Hotel Best Sémiramis Hotel 5 star
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Leopoldo Cologan Zulueta 12 - 38400 PUERTO DE LA CRUZ Puerto de la Cruz, Spain -
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The Semiramis stands right on the rocky shore and is a large and charmless 17-storey building which does, nevertheless, afford breath-taking panoramic views across the sea from the lobby, the guest rooms and the restaurant. To be perfectly honest, this 5* establishment is more what you would expect of a 4* and could do with a bit of a makeover in places. The surroundings here are very (perhaps too?) quiet and the hotel also has a spa and two swimming pools, the first bring indoor and heated, the second of semi-Olympic size. In a nutshell, this place is best-suited to couples of a certain age seeking a relaxing holiday by the sea.

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    Location 7.6 /10

    The hotel stands on the northern coast of Tenerife, in the quiet residential area of La Paz, to the north-west of Puerto de la Cruz, and 1.5 from the Lago Martinez and the city centre. There is no beach in the vicinity. Transfer time from Los Rodeos airport in the north of Tenerife, some 16 mi away, is around 30 minutes, whilst Reina Sofia airport in the south of the island, around 62 mi away, is more like an hour and a half's drive away. The hotel is around 25 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the island.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The guest rooms here are pretty spacious (25m˛) and traditional and feature parquet flooring, wooden furniture (desk, shelf and case stand), blue wallpaper, two blue armchairs, a yellow bedspread and seven paintings, all of which, it has to be said, rather lacks imagination. Having said that, there's nothing to fault when it comes to the amenities, which include satellite television broadcasting 23 channels, a large mirror, a large wardrobe for storage, individual air-conditioning, an empty refrigerator, two complimentary bottles of water, a huge key-operated safe (available to hire), a phone and Wi-Fi internet access (around Ł5.35 a day). Room service is available until midnight and most of the guest rooms have adjoining doors. You'll also find you have a large balcony furnished with a round white plastic table and two chairs with blue and white striped cushions, perfect for admiring the spectacular views of the sea stretching as far as the eye can see. The sea is generally pretty choppy in these parts and you'll no doubt hear the waves crashing on the shore. Of course, some will enjoy being rocked by the sound of the sea, but others less so!
    The marble bathrooms are clean and bright and come with a bathtub with two fitted handles and a nice powerful shower, though do bear in mind that the temperature is not marked on it, so you'll have to guess which way is hot and which is cold. You'll also find a rather comprehensive selection of Hotasa (the group to which the Semiramis belongs) hospitality products, including a shaving kit and a tooth-brushing set, but there is no soap-holder. Other provisions include a double washbasin, toilet, bidet, bathrobes and a hair-dryer.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Semiramis is a 17-storey building with 4 lifts and is built right on the cliff-face overlooking the sea, which certainly wouldn't be allowed these days. Of course, this does spoil the coastline somewhat, but the views out to sea are truly spectacular! The Semiramis, which was built in the 1970s, is a member of Canarian hotel group Hotesa and has a total of 298 guest rooms which were renovated in 2007. You can also see the famous Lago Martinez to the lower left-hand side. The lobby is in fact located on the 16th floor of the building and enjoys panoramic views out to sea. This is also where you'll find the hotel's 405m˛ 1.4m-deep semi-Olympic pool, which is open from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Just alongside there is a snack-bar and you'll also find everything you need for a lazy day by the pool on-hand, including deckchairs, white parasols and showers, whilst towels are available from reception. The hotel is set amid its own gardens where deckchairs are laid out for guests in the shade of the palm trees. It's just a shame the road runs alongside! You'll also find a tennis court in this area.
    The restaurant is located on the 15th floor and the spa on the 14th. The latter is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm and consists of a spa circuit, a 66m˛ 1.2m-deep heated indoor pool, three power showers, a free jacuzzi, a sauna, a hammam, an ice fountain, a coldwater pool and five treatment and massage rooms, including one for couples, using products from the Parisian brand Thalgo. The tiny gym, meanwhile, is open from 9:00am to 8:00pm and isn't exactly great, with its three machines each struggling to keep up with the next!

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    Meals are served from 7:30am to 10:30am, from 1:00pm to 3:30pm and from 7:00pm to 10:00pm as a buffet with a special show-cooking area in a large 240-seater dining room which rather resembles a canteen - certainly not the establishment's best feature! The service isn't up to much, the buffets are not very well presented and the quality of the food leaves something to be desired. We'd definitely advise that you avoid the chips and the congealed fluorescent English-style desserts. The Canarian potatoes in Morro sauce, however, do stand the test, and the Canarian buffet served on Wednesdays is well worth the wait!
    Breakfast isn't as appetising as it could be, either, with some sort of chemical substance taking the place of the fresh fruit juices you might expect. Those who are tempted by the experience might want to try a can of wine with their meal! Cuisine aside, one thing you will no doubt enjoy is the panoramic views out to sea from the large picture windows in the dining room. The tables next to the window are, of course, always the first to be taken! There is a second ŕ la carte restaurant which opens for dinner only, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, and which requires a reservation to be made in advance. Bear in mind, though, that this restaurant is closed on Wednesdays, when the Canarian buffet is served in the main restaurant. If you fancy a snack during the day you might like to head over to the pool snack-bar, which serves meals from 1:00pm to 3:30pm and also offers a bar service from 10:00am to 6:00pm. After that, the lounge bar takes over until midnight.

    To know

    If you're travelling by car you might find it hard to get to the hotel, particularly as there are several one-way streets in the vicinity, and there is no car park at the hotel either. The Semiramis isn't really a beachfront hotel since although it does stand directly overlooking the sea, there's no beach in the immediate vicinity. You'll need a car to get to the beaches at Puerto de la Cruz, but there is a free shuttle service which operates five times a day from the hotel to Lago Martinez and the city centre. 90% of the hotel's clientele is German and fairly elderly. The hotel also has five conference rooms with a capacity of up to 900 people.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aerobics, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The panoramic views of the sea from the guest rooms, lobby and restaurant.
    • The spa
    • Two swimming pools, including one indoor heated pool and one semi-Olympic pool

    disadvantages

    • There is no beach
    • The very average cuisine
    • The building is charmless, rather cold and lacks atmosphere

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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