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Awaken your senses with a visit to the Hotel Taburiente 

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Stylish hotel is worthy ambassador for Santa Cruz.

The first thing I became aware of on my arrival to Hotel Taburiente was the heightening of all my senses.

Sight, sound, smell, touch and later, taste, all played a major part in my most enjoyable first-time overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

Sight and sound hit me first with the hustle and bustle of every day life outside this stunning 173-room hotel.

There were cars and people milling around in the mid-afternoon and I wondered if the noise of traffic would be disturbing once inside the Taburiente. The answer, I later discovered, was no, particularly as the newest rooms are totally sound-proofed.

My sight immediately noted the hotel’s close proximity to the beautiful Garcia Sanabria park, literally two minutes walk away with its incredible abundance of trees, flowers, bushes, benches, walkways and fountains. From here, you can catch the Santa Cruz city tour bus.

Yet with all my senses on red alert, it was scent which will be my over-riding memory.

Even before I walked into the foyer of this family-run hotel, I could smell the most wonderful perfumed air.

At this stage, it was difficult to detect if this was coming from the hotel or the park. Shortly afterwards, I was to discover it was both.

The hotel’s very stylish interior is full of fresh flowers and candles which, when lit up at night, resemble sparkling jewels.

There are blooms every-where. In vases, in pots, even hanging from the bar and the gorgeous velvet lounge.

There are groups of glass containers with blooms inside, the little touches that bring a very special atmosphere to this hotel which is one of the best I have stayed in.

Amazing was a word I used when asked by the receptionist for my first impressions of the Taburiente. And amazing it was.

The south of Tenerife can obviously boast some super hotels but considering the Taburiente has four stars, you could easily add another one.

And that is what Santa Cruz is all about. A city full of surprises which everyone just needs to discover. To this end, the hotel has regular offers, including the latest which gives the guest a shopping and culture experience with a specially-priced overnight stay.

I have always been a supporter of Jose Manuel Bermudez and what he is trying to do for the island, the tourists who visit Tenerife and then latterly for the last few years, as Mayor of our capital.

He wants to bring more people to Santa Cruz, not just for day trips but to make it a base for their holiday or at least for a few days.

The Taburiente is a worthy ambassador. Its interior decor is stunning and the food superb, with the stylish GOM restaurant being the flagship, for non-guests as well, and there is a second-to-none buffet breakfast with everything you could possibly want to start your day.

Another unexpected surprise can be found on the roof; a swimming pool, whirlpool and sunbathing terrace with an incredible panoramic view over the city below, from the mountains which surround Santa Cruz to the curved roof of the auditorium and the ocean beyond.

And in the middle sits the green lung of the park, reminiscent but on a smaller scale of New York and Central Park.

As you would expect, the Taburiente offers every facility you could possibly want, with rooms ranging from standard to suites. It has its own parking but is only a short bus ride of taxi (about 3.60 euros) from the bus station. It is also pet friendly and caters for all special occasions, such as weddings and business meetings.

Before I left, it started to rain. Did it spoil my trip? Not at all. The smell of the rain, the sound of it splashing on the pavement, the sight of people hurrying along outside with their umbrellas……it all just added to my most enjoyable time. And to cap it all, as I left, I spotted a rainbow over the ocean. What more could you ask for?

Find out more about the Taburiente (in English) on www.hoteltaburiente.com

C/ Dr Jose Naveiras, 24A

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Teléfono: +34 922 27 60 00 (English spoken) reservas@hoteltaburiente.com

 

SANTA CRUZ SHOPPING & CULTURE 2016 – 2017

THE HOTEL Promotion includes:

1 night (2 days) stay for 2 persons.

A bottle of Champagne upon arrival

Dinner for 2 in our “Gom” Restaurant (set menu to choose among 3 starters, main

dish and dessert), wine and coffee included.

Brunch Buffet Breakfast, or Continental Breakfast served in your room

Late departure (17:00 hrs.) On Request and subject to availability

Free use of the following services: Heated Pool, Jacuzzi, Gym, Sauna, Wi-Fi and Mac zone.

Check-in 12:00 hrs, Private Parking, HD Wide screen TV

From 15/10/2016 to 30/04/2017

In Deluxe Double Room : 145€. All taxes included