three or four customers. For once I did not feel like a tourist but as a visitor or traveller passing the time of day in another country where sights, sounds and taste are enjoyably different. Everything ...
... as curious about us as we are of them because they would roll on their side and look me right in the eye! They were delightful! We found a couple of pods of them and followed them for quite some time. I must say that I loved every second of it. They are mesmerizing. And frankly it was very moving. I found myself crying at one point. No idea why. Was just moved. Not sure what this says about me. But in other news I also cried at the Opera ...
... the car and reading up, whilst waiting in line for an hour, on a popular walk to do. Once receiving the car we got changed into our togs and headed for the walk which happened to be close to a beach, the weather at 20 odd degrees in winter was warm enough to go for a swim surprisingly. The walk was excellent, we saw paragliders floating above hotels and restaurants and stopped by a beautiful beach that looked more ...
... morning I woke up to glorious sunshine, whilst rain was predicted for Sunday. So I decided "today's the day", packed my bag with warm clothes and snacks, and off I went. First I had to get to Santa Cruz, and after a couple of small hills and halfway into town I realised I had forgotten to bring any spare inner tubes. If I'd had a puncture on the mountain it would have really spoiled my day, so I asked a friendly policeman where there was a bike shop, and ...
... reached the sunniest place on the island I could not wait to get onto solid ground and breathe in the fresh sea air and take in the colourful character of this fishing town.
The best way to see the island is to either hire a car or catch the local buses. They do offer tours around the island but as there are not many English speaking tourists that visit the island there are not many tour options to choose from. I decided towards the end of my stay to hop on one of ...
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Comfortable and sedate
Hotel surrounded by banana plantations, away from civilization and life. Excellent food and good selection of wines. Good services. Little to do, though - no access to the sea, nowhere to go. The hotel is overflowing with elderly German and Italian tourists who lie around the pools like sedated seals. Good, if you like being away from real life, that sort of thing.
Muy buen hotel
El hotel es extraordinario,de un silencio impresionante.Habitaciones amplias,baño excelente en cuanto a espacio y distribución,con ducha y bañera separados.Animación constante y de calidad.Animaedores en general muy buenos,sobre todo Javi,Hana,Lisa y Chama.Un poco menos bueno el alemán Patrice......pero algo debía ser la excepción.
Alimentación muy buena,se echa en falta más días de cena temática,pero nada mas que objetar.
Limpieza de 10.JArdines de 10.
LAs carreteras son retorcidas pero están bien asfaltadas,y el hotel qeuda lejos de la civilización,pero MERECE la pena.Nada que hacer salvo dentro del hotel.
Esta muy bien.
Alguna gente, cuando mira este hotel en el catalogo piensa...
Uff... Demasiado lujo...
Pero no es así.
El hotel es ideal para todo tipo de gente.
Allì, hay muchas parejas con niños de todas las edades.
La comida, realmente exelente.
En especial, el des-ayuno y la cena.
Todavia recuerdo esas crepes las cuales podias escojer entre diferentes siropes...
O esas crepes de manzana al horno...
¡AVISO! ¡EL SUELO DE LA PISCI RESBALA!
Y todo el mundo es muy simpatico. Y tambien la mayoria de la gente es Española.
¡¡LO RECOMIENDO PARA TODO EL MUNDO!!
Tambien Recomiendo el BOSQUE DE LOS TILOS
Hay un ambiente tan puro y agradable que da gusto respirar...
¡¡Y EL AEROPUERTO ES MUY CUCO!!
Desde luego os aconsejo este hotel, es espectacular ya cuando llegas lo percibes cuando lo ves por el acantilado en el que esta situado, la verdad es precioso tanto el diseño de sus intalaciones tipo caribe grand resort, tanto donde esta situado orientado al mar sobre un precioso acantilado, la habitacion es bonita y la limpieza diaria es correcta bastante buena, la animacion a los niños esta bien, para entretenerlos, pero mejor los papis tienen que estar ahi porque hay pocos para tanto niño al menos en agosto, respecto a la comida es buena sobre todo la cena, porque la comida es mas light y repetitiva, no varian mucho en canvio las cenas estan mejor, y el desayuno perfecto, y las piscinas son preciosas y hay 12 , la mejor la climatizada justo en frente de la choza (el comedor de mediodia) es la mas calentita, que mas decir repire algun dia, os lo aconsejo no dudeis en elegir este hotel y el lugar es muy bonito
Muy buen hotel
Se trata de un impecable hotel y se puede apreciar antes de llegar, yá que desde la carretera se vé su imponente aspecto.
Al entrar de nuevo, te registran con rapidez, mientras empleados con coches tipo a los del golf, te llevan las maletas a la habitación.
Te dán un mapa del hotel yá que es grande y te dirijes a la habitación. El hotel está en cuesta pero es muy accesible para minusválidos y carritos de bebé, incluso llegué a ver como a personas mayores les trasladaban a la piscina con los vehículos de golf.
La habitación es grande, bien decorada, con un sofá que se convierte en cama, una terraza que tiene una puerta con malla mosquitera y puede dar al jardín o al mar, el baño grande con una bañera y una ducha, quizá con una iluminación insuficiente, acusada porque el marmol de las paredes es oscuro.
Tiena piscinas suficientes como para estar diez dias y no repetir en ninguna, incluso una de ellas tiene arena de playa, otras dos son climatizadas.
Hay dos zonas diferenciadas, la parte norte es la zona de actividades, y la sur la de tranquilidad y relax incluso zona nudista; gimnasio, sauna y vapor gratuito.
Para familias con niños disponen de mini-club, durante el dia, mini-disco, de 20:00 a 21:30 horas, y otra vez mini-club de 21:30 a 23:00 horas,
El desayuno es abundante y variado, hay un buffet especial junto a la piscina para los que se levantan más tarde.
La cena incluso es mas variada y de buena calidad, reponen comida constantemente.
Tienen un equipo de animación que puede llegar a la veintena de personas, a quien le guste participar, podra probar: petanca, tiro con arco, pistola, carabina, voley, water polo, escuela de baile, aerobic ...
Pero considerarlo excelente supondria que es inmejorable y hay cosas que deberían mejorar: Se hecha de menos una piscina con agua de mar y mas aún cuando la playa más cercana está a algo más de 1 Km. y no es niguna maravilla; el suelo de las piscinas es muy resbaladizo; la piscina más profunda mide 1,50 m.; el número de socorristas parece insuficiente; en nuestro caso, que llevávamos media pension notamos que a la hora de la comida hay poca oferta y el servicio llega a ser desesperantemente lento, pueden pasar varias veces junto a tu mesa sin que te tomen la comanda; la bebida la cobran excesivamente cara (además cerca del hotel no hay nada), como ejemplo, un café en la calle más centrica de la capital cuesta 0,50 €, y en el hotel 1,95 €, si tienes intención de conectarte a internet, es casi imposible, y hay zonas donde el móvil no tiene cobertura. El equipo de animación hace maravillas en los espectáculos nocturnos, pero estaría bién mas actuaciones profesionales.
A pesar de todo esto, el hotel es fabuloso, el turismo principal es italiano y español, raro esto último en Canarias.
Es dificil poder ver cucarachas, no como sucede en Puerto Naos, quizá por que hay bastantes lagartos autóctonos.
El clima de esa parte de la isla casi asegura un buen tiempo, las veces que pasamos junto a Santa Cruz ó Los Cancajos, el tiempo era bastante peor y nos confirmaron que era habitual.
Un ottimo hotel , un grande personale
Sono stato nell' hotel nel Luglio 2005 per due settimane e mi sono trovato benissimo sotto tutti gli aspetti , grande direttore Belmonte , grande struttura e grande personale , ottimo il cibo e la reception .
Unica pecca la mancanza di una spiaggia , potrebbero attrezzarsi con un autobus navetta e portare i clienti nella più vicina e usufruibile.
Un hotel excelente
Un hotel excelente. Sirven el desayuno cerca del mar, a las nueve de la mañana, una bonita experiencia. Las habitaciones estaban bien. Dotado con más de diez piscinas, una de ellas climatizada, pero el agua no estaba tan caliente. Es el mejor hotel de Palma, alquila un coche ya que no hay autobuses que partan desde el hotel.
Four star Butlins
The La Palma Princess & Teneguia Princess is a large (625 unit) resort type hotel complex comprising a number of multi story blocks built around about a dozen swimming pools. It's relatively new (opened 2004, I think). The rooms are spacious and well serviced. It has all the facilities expected of a self contained resort (entertainment, sport, bars etc.)
It occupies a remote location amongst banana plantations in the south west of the island. The nearest small town (and supermarket) is a few miles away up a steep switchback hill, so a hire car is essential if you want to do anything other than go on organised tours or eat at the hotel. Although it's right on the coast there is no beach or immediate access to the cliffs.
The quality, quantity and variety of the food is very good, though we found the mass self-service catering rather noisy and crowded (hence the title to this review). Though there are mountains of high quality food, given the overall standard of the hotel it seemed a little penny pinching that even water and soft drinks with dinner were charged to the bill (though there was plenty of coffee and juice at breakfast).
Beach towels (for use around the pools) were issued against a rather steep deposit of €30 (£20), which was forfeited if they were not returned. Exchanging a beach towel for a clean one cost €0.5 - even though room towels were changed every day if wanted.
About one third of the rooms have some sort of sea view. Most of the rest face into pleasant courtyards. However, there are a few rooms that are significantly less good than others - particularly those at ground level where there are pedestrian walkways close by. We were allocated one of these on arrival, and found that we had to keep the curtains closed if we wanted any sort of privacy. We also had a rather large cockroach for company. We politely asked to be moved but the immediate reaction was not helpful. We politely persisted and the next day a better room was found, though rather reluctantly.
The complex is generally neat and tidy. Some areas of gardens seemed to be being renovated. One of the toilet blocks serving the pool area was rather smelly; we were pleased that our room was not too close by.
Though this is a high class resort with (mostly) excellent, spacious rooms and good facilities, I would not return, for the reasons given above. The fact that you cannot reserve a room with a sea view or above ground level makes it something of a lottery whether you end up in one of the (few) poor locations. If you do, you will need to be persistent to get the staff to do anything about it. The noisy mass catering isn't what I expected from a four star hotel. But by all means, do visit La Palma - it is a beautiful, very dramatic island - especially attractive to those interested in the outdoors.
Breakfast near the sea at 09.00 was very nice. Rooms are good.
More than 10 swimmingpools, and 1 was heated, but not so very warm.
It is the best hotel in Palma, book a car, because there are no buses from the hotel.
Great Hotel , Lovely Island
We went to La Palma Princess the last week of January and we had great time!
For honesty's sake I should say that it was exceptionally warm and sunny that week. The people that arrived the week after us started their holiday in very stormy weather.
We booked through Neckermann.
The Rooms: The photos on the hotel's website are completely truthful: they're very large, with a sitting corner. The bathroom is of a very good size too, with a shower big enough to contain 2 persons (3 if they're thin). Both bathroom and room were clean.
We booked a sea view room.
The Food: For breakfast you had a choice of either going to the early bird breakfast (7.30-10 ) was very ample (2 types of sausages, black pudding, different types of scrambled eggs, lots of fresh fruit)with pancakes made before your eyes. The only missing thing was fresh orange juice. The late breakfast (9-11) was served by the pool, with a wonderful view over the Atlantic Ocean. This breakfast was a bit more limited, and could best be described as continental, but again with a lot of fruit. However you could go to the chef and ask for eggs and bacon.
Dinner was an ample, more or less resort style, buffet, with some Spanish influence, and show cooking. If you stayed at the La Palma Princess you could also eat à la carte at no extra charge, which we did one evening. The food at the à la carte restaurant " La Vita" was a lot more Spanish. Unfortunately there was no one else in the restaurant and the interior is not really cosy, so I wouldn't recommend eating à la carte in low season. The service however was impeccable.
The Facilities: The pools were clean and there is one outside heated pool. Mind you, on some websites is claimed that the hotel has an indoor swimming pool: this is not true. There is a hydro jet circuit at the spa, which you had to pay for if you stayed at the Teneguia Princess. Also two of the hydro jet stations had broken down.
There's also a sauna, a hammam and something in between (moister than in the sauna, yet more easily breathable than the hammam). The only thing that's annoying there is that, even though you're required to wear a bathing suit in these rooms, quite some people take their sauna or hammam in the nude. This is absolutely ridiculous, since there's a special place reserved for naturists, including a sauna.
The massages are very good though, with the girls being very discrete.
There were some activities being organised but the best thing to do on La Palma is going hiking. We went with Natour and we enjoyed al three walks. Not all of them are suited for people with a fear of heights, but the enchanted forest walk was truly amazing (you're walking in a subtropical rainforest). Wonderful !!!
The only problem here is the hotel's location, since it's very far from everything. So if you go with an organised bus you have to ride 2 hours to go and then 2 hours back.
One last word of caution, since I've noticed on this website that it can be a problem for some people: In low season most of the guest are German and in high season Spanish (this for most of La Palma). So if you're not of one of these nationalities and you have a distinct preference to be with people of your own nationality, you'd probably want to search for another location. It would be a shame though, since La Palma is truly "La Isla Bonita"!