Continuous development and re-branding of much of the south and south west coasts of Tenerife has spawned a glut of shiny, new, four and five star hotels packed to their designer rafters with all the facilities holiday makers could ever need. But where do you go if you want to find some authentic Tinerfeño character where the styles, building materials and spirit of colonialism on which Tenerife was founded are very much in evidence and you can still find a trouser press in your room?
In the traditional resort of Puerto de la Cruz is the rather splendid Hotel Monopol housed right in the heart of the town with traditional, carved wooden balconies overlooking the lovely Plaza de Iglesia and the La Orotava valley. Fresh hibiscus flowers daily adorn the front steps and a leafy inner courtyard provides one of the prettiest hotel lobbies on the island. Next door, the Marquesa also oozes tradition and charm but the rooms are smaller and the breakfasts are woeful. On the up side, it’s slightly cheaper.
Head up the hill to La Orotava and take a look at the three centuries old Rural Hotel La Victoria with its original, beautiful tiles and its rooftop terrace with views over the town’s Arabic tiled roofs and to Mount Teide. Delve back as far as the 16th century in the Rural Hotel La Orotava in the heart of the town near the famous Casas de Los Balcones. Beamed ceilings, wooden floors, low doorways and oodles of character surround a charming courtyard which serves excellent traditional cuisine.
Move along the north west coast to the popular day trip destination of Garachico and find Tenerife’s most sophisticated boutique hotel, the San Roque. An 18th century mansion impeccably restored and paired with Bauhaus furniture and local art provides an über stylish retreat. Less punishing on the wallet but almost as easy on the eye is the characterful Hotel Quinta Roja set on the lovely Plaza de La Libertad.
Opt for Tenerife’s original capital city of La Laguna and its only two hotels both offer tradition, style and comfort. On Plaza del Adelantado, the recently refurbished Hotel Nivaria has been hosting travellers since the 17th century and now provides apartment style accommodation behind its historic walls. The city’s Hotel Aguere may only rate as two stars but what it lacks in facilities it makes up for in charm, a central location and a wonderful lobby cafe in which to enjoy breakfast.
But you don’t have to go north to find traditional Tenerife hotels. The Hotel Reverón Plaza in Los Cristianos is still owned by the first family to open a boarding house in the original fishing village. Its Art Deco style is timeless and its rooms ooze character and comfort. High in Tenerife’s village of Vilaflor, its sister hotel the Hotel Spa Villalba offers a very different mode of tradition in wood, stone and stained glass, alpine lodge style with a forest setting and complimentary spa. In the hills above the wind farms and surfers of El Médano in the town of Granadilla is the traditional Senderos de Abona Hotel, all quaint courtyards, charming corners and the perfect base for a walking holiday.
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