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The new owners were tempted to start afresh with a white exterior but ended up preserving the emblematic Santa Catalina's distinctive pink. Set in the genteel Ciudad Jardín development, this Garden City has a very British feel. The 1890-built hotel was designed by Scottish architect, James Marjoribanks Maclaren.

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Discretely located off the busy Leon y Castillo thoroughfare, below the newer Avenída Maritima dual carriageway, Santa Catalina is roughly equidistant to the Gran Canaria capital's old town, Vegueta, and the city's main beach, Las Canteras, with both being around a 30-minute stroll away. Former zoo Parque Doramas is behind, and gone-native parrots fly free. In front is stylish Segundo Muelle, serving Peruvian fare.

By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Gran Canaria take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 30-minute taxi ride from the airport. Parking is available on-site for €20 per day. Book flights to Gran Canaria.

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The 1950s neoclassical redesign by renowned local architect Miguel Martín-Fernández de la Torre matches that of the neighbouring Pueblo Canario, a faux Canarian village. While the hotel is undoubtedly stylish, the ambience is relaxed. You can dress down during the day, but at night the hotel stipulates more formal attire.


The uniforms are crisply pressed, but service comes with a warm smile at the Santa Catalina. There's a good blend of experience with older hands kept on alongside younger staff. Choose from two fitness centres - the ground-floor one is open to all, while the fifth-floor one has restricted access.

  • Three restaurants
  • Outdoor pool
  • Two bars
  • Wellness centre
  • Spa
  • Paid parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


The Barceló Hotel Group stuck with the original modifications of the bedrooms. This makes rooms a little on the tight side but they do feature all mod cons. Traditional features have been preserved, with wooden balconies perfect for holiday reading.

Room types: Deluxe, Deluxe Superior, Junior Suite, Junior Suite Deluxe, Junior Suite Premium, Family Deluxe, Suites, Presidential Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, bathrobe and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi


Refuel at Doramas Restaurant's extravagant breakfast buffet. Pool bar Camarote offers a 21st-century take on classic Mediterranean fare. Everything's on show at tapas joint 1890 La Bodeguita with exposed stone walls and a perspex view into the kitchen and the refined Poemas Restaurant by Hermanos Padrón is run by Tenerife's Michelin-starred bros.

Poemas: formal, Michelin-star dining. Open Tues-Sat for dinner.

1890 La Bodeguita: tapas with a gourmet touch. Open daily noon till midnight.

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