“A family-friendly finca that showcases the island’s rustic-chic side, with a pool, restaurant and away-from-the-crowds tranquillity”
Simply styled bedrooms have beamed wooden ceilings, exposed brickwork and super-comfy beds. With a nod to Mondalón’s wine-route location, all take their name from a grape. Four are on the ground floor with private terraces; the remaining 6 are on the first floor with great views. Bigger ones can fit one or (at a pinch) two rollaway beds. There's a selection of pillows housed in your wardrobe. I slept well in my allotted room of Tintilla, the most spacious along with Moscatel, and would have dozed on indefinitely if it wasn’t for an alarm from the school opposite.
We really liked the bright Albillo and Listán rooms, on the first floor at opposite ends of a typical Canarian interior patio. They lack the big windows of other first-floor bedrooms, but an interior glass door ensures light, whilst a side window and terrace door guarantee ventilation. The former would suit a couple looking for a romantic break, its intimate terrace the ideal venue to watch the sun go down.
Bathrooms have a shower only, but you get bathrobes and toiletries; a nice touch.
We ate very well during our stay, though recent reports have been mixed. Breakfast, so often disappointing in the Canaries, was generous here: staff went supersize on local cheeses, cereals, cured meat, fresh fruit and pastries.
The Bodegón restaurant has a terrace overlooking local vines and is a great place to eat; the temperature doesn’t drop much even when the sun goes down (open 12-11pm Thursday-Saturday; 12-5pm on Sundays).
Many ingredients on the menu are sourced from the hotel's organic garden. We started with Servicio, which consists of the famous pan de puño (bread made of dough kneaded with the fists) accompanied by olive oil, pulped tomato and sea salt. Next came the biggest mixed salad we'd ever seen. Platos de Cuchara ('Plates to Eat with a Spoon') followed, including everything from soups to stews. Afterwards, we entered the delightful realm of Para Endulzar El Paladar ('To Sweeten the Palate'), trying the sugary Polvitos Uruguayos (a cross between a cheesecake and a tiramisu).
When the hotel restaurant is closed, you can either drive 20 mins to Las Palmas for a wide choice of eateries, or head a similar distance inland (as we did) to Casa Martell in El Madroñal, between Santa Brigida and Vega de San Mateo. You won’t forget your meal here in a hurry: there’s no menu, but the owner has a canny ability to second-guess what you want to eat and deliver it on a plate - literally. Broadly speaking the food is Canarian with a twist, and veggies are all from his organic garden.
The establishment is family-friendly in common with the rest of the island and indeed the whole of Spain; children are made to feel more than welcome here. The hotel has baby cots (free to borrow) and extra beds (supplement cost). Please note that the largest room is recommended if adding cots or beds as the rooms are small. There's a small playground and playshed to keep them amused.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Large Double Standard rooms (Tintilla, Gual, Castellana and Moscatel) can accomodate up to 4 people, 2 of them in extra beds (though 4 in a room is a squeeze). The Double Standards can fit 1 extra bed or baby cot.
Available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Small portions of the hotel's menu can be ordered