The prize in our latest holiday competition on TenerifeMagazine.com involves a stay at the 5 star Costa Adeje Gran Hotel in, obviously, Costa Adeje. The hotel was recently awarded a certificate of excellence by Tripadvisor and although I’m not TA’s biggest fan for various reasons, in this case it’s well deserved.
I know some of the people involved with GF Hoteles who, apart from owning the Costa Adeje Gran, also own The Hotel Isabel and Fañabe also in Costa Adeje as well as the Noelia Playa in Puerto de la Cruz. Working with them on an island where social media is still relatively ignored has been refreshing.
Andy and I have become very good friends with Arantxa Ros from GF Hoteles because we share a vision and have similar principles. We strive for professionalism and quality and try in our different ways to promote the island through our own actions and those we can influence. Arantxa is exactly the same.
I’ve never met Ángel Tomas, Commercial & Marketing Director for GF Hoteles, but from his interview with Andy, he seems to also share a positive and forward-looking vision. Similarly all the staff we’ve met to date have impressed with their friendliness and professionalism.
We’ve not stayed at the Costa Adeje Gran but friends have and we have eaten at the hotel’s a la carte restaurant, La Laja which is open to the public. We rarely eat in hotel restaurants but I was completely wowed by the food, especially the duck Magret, and even more astounded by prices which were way below what I’d expect in a restaurant in a 5 star hotel.
We stayed in GF’s Hotel Isabel in August last year when the hotel was packed with Spanish mainlanders. I have to confess, when I first set eyes on the hotel’s buffet restaurant my heart fell. It was positively packed to capacity with families – a holiday nightmare to me. But it was so well organised and subsequently everything moved along so seamlessly that it turned out to be a most enjoyable experience helped by the fact that the buffet food was possibly the best I’ve tasted anywhere. It completely changed our views on buffets.
I mention both because they illustrate to me that GF Hoteles deliver what they promise in terms of quality of service and efficiency and that is not always something that can be taken for granted even in a 5 star hotel as a friend staying in a different 5 star hotel on Tenerife has just discovered (soon to be mentioned in our name & shame corner).
If you want to find this out for yourself, simply enter the competition and cross your fingers.