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El Sombrero Apartments
« on: August 14, 2012 »
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  • Can someone please let me know where these apartments are located.

    Are they opposite the Harbour Club.

    Just that a good deal has come up from a agency

    Offline peridot

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  • Opposite Harbour Club on corner - opposite Mimosa Apts.   Bottom of main road bottom of hill - LHS.  Ok place - I stay regularly.

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  • .................and excellent reviews on trip advisor.   Know the guys who run the place, excellent English and very friendly
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  • Thanks for that

    Poblado Mariero our favourite place to stay is coming at around £650 for 2 in December from Luton

    These apartments are around £200 cheaper

    Caroline

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  • Honest review coming up here from 1st hand experience, and I am also a senior reviewer on TripAdvisor.

    I stayed in El Sombrero in 2001 for 2 weeks for my summer holiday - might have changed a bit now of course.  At the time my opinion was that the apartments were very tired looking, in need of a lot of updating, not that comfortable either - kitchenette was next to useless, ok for heating up soup, but not much else.  Ok for somewhere to 'lay your head at night' and have a cuppa in the morning but not much else, plus the only view we had was of a couple of palm trees that needed attention, the road and the apartments over the road.  I wasn't impressed with the pool area either and only spent one day there before finding somewhere else cleaner and more comfortable to spend the day (which I had to pay extra for but .....).

    magsnmike

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  • we have stayed at the Sombrero on 3 different occasions over the last 18 months.  They are a bit old fashioned but they are fabulously clean.  One room we had did not have a view of anything but the two other rooms, one high up had great views towards crab island, the other one at street level was great for watching people in and out of the village.   Pedro could not do enough for us on the few times we came across him.  Miriam who runs the pool area does a fantastic spanish tortilla for lunch.  the pool area is small but always a sun bed and nice and peaceful and clean. We do not cook on holiday, so cannot comment really on the kitchen, other than the fridge worked to keep wine and beer chilled for a nice drink on the balcony.  Excellent location as minutes away from LG and opposite the steps if you fancy a walk into PS and the bus stop just over the road if you want to go further afield. 

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    Re: El Sombrero Apartments
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  • We stayed at the Sombrero in 2010, we had a pad that faced the chinese, everyone had to walk past us to go through the gate (it said close the gate please, lock it) of course most of the Brits were semi iliterate and left it open. The pad however was kept very clean, the gardens also, we found it basic but for the price quite acceptable, tv was extra, internet 2 europs an hour was a joke, it was so slow, the owner was a very nice guy, and very helpfull. We split two weeks with Sombrero and Pablado Marineros, Marineros was by far the better view, but we did not get the sun, in sombrero we did, which was nice as it was cool, plus we caught the dreaded bug.
    We are back again this winter but have arranged a private pad in somewhere we know for a month.
    Legal or not we do not care, the holiday comes first!

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  • I have stayed at El Sombrero and for a self catering holiday I would highly recommend it to anyone. The only “negative” comment  I could make  is that the furniture is, like me, a little bit tired. Spotlessly clean with a good pool and in a great location. They are often Thomas Cook's cheapest self catering holiday in Tenerife. Great value for money.

    If you want a good view, also consider Diamond  Apartments up the hill (bookable through Thomson). They are more expensive than El Sombrero. They are  modern  and now have really good reviews. Perhaps not well suited for anyone with walking difficulties. Coincidentally, they are often Thomson's cheapest self catering holiday in Tenerife. 
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  • El Sombrero is currently in the process of revamping their furniture - have completed about half of the apartments.   The old furniture goes away and comes back in a beautiful Farrow & Ball type strong cream!  The change is amazing! 

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  • I hope the old junk thats been taken out of the Los Gigantes Hotel does not end up here !

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  • If you want a good view, also consider Diamond  Apartments up the hill (bookable through Thomson).

    There were reports shortly after they opened of people being re-directed to other accommodation on arrival.  Has this settled down now?  I have been reluctant to recommend them, although I did take a tour round and was impressed with the standard.

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    Re: El Sombrero Apartments
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  • I think you'll find that the posts from Peridot and Magsandmike are nearer the truth than any others

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  • Juan, earlier this year,  Trip Advisor reviews for Diamond Apartments  fell broadly into two categories.  There was a significant number of critical  reviews  made by disgruntled  customers who had booked  holidays with Diamond and turned up for their holidays only to find that their apartments had been double booked  and consequently they were transferred to self catering apartments at the Marina.  But  those lucky enough not to be transferred seemed to be very satisfied with their holidays.

    It would appear (based on the perception of the reviewers) that  Thomson does not have exclusive use of Diamond Apartments but they have  first call on them, so if an overbooking problem arose (and it does seem as though it was quite common) the Thomson bookings were given priority and the non- Thomson customers were transferred to the Marina.  The implication was that to be sure of not being transferred, you should book through Thomson.

    Recently, nearly all of the reviews have been very positive so it  appeared  that the overbooking problem had been resolved, however,  there is one recent review in which the  reviewer says that he/she is aware of a Thomson  customer being transferred to accommodation in Puerto Santiago  (I suspect it was Tamaimo Tropical because this is the only self catering accommodation offered by Thomson in Puerto Santiago).

    So there you are Juan- you pay your money but  rather than taking your choice, you take a chance. 

    Based on the increasing frequency of very good reviews and a diminishing numbers of reviews about overbooking, I for one would be prepared to give Diamond Apartments a try through a Thomson travel agent who is prepared to guarantee that I would not be transferred on arrival.