Tenerife is the largest island in the Canaries archipelago, and probably the one with the most varied of landscapes. At its centre it is dominated by the extinct volcano of Mt Teide, and the natural park that surrounds it is a paradise for walkers, birdwatchers and lovers of nature. The purity of the air on the mountain slopes is astounding.
Around the coastline, there are many broad sandy beaches as well as steep rocky cliffs with commanding views ..... READ MORE
The distinctive pink hue of the former mansion of the Marquises of La Quinta Roja is a fine example of baroque architecture in the Canaries. What’s more, it gets even better once guests step inside, for the renovation is shown off to its fullest around the fantastic interior patio area. The original building is 16th century and was constructed following a royal donation from King Carlos and then further redeveloped in the next century. Although it somehow survived the volcanic eruption of 1706, it was badly damaged by a fire. Yet today the building stands renovated and refreshed, living out its former glory with a masterful design that is a true landmark of the area.
The original walls and beamed ceilings remain and house surprisingly spacious rooms for a little hotel like this (the double plus rooms and junior suites are the ones to go for to experience this at its best). All rooms and suites have modern amenities: music system, satellite TV, air-conditioning, a safe and free wi-fi internet access.
Although La Quinta Roja doesn’t have its own pool, this won’t be missed when guests can go to the nearby volcanic rock pool just down the road in which to swim. There is also a conventional swimming pool nearby. Meanwhile, to relax, there is a spa, sauna and solarium in which to rest those weary legs and recuperate (many guests like to trek or cycle in the surrounding area). Bicycles can be hired from the hotel. The Pigeon Loft lounge provides an attractive and more contemporary-looking space in which to look out over the historic town of Garachico and maybe read a book.
Garachico itself is a ‘casco histórico’, which means something akin to ‘historic town’. This means that the town around the hotel is almost exclusively made up of traditional buildings, appearing somewhat as though time has stood still, with old churches, restaurants and a tiny castle.
In the Hotel• Bar • Pigeon loft (lounge) • Patio • Free wi‑fi internet access • Spa • Sauna • Solarium • Library • Free bicycle hire • Discounts to the golf course
In Your Room• En‑suite bathroom • Music system • Free wi‑fi internet access (in 10 of the rooms) • Satellite TV • Telephone • Air conditioning • Desk • Safe • Bathrobe • Beach towel • Magnifying mirror
There is no restaurant at La Quinta Roja, but recommendations can be made, and there are plenty to choose from within Garachico.
Golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros
Historic town- volcanic rock pools, castle
Hiking and trekking
I have lived in the Canary Islands for 7 years and therefore had a good idea what to expect from a Spanish Colonial-style property. La Quinta Roja exceeded these expectations. The hotel is very nice indeed, with a beautiful interior patio, sauna and a reading room in the small tower of the hotel with amazing views of Garachico. The main square next door to the hotel is a lovely place to be and the staff at the hotel are friendly and though it sounds strange, gentle people. All in all, couldn't recommend Garachico and the hotel highly enough.
This is one of the best hotels - if not THE best - I have ever stayed in. It is a historic building which has been converted for hotel use in very imaginative ways. Our room was lovely - large, with a very high ceiling so adapted that we could lie in bed and look up at a beautiful timbered ceiling above the smartly contemporised lower part. Our windows had original wooden shutters, perfect for adjusting to various temperatures and light by opening or closing various segments. The inner gallery outside the rooms is a lovely place for afternoon siestas or reading, with such comfortable chairs and footstools. The breakfasts were outstanding, elegantly arranged, and served on a very private cool outside terrace. Our overall impression of this hotel was of excellent management so that everywhere was spotlessly clean, staff were friendly and helpful whenever we needed something but otherwise unobtrusive. We could go on, and on ... but the only way to find how good it is is to go and see!
The hotel is in a traditional style, built around an open courtyard/ patio, with splendid tall plants and a relaxing atmosphere – a lovely place for an afternoon pot of tea! We stayed in a junior suite, which was spacious and well-equipped. (The only very minor criticism is that the safe was in a very awkward place on the floor in the wardrobe!). The room incorporated a modern bathroom (with good-sized, efficient shower, but no bath) while retaining original walls, beams and ornate wooden ceiling.;
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant was superb. Again, on a nice morning, there is seating available outside. The cold buffet selection was extensive for a hotel of this size, and very well presented, with a particularly good selection of prepared fresh fruit, as well as a good variety of breads, croissants, pastries, cheeses, ham, jams, etc. Coffee/ tea and delicious fresh orange juice was served to the table, and the waitress doing breakfast service was always friendly and efficient. A computer with internet was available for guest use in one of the lounges.
A very beautiful hotel surrounding a large patio. An enormous bedroom, very old parquet floor... A surprise: a pigeonnier in which to enjoy a light read at the end of the day and look over the village from on high, and on the other side, a small sauna and jacuzzi in the open air. Practical aspects: access to the public swimming pool filled with sea water from just the other side of the road, ideal for unwinding after cycling. A very pleasant stopover, surrounded by two churches and a little bandstand where the residents play and listen to football matches on the radio under the watching eye of a bronze statue by Simon Bolivar. Pierre, Toulouse, France
A beautifully restored hotel in a traditional Tenerife town. This hotel had been on our want-list for a long time.
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