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Enjoy Santa Cruz from the perfect location of the striking Hotel Silken Atlantida 

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Santa Cruz is going places and so is one of its best-located top hotels in the city centre, the four-star Silken Atlantida.

As the capital’s appeal as a tourist location continues to grow, more and more holiday-makers of all nationalities, including British, are looking to spend a few days in the historic city which is full of pleasant surprises.

In fact, the same rings true for the Silken Atlantida group with locations across Spain, including Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla and Valladolid.

A modern building right in the heart of the shopping and business centre with a specactular glass-fronted outside lift, this hotel – a stone’s throw from the Atlantic – offers the visitor everything they could wish at a price they can afford. This includes fantastic food in the Sook restaurant where diners can currently enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner for just 20 euros and can book now for their Christmas Day meal for an astounding 35 euros per person! You can eat here, regardless of whether you are staying or not.

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Over the last few years, Santa Cruz has launched a concerted campaign to attract more tourists, whether from the south, direct to the north of the island itself or on board one of the many cruise liners which pull into the port.

As the Mayor, Jose Manuel Bermudez said recently, Santa Cruz is putting itself on the international map and can deliver a great package for the tourist.

Unlike the south of Tenerife, the capital isn’t saturated with hotels but you can still choose from big or small. For us, however, location is the key and there can be no better place than the Silken Atlantida which is fanatastically situated for all its major attractions and facilities. A stone’s throw from the three main shopping centres of Corte Ingles, Meridiano and 3 de Mayo, with favourite stories such as Zara, C&A and Primark. Five minutes walk from the bus station. A short stroll down to the seafront, the “César Manrique Marine Park” with its 22,000 square metres of salt water pools and perfectly placed for the Auditorium with its distinctive curved roof.

The Silken Atlantida is on Avenida Tres de Mayo, one of the main routes in the centre, and convenient for buses and taxis. Situated on a corner, you can’t miss its striking glass design which gives a hint of what you can find inside. Chic decor, clean lines, comfy sofas, helpful staff who speak English, facilities for confe-rences and for weddings and other social occasions.

Opened in 2001, the Silken has perhaps been known mainly as a business hotel but as with Santa Cruz itself, times are changing.

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This is the perfect place so stay if you want to discover the delights of the north of Tenerife and its rugged scenery. Santa Cruz itself has the backdrop of dramatic rocks and of course, its busy seafront with its bustling port and Cepsa refinery.

The capital is steeped in history and we took the opportunity to discover this with a trip on board the City Sightseeing tour bus which picks up right outside the hotel. In fact, you can buy tickets within the Silken itself at the city help desk. From here you can go to a number of locations, such as the Plaza de la Espana, the museums, the beautiful Garcia Sanabria park, the Palmetum and La Rambla to name just a few of the “get off and get on again” stops.

With such a lovely hotel, there is of course the temptation not to go out at all! We had a gorgeous room in the part of the hotel known as the Silken Club which includes a residents’ lounge offering free papers, coffee, tea and snacks 24 hours.

In the hotel as a whole, there are 144 rooms, ranging from comfort through to deluxe and suites (112 in the main building, 32 in the Silken Club).

Our room had the most gleaming bathroom we have ever seen, complete with fluffy towels and robes, comple-mented by the flat-screen TV, air conditioning, black out curtains, sink-into pillows and snuggle under duvets. Just lovely!

Do take the glass lift up to the top floor where you will find a gym and jacuzzi, plus a sun terrace where you can enjoy views of the city down below.

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We spent our first night in the Silken Atlantida enjoying its comforts before walking round the corner to one of the shopping centres and had a relatively early night to look forward to our breakfast in Sook the next morning. The great surprise was to be told it was available from 7.00am to 11am so there was no need for an early start.

As anticipated, the breakfast was simply delicious, offering an array of hot and cold choices, including various delicacies like Canary cheese, quice and Iberian ham. The choices were endless. All was beautifully presented and we just loved to see the waiting staff in traditional smart uniforms.

The Silken Atlantida recently made an important renovation to maintain the chain’s really excellent reputation.

We will certainly be making a return visit and have no hesitation in recommending it to our readers, whether you live here or are visiting. Do keep on touch via its website for special offers and further details.