This was our third trip to GC. We'd previously stayed at the Gloria Palace in Maspalomas, which was decent. On one of our drives through the island we saw this red alpine-looking place on top of a mountain and wondered what it could be, because it looked amazing. A few months later TUI was offering a promotion and apparently we got our answer.
I'm giving it 4/5 because I felt it was better than average, although I'd give it a 3.5 if I could.
First, I noticed it was blissfully free of Chavs and just 60 rooms. Not the standard GC behemoth.
Yes, the location and views are spectacular. We had excellent service for the most part start to finish. It's a little weird in the bar/lounge area because sometimes the front desk person has to go to the bar and make/serve your drink in the evening, then run back to the front desk. Or someone from the restaurant has to be called over to get your drinks and tapas.
The buffets were hit or miss. Breakfast was overall good. Lots of good local fruit and produce, an omelet station. They pride themselves on serving local foods and produce and they're mostly above average. Presentation is lacking and if you get there at the tail end of dinner (which ends at 9, usually when dinner is just getting started in Spain) things look a bit dried out. There aren't many other options nearby for dinner though. There were quite a few healthy options such as simply grilled fish most nights and lots of fresh veggies. Nicely curated selection of wines available.
However, the a la carte meal we had was really quite good. The lunch menu was varied and had an excellent steak (cooked perfectly to order medium rare) and braised goat. The daily tapas are a good value. However the ubiquitous papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) with red mojo sauce are 1,50 in the lobby but 6,50 at lunch for the same portion. Not sure what that's about. I know, I tried both to see what the deal was. The difference is 5 Euros. They're delicious though.
Rooms are Spanish rustic, but with good quality furniture and comfy beds with good linens. We also experienced noise issues though. The walls seemed paper-thin most evenings, and this is a quiet hotel for the most part. The noise of barking dogs nearby and roosters also woke us up periodically.
Wi-fi in the lobby and library, which also has great views.
The spa is small but kept clean. I had a great massage there.
This is not a place to come if you need to be "where the action is". This is not a place to come if you are a crap driver or don't want to pay for taxis, because it's a 30-45 minute ride from Maspalomas up some twisting mountain roads. This is not a place to come if you need wi-fi in your room.
Service was overall very good and friendly and the location and views were fabulous. Food was better than expected, especially breakfasts, since for the most part the food in GC is awful and barely edible (well, it is). Rooms have a fridge and electric kettle. Stop by a Hyperdino on the way before checking in just in case you get peckish after 9PM. As far as I could tell, there is no room service.
Would we return? Yes, if going back to GC. It was nice to find a mountain sanctuary away from the hordes in Maspalomas. They do need to work on the soundproofing more. I'm not a light sleeper, but a hotel "in the middle of nowhere" might still have to take a few things into account.
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