9 Best Hotels in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Bohemia Suites & Spa

$$$ | Av. Estados Unidos 28, Maspalomas, 35100, Spain Fodor's Choice

When Swiss architect Pia Smith was tasked with refurbishing the Hotel Apolo, the first hotel on the Playa del Inglés, she reached for the sledgehammer. Walls were torn down to turn 115 rooms into 67, angular vertical shutters were added to the exterior, and public areas were imbued with zen-inspiring Southeast Asian decor. Today the hotel interiors have Philippe Starck furniture, Balinese beds, and tablet-controlled lights and thermostats; outdoors, there's a botanical garden with 200 tropical species and a water therapy zone with Finnish saunas and ice showers.

Pros

  • Standout spa and brand-new wellness facilities
  • Most avant-garde cocktail bar in the Canaries
  • Characterful modern decor

Cons

  • Garden-view rooms face noisy construction site
  • Poolside waiter service is slow
  • Certain areas undergoing renovation or repair
Av. Estados Unidos 28, Maspalomas, 35100, Spain
928-563400
hotel Details
67 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Bull Costa Canaria & Spa

$$$ | Calle Las Retamas 1, San Agustín, 38100, Spain

One of the few hotels in the south of the island with direct access to the beach, Costa Canaria sits just behind the Blue Flag sands on Playa de San Agustín. It's a veteran in the area, but a recent change in management and renovations have ensured the hotel keeps up to date in design and amenities, including a spa (included in room rate). Rooms are reasonably large; most have panoramic ocean views, and the rest look out over the vast tropical gardens. Bungalows with bedrooms and living areas are also available. 

Pros

  • Unbeatable oceanfront location
  • One of the area's few adults-only hotels
  • Ultramodern pool facilities

Cons

  • Some distance from attractions
  • Young travelers may feel out of place given older clientele
  • Unremarkable food
Calle Las Retamas 1, San Agustín, 38100, Spain
928-760200
hotel Details
229 rooms, 15 bungalows
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Bull Eugenia Victoria & Spa

$$ | Av. Gran Canaria 26, Maspalomas, 35100, Spain

One of the first hotels to pop up in the Playa del Inglés area in 1975, this is a longtime favorite among older northern Europeans in search of sun. Rooms come with separate bedrooms and living areas and overlook the pool and garden area, beneath which you'll find one of the hotel's highlights, a huge spa area complete with a Dead Sea pool and ice tunnel. The newly renovated rooms have a modern minimalist look in whites and creams. Guests can make free use of the shuttle bus to the beach.

Pros

  • Dead Sea pool
  • Rooms overlook the pool and garden area
  • Huge spa and gym

Cons

  • Not beachfront
  • One-night stays not possible
  • Young travelers may feel out of place among older crowd
Av. Gran Canaria 26, Maspalomas, 35100, Spain
928-762500
hotel Details
400 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Bull Reina Isabel and Spa

$$ | Calle Alfredo Jones 40, Las Palmas, 35008, Spain

With a location right on Las Canteras, this is a good midrange option for visiting the city and taking in its beach. The grand entrance hall, lined with columns and cane furniture, leads to a pleasant glass conservatory that overlooks a seafront promenade where you can have breakfast. Rooms are beachy and basic; they all have parquet floors and balconies facing the ocean or street. The highlight is the rooftop swimming pool with ocean views; also on the roof is a well-equipped spa with free access. 

Pros

  • Rooftop swimming pool
  • Beachfront location
  • Varied breakfasts and above-average dining overall

Cons

  • Some areas look a little tired
  • Street-view rooms are dreary
  • Steep competition to get a sunbed by the pool
Calle Alfredo Jones 40, Las Palmas, 35008, Spain
928-260100
hotel Details
225 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Verol

$ | Calle Sagasta 25, Las Palmas, 35008, Spain

This no-frills budget hotel has cramped digs and an uninspiring facade, but its location, sandwiched between the Las Canteras seafront promenade and the main shopping street, makes a great base for exploring and beachgoing. Rooms are sparsely decorated and nothing to write home about, but at these prices who can complain?

Pros

  • Excellent value
  • Beachside location
  • Kid- and pet-friendly

Cons

  • Basic, with small bathrooms
  • Some street noise
  • Poor-quality bath amenities
Calle Sagasta 25, Las Palmas, 35008, Spain
928-262104
hotel Details
25 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Parador Cruz de Tejeda

$$$ | Calle Cruz de Tejeda, Tejeda, 35328, Spain

In the geographical center of the island, this is the perfect spot to get away from it all and to take in some of Gran Canaria's best views. The hotel, part of Spain's Parador chain, has a rustic exterior that echoes traditional island architecture, with whitewashed walls and black volcanic rock details. In contrast, most of the rooms have a distinctly modern style, and they all boast south-facing patios for magnificent views of the peaks. The restaurant serves traditional Canarian cuisine, including the house specialty, baifo con almendras (goat with almond sauce).

Pros

  • Large rooms
  • Fantastic spa
  • Incredible sunsets from the rooms

Cons

  • Fee for spa
  • Difficult access up a mountain road
  • Inconsistent service
Calle Cruz de Tejeda, Tejeda, 35328, Spain
928-012500
hotel Details
43 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Parque Tropical

$$ | Av. Italia 1, Playa del Inglés, 35100, Spain

One of the first hotels to be built in Playa del Inglés, Parque Tropical remains a peaceful oasis of tropical palms, colorful blooms, and cascades. It's built in a colonial style, with typical Canarian balconies and wooden shutters. Most rooms, which are homey and old-fashioned (think floral-patterned duvets), overlook the lush gardens with more than 1,000 plant species as well as numerous tropical fish and a large (unheated) swimming pool. The poolside restaurant offers an à la carte menu for lunch, and there are Sunday paella parties with live entertainment.

Pros

  • Made-to-order pancakes at breakfast
  • Meticulously maintained gardens
  • Direct beach access

Cons

  • Some rooms are dark because of vegetation
  • Only twin beds available
  • Antiquated no-shorts policy at dinner
Av. Italia 1, Playa del Inglés, 35100, Spain
928-774012
hotel Details
221 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Seaside Palm Beach

$$$$ | Av. del Oasis, Maspalomas, 35100, Spain Fodor's Choice

Sophisticated and luxurious, this hotel is a stone's throw from the edge of Maspalomas beach. In the backyard is a 1,000-year-old palm oasis as well as an up-to-date spa and pool with music piped in underwater. The spacious rooms have a whimsical '70s look and are done in one of four color schemes, including coral/blue and lilac/green; those with the best views are on the fifth through seventh floors. Three restaurants—international, Italian, and French—are on-site, and room rates include breakfast and dinner.

Pros

  • Exceptional design and facilities
  • Above-and-beyond service
  • Room cleaning twice a day

Cons

  • Expensive in high season
  • Small bathrooms
  • Almost everyone is German and over 60
Av. del Oasis, Maspalomas, 35100, Spain
928-721032
hotel Details
328 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Veintiuno

$ | Calle Espíritu Santo 21, Las Palmas, 35001, Spain Fodor's Choice

This boutique adults-only hotel is a social-media darling, thanks to its drool-worthy rooftop pool overlooking the cathedral. The Vegueta property has been a game changer, its success further proof that more and more travelers are foregoing the usual bland beachfront digs for hotels with a sense of history and place (Veintiuno occupies an 18th-century palace). You can sense the owners' Scandinavian roots in the minimalist rooms, awash with whites and blond woods.

Pros

  • Serene and stylish decor
  • Rooftop splash pool
  • Local art and quirky library

Cons

  • Noisy ground-floor room
  • Cramped breakfast area
  • No tea- and coffee-making facilities in entry-level rooms
Calle Espíritu Santo 21, Las Palmas, 35001, Spain
683-369723
hotel Details
11 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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