Where to Stay With the Family in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

The family-friendly Gran Canaria has many beaches, including Los Dos Roques
The family-friendly Gran Canaria has many beaches, including Los Dos Roques | © Photononstop / Alamy Stock Photo

When you think of the Canary Islands, a bustling metropolis isn’t what springs to mind. However, Gran Canaria’s capital is Spain’s ninth-largest city, home to attractions such as the Poema del Mar Aquarium, the Catedral de Santa Ana and Las Canteras Beach. It also has a fascinating historic centre. Planning a family getaway to Las Palmas? Discover the best places to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Cristina by Tigotan

Hotel, Luxury

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The location of this five-star hotel, overlooking the superlative Las Canteras Beach, could hardly be better – especially for the little ones. The kids will enjoy splashing around in the hotel’s outdoor heated swimming pool while you recline on a poolside sun lounger with a drink in hand. Varied dining options throughout the day ensures even the fussier family members are fed, while the nearby Poema del Mar Aquarium offers great kid-friendly time out of the sun.

2. NH Imperial Playa

Hotel

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Fancy waking up to a view of Las Canteras Beach? Pick a sea-facing room or junior suite – with a spacious terrace and space for three – at the NH Imperial Playa. The hotel’s first-floor restaurant and bar have panoramic views out to sea and menus that appeal to all tastes. When it’s time for sandcastles, the beach is a short stroll away.

3. Hotel Doña Luisa

Hotel

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When you’re travelling with kids, it’s useful to be in the centre of it all, and the Hotel Doña Luisa is just that. The child-friendly Las Canteras Beach is only one block away, while numerous shops and eateries are practically on your doorstep. In the guest rooms, ceilings are playfully decorated with scenic photos, while some open to balconies with sea views. Soundproofed rooms ensure a good night’s sleep, and the extensive breakfast buffet is a great way to start the day.

4. Valentina Beach Apartments and Suites

Apartment, Hotel

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While holidaying as a family, two things can really help – self-catering facilities and a little extra space. If you book yourself into an apartment in this swanky hotel, that’s what you’ll get, with the superior two-bedroom unit sleeping up to five and having an up-to-date kitchenette and a balcony. Head to the rooftop to soak in the hot tub before reclining on a Bali bed – though this is probably best without the kids.

5. Casa Mozart

Boutique Hotel

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Casa Mozart, in the city’s leafy Ciudad Jardín neighbourhood, feels more like a guesthouse than a hotel. It has just five rooms, all decorated with a mix of modern and antique furnishings; a shared kitchen, lounge and dining room add to the family-friendly, home-from-home atmosphere. A healthy breakfast is also served each morning, with an emphasis on island ingredients. When you’re ready for some sand between your toes, Alcaravaneras Beach is just a five-minute stroll away.

6. Hotel Rural El Mondalón

Farm, Hotel

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This 19th-century farm, at the foot of the Caldera de Bandama, has been repurposed as an impressive family-friendly hotel – with some of the larger rooms sleeping four. It’s still full of rustic charm but has been brought tastefully up to date throughout. After a day exploring the local countryside, everyone will appreciate a dip in the swimming pool – complete with water jets.

7. Bull Reina Isabel and Spa

Hotel, Spa Hotel

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Little ones up to six years old can stay with you for free at this smart, upscale hotel in the heart of the commercial district. They’ll love splashing around in its rooftop swimming pool with spectacular vistas over the sea and surrounding cityscape. A choice of eateries cater to all ages and afford lovely views over the ocean. Want to hit the golden sands? Las Canteras Beach is a hop, skip and jump away.

Haven’t found your ideal hotel yet? Book one of the best hotels or one of the best boutique hotels in Las Palmas now via Culture Trip. Then, fill up your evening itinerary with the best bars in the Gran Canarian capital.

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