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La Quinta Roja

Spain   Tenerife   Garachico   Why Tenerife?
Tenerife (North) 50km / Tenerife (South) 74km
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Reviewed by Laura Dibben


On the north-west side of Tenerife, away from the mass tourism normally associated with the Canary Islands, lies a town that has experienced a complete renaissance after devastation by volcanic eruption some three centuries ago. In 1706, molten lava may have buried a significant portion of Garachico, but it did not take everything in its path. La Quinta Roja, a 16th Century manor house named after its original owner, the Marquis of La Quinta Roja, was salvaged, only to suffer a devastating fire a few years later. But rise from the ashes it did, and it remains steeped in history with many stories to tell – the manor house was used by nuns for over 40 years in the early 18th century. In the heart of this charming ocean-side village, the Hotel stands proudly on the town square amongst a handful of other historical landmarks.

Inside the house, like stepping into a by-gone era, guests can appreciate many of the original features that still remain. After a friendly welcome, the interior patio courtyard will first draw a gasp of awe. Beautifully laid stone gives rise to gorgeous galleries encircled with carved heart pine and impressive beamed ceilings. Clusters of chairs dot the perimeter of this tranquil milieu, where potted plants abound and a fountain trickles gently in the centre. Off the courtyard a bar/cafeteria breathes old-fashioned charm, and there is also a cosy salon and games room (with internet station). The most impressive relic, and the most loyal witness to La Quinta Roja’s history, is the stunning stone staircase that leads up to the first floor, off which a second salon – a light-filled look-out point in itself – affords panoramic views over the tiled rooftops and out to sea. Year round sunshine can also be enjoyed from the small roof terrace, complete with sun loungers, sauna and an open-air heated Jacuzzi.

Arranged around the patio courtyard and divided between the ground and first floors, the Hotel’s 20 bedrooms comprise of Standard Doubles, Superior Doubles and Junior Suites; all have twin beds side-by-side. Comfortable and uncluttered, the décor is simple, and original features such as exposed stone walls and high beamed ceilings can be appreciated in many of the rooms. I do recommend the Superior Doubles or the Junior Suites as these are the most spacious, and the latter in particular as they overlook the pretty town square – a great vantage point from which to take in the local way of life. I also feel they are somewhat quieter than some of the rooms on the opposite side which do overlook a small street with passing traffic. All are equipped with en-suite shower room, satellite TV, stereo (CDs may be borrowed from reception), telephone, safe, heating and air-con, bathrobes and hair dryer.

Buffet breakfasts may be taken either in the “cafeteria”, but with year-round balmy temperatures like those in Tenerife, the best seat in the house for breakfast is on the exterior terrace. There is definitely something to be said for starting the day accompanied by the scent of fresh ocean air. The Hotel only serves breakfast, but the young and enthusiastic staff will be happy to advise on dining options in the vicinity.

Nestling between the sea and the mountains, guests will not be at a loss for things to do in the area. From bicycle hire, hiking, walking routes, golf (at 7km), quad adventures and paragliding to boat hire, fishing, scuba diving and swimming in the natural volcanic rock swimming pools, there is something for everyone.

An ideal Hotel if you are looking for a charming and historical seaside setting with a multitude of activities at your fingertips.

Bar / Cafeteria
Roof Terrace


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Low Season : 4th January to 31st January and 1st may to 30th September

Mid Season : 1st October to 23rd December

High Season : 1st February to 30th April and Christmas and New Year

Credit card details are required by the Hotel in order to guarantee a reservation.

Cancellations received more than 48 hours before the arrival date incur no charges.

Cancellations received less than 48 hours before the arrival date: the total cost of the first nights stay will be charged by the Hotel.

For reservations between the 1st November and the 30th April, in the event of a No Show, the total cost of the reservation will be charged by the Hotel. No Shows (rest of the year): the total cost of the first nights stay will be charged by the Hotel.

For all reservations will charge an administration fee of 15 Euros.