About Hotel Medano

  • high speed internet in room
  • restaurant
  • free internet
  • bar lounge
  • wifi
  • public wifi
  • wheelchair access
  • dry cleaning
  • non smoking rooms
  • non smoking hotel
  • laundry service
  • flatscreen tv
  • breakfast buffet
  • baggage storage
  • car hire
  • currency exchange
  • english amenities
  • fax photocopying
  • french amenities
  • 24 hour front desk
  • ironing service
  • sun loungers beach chairs
  • private balcony
  • german amenities
  • sun umbrellas
  • italian amenities
  • sun terrace
  • beach
  • bicycle rental
  • spanish amenities
  • solarium
  • safe

Reviews summary

( 494 reviews)

15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Spent six excellent nights at this hotel...

Reviewed Sat 5th of April 2008

"Spent six excellent nights at this hotel. The hotel is old-fashioned but quaint in a way – not something that we are used to. The choice of food was limited but the quality excellent. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The rooms are basic – important that you book a room overlooking the beach as the back of the hotel gets the wind (can be quite noisy). The hotel is conveniently situated on the beach; access to the sea from the sun deck; six minutes from the airport (do not pay expensive transfers).

The town offers a good selection of restaurants, typically Canarian with excellent fish dishes. Very little otherwise to do at night. A great place to relax if that is what you want.

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  • Travel date: Sat 5th of April 2008

A very good hotel old fashion in the nic...

Reviewed Thu 28th of February 2008

"A very good hotel old fashion in the nice sense prime location on beach staff very good
all round from reception to housekeeping dining hall over looking bay beautiful outlook
rooms are a nice size and clean as is the bathroom the food served is good and plentiful
the one thing missing why never gave 10/10 was the fact there no tea or coffee making
facilities in the room not the end the world when i make a return visit i will bring my own
when you are there fiesta time (there are plenty) it is a very enjoyable occasion the bars
all over the town are friendly and welcoming as are restaurants and cafes there is an very
good bus service one goes to Los Cristianos & Playa de Americas the other to Santa Cruz

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  • Travel date: Thu 28th of February 2008

Great hotel in a lovely resort. Stayed t...

Reviewed Sun 24th of February 2008

"Great hotel in a lovely resort. Stayed there only one night but if we had known what it was like, we would have arrived earlier and stayed longer! Good sized room and bathroom. Buffet breakfast sufficient. We did not eat dinner there so cannot comment. The staff are helpful and friendly. The room was at the frot of the hotel so it was a bit noisy at night. It would be perfect to get a room at the back overlooking the sea. I would definitely return and have already recommended it to friends who are staying there next month."

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  • Travel date: Sun 24th of February 2008

This is a lovely hotel and very good val...

Reviewed Mon 18th of February 2008

"This is a lovely hotel and very good value. Clean, basic with very friendly front of house staff. Perfectly located in the centre of the quaint town and virtually on top of the beach. Room and bathroom were airy and big. The sun lounge on the third floor is gorgeous though we couldn't find the pool! (I am sure it is there somewhere). We didn't eat dinner in the hotel although we were booked half board so cannot comment on the food though the breakfast was more than adequate. Would recommend this hotel, in fact I already have, and very much hope to return. The town is quaint and a good market there on Saturday made our holiday! One drawback is that it is a bit noisy at night if you are in a room overlooking the plaza. A room on the left side of the hotel would be quieter."

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  • Travel date: Mon 18th of February 2008

Loved the sound of the sea

Reviewed Tue 27th of November 2012

"Stayed at El Medano Hotel for one week half board £260 in late January. Hotel better than expected and really enjoyed all the food. Lovely little seaside town with plenty of restaurants and bars. Could have got bored if stayed longer than a week but probably because we didn't have great weather, but still a lot warmer than Surrey considering it was snowing really heavy when we left home, We only needed to wear shorts and T, Shirts all day. Bit chilly when the sun went in. Good mixture of spanish, german and english bars. Had a lovely time and would recommend."

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  • Travel date: Wed 7th of February 2007

Good value

Reviewed Thu 22nd of November 2012

"Excellent value for £250, (HB, 7 days, twin room, Jan 2007). Taxi from airport 10 euros - 15 mins. Staff very helpful. Able to swim from terrace straight into sea. Good small resort.
Only problem ( now fairly common in Spain) is that smokers use the sun terrace as their personal smoking area. Problem needs adressing at Medano."

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  • Travel date: Sat 20th of January 2007

Nice hotel pity about the development

Reviewed Tue 13th of November 2012

"We stayed at the Medano Hotel for a week. The hotel itself is unique: every day you can wake up and look at the sea directly under your balcony (if you book a sea view). The bar and restaurant likewise have breathtaking views. You can even descend directly from the bar to the sea! The rooms are basic it's true. Small, no fridge or kettle. But I'd rather have the view. The staff are very helpful. The half pension option is good value but a little dull. However there are plenty of good restuarants around. I particularly recommend El Meson de Don Armando in Los Cristianos.

Things not to miss include scuba diving from Los Galletas (try Agua Tenerife Divers), and renting a car to tour La Masca, the north coast, Garanchico and the Teide national park.

Do not rely on local bus services. When they turn up at all they are slow and wander around all the local OAP kennels.

Bad points. The town of Medano is currently nice, with the feel of a real village instead of a resort. But they are building new apartments at a reckless pace without regard for environmental impact. This means that, even now, whenever it rains, all the water rushes down the new concrete and carries away half the beach. So I predict that in five years there will be no beach left. Even now the beach is becoming very dirty and I dont see why it deserves a Blue Flag. Also, the government want to knock down this unique hotel for some insane reason.

So, go to Medano, but go now."

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  • Travel date: Thu 2nd of November 2006

2/3 * hotel with a 5 * location, heart and service!

Reviewed Fri 2nd of November 2012

"I’ve been going to El Medano on and off for 20 years, on rather than off. If you want McDonalds, Sky Football, all nightclubs and five star hotels you are in the wrong place. If you want the best natural beach on the island, the best windsurfing in the Canaries, excellent tapas bars, friendly locals at cheaper than home prices read on!

I have never up until now stayed in the Medano Hotel, it’s in the heart of the village, jutting out into the sea, next to the village square. It claims to be 3* rated but having worked in the industry for over 10 years really it’s a 2. Its position however is five star! The hotel is a little dated inside and under utilised, but its spotlessly clean and the staff are helpful and friendly.

We booked our hotel through Travel Counsellors / Med Hotels Twin for 2 adults and a toddler, half board, 7 nights £255! (Excluding the flights) We upgraded over the telephone with our credit card to sea view and balcony for just 6 Euros per room per night.


As Medano Hotel is next to the village square, there is no direct road to it. The taxi rank is at the top of the square, so you have to walk for less than 1 minute over it to the hotels reception. We arrived a little earlier than anticipated the maid was still attending to our room. We left our luggage in the reception and had a drink in the bar for half an hour. The reception is located on the pedestrian walkway and square. You can purchase postcards and newspapers. We hired a safe in the room. They are happy to call taxis or airport for you. There was plenty of excursion information and a lift serving all 5 floors.
Next to the lounge area is the beach, the bar is raised on stilts in to the sea. There are steps into the sea for those who wish not to get sand on their feet! The bar serves meals as well as ice creams. There are loungers on the sun deck (one of three which look out over Medano bay) as well as table and chairs. To the other side an enclosed walkway takes you to the showers, WC’ and a small plunge pool. Surprisingly it’s a fresh water pool and is heated by the sun. This side is in the shade by mid afternoon – a blessing from the blistering heat elsewhere!
Our room was 205 2nd floor over Medano beach, undisturbed views over the village square, Medano beach, the seafront and Montana Roja. If you stepped out on to the balcony and looked right you can see the awesome Mount Teide peeping through the Las Canadas Mountains.
The room itself had large built in wardrobes with sliding doors, plenty of shelving, a chest of drawers, chair, bedside tables with a drawer in, TV (you had to hire the remote) we didn’t watch TV but the only English speaking channels were Euro sport and CNN. There was also a luggage wrack and telephone. On the balcony were 2 chairs and a table. The bathroom was over spacious compared to the room itself! A bath with shower over (high powered) bidet, WC and basin. The towels and bed sheets were bright white and spotless. The maid visited and cleaned every day. Our only complaint was there was no kettle. You couldn’t hire one – so bring your own if like my husband your first breathe is for caffeine! There also isn’t any room service or hire of fridges. The room had a door to the balcony and an opening window, so going to sleep and waking up to the sound of sea was great!
The Breakfast’s were served between 8am and 1030am. The hotel caters for a wide range of clientele. English, Spanish / Canarians, Germans and Dutch etc. A selection of fresh juices, water, hot chocolate, tea and coffee. (PG Tips and Nescafe!) Selection of ham, salami, cheese, tomatoes, pastries, croissants, bread rolls, toast, cereal, yoghurts, jams, marmalades etc, the hot food was limited to two choices. Two of the following at any one time scrambled, fried, boiled egg, beans, bacon, sausage, bacon and Spam.
The Evening meals were served between 630pm and 930pm. The salads were excellent along with your bog standard contents there were then 4 larger bowls of different salads – pasta, coleslaw etc. A good choice of bread rolls, aioli, sour cream etc. Hot food always consisted of a fish dish and meat dish. A choice of vegetables, some form of potatoes. There was always a soup of the day. The deserts were a little disappointing a lack of fresh fruit. Bananas being the main, sometimes cake, yoghurt and some tinned fruit. There was however a good selection of ice creams and sorbets. Drinks wise you ordered what you wanted and paid for it on departure.
Our only disappointment was that no one seemed to make an effort for dinner! I have stayed in many 4 and 5 star hotels worldwide and would recommend the hotel to others making clear in summary its basic, but looked after, great staff, not bad food, the views and location are second to none!


Medano has trebled in size over the last 20 years. But it’s the Tenerfians who occupy it with the odd British expatriots and German Surf dude! Yet its heart the village square and beach remains full of character, with tapas bars and restaurants. The seafront is now smart almost posh! Lined with more local tapas bars and restaurants. The beach now has sun beds for hire, free WC’s, showers and even lifeguards. There are a few shops gift shops, predominantly designer windsurf clothing shops. Away from the sea front you will find scattered around endless hairdressers, estate agents and mini markets. There are a few clothing shops, a chemist, dentists etc. Opposite the taxi rank is a organic local food shop. The best place to change you money is the village’s oldest travel agents on the main Avenue market “cambio” There is a post office, laundrette, vets and a couple of banks and cash machines. There are indeed 100’s of restaurants all over the village if you tire of tapas, meat and fish there are other options including sushi, pizza, Italian, Chinese, Creparie, Ice Cream Parlours. There are now 2 English owned bars on the sea front – one blends in with the rest and attracts the locals the other is blatant with sky TV and cod n mushy peas! At least there is no sign of a McDonalds or Burger King! Medano’s entertainment relies upon its windsurfing, bars, restaurants, the beach, read a book, sit and watch the world go by or the fishermen bringing their daily catch in the harbour. There are a few children’s play parks scattered throughout the plaza. There now is a purpose built skate park and football pitch to the rear of town. A huge petrol station as you enter town. On Saturday mornings a market is held in the square – clothing, souvenirs etc. Out of town on the main road to the motorway is a local produce market – again Saturday mornings. There are a few late bars – one being opposite the harbour – its doors open late till late! In the harbour there are local fishing boats and a couple of expensive looking yachts! Medano is close to the airport but the planes pass by it and not over it! Most people come self-catering to Medano but there are three hotels Medano, del Sur and Windsurf. With this village you love it or you hate it – there is no in between!
For more info on El Medano or Tenerife email me on [email protected]"

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  • Travel date: Sat 30th of September 2006

no other hotel like it

Reviewed Tue 9th of October 2012

"We used the El Medano for an airport stop-over - it is less than 10 minutes from the airport carhire, so very well-placed for this purpose. The location is stunning, half in the sea; our room was adequate, clean and comfortable. Reception staff were efficient. It was a real pleasure to unwind from our flight by sitting at a cafe in the town square (which goes down to the water's edge) just outside the hotel door. When we should have left El Medano next morning to go north, we couldn't just drive off - strolling along the front, drinking coffee in a bar up an alley way, doing some shopping ...it seems to be a friendly and 'real' Spanish seaside resort. We think families or younger travellers could have a very reasonable stay here while staying in a hotel that is like no other we have seen."

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  • Travel date: Thu 6th of July 2006

Superb location

Reviewed Sat 27th of October 2012

"The Medano hotel is situated at the waters edge in El Medano, providing enviable views of the sea and beach from most of its rooms. The front of the hotel faces the main Square, which has various restaurants and bars.
When we arrived, we specifically asked for a room facing the sea, for which a surcharge was payable of 12 euros a day. (Other part-sea views were available at a premium of 6 euros a day). After parting with 84 euros for the week, we went to our room.
The Medano was built in the 1950's if I recall correctly, and the design and construction of the time are very much in evidence. By this, I mean that little indication in the way of major refurbishment existed in my eyes. Rooms were basic, but large and comfortable. But what of the view that we had paid 12 euros a night for?
Fantastic. No other words could describe our joy at having such a beautiful view, across the sun terrace and towards the sea. To our right was the beach, to the front, the sea, with the sound of the surf very much in evidence. It was a joy each morning to sit on the balcony and watch the early morning swimmers.
So, apart from the essentially basic rooms, with enviable views, what else was on offer?
The hotel had a very small swimming pool, and 4 sun terraces. There was no shortage of sunbeds, although the lower sun terrace, literally built over the sea, was the busiest area. From this sun terrace, one could gain direct access to the sea. That, we felt, was a good feature.
Although the hotel did appear to have an area for evening entertainment, none was provided during our visit. We spent most of the evenings in the main Square, and the winding alleyways with their collection of bars and various shops.
Sadly, the hotel restaurant was the weakest part of the hotel. Each self-service evening meal consisted of a soup option, 4 different varieties of mixed salads plus 5 additional salad items, and 2 hot dishes. We found the meals unimaginitive. One evenings hot delights were a mix of frankfurter sausages and hamburgers, or some local battered fish. As I do not eat sausages or hamburgers, least of all on holiday, I opted for the fish, which was acceptable. Vegetables on offer amounted to boiled potatoes and rice with sweetcorn. To be fair, the daily menu was available to outside parties too, at a cost of 10 euros. I guess 10 euros for a soup, salad, a hot dish and sweet was pretty good value. I, however, found the whole offering bland to say the very least, when compared to the offerings of larger hotels. It has to be remembered that the Medano Hotel has only 91 rooms, so the catering is on a much smaller scale. Generally, one could find something to eat, but it may not have been something one would normally have chosen.
Taking all into consideration, the Medano is a clean, inexpensive hotel. It is reasonably comfortable, and its position is its strongest point with those beautiful ocean and beach views. It is ideally suited for couples.
Yes, I would revisit the hotel, but on a bed and breakfast basis only."

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  • Travel date: Thu 15th of June 2006

there is no car access to this hotel

Reviewed Tue 13th of November 2012

"we hired a car at the airport before heading for this hotel. we drove 'round the town 3 times trying to reach the hotel, which we could see, until we asked a taxi driver how to do this. the hotel stands in a pedestrianised area with no parking. we had to park on the town square and carry our luggage to the hotel. those arriving by taxi etc faced the same problem. distances are not great and therefore this is no big problem.

we also found that parking in most urban areas is difficult to find. patience is needed and is rewarded.

we enjoyed our weeks stay. breakfasts were good but evening meals could be improved. however there was always good salads, delicious bread and ice cream.

el medano is in many areas a building site like so many other areas in tenerife . this did not, however, affect our holiday. the weather did affect our enjoyment. we had 4 hot, sunny days and 3 overcast days. sunshine is not guarranteed every day at this time of year."

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  • Travel date: Tue 7th of February 2006

Good place

Reviewed Fri 2nd of November 2012

"Stayed half board at the El Medano in early January.
Hotel is located in the small resort called El Medano - hotel was mixture of English, German and French, some young couples with kids and some more mature holidaymakers.

Best points:
- friendly staff
- regularly cleaned rooms - no complaints
- resort is ideal for those who don't want the larger resorts like Los Cristianos.

other points:
- beach is OK, but is slightly breezy, hence the windsurfers and kitesurfers in the bay. Having said that was fine for sunbathing.
- most rooms look out over the sea. However, some of the cheaper rooms look out over a small square, so there's a little bit of noise. Apparently there's a music festival in early summer that takes place in the square, so may be worth checking about this if you're worried about noise.
- only a small pool in the hotel - but the beach is very nearby anyway..."

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  • Travel date: Tue 24th of January 2006

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