Parador de la Gomera
9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Elegant, but not perfect
"This is a beautiul hotel, sited in a magnificent building full of stylish antiques and traditional furnishings with wood floors throughout. It's a sizeable Canarian style manor house with interior courtyards and many unexpected corners for relaxing. The rooms are of a very high standard and ours, which was a 'Superior Double", was large and had a direct view over the harbour to Tenerife. The grounds are spacious and nicely designed, with palm trees, views over the sea and an excellent pool - which was rather cold in January, despite the warm weather. Service is generally excellent and staff very helpful - we left a phone charger in our room and when we returned 4 days later, the maid remembered it and located it within a couple of minutes. The only relatively negative aspect is the food. It's not as dreadful as suggested in the earlier review, but it is disappointing for the price and is certainly not in keeping with the rest of the hotel. We had half board and although the dinner menu was quite varied and sounded good, many dishes were either over-complicated, or not well cooked. Service and presentation were excellent, and the surroundings were great, but the food itself just didn't match up. The breakfast buffet provided an excellent choice and was huge, but as the previous writer says, the standard of ingredients and cooking is not what you'd expect from a hotel of this image or cost. All in all, it's an excellent place to relax in stylish tranquility and we would return, although we would not take half board. A word of warning about access though. The hotel and grounds are very extensive, with many steps and it's a long hike up and down a steep hill to the town. A car is probably a necessity."
- Travel date: Fri 26th of January 2007
"An absolutely wonderful hotel. Can definately recomend it I would stay here again. Wonderful location and beautiful old medieval style decoration. Can recomend the suite with sea view, it has amazing views of the bay, Tenerife and El Teide. Was expensive but well worth it. Can also recomend the restaurant. The only downside is there is no easy access to the rooms and a lot of walking when you are 5 months pregnant and with a suitcase!"
- Travel date: Mon 25th of September 2006
"We arrived at La Gomera airport from Tenerife Norte, there are 2 flights a day. The airport is 750 feet up on the edge of a sheer drop into the sea which was very exciting as there was a cross wind. The taxi to San Sebastian de la Gomera and the Parador takes about 45 minutes over mountain roads with new tunnels and fresh tarmac. The cost is 35e. However this journey is not for the faint hearted as the road is not wide and the drops in places are over 1000 feet. The hotel is very well situated on top of a hill and has a cool and friendly atmosphere, there is a courtyard with a fountain next to reception and the passages and corridors leading from it are either flagstones or wood. It is more like a traditional spanish Hasienda than a hotel. While the bar area is pleasant the Isobel and Ferdinand lounge is to be recommended for its size, style and comfort and antique furniture. The bedrooms are excellent with marble his and hers washbasins,seperate bath and shower and a bidet also decent furniture in the bedroom and a colour TV. The hotel has 2 floors and we had a ground floor room (125) with double patio doors that lead onto the beautiful gardens and fantastic 180 degree sea views which includes the harbour and marina. The Fred Olsen high speed car ferry comes in about 4 times a day from Los Christianos on Tenerife. The dining room was excellent not only to be in, but the food was first class. The only buffet was at breakfast at 12e and dinner served at your table from 27e. Wine was cheap at 10e for a bottle of Canaries grand reserve red wine. The spanish use the restaurant frequently which is always a good sign. Very few Brits here but plenty of Dutch and Germans mainly on hiking or walking holidays. However while the Parador is excellent and the service throughout very good this is not the place to bring young children as a wooden fence is all that stops you dropping about 200 feet and there are plenty of gaps for small children to get through. There is an excellent outdoor pool with bar and there is a also a small bar opposite the entrance to the Hotel which attracts plenty of locals and has very cheap drinks."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of June 2006
Great hotel in imperfect location
"Spent four nights at this hotel in March 2006 and had a great time. The rooms and gardens are beautiful, and as the hotel's up on top of the cliffs there are great views over the port and San Sebastian.
We had previously stayed at the Parador de Canadas del Teide on Tenerife, which was a bit disappointing, but this parador is in a whole different league.
The guests were mostly middle aged couples - not many young people about.
The restaurant is quite formal and the food quite fussy, but done well. I would rather have been able to relax and have a pizza now and then.
The outside bar seems to keep very short opening hours - between about 12 and 2 - so grab a drink by the pool while you can!
There was a demo of the whistle language Silbo on the Thursday afternoon - it's definitely worth checking out if there's one while you're there.
It's a long steep walk from San Sebastian up to the hotel, but you can get a taxi for about â¬6.
There isn't much to do in San Sebastian itself, and the restaurants all looked a bit grubby from the outside. Valle Gran Rey is much more oriented towards tourism, and has nicer beaches."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of April 2006
"We had read reviews complaining that the Parador lacked luxury facilities and was rustic and uncomfortable, and although young clubbers will find this true, we could not disagree more. The hotel is very tasteful, traditional, gentle and very comfortable. Its position on top of a cliff overlooking the harbour is quite stunning. The hotel gardens are exceptionally beautiful and a delight to sit in and the whole island could be the original Eden. The hotel swimming pool is a lovely place to relax and the hotel restaurant serves good food with an especially large choice at the breakfast buffet. The majority of guests are middle aged couples on walking holidays."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of February 2006
"Lovely hotel. Spacious, clean rooms and beautiful gardens with lots of quiet seating areas. Friendly staff, although they speak very little English, so best to learn a few Spanish words as it is very much appreciated. Excellent food though quite pricey. Food much cheaper down in the port and very good too. Quite a hike up to the Parador, but worth it for the view."
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of October 2005
Fantastic Hotel with stunning views
"We travelled from Tenerife on the 26th Apr for our Honeymoon. Ferry crossing very easy and taxi's plentiful - we also hired a car for 4 days from the port. We were booked in to this parador for 9nights and also the one on La Palma for 4 nights. First impressions were how rugged the island was and we weren't disappointed. The hotel was perched on top of cliff overlooking the harbour and town. It was a fair walk but worth it when you got to the top. The hotel is not huge, and the clientle seemed mainly spanish/north europeans. A good mixture of largely couples. The rooms were large and spacious with panoramic views at no extra cost. We had a superior room with balcony which was stunning. Shame we didn't get the sun in the evening but hey. The hotel was historically decorated and pretty colonial with the common areas very nicely furnished. The food, wine and service were superb and you didn't feel rushed at dinner. We went for the half board option and still ate from the carte menu for a few euros more. Really extensive breakfast as well.....if you like your food and wine then you'll like this place!! The pool area was also a major plus, it was large, never busy and had obligatory views. We had lunch by the pool on one occassion and this to was excellent. Views over town from garden for pre-dinner drinks were also impressive as was the weather. Couldn't really fault it !
Only complaint, lack of a non-smoking area in the restuarant however its large enough to get away from the. Why don't we all just ban it?
IN summary - first class hotel for a relaxing holiday with no disturbance and peace and tranquility. Beautiful island, very rugged and moutainous with excellent walking. Recommend Valle Gran Rey."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of May 2005
Room with a view
"Delightful hotel perched on a cliff above the main town on La Gomera with exotic views over the sea to Mt Teide on Tenerife. Hotel is built in local Canary-style (although the building is actually modern) and has a warm and welcoming feeling. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and most have views out to sea or over the lovely gardens. Excellent restaurant serving local specialities (including delicious watercress soup). Not many other good quality places to stay on La Gomera, but having visited the other main hotel, Jardin Tecina, this parador is in a class of its own on the island. However, it may not be the best option if you have children to keep occupied. Like other paradors, hotel is good value and has efficient, well-trained staff.
Journey to La Gomera might seem daunting and long (flight to Tenerife South, taxi to Los Cristianos, catamaran to San Sebastian de La Gomera, short taxi ride to hotel), but the island is fabulous and as yet unspoilt so worthwhile visiting for more than a day trip from Tenerife. I never thought I would want to go to the Canaries after all you hear about the âpopularâ places on the islands, but the parador on La Gomera is certainly somewhere to return to."
- Travel date: Sun 17th of October 2004
What a lovely hotel
"Stayed here for 7 nights from 20th April 2004. Whilst the hotel looks old style, it has in fact only been built for 30 years, and was extended/refurbished in 1986 and again in 2003. Set on a cliff overlooking the harbour, and depending upon your room, with lovely views over the island, harbour, or across to Tenerife and Mount Teide, the whole is attractively furnished in an antique Spanish style, and very spacious. A few rooms' balconies only look onto an internal courtyard, though.The food was very good mixture of contemporary and traditional, but all of it different, using lots of local ingredients and cooking styles, with excellent and friendly service throughout the hotel. The food and drink prices were not cheap, but not astronomic either. It has lovely tropical gardens, and a good-sized pool all looking down to the harbour. Sitting above the small capital, it is an easy ten minute walk down to the shops and the few restaurants there, but a steep walk back up. You should hire a car to tour the island, which is ruggedly spectacular and beautiful, with a unique National Park in the middle with a cloud forest. We visited most of the major hotels on the island, but many of them are remote, and we would recommend this one well above all the others. However, do not go to this hotel (or the island as a whole) if you want a busy noisy holiday - its very quiet and relaxing, especially in between seasons."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of April 2004