Being one of the smallest of The Canary Islands, there isn’t the same choice of hotels on La Gomera as in the islands that have a more developed tourist infrastructure like Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and even Fuerteventura.
However, the accommodation available on La Gomera ranges from luxury tourist hotel to unassuming pensions and attractive rural hotels. Having visited La Gomera on many occasions this is our pick of the best hotels, apartments and pensions around the island.
Hotels and Apartments in San Sebastián
Parador de La Gomera
The Parador de La Gomera is one of the most popular places to stay on La Gomera. Like most of Spain’s paradors, it’s located in a charming building; in this case a typically colonial-styled Canarian mansion. The Parador de la Gomera is small but not claustrophobically so and sits overlooking San Sebastián; a position that is both a blessing and a curse. The views of Tenerife and Mount Teide across the water are the trade off for a steep walk from the centre of San Sebastián. Whilst large, attractive rooms and subtropical gardens are its strong point, it can be let down by mediocre food and indifferent customer service. It’s also close to the ferry port which is handy.
Rooms are from around €100 a night.
Hotel Torre del Conde
There’s nothing exceptional about the Torre del Conde Hotel, it’s a clean, unassuming town centre three star hotel. For anyone looking for a decent budget hotel it’s in a great location in the centre of San Sebastián. We’d recommend not going half board (eating out is relatively cheap) and we’d also recommend that you ask for a room overlooking the park. For a start you get views of the park and the historic Torre del Conde (hence the name of the hotel) plus you’re not street side – not that San Sebastián’s streets are that busy with traffic anyway.
Rooms cost from around €60 (breakfast included).
Hotels and Apartments in Valle Gran Rey
Hotel Gran Rey
For the ‘higher end’ range of where to stay in Valle Gran Rey it’s a bit of a toss up between the Hotel Gran Rey and the Hotel Playa Calera. But although the Playa Calera is shiny and new, it’s a bit too stark for our liking so the eco-friendly Hotel Gran Rey shades it. It’s located between the port and the main centre so bit of a walk to either, but you shouldn’t really be staying on La Gomera if you don’t like walking anywhere. The hotel has a good rooftop hotel pool but there are little sandy coves opposite, so why bother fighting for pool space? As Valle Gran Rey is the best place for restaurants on La Gomera, room only or B&B is probably the best option. You also get the added bonus of sensational sunsets from here.
Rooms from €100.
Pensions and Apartments
There are a lot of pensions and apartments in Valle Gran Rey at both the Vueltas and La Playa ends of the resort. Many don’t have websites and often we’ve just seen what was available on arrival, staying at Apartamentos Vista Mar in La Playa and Apartamentos Humberto in Lomo de Vueltas. They are cheaper than the hotels and although can be quite basic are decent sized, clean and within easy reach of bars, supermarkets and restaurants.
Hotels and Apartments in Playa Santiago
Hotel Jardín Tecina
The hotel to stay in on La Gomera, nay, the Canary Islands according to glowing reviews online. Yes, it is an excellent hotel in a superb location on the cliffs above Playa Santiago with views of Mount Teide on Tenerife that will blow your mind. Yes, it does have wonderful gardens and is a paradise for golf fanatics. And yes, it does have some exceptional restaurants. Despite its size, it feels quite intimate and service comes with a smile. If you want good looks, quality and tranquillity beside a quiet coastal resort, the Hotel Jardín Tecina will fit the bill.
Prices from €120 for room and half board.
Pensions & Apartments
An alternative is to do what we do and stay Playa Santiago where there are a number of good value apartments along the seafront ranging from simply furnished to the quite elegant Tapahuga Apartments near the harbour.
Hotels and Apartments in Vallehermoso
Hotels in Vallehermoso
Owners Amala and Herman are exceptionally friendly hosts who have lovingly restored this old wine press and former barracks. It’s a homely base for exploring the area and has vistas over the beautiful valley that lent its name to the town. If you’re a vegetarian this is the place for you as they serve meat free meals here (a rarity on La Gomera). For a meat hit, there are a few restaurants in the town.
Rooms are fantastic value starting from around €44 (breakfast included).
Tamahuche Rural Hotel
Another attractive option in Vallehermoso is the Tamahuche Rural Hotel set against the hillside facing Roque Cano. Polished wooden floors, flowing curtains (in the older rooms) and quaint little balconies make this a homely retreat after a long day’s walking in La Gomera.
Rooms from €76 (breakfast included).
Hotels and Apartments in Hermigua
Hotel Rural Casa Los Herrera
19th century newly renovated town house that only opened as a rural hotel in March 2011, this will delight travellers looking for a stylish mix of the past and the present in the centre of Hermigua. Rustic décor, wooden balconies, interior courtyard, wi-fi and a fabby breakfast that includes tortilla and jamon Serrano makes this the place to stay in town.
Rooms from around €80 (breakfast included).
Ibo Alfaro Rural Hotel
The Ibo Alfaro is a small, friendly and cosy, German run rural hotel in a beautiful old Canarian mansion. This is really for people who want to explore the interior of La Gomera; it’s top walking country. Hermigua is a bona-fide Canarian town where much of the time it’s nice and tranquil but when it’s fiesta time the locals party all night. If you want to really experience La Gomera, stay somewhere like this. A downside is that being located high above the town, it’s a bit of a trek if you fancy a change of scene in the evening.
Rooms from €80 (breakfast included).
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