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Inside the spooky abandoned Tenerife hotel left to rot for 17 years

Inside the spooky abandoned Tenerife hotel left to rot for 17 years

The Hotel Neptuno was one of the flagship hotels opened in Tenerife’s golden age of tourism, now it is a shell that was been left to rot 17 years ago.

By Grace Piercy, News Reporter

North coast of Tenerife

Hotel Neptuno was abandoned (Image: Getty)

A spooky Spanish seaside hotel which was once beloved by British tourists has been left to rot for 17 years.

The Hotel Neptuno is located in the north of Tenerife. It closed in 2007 after falling into disrepair and not being well-visited.

The lower half of the island has been favoured due to it being easier to get to, with a new highway linking the south to the north still some years off completion.

The Neptuno was one of the first hotels to capitalise on northern Europeans visiting the Canary Islands in the ‘60s and ‘70s. 

Cheaper air travel meant more could come over for the popular all-inclusive holiday, prompting the building of more hotels across the islands.

During its peak, the hotel is said to have been like a lighthouse, always alight with people coming and going, weddings and parties always held in its halls.

But in the early 1980s, following the death of General Franco, hotels that were being propped up by government support were pushed aside in favour of newer hotels with better facilities.

And then a new airport was opened in south Tenerife, creating more demand in the lower half of the island for resorts and accompanying infrastructure.

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The Neptuno saw a slow decline in patronage, struggling on into the ‘90s and 2000s before finally closing its doors in 2007.

Its parent company had gone bankrupt and the hotel had just 45 percent occupancy during the peak months of July and August.

La Laguna Urban Planning has plans to demolish the crumbling old hotel due to its state and owner neglect, at the cost of about £30,000.

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