My opinion: Possibly the friendliest hotel on Tenerife which, coupled with its perfect location, traditional style, good taste and comfort, makes it the sort of hotel you want to return to at every opportunity.
Location, location: Hotel La Quinta Roja is that beautiful, salmon coloured building right on the plaza in Garachico, the one with the palm filled patio and the little shop that sells nice jewellery, books and souvenirs.
Rooms and Grounds: The pièce de résistance of the Quinta Roja is that beautiful courtyard garden which every room has access to. Stylish, comfortable seating provides the perfect spot to enjoy scented tranquillity and wifi by day and the stars by night. The former lookout tower which was used to keep an eye out for the likes of Jack Sparrow heading Garachico’s way, is now a lounge and reading room with 360º views over the town, the lava trails that almost destroyed the town 300 years ago, and the ocean.
Although the hotel has all the modern comfort and convenience you’d expect from 4 stars, it has kept true to its original 17th century design which means you’re walking on polished wooden floorboards and beneath mudejar-styled wooden ceilings and the windows are small so rooms are short on natural daylight. But it’s that authenticity that makes them so special. Our room had a conservatory-style annex from which we could watch proceedings in the plaza. All the rooms are slightly different in their design but all the en suite bathrooms are the same and have small, Persian blue tiles, good floor space, powerful showers and fluffy dressing gowns.
Facilities: There’s a small sunbathing area and a sauna on the rooftop and free wifi although it’s difficult to get a signal in the rooms, you need to go to the courtyard. Rooms have a CD player, TV and air conditioning. A small, welcoming tasca at the rear of the hotel, accessed from the side street, has a menu of tapas and a good selection of wines and is a great place to end an evening.
Food: The hotel doesn’t provide dinners but that’s no hardship as Garachico punches above its weight in terms of restaurants in easy strolling distance, but breakfast at La Quinta Roja is a treat worth getting out of bed for. Served in the dining room alongside Plaza de la Libertad or on the lovely outside patio provided it’s not raining, as well as cereals, there’s a delicious selection of fresh exotic fruits, some of them from the manager’s finca; breads, meat, cheeses and home made jams and cakes. Along with good coffee and a tea selection, it’s enough to have you lingering over breakfast until late morning.
Hotel La Quinta Roja is ideal for: couples, romantics, anyone who wants to hike in the Teno Mountains and special occasions.
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