Quintana, 15, Puerto De La Cruz, Spain, 38660
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, People watching
Best for On a budget - Expert review of Monopol
From its hibiscus lined steps which are refreshed every morning by a woman in traditional Canarian costume, to its wooden carved balconies, what the Monopol lacks in facilities it more than makes up for in location and charm. One for the culture seekers, particularly those who love a bargain.
On Calle Quintana in the heart of Puerto de la Cruz, opposite the picturesque Plaza Iglesia and in striding distance of the harbour, shops and restaurants.
Small on space but big on comfort, don’t expect any frills and you won’t be disappointed. Décor is old fashioned but not offensive and is in keeping with the style of the hotel; pastel peach walls and floral prints abound. Try for one of the 15 rooms with traditional wooden balconies that face onto Plaza Iglesia, and enjoy sitting out and people watching on one of the town’s busiest pedestrian thoroughfares.
The hotel’s crowning glory is its four storey lobby atrium with galleried carved wooden balconies dripping with greenery; I always take visitors into the lobby, and it never fails to impress. Exploring the lounges and bars is like moving between the pages of an Agatha Christie novel and the snug of the Rover’s Return.
Breakfast is good value for what you’re paying; it’s plentiful, fresh and there’s ample choice. Take my advice and go for the bed & breakfast option rather than half board: Puerto has so many excellent restaurants to enjoy.
There’s a small pool on the roof overlooking Plaza Europa and the harbour, but the sun terrace is barely wide enough for a sun bed. If you’re looking for sports and leisure activities, this isn’t the hotel for you.
Informal, friendly and helpful, with the owners taking a hand in the day to day running. The hotel motto is "our clients are our friends."
More mature visitors, mainly British and German.
Bed & breakfast is the best option.
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- Quintana, 15, Puerto De La Cruz, Spain, 38660
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool, Pets Allowed