Hotels to relax in Maspalomas

Hotels to relax in Maspalomas

The Canary Islands offer a wide range of accommodation for rent but also for sale. Booking can be done through a real estate, vacation auction or your tour operator. Through a vacation travel guide there is often the possibility to find a cheap vacation.

Hotel accommodations in Maspalomas on the holiday island of Gran Canaria
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Hotel accommodations in Maspalomas on the holiday island of Gran Canaria
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The fact that you are visiting my website means that you are looking for a nice and pleasant stay in Gran Canaria.The search for good accommodation is therefore not easy in the wide range of hotels.

I am only going to share my own travel experience with you here so that you still have some direction on where to look. By the way, for reservations, bookings and reviews, there are some very good websites on the internet where you can read customer reviews. I can already recommend that you read as many customer reviews as possible already at home. Let’s start the search … Help this website and send me your comments here

Hotels in Maspalomas

You can’t miss it in Maspalomas and Meloneras, hotels and apartments are plentiful.You cannot compare hotels on Gran Canaria or the other Canary Islands with a hotel in Belgium or the Netherlands.

The hotels in Belgium and the Netherlands are smaller, usually do not have a large garden with an open-air swimming pool, offer few buffets, fewer rooms, in short, it is not comparable to those in Spain.Admittedly the climate and therefore the weather in both countries plays a major role here.

Hotels and star classification

Hotels have a classification system where the number of stars determines the quality and gives a hotel rating from 1 to 5. This is so for every hotel worldwide, but again you should not compare the assignment of stars in Belgium, the Netherlands or other countries with this in Spain. In the Netherlands, for example, today this is called Hotel Classification (NHC)

Hotels with outdoor swimming pool in Maspalomas
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Hotels with outdoor swimming pool in Maspalomas
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Do you choose a hotel with three or four stars ? Does it make much difference? Look, I have already stayed in 3-star and 4-star hotels. Is there much difference? In my opinion, a slight difference is noticeable here and there, but in some hotel chains hardly any added value. So why did I switch to a 4 star ? To be honest, for the tranquility.

The 4-star hotels receive far fewer young people and families with children. This is not a problem, but there are people who are looking for a quiet vacation, and others who like activities every day at the pool, entertainment, etc.. In short, in a 3-star hotel the service can be as good, the food perfect, but from experience I can say that in a 3-star hotel there is more noise.

Types of hotels in Maspalomas

Apartment hotel or Aparthotel: An aparthotel has the same facilities as a hotel, the only difference is that you have an apartment and not a room. An example of this is Riu Flamingo in Playa del Ingles.

Apart-Hotels, resorts, All-Inn hotels, ... for a luxurious sun holiday in Gran Canaria
In the photo Hotel Riu Palace Meloneras Gran Canaria
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Apart-Hotels, resorts, All-Inn hotels, … for a luxurious sun holiday in Gran Canaria
In the photo Hotel Riu Palace Meloneras Gran Canaria
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Other Aparthotels in Maspalomas, Seaside Palm Beach, Seaside Gran Hotel Residencia, Meliá Tamarindos, Cordial Sandy Golf, Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort, Club Vista Serena, Cordial Green Golf, Tisalaya and Oasis Maspalomas. You can read a review of these aparthotels on Tripadvisor

Hotel-restaurant : Here you can stay overnight and have a restaurant. The restaurant is usually included in the price. This can be all-inclusive or half-board. In a hotel-restaurant you don’t have to stay overnight either, you can also dine at the buffet for a fee.

Some examples of Hotels with restaurant in Maspalomas, Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia, Seaside Palm Beach, H10 Playa Meloneras Palace, Palm Oasis, ClubHotel Riu Gran Canaria, Ifa Faro Hotel, Dunas Mirador Maspalomas, Cordial Green Golf, Turbo Club, Canary Garden Club. Other hotels and their reviews on Tripadvisor

Resort Hotel : This hotel offers all the facilities of a regular hotel, but can also provide guests with a recreational holiday, wellness, etc… These resort hotels are usually located near the coast.

These hotels generally offer an all-inclusive formula. Some examples of Resort Hotels, Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Spa & Casino, Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa, Hotel Dunas Suites and Villas Resort, Hotel Riu Palace Meloneras Resort. Reviews of all hotels on Tripadvisor

Hotel Lopesan Baobab Resort Meloneras
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Hotel Lopesan Baobab Resort Meloneras
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The examples of hotels have been chosen lucratively, and are just a small selection of the wide range on offer in Maspalomas.

Discounts and hotel specials

Traveling to Maspalomas does not always have to be expensive. There are also budget hotels, but most hotels in Maspalomas regularly offer hotel specials or discounts such as a May holiday or in June. These are the months in Gran Canaria where cheap holiday discounts are valid. Special child discounts are available in most hotels.

Holiday in a child-friendly hotel

Children and vacation, it is impossible to imagine today without it. Even hotel owners know this and like to respond to this with child discounts, children’s games, trips and other activities for children under the name of children’s entertainment. A family vacation is therefore high on the wish list of both parents of kids and hotel owners.

H10 Playa Meloneras Palace including children's entertainment
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H10 Playa Meloneras Palace including children’s entertainment
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The hotels where we have been on holiday until today were all very child-friendly. Cooking workshops, children’s parties, ball games, a children’s disco and a clown are regularly provided.

Another requirement is a children’s pool that is also safe enough for babies. The Hotel Riu Waikiki, for example, has a separate enclosed area where an inflatable pool is even provided for little ones. The children’s entertainment there is top notch. If you have been to a hotel in Maspalomas where you are satisfied with the child-friendliness, please mention it via the contact form

Gay friendly hotels in Gran Canaria

For gay and lesbian couples, Gran Canaria is the vacation island of choice. There are several beaches where nude recreation is allowed. Accommodation for gays is a little more difficult to find. Close to the Yumbo shopping center in Playa del Ingles – Maspalomas, where at night the gay community gathers in the numerous nightclubs, you can find the gay friendly Hotel Neptune. Hotel Neptune is modern and clean, but can sometimes be noisy due to its proximity to the night bars. Customer reviews can be read here.

Gay friendly hotels in the Canary Islands
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Gay friendly hotels in the Canary Islands
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Another well-located gay friendly hotel is Seaside Sandy Beach. This very good hotel is also within walking distance of the beach. Please note that the road is quite steep on your way back to the hotel. Seaside Sandy Beach welcomes gay and lesbian guests, but is also a family hotel. Customer comments can be found here.

AxelBeach Maspalomas Hotel belongs to the hotel group AxelBeach, and has for its guests a beautiful apartment-based hotel and an excellent Lounge Club. AxelBeach Maspalomas is very gay and straight friendly. Not suitable for children as the hotel is only open to adults. More information and customer comments can be read here.

Other gay friendly hotels and apartments include Club Torso, Apartments El Paseo, Birdcage Resort, Vista Bonita Gay Resort, Beach Boys Boutique Resort and Rainbow Golf Bungalows. If you have any tips for gay-friendly hotels and apartments, please let me know via the contact form.

Perhaps a tip if you are coming to Gran Canaria on holiday as a gay and would like to book a hotel. During February and March, gay-friendly hotels can quickly be fully booked for Carnival. The same is valid for the month of May. Then the annual Gay Pride takes place in Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés.

All-inclusive or Half Board

You can then enjoy all the offers such as breakfast, lunch, four-hour snack and dinner. On top of that, all drinks and snacks are included. You paid for it, so you want to get the most out of it. My preference is half board. What is your preference?

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With half board you are not dependent on lunch in the afternoon. The advantage is then that you can leave the hotel immediately after breakfast to go on a day trip, for example, a terrace by the sea, a day at the beach, etc … You can then decide whether you will have lunch in a restaurant or snack bar during the afternoon or not.

What both do have in common is dinner at night. Here the only difference is that some hotels divide the dinner into 2 groups. The reason is because the restaurants cannot accommodate all the guests at the same time. The vast majority of buffet-style hotels choose to have a first group from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a 2nd group from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

My preference is for the first group. The stores are open until 10 p.m. That can be combined with a terrace. On the other hand, if you leave the restaurant at 10 p.m. then all that remains is an evening walk and a terrace. It is of course a free choice for everyone.

From Hotel to the Beach

Unless you stay by the pool or your hotel’s botanical garden from morning to night, there are probably hotel guests like you who prefer to spend several hours sunbathing and swimming at the beach.

Free bus transport from hotel to the beach
Free bus transport from hotel to the beach

If your hotel is located directly or within walking distance of the beach then you won’t have to walk far. If you are not that lucky and it is still just a little too far then your hotel probably offers a beach bus. This beach bus is a shuttle bus that takes you to the beach from morning to night. This extra service is usually free.

Please note, the beach bus visits several hotels. The departure times and pick-up times are generally every hour at a fixed location that is stated in advance. You can obtain all information about this at the reception.

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