Lopesan Gran Canaria
8 / 10
I travelled to Lopesan Villa del Conde by bus, from the south-west’s Puerto Rico. Annoyingly, there’s no stop outside the hotel, so I disembarked at the Maspalomas Faro terminal, before returning in the direction from which I came, reching Villa del Conde 10 minutes later. There’s a taxi rank, should you not fancy the walk, and it’s a 25-minute southerly drive from the airport to hotel.
Style & character
Set apart from Meloneras’ shopping centres, you would be forgiven for thinking Villa del Conde isolated - until you realise, as its name suggests, that it’s a village in its own right. There's a plaza that feels more like a square, especially during a concert by a covers band that saw children climb up onto the stage for a better view. Accommodation blocks mimic traditional Canarian houses, with a painstaking attention to detail, and the lobby is Lopesan's take on one of the island's oldest churches. At dusk, the lobby roof is lit up bright purple, giving the hotel a night-time fantasy makeover.
Service & facilities
9 / 10
A well-staffed reception keeps queuing to a minimum. There's a desktop computer in the hotel’s fifth-floor business centre, which is available free of charge to guests. The gardens include a putting green and there’s a new and improved gym on the third floor of D block. Meloneras hotels are noted for their wellness facilities, and Lopesan Villa del Conde is no exception. The 18+ Corallium Thalasso is open daily from 11am to 7pm. Packages ranging in duration from three days up to a week include circuits, facials, and algae wraps.
- Fitness centre
- Golf course
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
My standard double was located in F block, and I was grateful for the map given to me upon check-in. Poor Wi-Fi reception meant that while ideally I'd have liked to put on my robe and kicked back in my tiled, softly-furnished room with views over the garden and swimming pool, instead I headed straight for the business centre. There are standard doubles with ocean views too.
We offer a price guarantee on every hotel booking
Your passport to a better trip
Food & drink
The Lopesan Villa Del Conde has five restaurants. I dined at the main La Plaza buffet restaurant, which does a 6pm and 8pm sitting. Despite being a buffet, there were chefs cooking food in front of a packed dining room; fish, steaks and seafood. Good vegetarian options are available. Waiters somewhat bizarrely take your plate out of your own hands and deliver it to your table. An extensive wine list included Canarian vintages, although the house red, rose, and white all hailed from the Rioja region.
Breakfast was good save for some overly al dente sautéed potatoes and underseasoned scrambled eggs, with cheeses accompanied by chutneys and jams, and fresh fruit and vegetable juices. You could also mix your own Buck's Fizz with orange juice positioned next to Roger de Flor cava. There are five bars including the reception’s Akoran, where you can enjoy a cocktail while listening to a pianist in the winter months.
Access for guests with disabilities?
The hotel has fitted many ramps and disabled toilets in public areas. There are five adapted standard double rooms, with an entrance widened to 97cm, plus adapted shower and wardrobe.
Yes. There are five swimming pools, one of them saltwater. The children's pool is heated in winter. A games room stocks board games. There’s a kids’ club offering a full range of activities for children aged four to twelve. The evening shows offered six nights a week are family-friendly. There’s also a mini disco. Teens are well catered for too, with waterpolo, football, beach volleyball, and tennis.