A regular question on TripAdvisor is where to stay in Puerto de la Cruz.
I have said many times that I don´t like high-rise hotels, so when I stay in the resort, I always head for the Monopol Hotel. It isn´t because as returning guests you get complimentary flowers or if you prefer, wine, it is because it is full of character and old world charm, is traditional, looks very pretty with its fresh hibiscus flowers along the front steps and is in a great location.
The hotel is centrally placed in the pedestrian and picturesque old square. It is right next to the harbour, opposite the church and just a few minutes’ walk to the old town and the Lido.
The outside of the building has Canarian wooden balconies. Inside there is an atrium surrounded by palm trees, tropical plants, and creepers. As you look up to the floors above you can admire the hand carved verandas. All of the public areas are decorated with fresh flowers – around statues, ornaments, even along the back of the sink in the ladies loos (can´t speak for the gents). These continue up the steps leading to the bars, restaurants and of course the front door of the hotel.
The hotel facilities include two bars and a modern restaurant. There is a heated swimming pool, a whirlpool and sauna, table tennis and patio chess, even a book swap corner with books in several languages, mainly English and German. Evening entertainment is also on offer, but this, like high-rise hotels is a pet hate of mine so we always give it a miss.
The rooms while basic and dated suit our needs. They are spotlessly clean, good value with comfortable beds, plenty of hot water and thick fluffy towels. There is a TV for those who want it as well as a fridge and you can ask for a kettle if you can´t do without your morning cuppa. The nicest rooms have balconies overlook the square but these can be rather noisy, especially on a Sunday morning when the church bells start to chime.
We always book B&B because the breakfast are great. You can choose from a huge selection of cheeses and cold meats, fresh fruits, cereals, juices, cakes and breads as well as the hot plate that is constantly refilled with bacon, sausage, fried and scrambled eggs, beans, tomatoes and decent coffee and should you be staying on a Sunday, there is Cava.
Prices are unbelievable, staff are friendly and helpful, and many have been there for years. I am not sure why the hotel is only rated as a 3 star because it is very popular, particularly with those of us living on the island.