Within Teide National Park and the only building in the 17-kilometre wide crater, the Parador sits at 2000 metres above sea level in a volcanic wonderland. Journeying to the parador from the south airport involves an hour’s drive along twisted climbs through scented pine forests with stunning vistas.
Bedrooms are large and comfortable, decorated in mountain lodge style in earth tones. There are few extras within the rooms but they are comfortable and cosy. Request a room with a Mount Teide view to really get the most of your stay. The hotel is currently being refurbished and the work is not scheduled for completion until mid-December. I’ll pay it another visit as soon as work finishes so I can update on changes.
There’s a large and comfortable lounge with a wood fire for winter nights when the temperature in the crater plummets to near freezing. Wood-panelled walls maintain the mountain chalet theme and big, comfy settees and armchairs are upholstered in chequered patterns in red and green, adding a touch of the country club to the cosy ambience. The restaurant has picture windows with what must be one of the most impressive views on the planet.
Eating and drinking
Although the food is of a good standard, it concentrates mainly on traditional Canarian fare which may not suit everyone and certainly won’t be any good for vegetarians. Prices are inflated; head to the cable car restaurant for an early dinner and get their very good menu del día for less than 10 euros instead. The terrace cafeteria is packed with visitors by day, mainly to use the toilets but also to enjoy its sunny terrace on which to recover from high altitude hiking.
A large, heated swimming pool is self contained within a conservatory attached to the hotel. The intense solar power generated by the clear crater skies mean that the atmosphere and the water are very pleasantly warm in winter and the terrace outside is almost always bathed in sunshine.
Quite formal and the standards can vary from staff to staff.
Who stays there
Star gazers, hikers and a general mix of Europeans. Families and couples.
Over 55s get 30% discount; Stay two nights half board and get 20% discount - both offers valid until the end of 2010.
- Backpackers / Students
- Seasoned travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Unique location
- Viewing the crystal clear cosmos
- There’s nothing to do at night but star gaze
- Food and drink prices are outrageously inflated