My opinion: A stylish, friendly hotel in a spectacular location with first class food and apartment-sized rooms – one of Puerto’s best hotels. You’ll go a long way to find better value for money.
The four star Hotel Las Águilas stands elegantly on its hilltop vantage, its terracotta face a familiar landmark from the TF5 motorway. I took a breather from Christmas shopping in mid-December to find out what lies behind the elegant exterior of the hotel on the mount.
Location, location: Set in extensive grounds on the summit of a hill at the tri-boundaries of La Orotava, Los Realejos and Puerto de la Cruz, the 360º views from the hotel, its lawns and terraces are nothing less than spectacular. The town centre and beaches are a ten minute taxi drive, a half hour stroll (downhill) or a courtesy shuttle bus ride away.
Rooms and Grounds: Constructed in an L shape, the hotel rooms are on six floors with mountain and valley views from the front of the building and Atlantic and valley views from the rear. Ground floor rooms enjoy garden backdrops but my fifth floor room gave me panoramic ocean vistas.
Originally designed as timeshare apartments, the rooms in the Hotel Las Águilas have oodles of floor and cupboard space. My room consisted of a large double bedroom, a spacious living and dining room, a kitchenette (although there are no facilities for cooking) and a good-sized bathroom. The rooms are elegantly minimalist, bright and comfortable and are decorated in pale lemon with bleached pine furniture. With a completely private balcony that runs the length of the room from which to survey the fabulous surroundings, this is a space in which to enjoy spending time over an aperitif or a nightcap.
The lobby and lounge areas each have their own styles which range from Italianate splendour to pop art, with a dash of ethnicity thrown in for good measure. The hotel is chic, stylish, original and refreshingly different from the bland uniformity of large chain hotels. The only down side for me is that WiFi is a charged-for extra which will set you back €2 an hour, €5 a day or €20 a week; a practice which must surely be on the way out. In the 21st Century WiFi should be fast and free.
It’s when you cross its threshold that the Hotel Las Águilas really comes into its own with beautifully landscaped gardens, waterfalls and swimming pools set within palm tree-punctuated lawns. It’s like a little piece of the Far East took root high above the little town of Puerto.
Facilities: There’s a separate kiddies’ pool in a sand pit set away from the main building giving the little ones their own space while mums and dads enjoy the sunny lawns alongside. With tennis courts, exercise frames, table tennis, table football, a pool table and a mini club available for the tweenies to teens, it’s a family favourite paradise.
Food: The food at the Hotel Las Águilas is exceptionally good and I rated it right up there with the Family Hotel Isabel. Choices are extensive, the quality is excellent and the service is fast, friendly and efficient. This is four star food at three star prices
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