In the old quarter of La Orotava, which has been home to Tenerife’s aristocracy for 500 years and has the architectural and horticultural pedigree to prove it. The 16th-century Hotel Victoria is alongside the famous Casas Balcones, the finest examples of traditional balconied houses on the island, and the town’s iconic 18th century baroque church of La Concepción. A 25 minute transfer from the north airport and an hour or more from the south airport.
The 14 rooms each preserve all the original features of the house, such as its mudejar styled ceilings and wooden floors, and are furnished in period antiques. Décor is understated in soft tones of ivory, mustard and saffron; satellite TV and WiFi are standard, and bathrooms feature beautiful, original tiles. Request one of the two rooms with roof terraces for your own private viewing platform over the town and the mountains.
Antique heart pine wood features large, from the carved balconies and rich, dark window seats to the shine on the floor that’s deep enough to apply your lipstick in. The breathtaking interior courtyard doubles as the lobby and bar and features original wall tiles, carved balconies and period furnishings.
Eating and drinking
The hotel’s refined a la carte restaurant has a deserved reputation for excellence where chef Richard Etherington, a Scot, creates fine cuisine using seasonal, local ingredients and fusing traditional Canarian with his own distinctive contemporary twist. He also does an excellent rabbit stew which keeps the cool of winter nights in La Orotava at bay. Popular with non residents as well as guests, Richard changes his menu regularly and introduces special theme nights and sample menus.
A roof sun terrace gives panoramic vistas over the Arabic roof tiles of the old quarter and the mountains, which is just as well because when the clouds occasionally roll in on winter days, sunbathing leaves by the side door.
Enrique and his staff offer a warm welcome and personal attention to all their guests.
Who stays there
A mix of northern European couples.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Splendid architecture
- Probably the best restaurant in town
- Streets are steep and off limits for those with walking difficulties
- You might have to get a taxi from the nearest available parking space