Although the majority of visitors to Tenerife are looking for a beach holiday and will choose a hotel in Playa de Las Américas, Los Cristianos or Costa Adeje that’s within towel-carrying distance of the beach, city breaks on the island are also gaining in popularity. Shopping, sightseeing and a sneaky afternoon on the beach are all within four and a half hour, budget friendly, flying distance and turn a city break into a tropical getaway.
The cosmopolitan capital city of Tenerife, Santa Cruz is an easy city to explore on foot and has more than enough museums, art galleries, restaurants and nightlife to fill a long weekend. A short bus ride away, the beach of Las Teresitas is an idyllic spot to round off a city break with some golden sand time. The regular 111 bus service connects Tenerife South Airport to the city in around 40 minutes.
Top end of the market is the newly renovated, Hotel Mencey, a Colonial style mansion of a hotel completely refurbished in 2011. The Mencey is the city’s only five star hotel and has traditionally hosted visiting celebrities and dignitaries to the island. The refurbishments have replaced old fashioned opulence with contemporary chic but the hotel retains the air of a grand old dame of a hotel. Situated opposite Parque Garcia Sanabria, it’s in a tranquil spot, a 10 minute stroll or a tram ride away from the bustle of the centre and the lively Noria District.
Located in the heart of the shopping district and a short stride from the restaurant/bar district of La Noria, Hotel NH is the ideal city centre hotel. Rooms are comfortable and stylish although lacking in views, there’s a good breakfast in their ground floor, New York style deli’ and the price tag is distinctly on the wallet friendly side for a city centre hotel.
Tenerife’s former capital city and now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, La Laguna hides a surprisingly lively heart behind its staid cultural treasures. Cobbled streets lined with beautifully preserved 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings; small boutiques and a good selection of tapas bars and restaurants are all in foot-friendly distance. At the gateway to the Anaga Mountains, you’re also ideally placed for walking and exploring some of the island’s most beautiful landscapes.
Located on Plaza del Adelantado in the centre of the old town, Hotel Nivaria is as traditional as they come. A former 16th century mansion, wooden floors and beamed ceilings abound while bedrooms are big on character and space if a little lacking in contemporary furnishings. Most of the standard rooms are in the annex so if you want to stay in the mansion itself you’ll have to stretch to a superior room.
Built in 1760 and a hotel since 1885, what the Hotel Aguere lacks in facilities it makes up for in character and a wonderful courtyard cafeteria where breakfast is served. Situated on one of the city’s main pedestrian streets, step outside and you’re right in the shopping and restaurant district. Some of the rooms are in need of a makeover and the en suite bathrooms are not built for space but everything is clean, comfortable and functional with more personality than you’ll find in any modern city centre hotel.
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