C/ Oficial Mayor José Rubio; San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
We’d read some mixed reviews of the Hotel Rural Las Tirajanas above the town of Tunte, or San Bartolomé de Tirajana depending on your preference. However, the first word out of my mouth when we walked through the entrance to reception and saw what lay outside the huge windows was ‘WOW’, the second word was ‘WOW’ and the third was also ‘WOW’. It was an opening salvo that’s only been matched by a hotel in Negombo, Sri Lanka when we walked through a nondescript entrance to be faced with views of golden sand, palm trees and a sparkling Indian Ocean.
The Buzz Trips View
The Hotel Rural Las Tirajanas occupies the most incredible position overlooking a wide, green valley hemmed in by sheer volcanic cliffs where clouds occasionally spill over giving it the appearance of a bubbling cauldron. This is walking country; although the hotel attracts more than just folks who like to hoof it around the countryside. On our visit there was a mix of people including smoochy couples and those who clearly fancied getting away from more populist beach and sun scene. As a result, the hotel felt intimately rural but also had qualities that appealed to wider tastes. It’s quite a big hotel, as far as rural hotels go, but didn’t feel it.
The centre of the lovely little town of Tunte lies a few minutes walk away; it has plenty of interesting little nooks and crannies to explore. We really liked the layout of the hotel, more Alpine than Canario. The décor was an appealing mix of modernistic and rustic, the atmosphere was relaxed and casual and the terrace of the café was impossible to pass without pausing to take another look at the amazing vista.
This is a hotel that should appeal to a wide range of people and is perfectly placed for experiencing a different side to Gran Canaria.
Two nice touches greeted us on arrival at our room. The first was a sweet ‘welcome’ written on a little blackboard; the second was a small jar of Canarian sauce, mojo rojo. We like little details like that. The good-sized room was warm and welcoming – terracotta tiles, pine furnishings, cosy colour scheme – and had a private stone terrace with stylish loungers so that you could soak up the sun along with the views. The bathroom was quite simple in design, but tastefully so. All in all it was an extremely comfortable place to relax with a beer after a long walk. The only downside was that there was no Wi-Fi. We had to go to the main lounge for that.
The Hotel Las Tirajanas has more facilities than you find in many rural hotels. As well as a couple of pools and sunbathing deck, there’s a spa area. It’s quite small and not everything seemed to work but a jacuzzi and sauna were very welcome after a trek. The hotel attracts various nationalities, some who like to enjoy the spa experience au natural. Nothing wrong with that, but in a tiny sauna it can get just a bit too up close and personal for my liking.
The dining area is large and this is where I’ve seen some criticism. On a Saturday night, when the hotel is filled, it can feel a bit more like a resort hotel than a rural one. But we thought the food was above average for a hotel buffet with a good choice of Canarian dishes, including a complimentary glass of banana liqueur at the entrance to the dining room. There was also an organic section of local produce (the hotel has its own extensive herb garden) which is different from the norm. For anyone who wants an alternative, there is a choice of decent restaurants in Tunte.
For us the Hotel Las Tirajanas provides a place to completely chill out in aesthetically pleasing surroundings whether you’re an outdoors person or not. It doesn’t have that family run charm of small rural hotels but in a way that can be a bonus, there’s plenty of space to find a quiet spot to yourself. And as for the views… did I mention those?
Hotel Rural Las Tirajanas; tel: +34 928 566 969; double rooms with breakfast cost from around €120 per night but check the hotel’s website for various offers
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