Bahia Principe San Felipe
Travel Blogs from Puerto de la Cruz
... and olive oil, battered fish for my second course and some rice pudding for dessert. The drinks and food were so good I really didn't want to stop eating, and I got to really connect with my friends at my table which was nice because many of them were from Session A and hadn't spoken to me much. Dinners have been sketchy here, very hit or miss to say the least, but I can honestly say that our coordinators did a good job of making it up to us tonight. Props to them for making it ...
... the entire conversation was in English, and she asked Laura for permission to leave that day. It was her birthday, and her husband had been sleeping in the hospital since the day she arrived (about two weeks--talk about a devoted husband), so she wanted to be able to experience the island and celebrate her day with him. Laura told her that since she had progressed so well, it would be fine for her to leave, and the woman was more than grateful to her for ...
... water while enjoying the relaxation of the Atlantic ocean. It was a great day to spend with the crew, and I'm glad I got to go to that beach if for the last time I have the opportunity to.
Today we went on the second of our final excursions while on the internship. We visited a "volcanic tube" (as the Spanish call it) named la cueva del viento (the cave of wind). Basically when lava flows out of a volcano, it may form a huge tube that can span for hundreds ...
... at once and I felt totally relaxed and possibly just begining to wonder what was over the next hill.
We are now back at our recently acquired home in Eastbourne, close to our latest grandson and family. The Canaries trip proved a good test for further trips but I'm told the need for realism in planning a more appealing and adventurist journey is needed; such realism restricts my instincts.As you all know dreams can come true and occasionally do.
... ocean floor wasn't even visible anymore--one of the most terrifying/liberating things I've ever done. Luckily the current wasn't that strong where we were, so we all made it out and back to the shore. I had a really good time with the other fellows, and I got an awesome work out and tan, so it was a successful beach day for sure! We had lunch at this little restaurant about an hour away from the beach, where we ate fried chicken and potatoes. It was one of the best meals we've eaten ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bahia Principe San Felipe Puerto de la Cruz
Un descanso relajante y fantástico
Acabamos de regresar de nuestra visita de 7 días en el hotel San Felipe. ¡Que semana tan relajante! El hotel tenía todo lo que necesitamos y más. La localidad es fantástica y teníamos una habitación en la 14va planta en la parte trasera del hotel con vista a la piscina y con vistas impresionantes del Monte Teide. La comida y el restaurante eran de muy buen gusto, mucho mejores que los que he probado en España en años anteriores. Siempre tenían la opción de cocinar todo fresco y era presentada de una manera agradable, el personal era muy atento y cortés. Las habitaciones eran de un tamaño excelente y amuebladas de una manera correcta y con calidad. La localidad del hotel te permite caminar hacia el centro sin problema para que disfrutes de una fina selección de bares y tiendas. Esta zona se sentía segura cuando estabas caminando, aún tarde por las noches. Regresaremos de nuevo a este hotel y a la zona de Tenerife, esperemos que sea más pronto que tarde.
Complejo precioso en zona de piscina botánica
Parecía de lujo y la diversidad de árboles alrededor de la piscina era algo fantástico, completo con los nombres de las plantas botánicas.
Toller entspannender Kurzurlaub
Wir sind gerade aus einem 7tägigen Kurzurlaub im San Felipe Hotel zurkückgekommen. Was für eine tolle, entspannende Woche! Das Hotel hatte alles, was wir brauchten, und noch mehr. Seine Lage ist super, und unser Zimmer war im 14. Stock im hinteren Teil des Hotels mit Blick auf den wunderschönen Poolbereich und atemberaubender Sicht des Teide. Das Essen und das Restaurant waren von sehr hohem Standard, viel besser als das, was wir in den vergangenen Jahren in ganz Spanien kennen gelernt haben. Es gab immer eine Auswahl frisch gekochter Speisen, die ansprechend präsentiert wurden, und das Personal war sehr aufmerksam und höflich. Die Zimmer haben eine ausgezeichnete Größe und sind hochwertig ausgestattet. Durch die Lage des Hotels kann man bequem zu Fuß in die Stadt gehen, um die gute Auswahl an Bars und Geschäften zu genießen. Die Gegend fühlte sich sogar spät abends noch sicher an. Wir werden wieder in dieses Hotel und diese Region von Teneriffa kommen, hoffentlich schon bald.
Besser ging's nicht
Sind gerade aus einer Woche im Hotel San Felipe zurückgekommen, und unser Aufenthalt hätte nicht besser sein können. Das Hotel ist in einer ausgezeichneten Lage mit geradezu atemberaubendem Blick auf den Ozean. In den frühen Morgenstunden des Freitags und Samstags war es manchmal etwas laut, wenn die Clubbesucher nach Hause gingen (schienen Einheimische zu sein anstatt Touristen), was jedoch bei Weitem nicht so schlimm war wie in den Hotels in der Nähe des Zentrums. Das Hotel selbst ist sehr zivilisiert, ohne irgendwelche nächtilichen Lärmbelästigungen von anderen Gästen. Was sehr wichtig ist, wenn Sie wie ich Wert darauf legen, im Urlaub gut schlafen zu können. Schon bei unserer Ankunft waren wir sehr beeindruckt von dem Tempo und der Effizienz des Empfangspersonals und dem Begrüßungsglas Champagner. Die Kritik am Personal in vorherigen Bewertungen kann ich wirklich überhaupt nicht nachvollziehen, da jeder einzelne Angestellte stets höflich und hilfsbereit war.
Die Zimmer haben eine sehr angenehme Größe für ein Hotel dieser Art, und auch der Balkonbereich ist riesig. Wenn Sie das Glück haben, ein Zimmer mit Blick auf den Ozean zu bekommen, haben Sie wirklich etwas ganz Besonderes, denn die Aussicht wechselt ständig je nach Wetterlage. Ja, und man kann das Geräusch der Wellen am Strand hören, wie aus einer anderen Bewertung hervorgeht, diese Leute müssen leicht zu verärgern sein, denn ich fand es wunderschön, dem Meer zuzuhören zu können.
Das Büffetrestaurant ist sehr zivilisiert und sehr ruhig im Gegensatz zu den meisten spanischen Hotels. Es standen immer verschiedene Tische zur Auswahl, und das Personal war gut und sorgte dafür, dass wir uns willkommen fühlten. Der Standard der Speisen ist so wie in jedem anderen Hotel in Spanien / Mallorca etc. Es gibt nichts daran auszusetzen, und die Auswahl war sehr umfangreich; uns ist es immer gelungen, das Restaurant sehr zufrieden wieder zu verlassen.
Insgesamt kann ich dieses Hotel jedem empfehlen, der sich nach einem ruhigen, traditionellen Urlaub sehnt, und auch für den typischen Puerto-Gast ist es geeignet.
Great Relaxing Break
We have just returned from a 7 day visit to the San Felipe Hotel. What a great relaxing week ! The Hotel was everything we required and more. Its location is great and we had a room on the 14th floor at the back of the Hotel overlooking the beautiful pool area and with stunning views of Mount Teide. The food and restaurant was of a very good standard much better than many experienced throughout Spain in previous years.There was always a choice of freshly cooked food nicely presented and the staff were very attentive and polite.The rooms are of a excellent size and furnished to a good standard and quality. The location of the hotel allows you to walk into town comfortably to enjoy a fine selection of bars and shops.This area felt safe as you walked around even late at night.
We will return to this Hotel and area of Tenerife again and hopefully sooner rather than later.
Couldn't have been better.
Just back from 1 week at Hotel San Felipe and our stay really couldn't have been better. The hotel is in an excellent location with truly breath taking views of the ocean.
There was some noise from clubers returning home in the early hours of Fri & Sat nights (seems to be locals rather than tourists) but not nearly as bad as hotels nearer town centre. The hotel itself is very civilised with no noise at all from other guests at night. Really important if, like me, you actually want to get a good noghts sleep on holiday.
From the moment we arrived we were really impressed by the speed and efficiency of the staff on reception and welcome glass of champagne. I really don't understand previous criticism of staff at this hotel as every member was couteous and helpful at all times.
The rooms are very good size for a hotel of this type and the balcony area is massive as well. If you're lucky enough to get an ocean view you're in for a treat as the view is constantly changing with the weather. Yes you can hear the sound of the waves on the shore as previous review says but they must be easily annoyed, I loved hearing the sound of the sea.
The buffet restaurant is very civilised and very quiet compared to most Spanish hotels. The was always a choice of table and staff were good, making us feel welcome. The food is of the standard you will recognise from every other hotel in Spain / Mallorca etc- Nothing wrong with it at all, with a very wide selection and we always managed to leave feeling very satisfied.
Overall, I would recomend this hotel for anyone wanting a quiet, traditional holiday and it suits the typical Puerto customer very well.
Beautiful complex in excellent botanical poolarea
This had a sumptious feel and the diversity of trees around the pool was a great addition complete with dbotanical name tags .
Civilised hotel, centrally located
We'd lunched here a year ago, whilst staying at the nearby Orotava Palace and had preferred the San Felipe's pool and surroundings...the Orotava Palace pool had been carefully photographed so that it looked much bigger in the photo than it actually was. We were very happy at the San Felipe, our only reservation being the inadequate soundproofing of the sea facing rooms...we could hear the Atlantic pounding away each night, then at around 5.00 a.m. the sound of returning clubbers (or early morning workers) from the road outside, even though we were on the eleventh floor...next time we'll ask for a room overlooking the pool and Mount Teide. In addition it would appear that they've recently refloored the bedrooms and we were woken by a guest in the room above walking around and around (presumably packing) at around 6.00 a.m. on our last morning. Whilst fitting laminated flooring is the hotel's responsibility, why can't all hotel guests be more considerate about noise at night and early in the morning? Most are, as always it's just a few who aren't.
Breakfasts and dinners were perfectly acceptable, with a wide variety of food on offer. The staff were efficient and friendly, with a first rate Maitre d' setting an excellent example to his staff in the restaurant. The other guests were mainly British or German, of the rather mature variety.
I first stayed at this hotel in 1984 when it was a rather exclusive 5 star. I have stayed there twice since and it is now nowhere near the standard it once was. Last week, on arriving, I left the car outside while I went into reception to enquire about availability of spaces in the car park. I was told flatly that the car park was full, and when I asked where I could leave the car the receptionist just shrugged...not a good first impression! Next, having booked a double room for single occupancy, I was given a very small single room on the first floor, complete with smells from the sewer. After much insistence, and a very rude attitude from reception, I was given the room I had actually booked a day later. I was only there for 3 nights so was not very pleased. I will not be staying there again.
This hotel is fairly large and in the 70's style common to most of the hotels in this part of the island. It used to be a 5 star but has gone down to a 4 - and this is a Spanish 4, which might be 3/4 elsewhere.
It has a good location right on the beach and stands relatively alone giving it good views and sun - unlike most of the other 4 stars you are likely to compare it with - this is a very big plus point IMO. Since most of the hotels we peeked at when over there didn't get sun for more than an hour a day on their pool area which is pretty annoying.
The rooms are quite spacious with a large bed, satellite TV (not much good unless you are German or only want to watch BBC News 24) and balcony. The bathrooms need renovating quite urgently. They are not dirty but tiles are cracked and they don't keep up with the rather nice bedroom.
You can get a mountain view (overlooking the pool) or a sea view. The mountain view means you get more sun in the evening but there is a low level noise from an airconditioning unit from the nearby shopping centre. We moved to the front corner. I recommend the front corner rooms as you get a massive balcony and more sun.
The food is very average, as are the waiting staff. You need to push to get decent table. Food is German oriented and pretty rubbish. Don't bother with half-board - but if you do you can transfer it so you take you meal at lunch and not the evening. Lunchs are OK next to the pool.
Evening meals are depressing!
The pool area is large and nice - although, like the rest of the place, it needs cleaning up a bit. We had a bad experience with the pool attendent who didn't like us moving our sunbeds. He was pretty aggressive and didn't like the new place we chose either. He shouted "oi" and whistled at us from a distance to get out attention whilst we were eating out lunch which is not the sort of thing I'm prepared to put up with.
Overall it is a reasonable value place to stay with a nice pool are and good location. Clearly the management needs changing as it is slipping noticably in key places.