“A family-friendly finca that showcases the island’s rustic-chic side, with a pool, restaurant and away-from-the-crowds tranquillity”
Set 20km from the airport, at the base of a peak which forms part of the Monumento Natural de Bandama park, this 10-bedroom rural hotel proves the island’s as much about turf as it is surf. Dating back to 1800, it’s a great centre for hiking, with zigzag trails leading out from the front door and through 25 acres of farmland: native Canarian flora, vineyards, olive trees and vegetable gardens. Later, sink into a sofa by the pool and enjoy a drink while the sun sets, then head to the restaurant, Bodegón, where the generous portions offer a perfect way to refuel.
- Easy location, with the airport and the capital city of Las Palmas both a 20-30 minute drive away
- Bedrooms, though simple, are mercifully unkitsch; beds are super-comfy, and you get either a terrace or a view
- We loved the pool, heated by solar panels, with its quirky fountain and Jacuzzi
- Kids will love the playshed, chock-a-block with toys and games including table football, and visiting the hotel's donkey, sheep and lambs
- A peaceful setting in a picturesque valley - one for those who want to get away from it all
- Reports suggest that the restaurant's food can be hit or miss, with a limited menu that doesn’t change. It's also closed Monday-Wednesday, so be prepared to drive 20 minutes out for meals
- As often in the Canaries, service can be slow
- Rooms will be a squeeze if adding extra beds
- The sauna in the gym is as roomy as an airing cupboard and you have to pay to use it
- There are 80+ beaches on Gran Canaria, but the nearest (10-15km away) are not the nicest
- Baby cots
Some equipment may need to be requested in advance
Available on request
Small portions of the hotel's menu can be ordered
- Games and toys in the playshed
- Farm animals to say hello to
- A solar-heated swimming pool to splash around in
- Children's entertainer every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 1400-1800
- Horse riding in the reserve
- Beaches 10km away
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open Thursday-Sunday only)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Creche / Kids Club
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Board games
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.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
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.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Vegetarian menu
- Visit the capital of the island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, often described as a short-haul Havana. Retrace the footsteps of Christopher Columbus in olde-worlde Vegueta then make your way to one of the world’s greatest beaches, Canteras, which boasts 2.8km of golden sand
- The hotel is set in the Monumento Natural de Bandama natural park, formed by a volcanic crater and Bandama's peak; you can walk to the bottom of the crater in 30 minutes, or do longer circular walks
- Another memorable hike is the Cave Houses of Guayadeque, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites on Gran Canaria. The group of caves was once used for dwellings and barns
- Play a round of golf at the nearby Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas. Founded in 1892, it’s the oldest course in the whole of Spain
- Get fit rather than fat on holiday by horse-riding through the surprisingly verdant countryside. Gran Canaria is not known as a miniature continent for nothing, with the greener north offering an astounding contrast to the arid, desert-like south
- Take back a taste of Gran Canaria by visiting one of the local vineyards for tastings and purchases. The hotel is within comfortable driving distance of the major wineries on the island; staff can advise
- Although the east coast is not the prettiest, check out the beautiful beaches of Agua Dulce and Tufía, which are in a protected zone - one that includes archaeological evidence of pre-Spanish Gran Canaria, the aboriginal Guanches
- Back at the hotel, lie by the pool, raid the library for some reading material, or book a massage with a visiting therapist
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Well being
- Wine tasting
Best Time to go
Our Top Tips
Hotel El Mondalón is in the agricultural area of Marzagan, northeast Gran Canaria. It's 13km south of the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and 20km from the airport.
Gran Canaria airport lies 20km southeast of the hotel (around a 25-minute drive). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.
From the Airport
We'd strongly recommend you hire a car to get here and get around during your stay - especially given the restaurant's weekly closures. See our car rental recommendations.
There are regular ferries and hydrofoil links from Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and mainland Spain (Cádiz), arriving at Puerto de la Luz in Las Palmas.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Gran Canaria and getting around
- Gran Canaria (Gando) 20.0 km LPA
- Beach 10.0 km
- Shops 4.0 km
- Restaurant 3.0 km