El Duque Tenerife Apartment

Huge studio with opening (barred) windows one end and patio doors the other so no need for air conditioning. No kettle but electric percolator, juicer, toaster, fridge, TV and microwave. No hardship to use saucepan on ceramic hob for tea making. Electronic safe in wardrobe cost 16 euro for week. Bathroom large and airy with bath and removable shower head over. Spotless on arrival, plenty of towels and daily maid service at a time to suit. Couldn't hear neighbours. Hot water even late at night. Take your own tea towel, washing up liquid etc as not provided and ceiling fan also doubled as light so not convenient to use after bedtime. I was on 2nd floor so just left windows and patio door open instead. Other than these slight niggles room perfect.
Pools also perfect, one heated; loungers not released until 10am so no dawn towel booking. Pool towels available with deposit from reception. Beautiful setting, pretty buildings, plenty of space. Didn't join in daily activities as out most days visiting my family staying in more expensive hotel nearby. Of the two I much preferred El Duque and would happily stay there again. Evening entertainment under cover by the pool bar was varied and 'entertaining', not West End but easy watching/listening. Buffet restaurant service was divine. Efficient friendly staff, white linen tablecloths whisked away and replaced with clean as soon as table vacated, seating on terrace or inside. Themed food nights or international. Mexican fajitas to an Asian night which included some of the best and varied cuisine I have ever tasted. Always various meat dishes, some show cooked, spuds cooked as chips, boiled, baked, vegetables, pasta, sauces and seafood which over the course of a week included prawns, mussels, smoked salmon, smoked haddock (mmm...) various white and oily fish. Vast array of salads and cold meats to start, puds' a plenty, fresh fruits, ice creams where the choice of flavours varied each evening and if you had any room left, finish off with a variety of cheeses and biscuits! I was staying on half board so bought drinks and prices very reasonable both in the restaurant and bars. Breakfast equally as varied although I stuck to bacon, sausages, tomatoes, baked beans and fresh fried eggs with fruit! All the staff couldn't have been more friendly, polite and helpful. Other guests were mostly family groups or couples of various nationalities. Supermarkets and variety of shops nearby including exclusive Plaza El Duque and local market opposite. 10 minute walk to creamy sandy beach with sunshades, loungers and showers although the inevitable hill on the way home. Plenty of nearby eateries and sports bars, no visible nightclubs and the bus stops outside. Poor lighting and shortage of soap in lavatories by pool and in reception plus niggles with room only just lose this a five star rating. Excellent value for money and very enjoyable stay.

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