A Closer Look at the Barceló Santiago Hotel in Puerto Santiago

Fri, April 1st, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

My opinion: Service is genuinely friendly (loved the glass of cava on arrival), the food is good and the pool area will have you booking a room as soon as you see it. But the aces in the pack are the views – the Barceló Santiago’s are exceptional. I stayed at the hotel in December; the weather was perfect (hot and sunny) and it was full with couples and families from various countries.

Location, location: Situated between Los Gigantes and Playa de la Arena on the sunny south west coast of Tenerife. A twenty minute walk in one direction along an attractive seafront promenade takes you through Puerto Santiago where there’s a small beach and traditional Canarian restaurants, to the blue flag beach at Playa de la Arena. Twenty to thirty minutes in the other direction and you arrive in Los Gigantes with more restaurants and bars and the place to catch whale and dolphin watching trips.

Immediately outside the hotel are bars, including Route 66 (one of the best live music bars in the area), restaurants and supermarkets.

Rooms and Grounds:Rooms are stylishly decorated in marine and pastel colours. Frosted glass interior walls add a very cosmopolitan touch. All boast LCD TV, hair-dryers, mini bars and great views. I had a room on the corner, so could choose between watching the sun set over La Gomera or turning the Los Gigantes cliffs to liquid gold.

There’s no Wi-Fi in the rooms, but the lounge area has free Wi-Fi.

The grounds are all about the pools and these are as pleasing to the eye as the views you get from the sun loungers around them. There are three main pools (two of which are heated) and a children’s pool and there were plenty of free sunbeds, especially on the side facing the Los Gigantes cliffs, so nowhere felt in the least bit crowded.

Facilities: There’s a good spa, games room and sports zone. In the evening you can choose between the modern Spanish styled Tasca Bar – sit on one of the stools and have a cocktail for that ‘too cool for school’ look  – or the entertainment bar which has nightly shows for children and adults. The outside terrace will suit anyone who still likes to enjoy the odd puff with their drink.

Food: The buffet area with inside and outside seating is as attractive as the rest of the hotel and the food presentation has some nice ‘artistic’ touches. I particularly liked the full sized bread crocodile. I enjoyed the goodies available at lunch and dinner, but didn’t think the breakfast buffet was as good as it could have been. For a change of scene I ate at the hotel’s Sabor Español restaurant whose staff were knowledgeable, chatty and gave sound advice about the menu and wines. The Viñatigo Tinto they suggested was a perfect partner for the juicy wild boar I chose for my main course. With main meals averaging around €12, I thought eating creative cuisine here represented incredibly good value.

The Barceló Santiago Hotel is ideal for couples of all ages and to a lesser extent families.

Posted : Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 11:55 am
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