Hotel San Roque - The Guardian

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A year of living it up

Sleep in style:┬áThe lovely Hotel San Roque, on the northwest coast, is an elegant 18th-century building in the village of Garachico, about 40 minutes’ drive from Santa Cruz.

Chic retreats

When it comes to stylish boltholes, Tenerife has led the way. The Hotel San Roque, in a converted 18th-century mansion in the pretty village of Garachico in the northwest of the island, was essentially the first design hotel in the Canaries and is still a chic place to rest your head.

Trails of the unexpected

The balconies that overhang both courtyards look classically Spanish, yet if you look again, you discover the fine lattice work is Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Inside the bedroom, the armchairs you sink into to watch a video from the hotel’s library are Le Corbusier or Mies van de Rohe. The bedrooms and shared spaces are filled with pieces of Spanish modern art. A nine-metre-high steel sculpture called the Sentinel by Miguel Navarro dominates one courtyard. On the main staircase, a small figure, reminiscent of an Anthony Gormley, lies prone.