We had a one bedroom apartment with an enormous balcony overlooking the sea. It was excellent. Maid service was really good. Reception staff were very helpful. It's a smallish resort and the complex isn't in the centre of the really touristy stuff down in Los Gigantes, which suited us perfectly. Busier and more touristy places are easily accessible just by walking down a couple of hills, either down to Los Gigantes or down towards the Barcelo Santiago - which you can't miss. We didn't use the pool because we preferred to swim in the sea. The small beach down at the bottom of the main road, heading south, was lovely and pretty safe for families - most of the locals seemed to use it with quite small children. The entertainment in the complex wasn't our taste and we only went over there a few times for a drink. Do not order the cocktails of the day as they come ready made in bottles and they are revolting. There is a supermarket immediately behind the complex. We didn't hear any disruptive noise from the road at the back or the front during the night and that was with windows open. Across from the post office is Vigilia Park which is a small shopping centre. There is a fantastic cafe/bar in there called Cafe Mi Reina. It's run by a lovely French family. Tapas only cost 2.50 euros each and were really well cooked. They also do a variation of paella using short pasta which was really delicious. Down the main road there is a really nice little bar right opposite the Museum of Fishing, and just round the corner is a really good little grocery shop with very good fruit and vegetables at good prices. A bit further down the road in Puerto Santiago is a lovely Canarian restaurant called Casa Pedro. If you can book a balcony table in the evening, the views are amazing. If you only do one organised trip make sure you go to the volcano El Teide. It's incredible. The local buses are good and we caught one up to Puerto del Cruz, which is lovely but the trip alone was really interesting. If you turn left after Vigilia Park, there is another supermarket that actually has a butchery section which is very good. By buying fresh local food and not stinting ourselves in any way at all, we had a remarkably good value for money holiday. Most of all though, the location of El Marques totally changed my attitude to Tenerife which I'd thought (based on what people had told me) was just a vast tourist resort full of English/Irish/Welsh/Scottish bars. It's beautiful. It's also much hotter than I'd expected and you must be really careful about applying sun tan lotion of a high factor regularly. We saw an awful lot of people who were not only bright red but had some quite serious burns.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ona El Marques has a great location near the pretty village of Los Gigantes, the ideal setting for a dream vacation with Onahotels. The hotel offers apartments of one and two bedrooms, totally equipped and Wi-Fi. Kitchens are equipped with microwave, kitchenware, fridge, oven and washing machine. The living room is equipped with a Satellite TV, air conditioning and a DVD player. Some of the apartments have balconies from which you can watch the glorious sunsets over the island of La Gomera. Los Gigantes is dominated by the incredible blue-gray cliffs that rise like giants over the town, giving it its name and offering a spectacular setting. The village is only ten minutes away from Ona El Marques and has a variety of shops, restaurants and attractive bars facing the sea. Built around the harbor, where luxury yachts float next to fishing boats, Los Gigantes is proud of its beautiful beach kissed by the clear blue waters of the ocean. You can find another spectacular beach in the nearby village of Playa de la Arena. Ona el Marques is a sophisticated and elegant resort that has everything you need for a truly memorable holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Marques Hotel Los Gigantes