My opinion: An affordable family hotel with lots of Canarian character, masses of facilities, excellent food and friendly, professional service.
It was late August when I took an impromptu weekend at the Hotel Isabel in Costa Adeje. The hotel was fully booked with visiting families from the Spanish mainland who were escaping to Tenerife from the inferno of the Spanish, mid-summer plains which was ironic considering the mercury was making every attempt to escape the thermometer all together.
Location, location: In the heart of Costa Adeje a flip flop stroll from the Thursday and Saturday morning markets and shopping centre. The beach of Fañabe is a 10 minute stroll away and the marina boat trips, bars and trendy nightclub of El Faro Chill Art at Puerto Colón are a 20 minute stroll or a five minute taxi ride away.
Rooms and Grounds: Most of the family accommodation is in traditional style villas and bungalows laid out around the extensive grounds like a Canarian village complete with streets and plazas. Bougainvillea tumbles over front porches that lead to bight, modern and spacious living rooms and comfortable bedrooms. My booking was very last minute and the hotel was at full capacity so I ended up with one of the apartments in the main building which was in need of a decorating makeover. But I had a bright kitchen/lounge area, a double bedroom with plenty of storage space, a good sized bathroom and all the facilities I needed. An ample terrace provided the perfect vantage point from which I looked enviably out over dappled ochre houses of the family accommodation.
The grounds weave their way over a huge surface area with stylish swimming pools, kiddies pools and an inviting beach bar. As the hotel was full, the terraces felt a bit crowded at pool side but there were quieter spots to be found tucked into the gardens. Quiet lanes amble between the typical Canarian style architecture to reveal small plazas with shaded seats where you can enjoy an afternoon read or to children’s playgrounds, sports courts and a Jacuzzi.
In the heart of the complex are shops, massage parlour, gym, bars and an entertainment lounge and outside terrace.
Facilities: Far too numerous to mention. Sports and leisure facilities are bountiful and the animation team, kiddies’ club, computer games facilities and free wifi will keep everyone in the family from troublesome tots to turbulent teenagers happy.
Food: Meals are served buffet style in the extensive dining room and on the courtyard terraces. Food is plentiful, hot and of a very high standard. The choices of salads, main meals and desserts were overwhelming and I had to exercise restraint constantly. There was a good mix of Canarian and International dishes, freshly cooked pizzas and pastas, barbecued and grilled meats. Meal times were spread over a long period and although I arrived late for dinner, everything was still fresh, plentiful and hot.
The Hotel Isabel is ideal for: Families.
Category : accommodation
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