We stayed at the Coral Beach from 26th Aug - 2nd Sept. We were very pleased with the location - it\'s a short-ish stroll in one direction to Veronicas and Starcos (if that\'s your kind of thing) and an even shorter stroll in the other direction to the beautiful Mare Nostrum/Parque Santiago area, with all the shops and the fountains in the Safari shopping centre, which was where we went most evenings.
The surrounding area has a lot of top-quality hotels, the Coral Beach is NOT one of them; however, we found it clean and comfortable enough for a budget last-minute week.
Our studio had two beds and a big sofa bed, and still seemed reasonably spacious even with the sofa bed in use.
There was a small kitchen area with cooking rings, oven, fridge and all utensils. We were half-board, so ...
we only really used the fridge to store plenty of cheap drinks (pop, wine and beer) and local fruit from the supermarket, I also made sandwiches for our lunch on the days we weren\'t out and about.Read More
The bathroom was lovely, clean, white and spacious, with clean towels on four of the seven days we were there.
Our balcony door didn\'t seem to lock, and on the first night I was very concerned to find my daughter sleepwalking on our 5th Floor balcony, so I put a heavy chair in front of the door every night after that.
The pool was deep (5-6ft) all over (apart from the separate kid\'s section), but this wasn\'t a problem for myself or my teenagers. It was lovely and refreshing in the heat of the day. There were plenty of sunloungers; this hotel tends to attract the 18-30s age group who don\'t wake up until mid-afternoon, so getting a sunbed in the morning isn\'t usually a problem. You can hire a comfy sunbed cushion from the pool bar for 1.5 Euros a day.
Drinks at the pool bar are quite expensive, but a lot of people (including us) just had their own drinks and snacks (crisps, fruit etc) from the supermarket. As long as you\'re reasonably discreet about it, nobody seems to mind. I usually took a selection of cans of pop and a bag of sandwiches down to the pool mid-morning, and it was never a problem. Ice-cream cornets at the pool bar are very reasonably priced and delicious too!
The hotel food was okay, but very limited in variety. I think this was mainly down to the fact that most guests are self-catering, so the chef obviously didn\'t see much point in cooking lots of different things for just a small handful of half-board guests.
We went half-board because it was a late deal and it only cost a tiny bit more than self-catering, but if you have to pay a lot extra then half-board isn\'t really worth it when you can get huge breakfasts down near the beach for just a couple of euros.
The entertainment was extremely \'cheesy\', (bingo, quizzes etc) but the drinks in the hotel are a bit cheaper than if you go out into the town. After the first couple of tedious nights we went out to \'The Strip\' or \'The Patch\'.
Watch out for cockroaches when you\'re out at night! One night I felt a tickle on my arm - thinking it might be a mozzie I looked down to brush it off, and it was HUGE cockroach, the size of a mouse, sat on my arm!!! If you look while you\'re walking around at night you\'ll see them scurrying around the walls and pavements - probably best not to look too hard!!!
I had some spray, so I sprayed our studio\'s doorways before we went out. It\'s a good idea to spray the insides of your suitcases a day or two before you go home, although I never actually saw any creepy crawlies in our 5th Floor studio.
The JMC reps were very helpful and although they obviously wanted to push \'their\' expensive excursions, they were very interested to hear about our day trips which I booked locally and much cheaper.
We went out on three of our seven days there. On the Sunday we went on the Freebird Catamaran (booked with the JMC reps), on Monday we went on a trip over to La Gomera and on Tuesday we did a combined trip to Teide and Loro Parque. The Gomera and Teide/Loro Parque trips were booked with a lovely helpful local agent just over the road, down the side of the Vulcano Hotel, they were very reasonably priced and weren\'t available through JMC anyway.
We had a nice week, would have preferred 10/11 days, but that option wasn\'t available and we couldn\'t do two weeks because the kids had to be back in school! I would certainly recommend the Coral Beach for a cheap and cheerful place to sleep, shower and sunbathe. There\'s not much there for the little\'uns, but that wasn\'t a problem for my teenagers anyway.
If you\'re in Tenerife to enjoy the resort and the island, the Coral Beach is a good comfortable place to stay.
Tour Operator: JMC (Thomas Cook)