A brew with a view
Posted on 06/06/2017 by Ian Sheldon
If you fancy seeing somewhere a little different during your stay, then Arrecife's Gran Hotel is certainly worth a visit. This luxurious 5-star building is the only high-rise in Lanzarote, as Cesar Manrique, a local architect, passed a law to demand that all buildings on the island were two stories or less, and white in colour. This was to ensure that the skyline was left unspoilt, and that the natural beauty of the island was preserved.
The Gran Hotel was built illegally, when Cesar Manrique was living abroad. On his return, he put a stop to the completion of the building, and it therefore stood empty for a long time. In 1990 to a fire engulfed the building, destroying it almost completely. The government were originally going to demolish the 17 storey building, until an architect proposed saving the building and turning it into a project to improve tourism on the island.
The building was salvaged over several years, and 26 million euros later The Gran Hotel and spa was born.
The hotel has 160 rooms, all fully equipped with satellite TV and internet. There is also a mini bar in each room, and the views span over the city of Arrecife, the seafront promenade and beach, and ocean.
The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, along with a spa/wellness centre. The facilities here include a sauna, full-service health spa, and hot tub. Massage services are also available.
A cafe bar, Star City, has been opened on the top floor, which is available both for guests and visitors. You can get a coffee, beer, or cocktail here, and the panoramic views are incredible. The large windows look out over the city of Arrecife, and also over the beach and airport. On a clear day, Fuerteventura and Los Lobos can also be seen in the distance.
This cafe bar has recently been refurbished with a small smoking garden and large spacious seating areas.
On the same floor is a restaurant, however it gets very busy, so we recommend calling the hotel in advance to book.
Arrecife is easy to access, as it is central to everywhere on the island. There are regular buses running every day from Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. From Playa Blanca the journey takes approximately 1 hour, and from Costa Teguise and Puerto Del Carmen it takes approximately 30 minutes.