From just about the day it first opened, in the 1970s, this luxury hilltop hotel has seen its share of famous guests and rave reviews. The hotel's plain exterior belies its elegant interior, which has Asian-inspired details. Rooms are spacious (suites are enormous), with burgundy textiles and marble baths. The generous terraces have views of either the city or the hotel's famed gardens—terraces with views of Teide mountain are breathtaking. Magnificent fresh flower arrangements
and the largest private collection of original Canary Islands art are on display throughout. The hotel houses the Oriental, the island's first Thai restaurant, and two other restaurants, which serve Spanish and Italian food. All restaurants serve a daily lunch and dinner à la carte menu.