My opinion: A unique place to spend a night or two and the highlight to any Tenerife holiday. The Parador is a very special hotel and worth pushing the boat out a little to enjoy at least once in a lifetime.
Location, location: The Parador Las Cañadas is set within Teide National Park, opposite the Roques de García and below the crater wall. The only hotel within the national park, and, apart from staying at the Altavista Refuge which is only for the adventurous, is the only place from where you can experience the magic of a night in Teide National Park.
Rooms and Grounds: There are extensive terraces, both at the hotel and in front of the cafeteria next door from which to gorge on the extraordinary beauty of your surroundings and neat gardens filled with endemic plants. Other than that, there’s just the entire crater at your disposal and once the coach tours and day trippers have gone home, you can have that all to yourself. Being located within the national park, the Parador is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to take the cable car to just below the peak of Mount Teide without having to queue. You can have a leisurely breakfast and still be first in the queue. It’s also ideal for those exploring the park on foot; set off by 9am and you’re unlikely to meet another soul for at least an hour.
The hotel was extensively refurbished in 2010 although you wouldn’t really know that from the bedroom we stayed in. Simple and minimalist, rooms are warm and cosy with plenty of floor space, a good sized en suite and an enormous volcano directly outside your window. Compensation for a room with a side view of the mountain comes in the form of an interior conservatory from which to enjoy your own stargazing session. The lounge and bar areas are like an old fashioned gentleman’s club, finished in exposed wood and stone with comfy sofas and a huge log fire which makes for romantic and festive winter nights.
Facilities: There’s a swimming pool inside a conservatory positioned slightly away from the hotel which is probably great in summer but not very inviting in winter. There’s also a small gym which is tightly packed with equipment but you don’t come to the Parador for a gym. What you really need to know is that there’s a telescope you can use if you know how to operate such a beast and if you stay on a Friday night they hold stargazing sessions. On the down side, it’s virtually impossible to get a wifi signal.
Food: Dining at the Parador is a real gastronomic treat with a creative and varied menu and a very high standard of preparation and presentation. The portions are enormous so if you want dessert, skip the starter (the above pic is a starter!). Lots of tour groups come to eat nightly so for the best service, either dine before 7.30pm or after 8.30pm. Breakfast is a comprehensive buffet of hot (well, warm) and cold dishes and is again, of a very high standard.
Parador de Las Cañadas de Teide is ideal for: singles, couples, hikers, romantics and stargazers.
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