Riu ClubHotel Gran Canaria
9 / 10
In under 10 minutes on foot, you can reach ClubHotel Riu Gran Canaria from Global Buses’ mini terminal on Avenida Cristóbal Colón. From the Aeropuerto de Gran Canaria (LPA), it’s a traffic-free 25-minute drive to the hotel.
Style & character
7 / 10
The bright, white, and light style employed by the architecture is minimalist by design. But aside from the basics, there’s a playful touch. Take reception, where the wooden panels above the check-in desks look like upturned piano keys. Lighting up the leather couches, the stylish lamps appear to be giant balls of wool. You half imagine that at any moment a gargantuan cat is going to leap out to claw them.
Service & facilities
An animation team offers regular get/keep-fit activities including pilates and water aerobics in the main pool. There’s an infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with a hot tub. The mini club has an aqua playland. For over-12s, the art club will appeal to teenagers and adults keen to do some painting.
Bar staff were jokey, hotel management ubiquitous and a team of cleaners kept the communal areas spotless night and day.
- Fitness centre
- Kids' club
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
- Tennis court
8 / 10
The ClubHotel Riu Gran Canaria is quite a complex, with 639 rooms in total. My modern double housed an ocean-view balcony, although there are options with terraces too. A plain, simple look was enlivened by a retro ceiling featuring a colourful, circular pattern daubed onto a clean coat of white paint. Geometric prints added a subtle wall decoration. A wooden floor in the bedroom gave way to ceramic tiles in the bathroom, which featured a wide basin, see-through shower and PopArtesque prints on the walls.
Minibars are restocked daily with cans of both alcoholic and soft drinks as part of the all-inclusive package. Rooms come equipped with central air conditioning, ceiling fans and satellite television.
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Food & drink
You can help yourself to draught lager and wine at self-service watering holes throughout the hotel 24/7. There’s staff service if you prefer a cocktail at four bars and Bubbles nightclub (open 10pm-1.30am). Four restaurants include the Atlántico, offering buffet and continental breakfasts, and Canarian and grill dinners. The Kaori is an evening-only à la carte Asian restaurant for which you can reserve in advance, offering vegetarian as well as regular sushi, although the freshly-prepared teppanyaki dishes will appeal more to those with a carnivorous appetite.