Hotel Las Águilas, Dispelling Myths in Puerto de la Cruz

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Spain, Tenerife, Travel

It seems mighty bizarre to book into a hotel we can see from our bedroom window. But this week we checked into the Hotel Las Águilas, a hotel you really can’t miss in Puerto de la Cruz as it sits atop one of two volcanic cones left in the La Orotava Valley.

A week’s half board at the hotel is the latest prize in our Tenerife Magazine holiday competition and if we’re going to recommend a hotel then we stay in it first so we can give first hand experience of what it’s like. This first hand experience is important to us…no that’s wrong, it’s essential.

Andy and I have long felt that the Achilles heel in Puerto relating to tourism is the hotels in the town, many of whom are in need of being dragged into the 21st century. Historic is quaint and you might even get away with old fashioned charm, but many of Puerto’s hotels don’t tick these boxes. They’re simply dated. I recently read a sharp piece of copywriting which cleverly described a hotel’s décor as being authentic 1960s. Well some of Puerto’s hotels have authentic 1980s décor.

Not so the Hotel Las Aguilas. It bucks the trend by revealing an individualistic style that mixes pop art and ethnic designs with what is simply an aesthetically pleasing style. It’s vibrant and a breath of fresh air and showed us that not all of Puerto’s hotels are doing the timewarp again.

The other myth the Hotel Las Águilas helps dispel is the one that I’d almost come to believe myself. In winter only ‘mature’ Northern Europeans holiday in Puerto de la Cruz.

The other guests in the hotel ranged from couples in their 20s upwards, with the average age being around 40-ish. Not exactly fitting the picture that is often painted. Of course, with each passing year ‘mature’ takes on a different meaning for me.

I was going to say that maybe the ‘mature’ tag might be related to British visitors as the majority of the hotel’s guests were not English speaking (mainly Spanish, German and Scandinavian). But as the bar I watched Man Utd see off Fulham (to the obvious chagrin of the Man Utd hating bar manager) was packed with Brits a lot younger than me, it seems as though that doesn’t apply there either.

In Puerto, and no doubt other places on Tenerife, if you go to bars that are popular with more mature visitors then guess what you’re going to find? On the other hand, if you go to different bars you find a totally different scene.

I hadn’t realised the same applied to hotels until the Hotel Las Águilas opened my eyes.

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Comments
  1. Richard says:

    We’ve stayed there quite a few times and would also recommend it. It was previously time share apartments, so you get a complete ‘suite’ for the price of a normal room: living room, kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom with a Jacuzzi, big balcony, and the view from the rooms overlooking Puerto is superb. The breakfast is great, and you can eat it on the terrace with a wonderful view of el Teide.

    It’s a little way out of town, but they run a free bus service in, or a taxi is only a few euros. The staff are also friendly and helpful – they were completely un-fazed when we arrived with two muddy mountain bikes and gave us a secure store room to leave them in.

    • dragojac says:

      There’s a massive difference between visiting it and staying there which is what we discovered. As your experience with the mountain bikes shows, the staff are genuinely friendly.

      As for the breakfast…mi madre. Six different cheeses alone; two choices of scrambled egg (never seen that before). I could have eaten everything on it – in fact I think I did 🙂

      The value is incredible. There was an offer on of €30 per person half board. For what’s really a 4 star plus hotel, it is incredible value.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the information about the hotel !!! It sounds wonderful. I will put it on the list.

  3. koscanlan says:

    Aloha,
    I came across your blog while looking for info about driving in Tenerife. My husband and I will be renting a car for exactly 9 hours. Any ideas on the perfect route from the cruise port that will allow us to see as much as possible in one day?

    • dragojac says:

      Hola,

      If you were looking for info about driving on Tenerife, then the chances are you’ll have seen my Real Tenerife Island Drives website. You’ve got a couple of options from the port. Probably the most popular for 1st timers to Tenerife is the route from La Laguna along the spine of the island to Mount Teide (our ‘Where the Earth Holds Up the Sky’ route. The second is a route which heads out of Santa Cruz up to Las Teresitas beach (the most beautiful on the island in my view) and then into the ancient Anaga Mountains where there is a very different Tenerife from the one many people imagine – absolutely stunning scenery, small hamlets clinging onto ravines, a place where people still live in caves – this is our ‘Peaks into the Past route. Both of these are available as PDFs so that people can buy individual routes rather than the whole guide.
      Hope this helps.

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