Gloria Palace Amadores

Calle La Palma 2, Playa Amadores, Mogan, Gran Canaria, Spain, 35139

By Lisa Gerard-Sharp, your Puerto Rico expert

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Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
4.6
4.6
Eating/drinking:
4.6
4.6
Public areas:
4.6
4.6
Leisure facilities:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Nightlife, No fuss, Relaxation, Sightseeing

Best for Value for money - Expert review of Gloria Palace Amadores

Brilliant value, with a beguiling spa and a bold cliff-side setting

As a fan of the idiosyncratic Gloria Palace group, I find it hard to choose my favourite hotel of theirs, but probably this is it. Aesthetically, it’s the most attractive, set on a cliff-top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Situated between boisterous Puerto Rico and tranquil Amadores, the hotel has the best of both worlds. Partying bars and boat trips in one direction, or a quieter beach and chic bars in the other. And a cliffside path takes you to sandy beaches in either direction. Gloria Palace is restful yet exciting, as schizophrenic as its setting.

This split personality stems from the hotel design as well as the setting. Gloria Palace Amadores is the result of sensitive development, stylishly constructed in earthy volcanic stone to blend in with the rocky landscape. Spread over a series of terraces and linked by a complex system of lifts, the hotel is exciting rather than bewildering. The Gloria Palace group has pioneered thalassotherapy on the island so I never leave without wallowing in these heated sea-water pools: powerful massage jets relax and soothe tired muscles.
 

Location: 

Set in the south, Amadores is a newer, less attention-seeking resort than fun-loving Puerto Rico, its better-known neighbour. Amadores is the satellite resort to Puerto Rico in much the same way that Meloneras is to Playa del Ingles. While Puerto Rico is party central, and heavily built up, Amadores is far enough away to keep its distance and special character.

The most charming aspect of this area, apart from the unimpeded sea views, is the cliff-top path that links Puerto Rico and Amadores.

If you book an airport transfer, then no car is needed here as there’s so much on offer locally, with beaches, bars and boat trips within easy walking distance.

Bedrooms: 

Bedrooms all enjoy sea views and most have been refurbished recently. (There is a choice of carpets or wooden floors, in a nod to Scandinavian tastes). Bathrooms, which are contemporary and designed in neutral tones, come with a shower/bath, twin hand-basins and a separate loo.

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Public areas: 

Apart from the restaurant, the public spaces are enticing, and the hotel design engaging. An intriguing series of lifts whisks you down to the foot of the cliffs and the start of the promenade. Known as the Paseo, the landscaped cliff-top promenade winds from Puerto Rico to Amadores, offering a 3km trail to the best beach in the area, Playa de Amadores.

The spa is smaller than the one at Gloria Palace San Agustin but still heavenly, even after a day at the beach, and far cheaper than a massage. Thalassotherapy, a traditional, therapeutic anti-stress treatment, uses heated sea-water pools and powerful massage jets to restore vitality. It is also beneficial in the case of rheumatism and arthritis, as well as muscle tension.

Eating and drinking: 

The quality of cuisine is definitely a notch above that on offer in Gloria Palace San Agustin.
The buffet-style restaurant is rather lacking in ambience but the adjoining terrace, overlooking the sea, makes a good spot for cocktails or coffee. Meals are always buffets and often themed, including Italian, Spanish and Mexican specialities, in addition to international fare. There is plenty of choice for vegetarians. Wines include El Grifo from Lanzarote and Spanish mainland selections. Breakfast is easily the best meal, with a variety of fresh fruit, such as local papaya, Canarian cheeses, and omelettes made to order.

There are five bars, including a snack bar, pool bar, lobby bar and one by the entrance to the seaside promenade. The Bar Salon is the setting for the evening entertainment.
 

Leisure facilities: 

Children are spoilt for choice, with a kids’ club, as well as an activity programme including pool games, mini-golf, treasure hunts and even reading books.

Adult entertainment includes (free) salsa, stretching, water aerobics, archery, boules and rifle-shooting. There is also an open-air gym, as well as tennis and table tennis.

Evening entertainment, ranging from singing to magic, can be hit-and-miss but I surprised myself by enjoying the Flamenco on a recent visit. If the in-house entertainment palls, just explore the local bar scene. Party people can stroll to Puerto Rico or even Playa del Ingles in the evening. Instead, the cool crowd could opt for dinner in the Amadores Beach Club, or conceivably a night on the town in Las Palmas, an hour’s drive away.

Service: 

Friendly but laidback, with reception often the weakest link, especially at busy times.

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Who stays there: 

Couples and families who are looking for a sun-and-sand holiday. Anyone from grannies to spa babes should feel at home here - including those who can’t decide between entertainment and peace and quiet.

Price advice: 

As in most of Gran Canaria, winter season rates (October-April) are higher. A buffet breakfast is included, as are a raft of activities, but WiFi in rooms comes with an extra charge.

Pros: 
The architecture, with its terraces and tasteful lava-stone design
The gorgeous cliff-top promenade in either direction
With its winter sunshine and cool summer breezes, this is a year-round beach spot.
Cons: 
Even if the buffet is good, there is no a la carte restaurant
Buffets can be a bit of a feeding frenzy at dinner, in high season

More information on Gloria Palace Amadores :

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Calle La Palma 2, Playa Amadores, Mogan, Gran Canaria, Spain, 35139
Free tags / Keywords:
Spa breaks, Kids' Club, Beach, Winter sun
Amenities:
Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool