Hotel Señorio del Valle
Avenida de la Iglesia, 72, Santiago Del Teide, S/C de Tenerife, Spain, 38690
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation
Expert review of Hotel Señorio del Valle
Only opened early in 2010, the Hotel Señorio del Valle is an idyllic location in which to spend a few nights. You can explore the beautiful surroundings of one of Tenerife’s unspoilt beauty spots, and chill out with good food and wine. It’s also a great base for walkers, with trails around the nearby Erjos Pools and up to the Chinyero National Park – the site of Tenerife’s last volcanic eruption.
In the pretty-as-a-picture village of Santiago Del Teide, which lies in a fertile valley high above the south-west coast. It's the last village before the serpentine climb and descent to Masca. Los Gigantes on the west coast is a 20-minute drive away, and it's an hour's transfer from the south airport.
Twenty individually styled and decorated rooms are arranged in a quadrangle around an inner courtyard and named after an endemic plant. I stayed in Ajinajo and had wonderful views over the front paddock, the picnic zone over the road and the Masca hills. Each room has a high, mudejar styled wooden ceiling, terracotta floor tiles, double glazed windows and is decorated in the rich sienna, saffron or vermilion of traditional rural housing with modern, abstract paintings providing the perfect contrast. Bathrooms are marble finished and have twin sinks, plenty of space and a very flattering mirror – always a plus point in my book.
Set in extensive grounds, the hotel has chosen to take the traditional materials of its location and merge them with avant-garde style to create a wonderful fusion of traditional and contemporary. External walls are constructed of black volcanic stone and the interior is wood and stone. Traditional artefacts sit amongst modern paintings and sculptures, while cubist chairs surround a large, wood-burning stove in the lounge.
Alongside the hotel is a visitor centre which incorporates the Casa Del Patio tasca with its rustic dining room and elegant outside courtyard where you can sample Canarian cuisine at its best. I enjoyed the goat’s meat and the fresh fish during my stay, both of which were cooked to perfection, flavoured with fresh herbs and served with organic vegetables from the garden. Breakfast can be taken in the dining room or on the sunny outdoor terrace overlooking the stables.
The visitor centre has riding stables from which you can book rides and lessons, and they operate pony and trap rides through the village. A wine museum, a museum dedicated to the 1909 eruption of Chinyero, a well stocked shop selling souvenirs and local produce and an art gallery are all on site. A motley assortment of geese, hens, parrots, a Shetland pony and the farm cat keep young visitors in wide eyed awe.
Staff are warm and welcoming, and service is informal and attentive.
A mix of Europeans looking for a rural getaway, but the hotel is still building its clientele so go now before it gets too busy.
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- Avenida de la Iglesia, 72, Santiago Del Teide, S/C de Tenerife, Spain, 38690
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