Riu Garoe

Dtor. Celestino Golez, 3, Puerto De La Cruz, Spain, 38400

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Hotel Riu Garoe

By Andrea Montgomery, your Puerto de la Cruz expert

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#3 of 6
expert-rated hotels in Puerto de la Cruz
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Location:
4.1
4.1
Bedrooms:
3.6
3.6
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4.3
4.3
Leisure facilities:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.9
4.9
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Couples, Mature travellers, Relaxation

Expert review of Riu Garoe

One of Puerto’s most popular hotels, with a reputation for good food and excellent service.

The Riu Garoe is a regular award winner for its standards of service. A favourite with older German guests, the hotel is a tranquil haven of gardens, enclosed patios and lavish buffets.

Location: 

Just 300 yards from the Botanical Gardens in the leafy suburb of La Paz, a predominantly German area with a decent choice of shops and restaurants, a nightclub and a couple of lively bars. The centre of Puerto is a 20-minute walk or a hotel shuttle bus ride away.

Bedrooms: 

Rooms are a bit disappointing compared to the rest of the hotel but are spotlessly clean, bright and comfortable. Décor is in uninspired pastel shades and furnishings are wood finish. My favourite balcony views are over Mount Teide and the Tigaiga Mountains in odd numbered rooms; sea views are from even number rooms.

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Public areas: 

I like the way the hotel is set out in a series of galleried courtyards, surrounding indoor patios with beautiful tiles and exotic gardens. The large bar and lounge area has nightly entertainment, but the most popular time is the daily Happy Hour when Marcos fixes two of his highly quaffable cocktails for the price of one.

Eating and drinking: 

The hotel is justifiably very proud of its buffets, which are lovingly prepared and presented with a great deal of attention to detail. The catering staff painstakingly carve decorative flowers from fruit and vegetables to garnish the dishes. If you fancy some truly local wine, try a bottle of the Garoe Blanco dry white - it’s from the owner’s own vineyard.

Leisure facilities: 

There’s a serene outdoor swimming pool with steps leading down into tiered tropical gardens, crazy golf, a children's play area and a grass tennis court with views over the headland. An indoor swimming pool is lit in cool blue and alongside is a sauna, well-equipped gymnasium and a squash court.

Service: 

Informal, friendly, efficient and professional; it deserves its wall of awards.

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Who stays there: 

In winter, predominantly elderly Germans and some British. Weekends and summer see more Spanish mainlanders and locals.

Pros: 
Impeccable service
High standard of food
Cons: 
Dinner served at 6.15pm to suit German clientele
Mature guests

More information on Riu Garoe:

Price from:
£55
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Dtor. Celestino Golez, 3, Puerto De La Cruz, Spain, 38400
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Swimming Pool

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