My opinion: A budget aparthotel in Puerto de la Cruz offering a central location, lively atmosphere and very good value for money.
I spent a sunny autumn weekend at the Noelia Playa Hotel at the end of November when the harbour was busy with roasted chestnut sellers and local wine producers delighting visitors to the town with the mellow fruitfulness of the season.
Location, location: Centrally placed mid-way between the town and the main beach of Playa Jardín in easy walking distance of both and just a few metres away from the town’s bus station.
Rooms and Grounds: This is an aparthotel so each of the rooms is a self catering apartment which means more floor space than your average hotel room and a small alcove which acts as a dining/living area with a wall mounted table, chairs and settee. Cooking facilities are cleverly housed in a mini kitchen which has every utensil you could need for holiday cooking and are neatly tucked away behind a louvre door when not in use. The tangerine and saffron décor is a tad retro but is bright, clean and warm. The balcony is a lovely space in which to enjoy a glass of wine at sunset with vistas over mountains and the coast with the grounds of the neighbouring hotel in between. The higher the floor, the better the view.
A compact, city centre hotel, there are no grounds at street level. Instead, the roof space is used to best advantage with a rooftop swimming pool, sunbathing terraces on synthetic lawns and mightily impressive views over Mount Teide, the Tigaiga Mountain Range, Puerto de la Cruz and the La Orotava Valley. A small supermarket on the ground floor does a passable impression of a hypermarket, so chock-a-block are its shelves with everything you could possibly need with very little mark-up on prices given that it’s literally on the doorstep.
Facilities: The lobby offers free WiFi and two terminals for Internet connectivity and there’s a good sized billiards room behind the main lounge. In the evenings the hotel morphs into the local ‘Come Dancing’ venue with a dance floor jam-packed with predominantly Spanish and Canarian holidaymakers and locals enjoying a medley of Spanish chart hits from the ’50s to the present day provided by one man and his organ…
Food: Despite the cooking facilities in the rooms, a large number of people seem to have opted to use the buffet restaurant but to be honest, I’d recommend trying some of Puerto’s multitudinous restaurants instead and give the buffet a wide berth. Menu choices were limited to two or three meat and chicken dishes and one or two fish options with a selection of mainly frozen vegetables and chips, boiled or Canarian potatoes. Salads consisted of cold meats and the standard accompaniment of lettuce, tomatoes and a variety of mayonnaise-covered side dishes. Sweets were unimaginative and varied little over the course of the weekend and the breakfast coffee was, well, to be avoided.
The Hotel Noelia Playa is ideal for: Families, mature couples and anyone on a budget looking for good, self catering accommodation in the centre of the town.
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