Spent a week at the end of March, arriving from a week in the capital, Santa Cruz. It’s unfair to make a comparison between an hotel in the capital and one in a tourist area, but Hotel Marte was so much nicer, and significantly cheaper too.

The 102 bus can be caught immediately outside the North airport doors, and also the bus station in Santa Cruz, and drops you at the terminus for Puerto de la Cruz – on the road parallel to Hotel Marte no more than 5 minutes walk away. (This was also useful for our day trips, and the bus service is clean, efficient and excellent value. Do check out the Buono bus tickets if you are making a few journeys – details on the TITSA web site.) The hotel is in an older part of town (which suits us best – more character) and it is an easy to walk to the harbour, small beach, bars, good restaurants and variety of shops. We walked a little further to the delightful botanical gardens and spent some time in the more sophisticated surrounding La Paz area, but they are also easily accessed by bus. We felt perfectly safe walking around any part of Purto de la Cruz, both day and night.

The hotel is very clean indeed. Our room was one of the cheapest, and perfectly fine. The room was nice – comfortable with adequate space and natural light, storage space was ample, and the bathroom had a very small (but welcome) bath as well as shower. We did not have a ‘view’, nor did the small TV have stations other than news in English, but this really was no problem. It was a slight nuisance to only access the internet from the reception and bar, but this was no big deal – and the bar/lounge area was a nice place to sit – plus it served very nice cocktails! I would still recommend taking a multiplug for the room (and your own travel kettle).

Reception staff were accommodating; there are free maps, local events leaftlets etc, shelves to take/leave books. Bar staff were good and prices reasonable. Usually we avoid hotel entertainment like the plague, and one night we did run from the noise of a man playing an organ very loudly, under disco lights, but on the other two nights when a couple of hours entertainment was provided – one a Canarian choir and one a Salsa night, both well attended by local people – it was very pleasing to sit soaking up the atmosphere – and the mojitos. (The bar does not open until about 7pm, but there are bars outside the hotel, opposite and on either side, should you fancy a cold beer earlier.)

There is a good amount of roof space, on two levels, with spotlessly clean plastic loungers, tables and chairs. The pool is much smaller than photos imply, but still a nice addition to the area.

When we were so pleased with the good value of this hotel, it seems mean to complain about the free breakfast – but I will as, I assume, either a shortage of staff, or ‘training issues’, meant that on no morning did we manage a complete hot breakfast where enough items were available at the same time. On one morning there was not even bread for toasting and no staff visible to ask. (It appeared later, so presumably just hadn’t been brought out.) In contrast, we rarely eat dinner in our hotels unless we are too tired, or it’s too late, to venture out again. We did eat one evening meal in the hotel, and were really pleasantly surprised, trying and liking several dishes from their buffet for 9E each. Even then, though, all the empty vegetable trays were not replenished and we were the only customers at 9pm, so hardly a drain on staff resources….

Overall, we were delighted with the value provided by Hotel Mart and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a really nice budget hotel in an exceptionally convenient location. Well done Hotel Mart!