Los Olivos Aparthotel
14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We have just returned after spending new year at this hotel after original hotel I was double booked had a lovely time staff lovely except one of female reception staff who needs some people skills but don't let her put you off apartment was clean food good selection other staff all friendly and helpful would use again."
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of January 2015
Los Olivos is a moderatelly sized resort...
"Los Olivos is a moderatelly sized resort in a very convenient position for the prom. and shops in Playa de las Americas. We were impressed with the helpfulness of the staff and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday.
My wife accidently left some kiddies toys and a small dress she had bought for our grand-daughter in the foyer on the day of our departure - we thought we would never see them again but to our surprise we received them in the post just a week later! - can anyone beat that for friendly service?
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of May 2008
these apts are in a brilliant place one...
"these apts are in a brilliant place one minute to the beach and bars and restaurants but no noise as it is not a roudy lot of bars. the apts are clean and well equipt with oven toaster iron and board kettle and english tv the are two pools very clean and plenty of sunbeds , there is a lovely pool bar. the staff were very friendly and helpful i would reccommend these to anyone i will return to them "
- Travel date: Tue 15th of April 2008
"wow what can i say it was a fantastic holiday the kids loved this part of tenerife we go every year but first time here...if you go to the beach there are some rocks the kids went up there an found that a tramp was living inside the cave i think this was the highlight of their holiday apart from the sun & beach we had three floors in our apartment it was fantastic......i will def be going back with my family........top class apartments love tenerife"
- Travel date: Fri 5th of January 2007
Great base for an enjoyable holiday
"We had a week 'free' as a timeshare promotion. Arrived late on Saturay night and booked in after having to pay the 'security' deposit. and rented the activator for the safe.(No mention of these gems from our pre booking blurb) Our rooms were ground floor with patio windows looking out to the quiet road outside. A little worried by security issues having read previous reviews we left these closed. Some of the concrete paving and steps are in need of repair but generally I feel that this is not a bad resort on balance, the best part being the location of course. A little dissapointed at the lack of aircon but 30c was just about bearable with the old style ceiling fan stirring the air. Anyway that aside the following 7 days were great with the apartments being close to the nicer beach (Playa del duke) and not too far from Port Colon where we took a sail to see the whales in the strait between Tenerife and La Gomera. A coach trip to the top of Mt Tede and sbsequent cable car ride was fantastic. We also got a great deal for a hire car and went for a pretty comprehensive tour of the island the highlight being a visit to Masca a tiny hidden villiage high in the mountains. As for cockroaches well.. Its a hot place, there were only a few and they were easy enough to dispose of although my girlfriend found them more exciting than I did. :)"
- Travel date: Sun 8th of October 2006
Had it not been for the magnificent pool...
"Had it not been for the magnificent pool area, its close proximity to the beach and other attractions, and the well stocked on-site mini-market, this would have been scored only a 2 as the apartment was very basic and would merit perhaps 1* at most. When we left however some painting was being carried out to the outside but the interiors seemed to have been untouched since they were opened some 20 years ago. That also applies to the fixtures and fittings.
On the plus side there was a life-guard on duty during pool opening times and maid service every day except at week-ends and the place was clean but that did not make up for the shabbiness of our apartment. The one joy was the roof terrace but accessing that was fraught due to the worn out staircase.
If travelling independently from the airport avoid the taxis and use the hourly buses that stop outside, are air conditioned and cost the princely sum of 2.10euro for the 45 minute journey.
- Travel date: Thu 5th of October 2006
A great time in a new resort for us after 20 years of visiting Tenerife
"having visited various resorts in southern tenerife over the last 20 years this was a new location for us. we were a bit apprehensive having read the review saying there were lots and lots of cockroaches but we found only one and he was swiftly despatched. the apartment was very roomy although the kitchen/lounge area was dark as there were no windows. however, the bedrooms each had double patio doors onto a large balcony overlooking a side street with a view onto the sea. we found reception and poolside cafe staff very friendly and helpful plus cleaners were efficient and provided plenty of towels. don't understand why they removed all the spare soap on the second day tho! the resort has a lot of steps which could cause a problem to those of us who are less able bodied but the location is great - just a hop skip and jump from the beach promenade with plenty of choice of restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping. one of our party had not been to the island before and after this holiday is raring to visit again in november. what better compliment can there be?"
- Travel date: Tue 12th of September 2006
Beware of the bins!!!!
"Arriving early evening to Los Olivos we were directed to our room a ground floor apartment (1043). Nice and clean and tidy and fine for our family stay, plenty of extras safe, iron, ironing board etc. BUT the smell of the bins was awful, having no air con meant having to open the balcony doors and we found all hotel bins were kept in cupboard under our balcony. we decided that with plenty of air freshener we would manage, But 3.30am in the morning.......every morning the bins are emptied, noise and more smell.
Apart from this the apartment was cleaned every other day with plenty of clean towels provided.
Pool was excellent and clean with plenty of beds around the pool and on the surrounding sun terrace.
Shop was handy and provided the basics needed, and on site laundrette was cheap.
Surrounding area was quiet, beach fantastic, eating out value for money.
Found lovely beach bar Augustina's british owned and a great place to eat and drink.... brilliant night for England football match, and any other sport while staying.
A visit to the Aqua park is expensive but well worth a visit and the dolphin show is fantastic.
Having never been to Tenerife before would definately return and stay at Los Olivios but not in same apartment."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of August 2006
"Loved these apartments. Pool was lovely, had just been redone i think, pool bar was nice, only opened a few days into our stay. the apartmnets are in a good location, could see the sea from our roof terrace. Was really pleased with the apartment we were given, overlooked the pool and very clean. Be wary of the food you buy in the onsite shop, couple of things i noticed were out of date. Had an incident with a couple of cockroaches in our room, buts its tenerife, get used to it! lol. didnt ruin anything because the location is lovely, the beach is lovely, weather lovely and plenty of lovely restaurants close by. Was a brilliant holiday"
- Travel date: Fri 25th of August 2006
Not a mouse in the house...
"People are funny... their holiday is ruined because a mouse or a cockroach finds it's way into their room. YOU ARE IN A HOT COUNTRY WHERE MICE AND COCKROACHES LIVE - YOU ARE THE VISITOR! Jeez! You'd think GB or the USA don't have them. And if one of the local critters decides it's going to visit your room, there's not a lot the hotel management can do about it. An ifestation's one thing, but the odd one? Get real.
Anyway, got that off my chest... to Los Olivos. Well, I liked my room. I can see that if you found yourself in one of the ground floor rooms facing the pool or a pathway it may lack privacy. My reccommendation is to request a top floor room (there are only ground and first floors) because they not only have small balconys, but large roof terraces with great views over the sea and across the bay to Las Americas and Los Christianos.
The hotel is a little tired looking on the outside, but it does get a LOT of weather beating at it 365 days a year... if not sun, then rain and wind. But it was fine. Inside, it was spotless and fairly smart. Plenty of room in the apartment and a well equipped kitchen. A real bonus was the on-site supermarket, selling pretty much anything you could need, including very good fresh bread.
The hotel itself is only a step from the beach (playa Fanabe), but a far better, less exposed beach is just a ten minute walk away, at Playa Del Duque. This beach and the area behind it is the only up(ish) market area in the whole of Tenerife... some very civilised shops, bars and restaurants.
For those who have not visited Tenerife before, don't expect to be aethetically wowed... it's full of burger bars, Elvis impersonators (I clocked a brace of them in neighbouring restaurants one evening!) and 'Fun Pubs.' The vast majority of this strange 'little England' offends my eye - I purely come here for the sun! When the sun is not out, it's an architechurally nightmarish, bleak, garish, brazen, medium-rise hotch potch of a place. But after 4 months of short, dark rainy days in England, who cares? Just look out to sea - Don't turn round!
Most 'live acts' are just awful, but one club I stumbled on was fantastic. Punters aged 18 to 80 watching live acts performing (brilliantly) Soul and Motown. The two guys I saw were stunning and I'm hard to please. The place is called The Soul Suite and is on a pedestrianised strip behind Parque de la Paz in Los Christianos - an hour's level walk, or a ten minute taxi ride from Los Olivos.
A word about 'guaranteed sunshine'... most brochures virtually guarantee good weather in the Canaries in winter, but be prepared for some very unsettled, stormy stuff too. You will need a pullover or jacket on January and February evenings, and pack a rainproof something too, just in case.
Unless you are 17 years old, trying to get tanked up as quickly as possible or suffer from poor eyesight, avoid Playa des Americas. Ugh. I made the mistake of seeking out the 'World Famous' Linekers bar (brother of Gary) in order to watch Chelsea play Barcelona in the Champions League. Imagine putting a few beer pumps and TV screens in a concrete three storey car park. Add some more pubs and clubs and fish and chip shops, liberally sprinkle British yoofs, and you have the Starco Centre, supposedly the epicentre of entertainment on Tenerife. Ugly, ugly, ugly.
Los Christianos at least has some history, nice restaurants and character, and the Fanabe area is quiet and trouble free.
- Travel date: Fri 10th of March 2006
"Just back from a weeks stay in the Los Olivos complex, and would happily go back tommorrow!
The location of the complex was excellent - Just off the blue flag beach. The promenade in Playa Fanabe is beautiful, with upmarket shops and restaurants. The market which is held on a thursday & sunday is at the opposite end of the beach - about a 5 min walk, where you can pick up a bargain or two! The prices for things such as electrical goods, handbags, leather goods were much better than downtown las americas which we found strange as the Playa Fanabe consists mainly of 4/5* hotel - which usualy means everything is more expensive.
There are a few good bars along at the torviscas area (where the market is)the moonlight bar is a must. But if you are looking for something more lively, its about 7 euros to get to veronicas.
The apartments themselves are excellent - the los olivos is definately more 4 star than 3. They are well equipped with Tv,iron, microwave, pots and pans ect.. Although its probably just as cheap to eat out in this resort. They are decorated nicely, and are cleaned everyday apart from a sunday - with linen/ towels changed every 2nd day. We requested a rooftop terrace which was excellent! You still have a big balcony - but you also have stairs leading to a large private rooftop terrace with sunloungers. The pool is also nice and was cleaned regularly.
All in all we had a great time here - and would reccommend it couples and families as there is something to suit all."
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of December 2005
Not as Bad As People Make Out
"After reading reviews about these apartments I was very wary of staying here but after two weeks I can safely say that I had no major complaints about these apartments. The maids came every day execpt a Sunday and the towels and bed linen was changed every 2nd day. There were at least 2 security guards on duty every night which patrolled every corner of the complex.
The only thing wrong with the apartments was the lack of air conditioning but you can rent a fan from reception for 20 euros a week. A cheaper solution is leaving both the front and back door open for 10-15 mins allowing a draft through the apartment.
Overall I thought these apartments were well above the reviews that were previously given and would have no second thoughts about going back to stay there."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of August 2005