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Barcelona and Santa Cruz de Tenerife are both maritime cities with ramblas, tree-lined pedestrianized avenues perfect for a paseo (stroll). But where the Catalan capital lies next to the Mediterranean, Tenerife's capital has the Atlantic at its shore. This bijou city is also an eighth of the size of Barcelona. It's got bustle without the hustle and the genteel three-star Occidental Santa Cruz Contemporáneo would suit those looking for a central base for a medium-haul metropolitan break. The ethos behind the Barceló Hotel Group's Occidental collection is smart but relaxed. It's stylish, with less of a price tag. If you are travelling on a budget and don't want to skimp on sophistication, this selection of hotels is a great choice.

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Matthew covers the Canary Islands and beyond. He relocated to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the mid-Noughties. Since then Matthew has reviewed more Canarian hotels than anyone else. He champions the archipelago's gastronomic scene. Matthew rates this the equal of the Basque Country and Catalonia.



The Museo Histórico Militar de Canarias, a 10-minute walk, is situated in a fortress constructed after Nelson's thwarted invasion attempt.

The hotel is in central Santa Cruz de Tenerife, well positioned for exploring the main shopping streets and with lots of bars and restaurants nearby.
By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Tenerife take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 45-minute taxi ride from Tenerife South airport.

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Style & Character

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the Canary Islands' second largest city and would be the perfect destination for culture-vulture couples. This svelte hotel certainly looks the part, fitting in seamlessly in one of the city's most elegant postcodes.

Service & Facilities

We love that you can still soak up the sun out of season from the hotel's sunspot of a roof terrace.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room service


We love the Suites, where you can survey the Santa Cruz de Tenerife sunset from two terraces and soak away the day in the bathroom's hot tub. Soundproofed family rooms mean that you don't have to worry about disturbing the peace of your neighbours holidaying en masse.

Single Room, Double/Twin Room, Superior Room, Family Room, Junior Suite, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, free toiletries, TV, desk, hairdryer, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Dunk the original donuts, Spain's long and thin churros, in hot chocolate for the sweetest possible start to the day. A mouthwatering Spanish jamón (ham) board to share comes with Catalan-style pan tumaca, fantastically moreish tomato simply spread on bread.

Alfredo Restaurant: classic Mediterranean and Canary Island dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Macusamba Bar & Lounge: a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner options and cocktails. Open til late.

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