28 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
well what can i say- basic but good location
"no air conditioning in middle of july is not a good idea but the apartments don't have any. no kettle, no toaster, no microwave.,no depth markers at pool which i feel there should be but does have life guard. very basic, not spotlessly clean but passable. clean towels provided every day which was good. some ants in bedroom but was sorted quickly when reception was informed. some apartments are private. buffet breakfast 4 euro which was good value but not the best, 2 of our party ate there every day but the rest of us found good british food just round the corner for 3.50 euro. really good location so if your not fussy or got a bargain it would be ok. just round the corner to the left and left again is some good bars. hole in the wall irish bar very good. all within walking distance though some nites we got taxi from dubliner bar 5 euro. great bar. everything quite reasonable considering euro at minute. montana restaurant is fab, all our food was very good could not fault any of it. would recommend bus from airport for a couple of euros and it is very central drop off location. markets not great, all the usual stuff that you can buy in the shops.i'm going to say that i would recommend this hotel but only if you got a bargain. i think you could do much better. also there is no bar at night and no entertainment, although your not short of other places to visit. there is a hairdresser on site which was very reasonable. we didn't visit any of the parks as we were there to relax. the items that i have ticked in the describe you trip box are not to do with the hotel but the area."
- Travel date: Mon 27th of July 2009
"We stayed at the Andorra Apartments in July 2009 after booking it all independantly (Flights, Transfers and Accomodation) and what a smooth ride it was. The Andorra Hotel is a fantasitc 3* hotel where the staff are very very friendly along with residents who live there full time. The Andorra is split in to parts, a hotel and also self catering apartments to which we stayed.
On arrival into the Andorra the receptionist was very helpful and sorted out or little issue with the keys by ringing the owner and with 10 minutes our keys where there (this was a slight complication as the cleaner didnt hand the key back into the reception). i didnt see this as a massive problem so i had a beer at the bar.
The Aprtment we stayed in was on the ground floor and hadeverything we could ask for, infact it was home from home just about, we had full set of clean sode towels each, Kettle, Oven, Toaster, Microwave, Tall standing fridge freezer, all pots and pans, full selection of plates, knifes, forks etc along with all the cooking utensils you need. we also had cleaning materials (after all we were self catering). the Apartment on arrival was very very clean including the bedroom, bathroom and lounge along with the external patio area.
We were also blessed with the contact details of the owner should we have any problems during our stay (mobile and land line) which is a little re-assuring when you've booked it seperate.
On the day of our departure after our 2 weeks stay we asked if any one was coming in to the apartment after us as we had to be our at 10am but didnt fly til late night and the owner (Jim) had not issues with us keeping the apartment on for a few hours so we could benifet from a shower and security of our luggage prior to us leaving and this was given to us at no additional cost. However the Andorra hotel has a locked luggae room which you can also use should people not be as gifted as we were.
The andorra also has 2 large swimming pools both with shallow ends and deep ends to suit all swim types of people (kids etc) and there is also a baby pool. the pools were cleaned on a daily basis buy the caretaker and as were the aras around the pools buy the traditional mop and bucket.
Overall value for money = Excellent as we booked independantly so found the cheapest / best flights as accomodation is more important to me rather then the flight.
The Andorra location is prime, set between los cristianos and las americas, not too close to veronicas nightlife.
We also ate in the restaurant at the hotel where the food was lovely
Tenerife has a lot to do and it was my first visit there and i would have no hesitations in going back especially self catering as there is a lot of choice and variety to do.
The people in Tenerife (natives) were really helpful and polite.
Tenerife is slightly on the expensive front for food and drink but this was expected due to the poor euro rate at the minute however this didnt put us off.
Overall the Andorra Apartments and Hotel is a very very clean place where you can tell that all the people who work there take pride in what they do and aim to please.
This review is 100% legit and i have no issue with people contacting me to share my views.
Andy & Maria (Kingston upon Hull)"
- Travel date: Tue 21st of July 2009
Love The Andorra
"We have had another wonderful holiday in Tenerife staying at the Hotel Andorra, it was our 5th stay at this hotel and it was as good as ever. The hotel is situated in a very popular part of Las Americas with bars, shops and restaurants on your doorstep. All staff are very friendly and helpful this year the lifeguard was a lovely girl who was so helpful to everyone. Room service is excellant. There is plenty of selection for breakfast and the lunches from the pool bar are very good. This year is the first time the pool bar has been open which was much better. The rooms are very nice perhaps there could be more appliances for self catering maybe a kettle and a small microwave would be good. The Andorra is excellant value for money and we shall certainly be returning for many years to come."
- Travel date: Thu 11th of December 2008
NICE HOTEL, GREAT LOCATION!!
"Myself and a friend stayed at the Andorra for a week from 8th June 2008. The hotel is in a great location, not far from the beach and just around the corner from a row of great little bars and restaurants - we'd recommend the Chinese restaurant there - fab food!! The hotel is in the nicer part of Playa and is a couple of minutes walk away from a large shopping complex.
The hotel itself is nice and clean and the maid comes in every day to replenish towels and clean the room. It seemed to be pretty empty when we were there which surprised us as it was June but that made it nice and quiet, although our room was facing out onto quite a busy road so you can get a bit of noise from the traffic but nothing that really bothered us. The view was good - mountains one side and the sea the other.
The rooms are pretty spacious with a separate bedroom and small kitchen area. We did have a cockroach incident in the bathroom one night and saw one on the balcony but they were the only two we saw!!
There is a restaurant in the hotel but we didn't eat there so couldn't comment on what the food is like.
The pool area is nice, although quite small. It was quiet when we went but I can imagine it would get quite packed in the height of season. Also, the sun loungers are the most uncomfortable things ever. There is a life guard on duty at all times as well.
We went to Playa for the nightlife and we'd read reviews that Veronicas/Starcos is a 15 minute walk away from this hotel - it isn't, it's 30 minutes and that was in flip flops never mind heels!!! We ended up getting a taxi there and back each night which wasn't too bad but was an extra cost we didn't think we would have - it cost between 5 and 7 euros each way and it was really easy to get a taxi from just around the corner from the hotel.
If we go back to Tenerife then we would definitely book this hotel again."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of July 2008
Nice and clean
"We weren't all that enthusiastic about Playas de las Americas, although we had a nice holiday at Tenerife. Hotel Andorra was a really nice place to stay. Nice and big appartement, vert clean. Close to the beach and where you take the free buses that goes to Jungle park and the waterworld. We travelled with two childeren under the age of 2, they enjoyed the childerens pool."
- Travel date: Tue 10th of June 2008
Cheap and very cheerful!!!
"Just back from a week at the Andorra apartments. Situated at the nice end of Las Americas (away from the strip and tacky bars) the Andorra was a great place to stay on a budget.
We paid Â£180 for a studio for a week, it was clean and quiet, all you need for a beach holiday. Without air conditioning we were pleased with a non pool view as the room would've been far too hot as the sun was on the pool all afternoon, the only down side to a room on the the road was the noise, although it was only traffic noise that you soon get used to.
The apartments were so quiet with mostly spanish visitors that you very rarely saw. We had numerous ealry morning/evening swims with the pool to ourselves.
We never ate of drank at the apartments, so can't comment on that.
Room had a fridge, hob and lots of utensils. We hired a fan (ask at reception) it was only 15euro for the week.
I would recommend these apartments and would go back as they were a bargain."
- Travel date: Fri 16th of May 2008
"We stayed for New Year (2 adults and 1 child) last minute! We stayed in a private studio apartment at the back of the hotel. The hotel itself was lovely and we could not complain about the 4 euro all-you-can-eat-breakfast (2 euros for children) With a great range of cereals, eggs, cheese etc.. The location is fantastic, the year before we stayed at the Cristian Sur which is also a lovely apartment, but the walk to and from the beach got really tedious. At the Andorra being on the border of las Americas and Cristianos you had a much wider choice of where to eat and go! The only downside was our apartment door faced a row of bars in which the music/singers went on till about 2 in the morning. As we had an early morning flight we booked another room from reception at the cost of 57 euros! The room was exactly the same as the one we had rented privately with the exclusion of tea/coffee facilities and paying to use the tv. Apart from this I would definately go back again, but would recommend an apartment instead of a studio as they are quite small."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of January 2008
fantastic hotel, great price and fab location
"stayed 25th dec - 1st jan so just arrived back. Hotel was great location far enough out to be quiet but close enough for bars and restaurants. apartment was ACE - cleaners there every day, really spacious with huge balcony.
TV in room with sky sports 1 on charged at 1 euro an hour.
2 pools both of which had great atmosphere.
we were in the apartments which werent attached to the hotel reception which backed onto a main walk way so had NO traffic noise, the ones located on the main reception block all back onto a main road so could be noiser so would request apartment block NOT attached to reception.
NO complaints what so ever about this accomodation and would highly recommend them for couples, singles, familys etc.
There next door to Hotel Vulcano."
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of January 2008
"Me and the wife have just returned home after an enjoyable 1 week self catering stay at the 3* Andorra Apartments in Playa De Las Americas. We booked our flights through a budget airline, and the accommodation through an accommodation only company on the internet, which worked out very good value for a weekâs holiday in Tenerife.
We arrived outside the apartments at around 10pm and first impressions were that they looked very nice. They are located at the junction of a quite busy crossroads, but set back slightly away from the roadside. There is a parking area in front of the main entrance and lots of shops, bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. When we walked into the reception area, it looked like it had certainly been recently refurbished. Very modern and tidy dÃ©cor and fully air conditioned, lovely! There are 2 lifts, a large reception desk, 2 sofas, a small bar area with a few tables and chairs and a hatch with bar stools where drinks are served. This hatch actually doubles as the restaurant bar with a matching hatch on the other side. The restaurant is reached through an arch and down a ramp just off the reception area.
After a few minutes, we were greeted by the English speaking receptionist and checked in. She gave us directions to our apartment and off we went. It took us outside, past the restaurant and along the poolside to what looked like another complex. She told us to keep going past the second pool and at the end, follow the path round to the left. At this point we got very lost and trying to find our apartment in the dark with tiny little room numbers above the door no bigger than a matchbox, it was nearly impossible! Eventually after lugging our cases all over the place and climbing up and down several flights of stairs, and sweating profusely, I managed to spot it on the top floor of a block near the back of the complex.
The apartment itself was a lot bigger than I expected, very spacious with a decent kitchen and lounge area, separate bedroom and bathroom, and a huge balcony. There were plenty of utensils and crockery etc and the kitchen was in very good condition. There was a small pay as you go TV but the channels were very disappointing â no English speaking ones and the picture was rubbish! The double bedroom was quite small and extremely hot â with no air conditioning we had to hire a big fan from a holiday rentals company recommended by reception. The built in wardrobe was pretty small but we just about managed to squeeze all our stuff in and there were hangers provided. At the bottom of the wardrobe was a safe which you have to pay for use at reception â 40 Euros deposit for the key and 10 Euros for the weekâs hire. Maid service was daily and the apartment was kept very clean. We didnât have any problems with cockroaches but there were a few ant trails. Not really a problem, just our own fault for leaving crumbs on the floor I think. Overall it was pretty basic, but 3* self catering always is!
While we were there, i noticed that the Andorra was definitely once 2 separate complexes. The high rise whitewashed building where you go in, which incorporates the reception area, was originally built as the Andorra. The older part of the complex must have been acquired and communal areas knocked through to make one big complex. As you go down past the pool area from the main reception, there is a visual divide where there used to be a wall (which has been removed) and the tiles on the floor change from white, to terracotta. This older part of the complex also has itâs own pool (further evidence that it was once separate) which is not as nice as the main pool, but the apartments certainly seem bigger here.
We tended to stay at the nicer main pool which was actually a little small for the amount of guests staying there I thought. It was cleaned daily (at night) which was good to see, and well maintained. There are gardens and sunbathing terraces around the pool on different levels and plenty of sunbeds available. There is an old pool bar on the first tier terrace, complete with front and side opening bamboo hatches to create that tropical beach hut look, but has now been changed into a games room instead. Perhaps it fell on hard times and people werenât using it? Not to worry as the main restaurant served drinks and snacks available to take away to the poolside.
The location of the Andorra couldnât be better in my eyes. There is a large supermarket right next door and itâs about a 10 minute walk (if that) to the nearest beach, Playa Las Vistas. This is the border point between the resorts of Los Christianos and Playa De Las Americas and the beach here is quite nice. To be honest, I preferred the much larger beach situated another 3 minutes walk further on towards Los Christianos.
All around the Andorra, there is an abundance of life on an evening, loads of streets to explore and some really nice restaurants and lovely bars close by. Youâve got to try the Bhuda bar for a drink which is down the street on the left hand side, just past the Hotel Vulcano. Go inside for a drink, a tad pricey but a real visual treat!
If itâs more lively nightlife you are wanting, then itâs about a 15 min walk to the very centre of Las Americas and the infamous Veronicas strip. Better still, head to nearby Starco, a commercial centre which is peppered with loud, lively disco bars like Yatesâs, Edwards, Linekerâs, Mett Bar, Downunder Bar, Bikini Gâs, Tramps and Rags. Well worth a visit!
I would certainly go back to the Andorra Apartments on a return visit to Tenerife, but to be honest, I donât think Tenerife comes close to being as nice as the Greek Islands. Perhaps Kos or Zante again next year!"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of September 2006
"We staied in this hotel till today, and it was an amazing surprise. When we booked our travel, we saw a promotion with few hotels in... And this one was the chepest. ( 7 days, Half-bord, with plain and aeroport taxes: 380 euros) We were afraid to find a not so good hotel, but we were surprised with our apartment, big, clean and everything functional, except the frige it was not working, but they replace it us soon was possible.
Staff was funny, cool and friendly. Specially Pedro on the restaurant.
The swimming pool is small but clean. This Hotel is very well located if you want to go to Playa de las vistas/Playa Cristianos and playa de las americas.
If you book this hotel, ask for a room with pool view. Because the street rooms are very noisy 24h per day (many cars).
The meals on the restaurant was OK, you can normally choose 3 kind of dishs."
- Travel date: Fri 15th of September 2006
Dirty and old
"This hotel was at best poor until day 4 of our holiday, when 62 Spanish 8 year old arrived, it then became awful .. They were on the floor below me . They were noisy. instead of filtering them 20 per time they moved everywhere 62 strong . They also decided to play tag until 12pm in the corridor. I was refused to be moved away from them . The excuse no rooms available was used. There were cracks everywhere including round the kitchenette area , which is not hygienic, the fridge was old, not working and rusty, no kettle toaster or anything else in these over priced rooms. There were pubic hairs all over the apartment loads especially in the shower area. there were also long black hair everywhere. When they changed the sheets they stank of mans sweat. The beds were uncomfortable.My bed dented in the middle, I woke in pain 3 times a night and every morning. The life guard moved other paying guests away from the pool area to accommodate the 62 loud children which I found a liberty. The drinks were over priced at the bar. Only 2 staff were friendly and helpful 1 only became like this after a tip. On day 3 of stay we were disgusted to find a used condom swaying in the wind from the balcony. I assume upstairs slung it out. We were by the road which was very loud at 6-7 am when all the bin trucks are going up and down, also drunken revelers kept us awake.There seems to be a 1 rule for uk traveler and a different rule for Spanish, double standards are not appealing! The food was shocking most nights , we ate out instead of having chewy cheap meat or rubbish fish , ropy salad , The breakfast was also not great, frankfurters cut in half , either under cooked or over cooked bacon and rubbery egg. The children are an annual occurrence don't go here in June unless you want burst eardrums"
- Travel date: Wed 24th of June 2015
2 bedroom apartment
"Has anyone stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment? I have booked through alpha rooms and when i emailed the hotel to request a pool view they have replied saying the 2 bedroom apartment does not have any balcony. I am a bit worried with having 2 toddlers and no outside space, so would just like to know if anyone has stayed in them and how bad it is with no balcony."
- Travel date: Tue 25th of March 2014