The Hotel Puerto de Mogan sits snugly by the marina, in the heart of this quaint resort. This erstwhile fishing village has survived the rampant over-development that has scarred some of the other southern resorts. And the fishermen are still there too, along with a few great seafood restaurants, a short stroll from the hotel.
Puerto de Mogan, set in the south-west of the island, still maintains its painterly atmosphere. It is even dubbed `Little Venice’ because of its canals that link the marina and the inner harbour. Low-slung pueblo-style cottages grace the waterfront. Arches are overhung with bougainvillea and hibiscus. Around the beachfront and marina are inviting bars and seafood restaurants.
The golden-sand beach is sheltered by a breakwater and makes for a lovely bathing spot. Puerto de Morgan is bustling yet relaxing, much like the idealised Canarian fishing village that it still is. Boat trips, snorkeling, and even a submarine trip, will keep boredom at bay.
Choosing between the hotel and the apartments is a tough call. The hotel bedrooms are more convenient for the pool and restaurant, as well as generally enjoying more memorable sea views. Decorated in soft pastels, matched by Spanish tiled floors, the best bedrooms are more charming than the apartment bedrooms. Bathrooms are simple but pleasant. Make sure you get a room with a balcony overlooking the beach or marina.
The newly-refurbished apartments, just a stone’s throw from the hotel, have their own charm. They are set in two-storey cottages, with two apartments to every floor, and have a shared sundeck or patio between every two apartments. These one- or two-bedroom apartments include a sofa bed in the living room so work well for families or anyone looking for more privacy. Bathrooms are pleasantly tiled and include showers over the bath. The kitchenettes are very lightly equipped but fine for hot drinks. Rental is on a half-board basis, with meals at the hotel. The sun decks enjoy views of the inner harbour, boatyard or sea and make a lovely spot for sunbathing or cocktails before dinner. Breakfast is in the hotel but the stroll gives guests a chance to wake up while meandering past the bobbing boats on the harbour.
The hotel is all about outside space rather than the modest lobby and small spa. Luckily, the pool area is endlessly appealing, with sea views on all sides, and steep steps leading straight into the ocean. (Unless you want to swim, the beach is a few minutes’ walk, across a wooden footbridge). There are mutterings about the shortage of sun-loungers by the pool (those dastardly Germans again). But the sun-deck on the roof is another option. Winter sunshine and cool summer breezes, this is a year-round beach spot.
Eating and drinking
The hotel’s Club de Mar restaurant is the setting for all meals. It’s a lovely spot, with views over the beach and marina. There is plenty of choice at breakfast and dinner, with an a la carte option as well as half-board. Typical dishes include gazpacho, paella, risotto, grilled king prawns, cod croquettes, as well as pizza and pasta. The poolside bar is fine for snacks.
Otherwise, you’re spoilt for choice. Largely pedestrianised, the resort contains a surprising number of waterfront bars and restaurants to make dining out a pleasure.
The limited facilities reflect the fact that this is a small hotel. Even so, there is a tempting swimming pool with magnificent sea views, and another sun-deck on the terrace above. The hotel also has a small spa, with a heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room, available at a small extra charge.
Receptionists are happy to book boat trips and fishing trips, all of which are worthwhile. There’s also a submarine experience that begins in the inner dock close to the hotel.
The dive centre is another big attraction, set within the adjoining Club de Mar. PADI-approved courses run from complete beginner level to dive-master. The dives sites are reached by boat and include wrecks, reefs and sea-caverns.
If you have time on your hands, then the manager whimsically recommends looking for the elusive `green ray’, a visual phenomenon that occurs at sunset. Positioning yourself by the ocean, as close to sea level as possible, provides the best opportunity to spot the green ray, helped by the fact that the skies are generally so clear.
Service is friendly and personal, reflecting the fact that this is a small, established hotel. Led by Pablo, an assistant manager, the staff go out of their way to be helpful.
Who stays there
Couples and mature travellers who are looking for a low-key beach resort with a self-contained, community feel. This isn’t a partying resort but it’s lively enough if you’re happy to spend the evening sipping cocktails on the terrace - or trying out the friendly bars and fish restaurants within easy walking distance.
As in most of Gran Canaria, winter season rates (October-April) are higher. A buffet breakfast is included. During school holidays, the hotel can be full so book in advance.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Sporty types
- Great views / scenery
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- The resort boasts the best weather on Gran Canaria
- The choice between a room in the hotel or a more secluded apartment nearby
- The idyllic location, overlooking the sandy beach on one side and the marina on the other
- This is a small hotel so don’t expect facilities galore
- This is not a hotel or resort for party people