“ Address: Avenida Gran Bretaña / E-38660 Costa Adeje / Tenerife / Spain „
The wife and I love going on holiday and Tenerife is undoubtedly one of our favourite destinations. We've been there 6 times in the last 5 years and for 3 out of the last 4 visits, we've stayed at the Panorama ApartHotel, which sits just between Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje.
Now, I'll be honest right from the start - the Panorama isn't the best hotel in the world, far from it. It's only a 3-star and it lacks air conditioning. So why do we go there so much? 2 reasons really: location and price.
Location: The hotel is excellently situated near the island's biggest resort and within easy walking distance of many bars, restaurants, shops and attractions. We've previously stayed at the Riu Adeje (now called Isabel Family Hotel) and although the hotel is very nice, it's just too far away from the sea front. Staying at Panorama means that we can have a wander to Costa Adeje or Las Americas or even go further afield to Los Christianos. It really is in the perfect location.
Price: Around £650 for a couple (for a week), including flights is a pretty good deal in my opinion.
So what's the hotel like? Well, it has a fairly large pool area that has been refurbished in the last couple of years. The sun loungers are locked up each night and only opened at 9am, meaning that there's no getting up at 7 to put your towel out! Mattresses and umbrellas can be hired for Euro1,50 each per day, which does add-up over a week, but makes laying on the loungers much more comfortable. There's also a lifeguard who's on duty between 10am and 6pm, which is nice to see too.
The reception is open 24 hours a day, and although their English isn't great, they all seem to be a friendly bunch. Last time we went we had a problem when my wife cracked one of the floor tiles in the room, we reported it to reception and were moved to a new room almost immediately.
There's a pool bar which serves all your usual drinks and snacks (burgers, spag bol, omelettes, sandwiches etc) and is our preferred choice for lunch. It's roughly around Euro6 for for a meal and a drink, which is pretty good value. There's also a restaurant which serves breakfast and evening meals, however we've only ever been self-catering and so I can't tell you how good the food is there - but if the pool bar is anything to go by, it'll be pretty good!
Being self-catering means that the rooms include a kitchenette, which provides you with: a fridge (including a small freezer), a 2-hob cooker, cutlery, crockery and a toaster. The toaster is a great way to have a cheap breakfast (bread is available from the Netto - approx 100 yards away) and having a fridge is a great way to save on drinks - just get a few bottles from the supermarket, rather than buying drinks from the snack bar all the time.
The TV in the room is only fairly small and is also fairly old, but it does have quite a lot of English channels on it, including satellite ones. I don't go on holiday to watch the TV though, so the size and age didn't really bother me.
There's a maid service which operates 5 days a week, with the usual put-your-towels-in-the-bath-if-you-want-them-changing rule. The bath also has a shower above it, which is really powerful and an excellent way of getting that sun cream off you at the end of the day.
The Panorama isn't the best hotel in Tenerife, but for location and price, it really can't be beaten. Will we be going back again? Of course we will.
We've stayed at these apartments twice and are going back again in a few weeks as we like them so much! So why do we like them?...
Firstly, the pool area is lovely and has a few shaded areas, we have never a problem with sunbeds while we've been there, you could get them at any part of the day. The maintenance guy is there from 9-10.30 and 12.30-1 for you to get mattresses and umbrellas, these are 1euro50 each but definatley worth it! I think it was actually better being able to pay for these, it meant if you wanted an umbrella you got one, whereas at other places it can be a bit of a of a fight at early doors to get one of the few umbrellas. The sunbeds are free but the mattresses definately make them a lot more comfortable!
Secondly, the pool is lovely and has never been too crowded when we've been (Both times ere at the beginning of October), there are signs saying no balls and inflatables in the pool, however this wasn't really enforced but didn't cause any problems, these apartments aren't really for the lively crowd! It was only ever enforced if people started messing about. Although it did depend on the lifeguard that was on duty at the time.
Both times we have requested a ground floor apartment which is very unusual for us - we like sitting out on a balcony in the evening, however we find that the ground floor apartments here are ideal, instead of walking up and down steps throughout the day we could pop back quite easily to get drinks etc! This is also saves money too as you don't have to buy drinks from the bar!
The apartments themselves are clean and comfortable, we stayed in a studio and found this perfectly adequate for 2 people. A nice sitting area with tv (included bbc, itv, sky sports etc). You used to have to hire a kettle and toaster, however these now come as standard in the room.
Only downside was no air con! There is a fan over the sitting area but this would be better over the bed - even better, install air con!! We did find it quite warm in the apartments but found once the temperature dropped at night with the fan on and the patio door on the latch (brilliant idea - can only be opened from the inside) we didn't have a problem sleeping.
Unlike normal gound floor apartments, these do have their own patio area with a wall round it, other places i've been to your patio would just merge into communal areas whereas here it is clearly seperate which is nice.
One thing we found out during the week, a lot of the apartments in this complex are privately owned/timeshare apartments, This didn't cause any problems to us, most people in the private ones were there on long stay holidays and had got to know each other, which did make a mostly friendly atmosphere around the pool, however there were a few cliques!
Overall it is the location that makes these apartments, a 5 min walk to puerto colon, 2 mins to san eugenio shops, 10 mins to torviscas playa/playa de fanabe and 20mins to the main area of las americas. We had no problems with noise.The little netto round the corner was brilliant for fresh bread and papers every morning!
I'd recommend little italy for food at torviscas playa, the boulevard at puerto colon and for a special meal (its more expensive) the new Monkey Beach Bar towards the centre of las americas - they do fantastic cocktails!!
We would not hesistate to go back to these apartments, the location is fantastic and opens up loads of opportunities for strolls during the day and at night. The apartments are perfect for a week in the sun for those that want to relax, there isn't really any entertainment at the apartments but this suits us, we found them perfect for a nice relaxing stay, with loads of amenities close by.