51 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Just returned from a weeks stay at these...

4
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Reviewed Tue 29th of April 2008

"Just returned from a weeks stay at these apartments and had a fab holiday. The apartments are clean and the rooms are large, the lounge area was comfortable and the bedroom was clean ( sheets changed every 2 days ) and the beds very comfy, the bathroom and kitchenette were more than adequate and we had a large terrace over looking the pool area. The pools ( 3 of them ) were very nice with sun loungers and a childrens pool all spotless and asthetically pleasing, there is a bar next to the pool that sells reasonably priced food and drink. The hotel resturant was closed until May so didnt get to eat there. All the hotel staff, ex pats and residents ( some apartments are lived in) were all very friendly and the maids came every day. The resort is small and quiet but has a few shops and bars and a couple of very nice resturants ( tapas resturant and Italian across from moon and mars ), it was a 2 min walk to the sea ( no beach though ) and a pleasant 30 min walk to the fishing village of Las Gallattes which had some nice shops and bars and a small beach. The taxi from the airport cost 20 euros as did a taxi to Las Americas, but the bus to Las Americas was only one euro and was very easy to use and ran 1/2 hourly till midnight. Overall an excellent holiday, was rather nervous about the apartment as I had read some bad reviews but it was really nice and a good time was had by all."

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  • Travel date: Tue 29th of April 2008

Budget accomodation which is generally w...

4
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Reviewed Mon 17th of March 2008

"Budget accomodation which is generally well presented and clean - don't know if there has been a recent change in ownership but has been the complex has been redecorated to improve the overall feel of the place.
Costa del Slencio is a relatively small resort with plenty of bars/cafes to suit most people but no clubs or discos. Plan ahead for Monday night as most places are closed!
The reception staff were polite and helpfull.
The Harvester Grillhouse on site provided good qualiity food but the service was slow - unfortunately the evening entertainment as restricted to kareoke which was crap.
We had a car so could shop at the hypermarket just outside Santa Cruz as the local supermarkets were quite pricey - however the bread at the on site supermarket was ok and they had internet access so we could check in on-line for our return flights with Ryanair.
We didn't pay a lot so overall was good value for money and no cockroaches!
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  • Travel date: Mon 17th of March 2008

After reading reviews already posted we...

4
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Reviewed Sat 15th of March 2008

"After reading reviews already posted we were worried about what to expect. Packed lots of cleaning products as reports had said the place was dirty. We were very pleasantly surprised. We had booked a one bedroom apartment but were allocated a two bedroom apt on arrival which was very clean and functional. The only drawback was that the lounge furniture was quite dated and tired but it was clean and the apt served very well as a base for our week's holiday. There was absolutely no evidence of cockroaches or any other unwelcome guests. Our apt was cleaned and towels replaced every two days by the very friendly cleaning staff. An army of cleaning staff scrubbed the complex every morning and the pools were cleaned every morning. Reception staff were very friendly and helpful. We paid less than £60 each for a week's accommodation and felt this was extremely good value for what we received. We were not there in a peak period but certainly did not feel any of the "cliqueishness" at the pool area previously reported in other reviews by either Spanish or ex-pats. If you bear in mind what you are paying for this accommodation we are surprised at some people complaining the way they have. We went without our children but I would have no hesitation in taking my children to this complex. If you know what to expect from Tenerife in that it is very English orientated and you want a quieter location than Los Cristianos/Las Americas you could choose a lot worse than the Alondras Park apartments."

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  • Travel date: Sat 15th of March 2008

the hotel was what you pay for and after...

2
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Reviewed Tue 11th of March 2008

"the hotel was what you pay for and after all a holiday is what you make it we tried the harvester for our first evening meal and never again the woman was rude and the food awful we then ventured to woodys bar food was ok but nothing special we went to avenue for breakfast which was wonderful but the bar we made our local was the CAMALEON next door to woodys way although it is a spanish it bar it is owned by an english woman named lisa she was fantastic and made our holiday the food english or spanish tapas was second to none so that became our second home. we would go back just to see her she makes you so welcome and as i said made our holiday THANKYOU LISA"

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  • Travel date: Tue 11th of March 2008

after reading the previous reviews we ar...

4
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Reviewed Mon 10th of March 2008

"after reading the previous reviews we arrived not really knowing what to expect. we booked this holiday at short notice to help me recover from an opperation. we arrived to find a very helpful receptionist who offered us a choice of two rooms, we opted for the one overlooking the pool. we found our room to be very clean and spacious though very basic (but what do you expect from a two star hotel). we found all the staff to be very helpful, polite and they could certainly give the numerous "ex-pats" a lesson in being friendly. there are plenty of sun beds arround the pool but some people still insist on getting up at the crack of dawn, selecting the best sun beds, moving them to what they think is the best location and then not using them untill lunch time!

we recommend the following places. the "avenue cafe" for breakfast gives very good value for money (3.95 euros). the "patio" offers a good variety of spanish meals at a reasonable price. we found that "the harvester" restaraunt on the complex excellent value with a very wide variety of meals to meet your budget. on our last night the chef cooked me the very best fillet steak with mushooms i have ever tasted (11.95 euros). "woody's bar" is really good of an evening to sit and watch the world go by. they also serve a really good burgar or ribs if you like that type of food. the staff are very friendly and are known to offer a free drink or two at the end of the evening.

the poolside bar on the complex serves very good food and very cold lager. aaron also has a good selection of music to play

"exiles bar" and "the euro" bar are english bars with football, cheap beer but no atmostphere (my interpretation only). this was mainly due to the "ex-pats" who seem to view holidaymakers as a source of income only (again, my view only).

the cost of taxi's vary for the same journy into silencio from 3 euros to 5 euros, but who cares? the buses are very cheap with most journy's not costing more than 2.5 euros. if you plan on take a lot of bus rides then ask about a travel card. be aware that silencio does have a ciesta of a afternoon, but there is very little to do there anyway.

would we stay there again? most certainly if all we wanted was a budget holiday in the sun. we more than survived on a budget of 600 euros for the week. we ate out at least twice a day and sampled more than our fair share of vodka and lager (though not in the same glass!).

ps. the only cockroach we met was in one of the "ex-pats" bars and this was no bigger than a 5p piece

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  • Travel date: Mon 10th of March 2008

Have never before felt strongly enough a...

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Reviewed Fri 11th of January 2008

"Have never before felt strongly enough about any issue to write a review or take up valuable time to complain. However on this occasion felt it my duty to ensure that any potential visitors to these apartments are made aware of exactly how disappointed my wife and I were with our very brief visit to Alondras Park.

We stayed for approximately 4 hours before insisting we were moved and were made to pay over £400 extra for the privilege, however after the shock of arriving at Alondras Park, we would of happily paid what ever price necessary to get out of there as quickly as possible.

On our arrival the night porter seemed unsure of which room we had been allocated and proceeded to enter several occupied apartments at 05:00am before finding an empty one. The room can best be described as a poorly furnished cell, filthy, gloomy and totally unfit to be described as a holiday apartment. Single camp beds with dirty linen, where complemented by unhygienic appliances and unsafe wiring.

I would love to finish on a positive note, but saw absolutely no redeeming features on a brief tour around the pool, complex and reception. I do not consider that our standards are very particular or unreasonable and have stayed at some very pleasant but basic resorts. Alondras Park is however without doubt the worst excuse for a holiday resort we have ever experienced. "

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  • Travel date: Fri 11th of January 2008

We knew only a couple of days before tha...

4
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Reviewed Thu 3rd of January 2008

"We knew only a couple of days before that this was to be our accommodation, after being moved due to construction on our original hotel.

The apartments themselves aren’t the best but its 2* and provided that’s what you've paid for you don’t expect anymore. The apartments are very clean, we had a maid into our room every other day, even Boxing Day.

Food and drink are very good on site and well priced we ate breakfast at the pool bar everyday as well as numerous snacks throughout the week all very nice. The couple that own the bar put on a champagne breakfast Christmas day at a good price. And my partner enjoyed spaghetti bolognaise (homemade) which he filled him up for the plane home.

The people at the pool bar are very friendly and add to the atmosphere around the pool. The hotel restaurant "The Harvester" serves good food, and has entertainment every night the staff there are all very friendly and gave us a few place to go as there isn’t much around the area itself.

Don't go to the Alondras Park if you’re looking for luxury, but do go if you want a cheap and cheerful holiday in the sun. All in all we had a great holiday and we would go back again. "

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  • Travel date: Thu 3rd of January 2008

Have just returned from one week with my...

2
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Reviewed Tue 6th of November 2007

"Have just returned from one week with my family staying in the Alondras Park apartments. At first sight they are fine with 3 pools and pool bar/restaurant. It is a large complex but I found mainly used by locals as living accommodation and ex-pats and their families as it was very "clicky".

The apartments are attractive enough but the area surrounding is pretty run down and barren and it seems the local hang out is a square with 2 or 3 pubs and a couple of greasy spoon cafes. If you walk further down the road there are a couple of more upmarket restaurants which are all very reasonably priced, in fact everywhere we ate was good value. Didn’t eat at the Harvester Grill adjoining the apartments as it never seemed open (in fact tried a couple of times at around 9pm and it was closed).

The apartment itself at first impression was fine and reasonably clean however you soon realise that the furniture is made out of plasterboard and even the beds were just plasterboard on legs with a mattress. The kettle was so dirty it had flies breeding in it.

The cleaners came twice in a week which maybe wasn't a good thing considering they left the patio door open which resulted in an opportunist thief stealing mobile phones and chargers, clothes, perfume.... even shampoo! When reported to the reception we were asked why weren’t we using the safe... shampoo and clothes in the safe?! They were very unhelpful and suggested we just call the police. Not much point in that as the items weren't covered by insurance.

Generally not one to complain - I suppose for cheap accommodation the apartments were okay but if you're not into English/Irish/Scottish restaurants and fish and chips, I would give this one a miss.

Oh and if you do go make sure you fork out for a safe!
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  • Travel date: Tue 6th of November 2007

We booked with into the Alondras Park be...

3
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Reviewed Tue 21st of August 2007

"We booked with into the Alondras Park before we read any reviews and were apprehensive having read a few visitors had been disappointed. We were pleasantly surprised.

We knew we were getting low budget accommodation, the prices reflect the standard of the accommodation. But providing you realise you are not going to get 4 or 5 star apartments you will have a very enjoyable holiday.

We had the very occasional cockroach encounter, but in two weeks only one in the room (he didn't last long!)

Food and drink are very cheap. A good meal can be brought in one of the many local cafe / restaurants for 5 or 6 Euro's, with beer as cheap as 1 Euro a pint.

Contrary to previous reviews there are no louts or rowdy yobs, this is a quiet place ideal for young family's looking for some sunshine on the cheap.
Book your flights early to gain cheap bargains and you will not be disappointed.

Beware ... few bars and restaurants accept credit cards, so don't be caught out.
Some places to look out for ... the hotel restaurant "The Harvester" serves good food, but the wait can be a little tedious. "The Avenue" in the square serves up a cheap and filling breakfast. "The euro bar" does exactly what it says on the tin ...beer at a euro a pint.

Don't go to the Alondras Park if your looking for luxury, but do go if you want a cheap and cheerful holiday in the sun.
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  • Travel date: Tue 21st of August 2007

Cheap and Cheerful

4
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Reviewed Fri 16th of November 2012

"We were slightly apprehensive about staying at the Alondras after reading some pretty negative reviews. It's not 5 star but the apartment was spacious and clean and equipped with what was needed for a one week cheap break in the sun. The location was excellent - Costa Del Silencio is a charming, lout-free resort...You won't find many traditional canarian restaurants or bars, most are owned and run by the british. Best restaurant by far was the Harvester Grill which is based in the Alondras Complex. Be prepared to wait a while for your dinner - everything is cooked fresh and usually takes around 45mins but the wait is worth it - the food is fantastic. We would also recommend Woody's Way(along the road) and The Avenue in Coral Mar Square.
The complex is let down somewhat by the pool bar. The english woman running it was rude and foul-mouthed and she tended to open only for a few hours per day, usually 10-1pm (ish).

All in all, we had an enjoyable holiday and would probably go back."

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  • Travel date: Fri 9th of February 2007

more like fawlty towers

1
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Reviewed Thu 20th of December 2012

"Arrived on the 24th of dec for 1 week 2 adults 1 9 year old 1 14 year old. The appatment was very basic, the beds looked clean enough but the pillows were a bit on the smelly side. There was an awful pong about the appartment too that seemed to last , this got worse when you had a shower or emptied the sink.
We became the victims of crime very early and had our towels stolen on the very first night (this was upsetting because it had all my daughters swimming badges on it) The lady that ran the poolside bar was very helpful and lent us some that she had spare.It was supposed to be a self catering holiday but the utensils were filthy and the cooker worked about as fast as a candle , also only one ring worked. The kettle also had a mind of its own and would take ages to boil.We had a meal at The Harvester one night and asked the price of champagne and never got a reply the service was terrible.There was nothing for the children to do, the pools were like ice and where the appartments are must be a wind trap it was so cold compared to other locations. A lot of locals do live in these appartments and they can be quite nasty at times. I would not recommened this accomodation to anyone The only thing that made this holiday bearable was the people we met in the daytime and the beer that put us to sleep at night !!!"

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  • Travel date: Tue 2nd of January 2007

great staff

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Reviewed Mon 10th of December 2012

"we stayed at the alondas park hotel Dec13th2006 for two weeks in costa del silencio, The staff were terrific very helpful,and the apartments are very spacious, but the resturant and poolside bar were closed for the first 9 days of our two week stay due to illness,? but silencio is very very quiet, not a place to take children at this time of year as the pool is freezing cold, even the kids rarely went in , and not much to do in the resort,best bar was the foaming quart, mick and kat were great hosts and we hope to call in again when we are in tenerife but we will stay in los christianos, and their is no beach in silencio just a rocky coastline so if you have children stay away from silencio in winter months anyway!!"

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  • Travel date: Fri 29th of December 2006

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