With over 420 hotels it is in danger of being seen as an overcrowded concrete jungle, so we find 3 delightful boutique hotels on Grand Canaria
When you are surrounded by teeming throngs of people on Grand Canaria in high season it can be difficult to believe there are alternatives.
Here are three Boutique Hotels on Grand Canaria.
There will be a brief description, a view from someone who has stayed, and a link so you can find costs. Always do your own due diligence before booking as opinions can vary enormously.
You could be forgiven for thinking you’re a distinguished plantation owner as you wander through these grounds: with 50 hectares of banana trees, the estate is the oldest in the Canary Islands (it was established in 1572). It’s still a working plantation, though chances are manual labour will be the last thing on your mind during your stay. This is a place to relax, indulge yourself and soak up the sun.
A decade or so ago, the prominent Marquesado family decided to convert their colonial property into a luxurious rural hotel. There’s a glorious sun-baked pool, shady verandas, and comfy wicker sofas scattered about the terraces. Some of the 20 rooms have wonderful views over the grounds – an astounding sea of green which envelops the hacienda’s sweeping ochre-brick buildings. Sumptuous dinners are served in the old stables, and there’s a Jacuzzi and Turkish bath to soak in.
1. Expansive grounds set in a rolling rich-green sea of banana trees
2. Pretty original features: wood-beamed ceilings, elegant shutters, wrought-iron beds
3. Attentive and friendly staff
4. Unusual-shaped pool with no shortage of loungers (not much shade, though there are umbrellas)
5. You’re only 45 minutes from the sandy (and popular) beaches of the south, and 15 minutes from the seaside promenades of Las Palmas
1. The food somewhat bland, with menus unchanging throughout the week
2. You might want to check that there isn’t a wedding planned during your visit, as it can take over the hotel
3. Be sure to stock up on big bottles of water for your room – the minibars only have tiny bottles of fizzy stuff
4. You’ll need a car to get the most out of a stay here
My wife and I stayed at the Hacienda del Buen Suceso for 2 nights on our 7 day trip around the northern mountain region of Gran Canaria. It’s a very peaceful location about 1km from Arucas. The rooms are rustic, traditional and clean. It’s a great place to relax and we very much enjoyed our meal at the restaurant. Good quality food and wine at a reasonable price, with excellent service.
The eye-catching Finca Las Longueras lures you like a ruby parrot behind palm trees. A colonial mansion dating from 1895, it is known affectionately as ‘La Casa Roja’ and was the autumnal residence of an aristocratic Gran Canarian family. Inside, the feel is patrician, not pompous, with an airy conservatory, light-dappled hallways leading to velvet-rich reading rooms, and a shaded terrace where breakfast and dinner are served. The 14 guest rooms and suites lie off various corridors and all have views – you could be peering over orange and avocado orchards or, reaching out of the window to touch (carefully) an immense cactus.
As Las Longueras is in a deep valley, craggy mountains loom above you in a dramatic backdrop. You could hike to one of the island’s highest peaks, Tamadaba, seen from the lushly landscaped pool… or you could check out how tough the trek is, and then stay on a lounger. Hiking or hanging out, Las Longueras covers both in grand style.
1. Spectacular location in a tranquil valley, with mountains encircling the finca’s abundant orchards
2. Rooms are spacious, with the owners’ family antiques and paintings adding a yesteryear touch. There are also 2 Junior Suites with contemporary fittings, for those who prefer more modern décor
3. Large landscaped pool with a little kitchen/honesty bar
4. Gorgeous grounds, well-groomed by the long-standing gardener
5. You’re just 2km from Puerto de las Nieves, for swimming and day trips to Tenerife
1. The gravel road leading down to Las Longueras is full of hairpins and potholes – the family is trying to convince the local council to pave and improve it
2. Some rooms could do with refurbishing (tired fabrics and furniture)
3. The pool can feel a little chilly at times
Finca Las Longueras is a beautiful old Colonial style house is nestled into the valley just outside the village of Agates. It was built at the turn of the 19th Century it is brim full of beautiful paintings, antiques, books and interesting bric a brac owned by the aristocratic Gran Canarian family who reside at the hotel. All the rooms are beautifully furnished and very comfortable (there are many room options available; suites, self catering apartment and cottage on site, we have stayed in the Hotel Suite and in the Cottage). The housekeeping is spotless and regular. Wi-fi available at many points around the hotel.
Food is local, simple and very tasty, for breakfast; fresh baked goods, (I still hunger for the Almond Cake), fresh fruit and meats, cheeses, yogurts, eggs are available with good coffee,specialty teas. Lunch can be ordered at the snack bar, nice selection of sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes. Dinner is in communal dining room with fresh Canarian dishes.
There are also many good restaurants available in Puerto des Nieves which is just a 5 minute journey by car.
A family-friendly finca that showcases the island’s rustic-chic side, with a pool and excellent restaurant
If you think the range of holidays on Gran Canaria simply extends from an all-inclusive break in Maspalomas to a plastic wristband-wearing stay in a Playa del Inglés hotel, prepare to have your preconceptions shattered. For Gran Canaria is far more than the sum of its famous resorts. The great-value Mondalón, which opened for business in June 2011, is a perfect example of GC’s other, more charming side: laid-back, tranquil and subtly sophisticated.
Set 20km from the airport, at the base of a peak which forms part of the Monumento Natural de Bandama park, this 10-bedroom rural hotel proves the island’s as much about turf as it is surf. Dating back to 1800, it’s a great centre for hiking, with zigzag trails leading out from the front door and through 25 acres of farmland: native Canarian flora, vineyards, olive trees and vegetable gardens. Later, sink into a sofa by the pool and enjoy a drink while the sun sets, then head to the restaurant, Bodegón, where the generous portions offer a perfect way to refuel.
1. The restaurant sources seasonal ingredients from its organic gardens and serves classic Canarian cuisine with a contemporary twist.
2. Simply styled bedrooms with beamed wooden ceilings, exposed brickwork and super-comfy beds. Some have a terrace, others have great views
3. The heated pool with its quirky fountain and Jacuzzi
4. Kids will love the playshed, chock-a-block with toys and games including table football, and visiting the hotel’s donkey, sheep and lambs
5. Location, location, with the airport and the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria just a short drive away
1. The restaurant is closed Monday-Wednesday and there are no other options within walking distance
2. Car hire is pretty much essential
3. The sauna in the gym is as roomy as an airing cupboard and you have to pay to use it
4. There are 80+ beaches on Gran Canaria but none are on the hotel’s driveway, let alone doorstep.
The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, the hotel is extremely clean and the rooms are beautiful. Situated up in the hills away from the main town this hotel could hardly have a more rural feel and look while still being a very short drive to the local shops.
You will be surrounded by mountains from the local national park and you can even take a 45 minute hike from the hotel up the mountainside for a brilliant panorama over the vineyards surrounding the grounds.
This is ideally placed for anyone with a car wanting to explore the island (like we did). 30 minute drive to Las Palmas, 45 minute drive to the south (Maspalomas / Peurto de Mogan) or around 50 minutes drive to Tejeda / Roque Nublo etc. 20 minutes to the airport (as long as you get your head around the highway junctions).
Very tasty food in the restaurant with a decent breakfast in the morning too.
I would happily stay here again and again.