The hotel is the 18th-century mansion and former home of Cristobal de Ponte, founder of Garachico, and sits alongside a former convent in the quiet, cobbled streets of Garachico. 90 minutes transfer time from the south airport, 45 minutes from the north airport.
Twenty bedrooms are individually styled and decorated, but all feature original wooden floors polished to a sheen and original mudejar style beamed roofs. Colour schemes range from colour washed ochres to rich plums and peacock blues, and every room is a master class in taste and design. The tower suite is the diamond amongst this jewelled collection, with porthole windows overlooking the town and a private roof terrace - the ultimate honeymoon retreat. Standard facilities include video, CD and DVD player, satellite TV and Jacuzzi bath.
Designed by gallery owner and artist extraordinaire, Jose Lois Adelantado, the San Roque combines the original 18th century Genoese features with Bauhaus and Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture, and art by Spanish and Canarian artists. The central patio has an amazing steel sculpture by Mikel Navarro at its heart, and carved wooden balconies set against rich terracotta walls.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast and dinner are served around the inner courtyard pool at the Anturium restaurant. Breakfast is a cold buffet with hot dishes cooked to order. Dinner is a set gourmet menu of Canarian/Mediterranean fusion created by chef Pep Nogué. There are plenty of restaurants in the town serving good, basic Canarian fare where you get man-sized portions for your money; the Quinta Roja Hotel has a charismatic tapas bar in its bodega, and for fresh fish and seafood head to Aristides on Plaza de la Libertad.
As well as the courtyard swimming pool ,there’s a rooftop sun terrace with wonderful views over the town and to the petrified lava flows that destroyed Garachico’s harbour in 1706. The town is famous for its El Caletón rock pools hewn from volcanic lava which are a magnet for day trippers. Provided the seas are not rough, the pools are incredible places to explore and to bathe in.
Personal, deferential and congenial.
Who stays there
Northern Europeans with a discerning eye and a yen for the real Tenerife; travel writers and locals.
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Style and comfort in an iconic setting
- Tenerife’s most picturesque town
- Not many facilities
- Not a good choice for children