Gran Canaria has extraordinary natural diversity, including world-class beaches, mountain peaks and fertile plains. This attracts a diversity of visitors, too, who demand an equally varied choice of places to stay from mega resorts to design-led properties. Looking for somewhere a little more bijou? We’ve handpicked the best boutique hotels – all bookable on Culture Trip.
This hotel among the bustling cobbled lanes of Las Palmas is perfectly placed for those looking to explore the cosmopolitan capital of the island. It’s rather urbane itself – housed in a traditional stone building that’s been updated with swish 21st-century styling throughout. Rooms blend warm woods and designer furnishings, while in-room tech includes automated controls and coffee-pod machines. After a day exploring, cool off in the rooftop pool while gazing at the nearby Santa Ana Cathedral.
Casa Mozart, in the capital’s leafy Ciudad Jardín residential neighbourhood, is a three-storey, russet-red building designed by a renowned local rationalist architect. It offers just five rooms – all finished in a simple combination of wood floors, neutral tones and handpicked furnishings. A shared kitchen, lounge and dining room add to the home-from-home vibe, plus a healthy homemade breakfast is made every morning with local produce. If you’re looking for somewhere to relax, settle into a sun lounger on the rooftop terrace.
As the name suggests, this adults-only guesthouse-style hotel is in the historic heart of Las Palmas, just two blocks from the gothic cathedral. It’s housed in a beautifully restored building dating from 1890, with interiors that fuse original features with modern decor. The four guest rooms continue this theme, with exposed stone alongside clean contemporary styling and up-to-date amenities. A couple of apartments also offer self-catering facilities, while the location puts you within a short stroll of numerous top-notch restaurants.
This boutique hotel is indeed an old chocolate factory. Today, it retains much historic flavour wrapped in a contemporary update: rooms vary between traditional elegance with antique touches to those with more modern, understated styling. Awake to freshly baked bread and homemade yogurt and jam from tables set up outside each room. If you fancy a spot of sunbathing, head to the rooftop lounge – complete with artificial lawn, loungers and spectacular views over the capital.
Fancy staying in a magnificent modernist mansion? The original interiors of this property (patterned tiling, decorative plasterwork and ornate wrought iron) have been wonderfully restored with a sense of playfulness. Paint-splattered mirrors and shimmering gold palm trees complement the period chic, which continues throughout the sumptuous guest rooms. There’s plenty of outside space, too, while the city-centre location puts all the Las Palmas attractions within easy reach.
You’ll be greeted by a restored Medieval facade here – but step inside and it’s a different story. The centuries-old features give way to smooth and stylish interiors with striking artworks. The nine suites are among the largest you’ll find on the island, beautifully finished and with luxury comforts such as high-thread-count cotton sheets. Start the day with their outstanding breakfast before stepping out into the Vegueta (old town) right on your doorstep.
If you’re keen to split your time in the island capital between sightseeing and beaching, this Ciudad Jardín hotel has the perfect location for just that. The sandy urban beach of Playa de las Alcaravaneras is just minutes away on foot, while the historic centre is a short cab or bus journey away. Formerly a family house, this adults-only boutique hotel has seven rooms, each smart and modern with clean contemporary bathrooms – some extend to private balconies with views over the city and beyond.
Hotel Rural El Mondalón, at the foot of the Caldera de Bandama volcano, grants easy access to the Gran Canaria countryside. This 19th-century farmstead has been repurposed as an impressive upscale hotel, still brimming with rustic charm but updated with some excellent facilities. After a long day of hiking through the volcanic landscape, dip in the swimming pool – complete with pummelling water jets – before retiring to your cosy, unfussy room.
Claiming the title of the first boutique hotel in the Gran Canarian capital, Bed&Chic is an urban family-owned property, run by five siblings. Turn-of-the-century charm is complemented with on-trend decor, chic contemporary furnishings and bright, roomy spaces. Lodgings range from simple compact rooms to spacious suites with kitchenettes, many offering views over neighbouring Santa Catalina Park. It’s also within easy walking distance of one of the finest urban beaches in Europe, La Playa de Las Canteras.