Dtor. Celestino Golez, 3, Puerto De La Cruz, Spain, 38400
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Mature travellers, Relaxation
Expert review of Riu Garoe
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Informal, friendly, efficient and professional; it deserves its wall of awards.
In winter, predominantly elderly Germans and some British. Weekends and summer see more Spanish mainlanders and locals.
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- Dtor. Celestino Golez, 3, Puerto De La Cruz, Spain, 38400
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Swimming Pool