So I’ve just returned from a lovely week long holiday to the sunny island of Tenerife. While I have been to the area of Playa de las Americas a few times, I’ve never stayed at Mediterranean Palace. However, my boyfriend and I have often walked past it en route to other places, and while looking for a lazy holiday, we thought this hotel would be a winner with it’s great location!
Mediterranean Palace is part of the Mare Nostrum resort, which also includes Hotel Cleopatra and Hotel Sir Anthony. Mediterranean Palace is the family fun hotel, Hotel Cleopatra is the rest and relaxation hotel and Hotel Sir Anthony is the luxury hotel. As such, we had access to the facilities on offer at both Mediterranean Palace and Cleopatra. Twice the hotel for our money…how could we refuse? That meant twice as many pools and twice as many bar options!
Where would I find it?
Playa de las Americas, which is a popular resort on the south side of Tenerife. Bordered by Los Cristianos on one side and Costa Adeje on the other, Playa de las Americas has a bit of something for everyone. There’s ‘the strip’ which is a vibrant area known locally as the Veronicas, home to bars and clubs for the club-hoppers among us. Further toward the centre of las americas is the ‘golden mile’. Bars, restaurants, mini golf, shops, and anything else you could need for a holiday can be found along this stretch of road. Although we’ve previously stayed further along the coast toward Costa Adeje, we’ve often found ourselves making the trek to this part of las americas to spend the evening or just enjoy a meal.
Mediterranean Palace is at the quieter end of the golden mile, but I actually think the location was more than ideal. We had a mountain facing room, which meant we looked out over the main road and we had no noise from the activities on the street. But we also only had to walk a couple of minutes to be in main area surrounded by everything. So the room was like…?
As we arrived at the hotel, we were quickly checked in and offered a glass of champers each (complimentary!). We’ve not stayed at a hotel that fancy before, and although we’d checked out the place on TripAdvisor, we had high hopes for the rooms. The porter took our bags and showed us to our room, and gave us a quick tour once in the room. The small hall – about 2 steps long – had a doorway to the right for the bathroom, or straight ahead for the bedroom. Two twin beds, built in sliding wardrobes and a tall chest of drawers. The room had a huge mirror, which is always a win, plus the ceiling to floor wardrobes had mirrored doors too. Overall, a wise decision as it makes the room seem a lot larger. I wasn’t overwhelmed by the room – we’ve stayed in nicer rooms, but it had everything we needed: a fridge, a free safe and plenty of wardrobe space.
The bathroom was on a whole other level to the bedroom though! His and hers sinks and a bidet along with the standard bath-shower combo and toilet. Very luxurious, and much more fitting to the rest of the hotel than the bedroom. The only real issue I had with the bedroom was that the walls are really thin. I could hear when next door were taking a shower, and their bathroom didn’t even back onto ours.
Always an important thing for myself and my boyfriend because the worst thing when you go away is to have a rubbish bed! Here, we both slept extremely well, and I don’t think it was just because of how tired we were. As in most hot countries, there is just a sheet on the bed instead of a duvet. But there were plenty of blankets in the cupboard, and once we’d worked out how to work the air-conditioning we found the ideal temperature for sleeping.
A girl’s got to eat!
There are different board options here, and we stayed Bed & Breakfast. I could talk about the food for ages – the selection at breakfast was insane. There were the standard cereals, hot food, bread etc, but there were also loads of pastries, waffles, churros, nuts and dried fruit, fresh fruit, fresh smoothies, and even random stuff like chicken nuggets and carrots! We definitely ate well here, and I wish we’d stayed Half Board to sample dinner too.
Other meals are also catered for, and we sampled lunch at the pool bar a few days. Yup, even after our monstrous breakfast, we had lunch about 4pm to push us through ’til dinner. Very fancy stuff on the menu, and we shared a few sandwiches I’m definitely going to attempt to make at home. The pool bar also has a waiter on roller skates taking drinks orders from the poolside. And, as a bonus, you can get a discount at Hard Rock Cafe if you show your room key.
Tell me there’s a pool?!
There’s a pool! And my goodness it is a pool and a half! Because this hotel is part of the Mare Nostrum resort, you can actually use the pool at this hotel and at the sister hotel just next door. We didn’t make the short journey there however, as the pool was plenty enough for us here. A large circular number, there’s a chalice type fountain in the centre, with three smaller pools attached, each with their own smaller fountain. The three surrounding pools are of varying depths, with one shallow enough just for children. The main pool itself was deep enough to swim in, but I could always put my feet down and it’d come to my shoulders (I’m 5’9’’, so shorties might not manage). My favourite thing about the pool is that you have three different ways to get in – I know right! You can use the ladder, trot down the steps or use the slope, which also allows you to sit on the floor in the pool and have the water lap around your waist. A great option for the really hot days!
My boyfriend and I are not really early birds, and even after getting up to have breakfast at 9 we rarely made it to the pool before half 10. The hotel was fully booked, even though we stayed just outside of the summer season, and I thought there might be an issue with sunbeds. We needn’t have worried though – we never had any trouble finding sunbeds, and only had 1 day without an umbrella.
The staff here are brilliant, and the daytime entertainment were even more so! They were all energetic, and if they didn’t enjoy their jobs they were very good at hiding it. Other than that, there are so many other extras it’s hard to fit them into this post. So excuse the lack of detail, but to just cover a few of the other great perks of staying here:
– Gala Nights – would have been nice to have known before we went, because we don’t usually take formal dress on holiday.
– Cruise Ship day – fun! fun! fun! Plenty of activities going on around the pool, with foam party aqua aerobics, inflatable obstacle courses in the pool, and pool games like tug of war. Not as easy as it sounds.
– Foam parties – they don’t just whip out the foam machine for the aqua aerobics! – Evening entertainment
– Kids’ club – There seemed to be loads of stuff on offer for kids. I can’t comment too much though because, although we act like children sometimes, we’re a bit old for the kids’ club.
– Shop – There’s a shop just next to reception that sells magazines, newspapers, food, drinks etc as well as health and beauty products. I did get a surprise while looking at nail varnish remover as just above it there were ‘adult’ toys. They really do sell a range of stuff.
– Towels – Packing them in your case is such a pain, and this hotel takes that hassle away. Pool towels are available for a refundable deposit, and at the end of the day you give your dirty towels back and get a card to pick up fresh ones in the morning. Great stuff!
– Free Wi-Fi! Enough said! Would I recommend this hotel?
Definitely! I’d maybe choose to upgrade from the standard room if I was looking for a bit of extra luxury, but the hotel as a whole is a winner! What more could you ask for than a huge pool, another next door, amazing food choice and great location? Well, you could ask for brilliant staff, free Wi-Fi and a foam machine, and you’d get all that too at this top-notch hotel.