H10 Taburiente Playa
15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This was our 3rd visit to La Palma and this hotel - previously 4 years ago.
The service is first class. Very friendly staff , many were there on our our earlier visits.
The restaurant offers a great choice of food, plenty of variety and of high quality.
Rooms are a good size. We have always had one with a good view across the sea to Tenerife. The beds are a bit hard and the showers don't have thermostats - apart from that everything about the place is positive. There's not a great deal of night life (some entertainment in the bar most evenings) but that suits us ok.
La Palma isn't like the other Canary Islands - which is one of the great attractions. You really need a car to explore the many places of interest. Roads are good and driving is easy. If the weather is cloudy at Los Cancajos you will generally find some sun at the other side of the island (eg. Tazacorte)."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of February 2008
"just back from spending a week at the Taburiente in a lovely clean peaceful resort,would not rate the hotel as a 4star but clean & comfortable.The public areas have comfy seating,food exceptional with penty of choice,rooms adequate with large bathrooms but could do with a facelift in some areas.The entrance to the dining room is stunning with waterfall & fish in ponds.Towels changed every day even though not asked for & bed changed twice in the week(enormous double bed).Set in very convenient spot for walking to beach with numerous small bars on the way,a pleasant promenade for strolling along,bus stop directly opposite the hotel with buses to Santa Cruz & a small supermarket 2 mins walk away.The Island has amazing scenery & the trips should be taken advantage of if you don`t hire a car,certainly earns it`s name Isla Bonita.The weather was warm & sat outside at night with a light jacket,only needed something warmer when we visited the mountains.Can`t wait to return!"
- Travel date: Fri 1st of February 2008
"After reading a few reviews regarding this hotel, particularly one from someone that was there at the same time as myself, I thought I would add my own.
I would probably have to agree with a few that have said it should not really be a 4T rating, but it is a perfectly adequate hotel. It could maybe do with a lick of paint on the outside, but inside it is clean and well presented. There is a fabulous waterfall on the way down to the dining room, surrounding by hanging vines and a pool at the bottom populated by some lovely inquisitive fish, with a small bridge that can be crossed to get to the very well furnished and decorated lounge area.
The rooms are comfortable, and have tiled floors (may be worth taking some flip flops or slippers!). We found no problem with the towels and there is a system of leaving them either in the bath if you want them changed or hang on rail if you are happy to use again. It is always worth bearing in mind that a few words in Spanish gets you an awfully long way!
The food is served buffet style in the restaurant and there is a good selection, especially for vegetarians. I never experienced anything being food being cold in the evening. It did sometimes take a while for the staff to clear plates off the table, but they were taken away. Breakfast was just as good with plenty of choice - cooked, cereals, bread, croissants, fruit etc.
There were 3 bars; pool bar (closed at 6pm), lounge bar (open from 6-12) and lobby bar (again open until about 12). There was some entertainment, but nothing spectacular. The canarian folk night on the Thursday was worth watching though. There are a couple of bars a short walk up the road (out of the front of the hotel, turn left - past the Spar supermarket and near the farmacia (chemist). The Oceanic Bar was good, and used by the locals (always a good sign). There is also another supermarket down the road opposite this, which then led to the promenade - a lovely walk along which brings you back to the hotel or on to the 2 beaches which are nearby.
There is also a tourist info place on the front (open 4.30pm) near the beach and some more small bars (plus one on the beach). I found all these areas clean and tidy; much better than most places at home! The bus stop can be found here (plus there is 1 outside the hotel just across the road), which takes you to Santa Cruz (1 euro each). You have a fabulous view of this from the hotel and promenade.
As it is quite close to the airport, there are planes overhead from time to time, but this generally stops into the evening. We all found it rather exciting to watch!
It is also well worth the trip to the North of the island where there is some breathtaking scenery - and I do mean breathtaking!
Overall I would say that if you are looking for luxury and pampering this is not the place for you, but if you want a great place for a relaxing holiday, then I would recommend here.
P.S. Don't forget that Jan/Feb is Winter in the Canaries and even if you don't have 24hr sunshine, it's still warmer (and drier) than the UK!"
- Travel date: Wed 30th of January 2008
"My husband and I have just returned from a 1 wk stay at the hotel Taburiente La Palma. The resort/Island is not a place to go in winter. Although there is plenty of greenier,The volcanic black rocks and dust domineer the landscape.The weather on the side of Santa Cruz does not get the sunshine. it was very cloudy and cold at times.It is very hilly and dangerously steep in some places.Do not visit the MAROPARQUE ZOO The access to this attraction, requires that you walk 1000M2 downhill at a degrees that is for experienced hikers only. Bus Drivers are not helpful and it appears locals do not want tourism. Walking to Santa Cruz we noticed deposits of dog dirt in several places. The banks give a very slow services, by the time you have changed your money the shops have closed.Except for the hardware store. Taburiente hotel should only be 3 star although public areas are comfortably furnished, the bedrooms and bathrooms are just ok. Beds are uncomfortable especially the pillows. On our arrival we found one of the bath towels in our room had been used and was bloodstained. One error yes! but No, every day we checked the towels although they had been laundered they still had stains on them.Food was plentiful good choices but unfortunately cold. I to used the Microwave that was provided to re-heat some food. The only thing that was good in the dining room was the champagne for breakfast. I made buck fizz with my orange juice."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of January 2008
"I stayed at this hotel in November, my first impression was that it was shabby on the outside, And we must have waited about 30 to 45 minutes to be checked in. The room was also very drabb and dark room. We had no sun at all for the whole week that we were there.The food was plentifull too much choice with some of it cold at times ,no hot plates .I had some butter one day that had gone off it was a month out of date. I also saw some chicken on someones plate that was not cooked in the middle The entertainment was very mixed we had an English comedian who was terrible the hotel had guests of many nationalitys so we thought it was wrong to have a comedian telling jokes even English people found not amusing We did enjoy the bgees tribute band and also the dancing and singing of the local folk..overall we thought that this hotel is a little bit dated and shabby not what you expect from a 4 star hotel I dont think that I would go there again unless they improved the quality of the food and entertainment."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of January 2008
Pretty Island, shame about our room
"We have just returned from a week at the Taburiente Playa. We went for a week to relax and get some sun before christmas. We had been in the room 10 minutes when the maintenance men turned up to stop the water that was trickling down the wall, the previous occupier had reported it. Then we found out the hairdryer was broken and the toilet moved, this was reported but was never fixed in the remaining 6 days we were there.The hotel is built in the shape of a letter T. The photo you see in the brochure is the left side, the majority of the rooms on the right side do not get any sun on the balconys at all.The patio doors to the balcony were dirty, they were covered in fingerprints all the time we were there.The hotel is 5 km from the airport, and the flight path is directly over the hotel, so anything from 6 to 20 planes coming in or taking off goes right over head, but this was only during the day, we did not notice any noise at night.
We found the food good, the pubic areas clean, the service in the bar at night was slow, but we only saw 3 staff and they were always on the go. When we went to pay our bar bill at the end of the holiday, we were charged for full bottles of wine instead of half bottles on some nights.When this was quieried, the reply was, well you signed for it. Yes we did, but it was a scrawl and no amout was put onto the reciept, so be carefull.
We did enjoy the island. The tour around the south of the island had an excellent guide. Maybe we were just unlucky with the room, but if you want sun on the balcony ask for a room that overlooks the pool."
- Travel date: Wed 19th of December 2007
Second time for us, and we'll be back!
"Second time for us at this hotel, with Thomson Holidays(part of the Tui group).
This was a package holiday and gave excellent value for money.
There are not any other direct flights from the UK to La Palma, and it is three years since Thomson offered this destination, so we took the opportunity to revisit this relatively undeveloped and peaceful island. The Thomsonfly flights are only from London Gatwick and Manchester to this destination, so it does mean an extra journey to get to the most convenient of these two airports. This of course adds considerably to the cost and to the travelling time. Due to flight timings we actually had to stay overnight both outgoing and incoming, and chose Brighton for this. That's another story!!
The hotel is very well run, clean, well appointed and the situation is perfect, right on the sea front with a panoramic view of the capital city, Santa Cruz from the pool area. The transfer from and to the airport by bus or taxi takes less than 10 minutes.
Due to the hotel being close to the take off end of the runway there is frequent aircraft noise, but never during normal sleeping hours. After a few days one tends not to notice this much.
The rooms are quite large and have aircon, satellite TV, safe (15 Euros per week extra), and minibar. There is no tea/coffee making equipment, and curiously for Spain, no bidet in the nice bathroom. This had a large bath which always appeals to me for a relaxing soak after a hard day's walking in the mountain forests, for which La Palma is obviously famous, going by the number of serious walkers who race by, even on vertiginous climbs.
The buffet style restaurant did tend to get queues at peak times but we never had to wait more than a few minutes for a table.
The buffet selection both at breakfast and dinner was simply staggering, with an emphasis on traditional Spanish cuisine, but there were also other European dishes available to cater for the clientele which appears to come mainly from Germany, Holland, Belgium, and of course the UK, when Thomson is operating to La Palma. The food quality is very good, not poncy Michelin star fare, but more run of the mill, with some show cooking as well.
It is inevitable that with the tempting choice of dishes available, one does tend to yield, and fortunately for us, as yet the airlines do not seize the opportunity to weigh us along with our luggage for the homeward flight.
Overall for the money, this hotel gives one excellent value, good service and old fashioned courtesy.
We'll be back!!"
- Travel date: Thu 29th of November 2007
"We had a week at this very nice hotel which whilst looking a bit shabby on the outside is lovely inside. The staff were friendly and helpful and our room was clean and comfortable and the beds were comfy as well although the sheetes were not changed as often as some hotlels.We had some trouble with the temperature of the shower and I nearly got scorched a couple of times when the water unexpectedly got very hot.The maid cleaned our room before 10am each morning.
The standard of food was fairly good with the usual choices at breakfast plus fresh smoothies available which were popular.Dinner was buffet style and whilst the food was OK there were a couple of times when we struggled to find a main course we liked, but if all else fails there is always chips and salad.
The evening entertainment was aimed at the older generation and we were not too impressed.The daytime entertainment is non existent. The pool area is well tended and the snack bar offers a good range of food at reasonable prices.
The resort itself is very , very quiet with few shops apart from a small Spar and two gift shops plus a few bars.Lots of car hire places though.
It is possible to get the bus into Santa Cruz for 1 euro each way where there is more to see.
All in all a good place to stay if you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of November 2007
Beautiful hotel in peaceful clean resort
"This is a really nice hotel, very close to the Blue Flag black beach. There is a nice promenade behind the line of hotel/apartments, away from the road, with lovely volcanic rock formations and splendid sea views. The hotel has a spectacular plaza of hanging foliage with a river of fish running through! Delightful sitting areas, and a good bar. Food is buffet style with an excellent breakfast choice and plenty of wonderful items at dinner. Eg. Pumpkin soup, canarian hotpot, gofio spiced potatoes, grilled sole, kid goat chops, steaks, sizzling sausages, green peppers filled with fried egg, paella.... Good place for vegetarians, with at least two specific main courses, as well as an endless array of starters, and side dishes. There is a splendid pool area too, shared with the sister Costa Salinas Aparthotel."
- Travel date: Sat 27th of October 2007
"I must have stayed in the Taburiente five times in the last few years, I go toLa Palma on business. This hotel is mostly filled with tours, lots of German and British tourists.The hotel is nice, the service is excellent. The restaurant offers only buffet style. In the morning it is rather chaotics, with lineups to grill your toasts! That must be the only **** hotel in Spain that does not serve fresh orange juice! I am not too crazy about their buffet breakfast. The buffet dinner is quieter and offer nices choices. It is certainly one of the top hotels of La Palma. It is also surrounded by many restaurants."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of May 2006
"A smart hotel in a lovely setting. How refreshing to get away from the usual pubs, fish and chips and bingo. The hotel is a little tired, could do with refreshing but the rooms are clean, the staff efficient and friendly and there is a wonderful variety of food with a chance to eat some local dishes. The hotel is right next to the sea and there are lots of pretty little beaches nearby. The evening entertainment is a bit lacking but the Canarian folk group is not to be missed. Santa Cruz is an easy bus ride away or around 40 minutes pleasant walk. It's a lovely little town but, like Los Cancajos, if you want shopping and nightlife it's not for you!"
- Travel date: Tue 24th of November 2015
Oh my god
"Just returned from a weeks holiday in Taburiente Playa,located 7 mins from airport.
Hotel was spotless clean, with lovely pool area and plenty of sunbeds.
Food was excellent always something we liked and as much as you wanted.
The only downside to the hotel is the lack of entertainment. For the size of the hotel
we were very disappointed.
The resort itself was poor, nothing at all to do, no shops only a small spar located
next to the hotel. Plenty of shops in shopping mall but all empty and closed ;o(
The same can be said for restaurants and bars they were none existent.
The local transport on the other hand was very good and a regular bus service runs from right outside the hotel to the Capital Santa Cruz where buses can be caught all over the island. Santa Cruz was also very disappointing, very few shops bars and restaurants.
The coastline round the island is very dramatic with some beautiful scenery to be seen.
Overall once been to La Palma not to be returned too.
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of May 2009