San Agustin Beach Gran Canaria
8 / 10
Situated on the Paseo Costa Canaria, the coastal path that links San Agustín to Playa del Inglés, you’ll have immediate access to one of the island’s most underrated beaches, Playa de San Agustín. It’s a short southerly walk to Las Burras, a playa that is particularly popular with families. Travelling from Gran Canaria’s east central airport, you’ll be able to drive to the hotel in just over 20 minutes.
Style & character
6 / 10
San Agustín Beach Club wouldn’t make the podium at a beauty contest. Its pebbledash rear, which has hosted wedding breakfasts, is only a slight improvement on its functional charcoal and white front. Where once it was a magnet for the rich kids from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s exclusive Tafira Alta, it now attracts an older crowd. The corridors leading to the 57 bedrooms mimic those of a cruise ship.
Service & facilities
Whilst the facilities are the bare minimum you’d expect for a four-star hotel, the level of service is exceptional.
There are two outdoor pools, one freshwater and the other saltwater, and heated in winter. You can enjoy a 30-minute €30 (£23) massage by the pools, or one with hot chocolate oil inside the beauty centre; €55 (£42) for 50 minutes. There’s also a basic gym and sauna.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
My room (306) felt like a museum piece. Apparently, the sons of the deceased owner don’t know where the father sourced the mainly wooden furniture, so items can’t be replaced, which should eventually lead to some modernisation. Deep sleep was easy because the hotel was so quiet after dark; a memory-foam mattress helped too. English-language channels available are news-based.
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Food & drink
The table service from head waiter Erwen was some of the most courteous I’ve received on Gran Canaria. German head chef Silvio Feist recommended the papitas negras, small black new potatoes sourced from neighbouring Tenerife, served with the classic Canarian condiment of mojo (a piquant red sauce). For my main, I ordered wholewheat spaghetti with a pesto-like salsa. The dessert was a coconut-flavoured crème caramel. Portions were generous enough to be able to share.
After reading and a siesta on a pool lounger, I returned to the restaurant for dinner. Five courses were too much from me, so I chose three vegetarian ones including a filling risotto. Breakfast the next day was of the buffet variety, although there was an omelette chef flipping fresh tortillas of your choice.
Value for money
Standard doubles from €80 (£63) in low season; rising to €114 (£86) in high, including breakfast.
There’s free WiFi in the lobby but if you want it in your room, this will cost you €6 (£4.50) a day or €18 (£13.50) for the week.