Calle Valle Abajo, La Hoya 20
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Nestling at the foot of Roque Cano in the aptly named Vallehermoso (beautiful valley) in the lush north of La Gomera, Hotel Tamahuche adds personality and style to traditional architecture and rustic charm. A restored, 19th century town house, the hotel is all mudejar-styled wooden ceilings, oak floors and wooden window seats and is the perfect place to kick off the hiking boots and melt into its rural tranquillity.
Ornamental stonework, terracotta tiles and Canarian character combine with delicious, home made, breakfast specials in this romantic retreat a short stroll from the town centre. Furnishings are simple and facilities are limited but the beds are comfortable, the welcome is warm and the surroundings are idyllic.
Set on three levels, rooms have either a pretty courtyard, a stylish roof terrace or a small balcony in which to enjoy the outside space. High, wooden ceilings and polished wood floors provide oodles of space while full length, wooden shuttered windows add that Jane Austen air of romance. If it’s views you’re after, ask for a room on the upper levels where you’ll look out over Roque Cano and the valley.
There’s a TV and a mini bar with water and a small selection of juices. Toiletries only run to a couple of bars of soap in the pretty little en suite bathroom where the shower is tiny and has so little power that you have to move around to get wet which, after a hot day’s hiking is distinctly lacking in that revitalising feeling. But there’s plentiful hot water and soft towels.
As guests are predominantly hikers, getting a good breakfast before you set off walking La Gomera‘s steep barrancos is an important priority and the hotel’s pretty dining room delivers the goods. A small but tasty selection of cold meats and cheeses, muesli, fresh fruit and rolls is daily supplemented by home made specials such as platano flambé (fried banana), biscuits, pastries and hot, aromatic coffee.
A small desk in reception has a pc and wifi connection with a surprisingly good signal but as reception is only open in the mornings and for a couple of hours late afternoon you have to time your visits carefully. A bell is there for if you need anything outside of those times but if you’re disturbing a siesta or shower you might have to wait. But what the hotel lacks in facilities it makes up for in beautiful courtyards, terraces and patios where you can take your bottle of wine and enjoy the tranquillity which after all, is what Vallehermoso is all about.
A double room with breakfast at Hotel Tamahuche is €78 per night.
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