I booked directly with the La Pinta hotel after fruitlessly searching various websites for accomodation there. They all stated that the hotel was fully booked, so if you particularly want this hotel and get the same result, try calling.
Although not initially expecting much due to its proximity to Las Americas I was pleasantly surprised. I booked for myself and my two children on a half board basis. We arrived at the hotel after a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport costing 24 euros and were met at reception by friendly and accomodating staff who spoke good English, albeit the majority of residents appeared to be German and Scandinavian. The appartment consisted of a large bathroom with bath/shower, small but sufficient kitchen, large lounge with eating area, double sofa bed and a large bedroom with two single beds. There was plenty of storage space, very efficient air conditioning and the whole appartment was very clean. My particular appartment had a double terrace which does not appear to be the case for all. It was room 105 and afforded a view over the swimming pool and out to sea. Being on the first floor, the reception being on the fourth, it was close to everything. It is a large hotel and some rooms are quite a hike from the "hub" of things.
The pool area had recentley been remodelled and the sunbeds were locked up until 9am so as not to be draped with towels at 7am by over eager Germans. I didn't personally have any problems with getting beds because the beach, which is down a small flight of stairs from the pool and across a pedestrian promenade, was preferable for both myself and the kids. This setup meant I was quite happy for the kids to wander up and down to the hotel as they pleased. Although I did note that the pool area was never crowded. Also in the pool area was a small restaurant seperate to the main hotel serving snacks, drinks and operating a buffet service. The prices here were very reasonable with a toasted sandwhich together with a platefull of chips and salad costing less than three euros. Another handy feature of the hotel is that if you are booked half board you are able to change the evening meal for a lunch time buffet at no extra cost.
The hotel restaurant itself, where we took breakfast and evening meals, was again clean, friendly and with a good standard and choice of food. Both meals consisted of hot and cold buffets.
If you decide to eat out the choice is yours as regards variety and price. The buffets at the Chinese restaurant referred to in other reviews is still going, in fact there are now two. Go out of the hotel at the main entrance, turn left and they are about 50 metres away on your right. The cost at each is under 4 euros and half price for kids. There are plenty of supermarkets and shops nearby to stock up from. Out of the main entrance to the right and on the opposite side of the road is a small shop called Alldays, run by an English lady and catering for British products.
The area is lively in respect of nightime entertainment, but don't worry, all ther loud stuff winds down between 11.30pm and midnight. There is a bill of entertainment at the hotel, some good, some not so good.
All in all, an excellent hotel in a nice area. Great for families, the kids loved it.
Had a great time here. Apartment very roomy with two separate bathrooms. Excellent location with beach/bars a 50m walk away.
Staff were helpful and apartment was serviced daily - a rareity in Europe !
Good family stuff as well - bingo, kids disco, magician, etc. Beware - the daily waterpolo gets a bit competitive. Especially Holland v The Rest of the World.
Best eating out locally was Harleys (25m walk - burgers, ribs, etc.), Gio (again 25m away but service is a little chaotic), La Fortresse (50m walk - excellent carvery, TJs (5m walk - good breakfasts).
Good running routes. If you're feeling energetic turn left at the beach and head south into Playa de las Americas - 6 mile round trip. But don't try it after 0830hrs as the temp hits 85deg around then (July).
Beach is good and clean but you will get pestered by streetsellers. Even you're wearing your best pair of D&Gs and a Breitling - they will still try and coax you into buying some extra bling. It is however complete rubbish.
Bars - Manhattan (good quiz most nights), Geordie Pride (good, cheap food + beer at �1 a pint), The Sports Factory (all football games shown there). There is a beach bar on the beach just to the south (100m walk past La Fortresse) which is a good chill-out place (cocktails are �9 each though).
Trips - we did the Shogun Whales and Dolphins. Saw plenty of pilot whales, 1 sei-whale (which is rare apparently) and 2 dolphins. Beware - if it is choppy then you WILL be seeing your lunch for the second time that day.
All in all a great family resort with plenty to do.
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