My opinion: If you’re looking for an authentic Tenerife hotel, somewhere luxurious, romantic and away from the beach, burger and karaoke crowd, then this is the hotel for you. It just might be my absolute favourite hotel on Tenerife.
Location, location: In the popular day trip destination of Garachico with its beautiful plaza and famous rock pools. When the coach tours depart, it’s quiet and peaceful with good restaurant choices like Mirador de Garachico and Cañadas de Garachico.
Rooms and Grounds: The Hotel San Roque is a beautiful blend of contemporary style and comfort in an historic house where original features have been preserved, and placed alongside avant garde touches and some of the world’s finest designer furniture. An art hotel in a traditional 18th century Canarian mansion. And it all works beautifully.
The courtyard provides an elegant patio lounge area where the aluminium fountain, contemporary sculpture takes centre stage, surrounded by easy chairs and coffee tables. It’s a lovely place to relax with a cup of coffee and the morning papers, catching the sun’s rays by day and admiring the stars after dark. Wide stone stairs lead up to the second floor balcony and narrow, wooden stairs lead to the sun terrace roof space from where you can see right across the village to the mountains.
There are just 20 rooms, each individually styled and including original features such as polished wooden floors and ceilings. Each room has a whirlpool bath, DVD player and furniture by Rennie Mackintosh. There are two interconnecting rooms for families and there are two storey rooms with a sitting area downstairs and the bedroom upstairs. Two suites have more floor space and are stylishly romantic with a fabulous Jacuzzi in the main room. The tower suite (La Torre) has two floors, its own private sun bathing area on the roof and porthole windows with views across the rooftops to the ocean, an even more intimate hideaway.
The rooms themselves are decorated in rich, warm colours so you might have crimson, teal or even blue walls, all of which blend beautifully with the rich wooden floors and ceiling, the modern artwork and the arthouse furniture.
Facilities: There’s a stylish little swimming pool and a garden sunbathing terrace in their own courtyard which is very sheltered and a sun trap. Off the courtyard, there’s a library stting room dedicated to the Austrian designer Josef Hoffman and filled with his fabulous, leather armchairs and settees. The Hoffman room also houses a small bar, a collection of books including a catalogue of the furniture displayed in the hotel, and a large, widescreen TV. It’s a cosy place in which to enjoy a pre-dinner G&T or relax with a brandy on winter evenings. There’s free, fast wifi throughout the hotel and you can book a range of activities and tours through reception.
Food: Breakfast is served around the swimming pool and features fresh local ingredients such as goat’s cheeses and home made cakes and hot dishes to order. I had scrambled eggs and they were the tastiest I’ve ever eaten. The hotel’s Anturium restaurant is also located by the swimming pool and is the perfect setting for romantic dinners beneath the stars with the fairy lights of the palm trees reflected in the water.
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