Quiet hotel: no 'entertainment' - no karaoke, no loud music - bliss. The hotel is not in a 'resort' area which was what we wanted.
Beautiful gardens: more extensive than you first realise. We found different bits on different days. Lovely.
Good location: If you hire a car to explore the island it is a good location. Good road up to the volcano (very wiggly but then all the roads up are). Only five minute easy drive to the main ring road. I don't know what it would be like to stay here without a car as we had one. You couldn't really walk much from the hotel. We did walk into the local town one day to the supermarket (ask at reception first as it's not obvious where it is).
Reception staff were all excellent at English - restaurant staff weren't as good but certainly adequate for our needs as the menu is in English.
Posh evening meal food (and the price to go with it) but delicious.
We stayed in a 'Junior suite' which had a ?king size bed, bathroom, lounge and balcony. I think the slightly cheaper rooms may just be a bedroom. We loved having the lounge to sit in after it got dark outside, it feels more like home than existing in just a bedroom like some hotels. The sofa was comfortable which almost seems like a point not worth mentioning but I have been extremely disappointed staying in many hotels by uncomfortable sofas. Private balcony looking onto trees.
If we went back to Tenerife we would definitely go back to this hotel - wouldn't need to think about it.
We wanted somewhere away from the beach resorts and chose La Orotava for its location. The hotel Rural Victoria was a real find. Room was fine, staff very friendly and helpful and food excellent - and all for a very reasonable price. Only minor drawback was the limited parking which meant driving round the very busy (narrow) streets if the few spaces were occupied. We would certainly book again and recommend it to others.
A pleasant hotel about 10/15 minutes walk from the centre. Good underground parking (free). The hotel seems to function as a training school (as the name suggests) and there are plenty of staff around. We dined in the first night but were the only ones and therefore went out on other nights (taxi to town 2.75 euros). Food was good but on our own there was no atmosphere.
BEC from Cumbria, UK
Modern building inaugurated in 1998 and located in the heart of city of Santa Cruz, a few minutes of the new Auditorium, the …More
The room was clean and spacious. Only the room facing the street has a balcony; other rooms just have windows opening into a small lightwell, so there was no view. Cigarette smoke from someone smoking one floor below tended to rise up the lightwell and into my room. Apart from that my stay was quite comfortable.
Nearby is the daily produce market, and plenty of cafes and bars. The bus station is within walking distance. The hotel is in a narrow nondescript street, but it's very well placed to access the attractions of Santa Cruz.
Over Christmas/New Year the area was very noisy with lots of fireworks, but it quietened after Three Kings Day on 6th January.
Internet connectivity was important to me, and there was a wired ethernet port with unlimited high speed access. Just as well, because the hotel's WiFi didn't reach my room and I would have had to access it from the small lounge.
There's no restaurant, but there are plenty of eating places in the nearby streets. There are small stores in the locality, and two large supermarkets within ten minutes walk.
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