The Guayarmina Princess is a four star hotel based in the Southern resort of Costa Adeje in Tenerife. We stayed there in early June. It was before my daughter was born so we travelled as a couple. I would say that this hotel is mostly suited to couples and older families. Although there are odd things, such as miniclub for kids to take part in, the activities on the whole were more adult orientated in the day eg aqua aerobics, darts, water polo and pool.
When we arrived, we'd requested a sea view and high floor but we weren't guaranteed them as we'd not paid for them. We were pleased when we reached the room as it was on the 2nd floor and it had a partial sea view - when we booked our two week holiday for around £1200, I remember it cost around £500 more at least to book a sea view room! We were either just lucky or they do try to accommodate requests. Check in was simple, even though it seemed that the whole plane had booked this hotel (the coach was full and dropped everyone at the Guayarmina!) and we weren't waiting long. There are glass lifts that lead up to the higher floors which I liked because I hate lifts but felt a bit better being able to see out!
The room we had was exactly as the brochure picture - the rooms are a bit dated although ours was very clean and comfortable. There is a lot of wood veneer - the wooden headboard is huge and takes up most of one wall. There were two double beds, a desk and chair and a huge wardrobe with a safe, although this was charged for. It was the first time we'd travelled on a short haul trip for 2 weeks and I'm sometimes a bit fussy but I thought the room, even though dated, was great. It was cleaned every day to a high standard. We did have an issue with the room one night with the toilet (it wouldn't stop making the flushing noise!) but maintenance came to us within 15 minutes and fixed it. They offered to move us to another room too incase we weren't happy but they fixed it promptly and it wasn't a problem. The bathroom was the nicer part of the room. The whole thing was tiled and had a shower over the bath but that didn't pose any issues for us. The bathroom was quite small. We had a balcony that partly overlooked the Iberostar hotel next door and partly over towards the sea - it had a small table and chairs on it but we didn't use it much because whenever you sat down, you couldn't see anything because the partitions between balconies were so high - so after our request we didn't get to look out to the sea very much really! Some rooms have balconies that overlook the road and I would try to avoid those if possible.
We were half board and I think the majority of bookings here are. The dining room is on the lower ground floor. The dining room is small for the size of the hotel, it was busy but not as busy as I'd expect in the very high season and we had to wait for a table a few times. This is what lets it down. The food is lovely, but the dining experience isn't great. We felt rushed and a bit cramped while eating - our evening meal is part of our holiday experience really so it was a bit disappointing. The selection of food is good, all food is buffet style. The breakfast is nice, with an omelette station and the usual cooked breakfast items, including the Spanish version of bacon (more fat than meat!). There's fresh fruit and cereals available too. For dinner, we found some lovely choices, including a roast most nights, although sometimes we spotted some weird things too (eg bulls tails was on one night?! That really reminded me of I'm a celebrity and I steered well clear of those) Veal was common. Chips were available every night although there were some other potato choices too - I usually put a few chips on my plate anyway. The food was filling though and there is a waiter service for drinks in the evening, including for alcohol, including jugs of sangria! Drinks in the evening were charged for.
The pool area is great although it is far smaller than the brochure makes it look. There are huge pillars at the back of the hotel just before the pool areas and the hotel looks magnificent at night when these are lit up. There's also a seating area here but we weren't keen on it because it was constantly full of smokers having a quick cigarette. There are two pools - the one right outside the pillars is freezing cold, the other one is nice and warm but often there's activities in there, aerobics and water polo. The sunbathing area is a bit uniformed and we found it difficult sometimes to grab two sunbeds together because of the usual reserving with towels. There are two pool bars, one has a lovely seating area and serves hot food in the afternoon and it was nice to get out of the sun for a bit up there. The other is just a walk up bar to grab ice creams and drinks at. There's also an outside seating area from the main bar which is nice to sit under to cool down.
The bar area is good, especially outside, but can be a bit cramped when it gets busy later on in the evening when the entertainment is in full swing. Weird entertainment sometimes - a fashion show of lots of white garments was one, didn't really see the point myself but other women were buying stuff so perhaps that's just me! There's a mini-disco for kids early on and a lot seemed to enjoy that. The drinks are expensive - obviously being half board meant that none were included! We spent 12 euros on one round on the first night - one beer and one cocktail so after that we used the bar some nights and went out other nights. There are some far cheaper bars around in Costa Adeje. The hotel also has a piano bar but this always seemed empty and we never used it. It did have a happy hour every day but it was between 4pm and 5pm and this wasn't ever a time that suited us in our day.
Other facilities at the Hotel
The hotel also has a shop which was great to get an English paper from, a hair salon and gym although I never used them - in fact, I never saw where the gym was during our stay. There are also computers towards the lifts on the ground floor for the internet as there's no internet in the room itself.
Beach and Bars
The beach is just across from the walkway at back of the hotel. The lift is needed to get from the pool area to the walkway and at night they close this so we found we then had to walk all the way round to the front of the hotel (an extra 5 minutes) to get back in the evening. This was a bit of a pain but it made me feel a bit more secure about staying there. We only went onto the beach once, but we walked along it many times. There are plenty of bars and restuarants along the walkway too. One of our favourites charged 1 euro per pint! Had quite a good atmosphere too. Other things in the area include a McDonalds about 2 minutes walk away and a small shopping centre a few minutes walk away towards the beachfront.
I would recommend this hotel, we had a lovely stay and will probably visit again. I would say it is worthy of it's four star holiday rating, but there are things that need to be updated really (eg the dining experience) for it to keep up with other four star rated holidays.
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My husband and I travelled to Tenerife in April 2009 with Thomson and stayed at their 4* Guayarmina Princess hotel in Costa Adeje. The front entrance of the hotel is very impressive, as is the marble floored reception area and the welcome given by the reception staff didn't disappoint either. They were friendly, helpful and efficient every time we approached them.
The walk from reception to your room could be a long one, especially if, like us, you book a sea view room, so I would recommend accepting offers of help with the luggage.
Our room on the second floor looked across the promenade towards the beach and sea but didnot have uninterupted sea views which was a little disappointing. The room was massive with room for 2 double beds plus a lounge area, and had been recently refurbished with stylish white furniture including a white leather sofa bed and white flatscreen tv. Unfortunately the brand new beds were as solid as a rock and the bolster type pillows very high and firm.
The large pool area is situated on the roof of the four storey block of sea view rooms which makes it higher than the promenade with lovely views and shielded from the gaze of passers by. There are 2 main pools, one with a slope for easy access which was a little slippery and the other slightly warmer with traditional pool steps. There was also a very chilly childrens paddling pool. Plenty of sunbeds were available despite the usual 7 o'clock towel brigade.
Meals and drinks at the hotel were very expensive largely due to the exchange rate but there were plenty of bars and restaurants on the prom selling all sorts at very reasonable prices.
Choice of food was extensive although didn't vary greatly from night to night. The salads and carvery options were always delicious and the staple choices of pasta, chips and other child friendly foods were always on offer.
All in all a wonderfully relaxing holiday in a tasteful hotel. The oonly downside being a longing for a soft bed and pillows!