A Closer Look at the Arona Gran Hotel in Los Cristianos

Sat, April 30th, 2011 - By Andrea Montgomery

My opinion: A friendly, comfortable, elegant hotel with beautiful grounds and fabulous views in an ideal location to enjoy peace and quiet within easy reach of Los Cristianos centre and beaches.

The Arona Gran Hotel is to Los Cristianos what Robbie Williams is to tribute acts – an essential element in the mix. It was a hot and sticky weekend at the end of September when I parked the car outside the front entrance and stepped into the delicious air conditioned atrium of the lobby to spend a weekend in the south’s oldest resort, at its best known hotel.

Location, location: At the southern edge of the popular resort of Los Cristianos with the Guaza Mountain behind it and the sweep of Los Cristianos bay in front. On Sunday mornings the south’s largest flea market takes place alongside the hotel. A ten minute stroll along the newly refurbished promenade, past bars, restaurants and shops, takes you into the centre of the resort and main beaches. It then continues for another 8 kilometres all through Playa de Las Américas and Costa Adeje to the south westerly fishing village of La Caleta.

Rooms and Grounds: The hotel is built in a tiered, three storey arch with all rooms having  sea views. My room was on the second floor and towards the middle of the arch which meant that I could look over to Los Cristianos’ centre, watch the ferries and the swimming pool activity from my balcony – it’s a testament to my willpower that I ever left it over the weekend.

The bedrooms are very generous on floor and wardrobe space and have two good-sized twin beds pushed together. Décor is in neutral shades of pastel with wood trim surrounds and wood finish furnishings. It’s a little old fashioned but extremely comfortable and the air conditioning works beautifully. The bathroom is in marble effect finish, the shower is hot and powerful and the fluffy dressing gown and slippers are the perfect outfit for a post-shower glass of vino on that balcony with the mesmerizing view.

It’s a trademark design of Spring Hotels to have a reception area that makes an instant and memorable impression and the Arona Gran is no exception. A glass fronted, tiered open space that towers for three levels above the marbled floors, drips with foliage and crystal chandeliers while the sound of rushing water from the lobby waterfall reverberates gently in the background. It’s a beautifully cool place to sit awhile – well, a long while if you’re trying to use the WiFi which has all the speed of pigeon post.

Stepping outside, two immense, free form swimming pools shimmer amidst the islands of palm trees like sapphires on a manicured jungle floor. Elegant terraces weave their way around the pools, past the a la carte restaurant and the pool bar, offering endless places to soak up the sun or catch up on a best seller under the shade of a palm tree.

Facilities: The lower level is awash with offers of things to keep everyone in the family happy including a mini golf driving range, a gym, squash courts, sauna, a games room and even a Bridge Club. The hotel has good facilities for the disabled with ramps and elevators opening up easy access throughout the hotel.

Food: Meals are buffet style in the large lower level dining room where GPS to get you from the food counters to your table wouldn’t go amiss. Breakfast is a sumptuous combination of cooked and continental style with freshly prepared dishes to order. The evening menu is generally geared towards the mainly British and German clientele with an emphasis on fresh carvery and delicious puds.

The Arona Gran Hotel is ideal for: Couples, the mature age group and those whose mobility is restricted.

Posted : Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Category : accommodation
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