My opinion: Chic, clean, comfortable and perfectly placed for a weekend in the city to go shopping, enjoy Carnaval or take in the city sights. For me, the NH Hotel has everything you need from a city centre hotel – location, comfort, wifi, good service and value for money.
Location, location: On the corner of Calle Candelaria and Doctor Allart, a one minute stroll from Plaza España, five minutes from the Noria district and right in the heart of the city’s main shopping district, the NH Hotel couldn’t be better positioned if it tried. Step out of the door and you’re in the bustling heart of Santa Cruz.
Rooms and Grounds: As with most city centre hotels, rooms are compact and space is at a premium but the NH makes the most of the floor space available and the room doesn’t feel at all cramped. The décor is retro chic in chocolate and mulberry; furnishings are minimalist, the bed is big and comfortable and the bathroom is spacious with a powerful shower and oodles of hot water. There’s plenty of wardrobe and drawer space and as a bonus, the room has a kettle and an espresso machine – a rare luxury for a Spanish hotel. We had a room facing the interior courtyard, well wall, which meant for a naff view but a nice quiet night, something that could prove invaluable if you’re going to see Carnaval. Street facing rooms give better(ish) views but the possibility of noise.
Facilities: Don’t expect a free-form swimming pool, decking and lavish spa and gym facilities, this is not a resort hotel. The rooftop has a trio of workout machines, a small Jacuzzi (empty when we were there in December) and a row of sun loungers. There’s also a nice rooftop bar which would be an excellent place to spend time on hot summer nights in the city with views over to the Noria district. There’s free wifi in the rooms and the flat screen, wall mounted TV has some English language news channels and Canarian documentaries with English subtitles.
Food: Breakfast is served in the deli-style, lobby dining room and has fresh coffee and juices, cereals and a wicked selection of pastries and cakes but it’s not cheap and to be honest, you might just as well go for the better value, room only rate and step outside to take your choice of cafés for breakfast. The stylish Nhube restaurant was closed when I was there so I didn’t get a chance to try it.
NH Hotel is ideal for: Singles, couples
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