Cordial Hotel Gran Canaria
8 / 10
Set back from the port and Mogán’s crescent-shaped bay, the hotel is just a five-minute walk from the beach. The hotel is not exactly well sign-posted but the building's Disney-style turrets make it easy enough to find. As does the modern shopping centre situated next to it. Since the GC-1, the island’s major motorway, was extended, guests can now reach the hotel from the airport in around 30 minutes. The bus station, a couple of minutes’ walk away, is the end of the line as far as resorts go, with connections to the less touristy La Aldea de San Nicolás further west and the likes of Playa del Inglés and capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria travelling east.
Style & character
Cordial Canarias Hotels & Resorts aim to offer guests something approaching an authentic Gran Canaria stay. Accordingly, reception staff and waiters are dressed in traditional Canarian attire. There’s even an archaeological park on-site, the location of an ancient necropolis. The complex is more like a village than anything else, complete with its very own chapel. Indeed, there are ecumenical tones everywhere, not least with the lobby’s stained-glass windows. Sensitively designed by architect Emilio Ferrer, the mellow-yellow Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa is in keeping with the rest of Puerto de Mogán which has been dubbed Little Venice due to its miniature network of canals. A botanic garden spread across 48, 000sqm is home to more than 200 species of sub-tropical flora. There are plants aplenty in the greenhouse-like lobby too, with the effect you feel like you’re in Gran Canaria’s very own Eden Project.
Service & facilities
When full, the hotel can accommodate more than 1, 000 guests. But Cordial ensure a personal touch with managerial staff making themselves known in the communal areas.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
- Tennis court
7 / 10
A bright and breezy design unites the rooms. All have terracotta floors but whilst the singles and doubles feature peach wallpaper and floral paintings, the suites are more subtle with painted walls and fewer works of art. I stayed in room 1, 431, located on the fourth floor, with views of the pools and the pebble beaches below. The two single beds placed side by side were inviting enough for a restorative siesta.
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Food & drink
There are four restaurants at the hotel. The Tamarona is the main buffet restaurant for breakfast and dinner (of which there are two sittings). Elsewhere, La Sama, the main buffet restaurant, is open for lunch to all guests and breakfast and lunch for those staying in one of the suites. La Fula offers an á la carte lunch. But it’s the stylish creations of Canarian chef Alexis Alvarez at Los Guayres, which have earned the hotel a reputation for being home to the best hotel restaurant on the island. Main courses are arranged into 'From the Sea' and 'From the Valleys'. I ate at the Tamarona, which sources its fruit, herbs and vegetables from the hotel’s on-site garden. Whilst the dinner was mainly international in flavour, I appreciated the sophisticated take on a Canarian staple mus de gofio (toasted cornmeal mousse). All dishes were clearly labelled at dinner. Although some of these signs remained at breakfast the next day, along with fried courgettes which were the perfect partner for an English breakfast. The sprouts less so. Something that worked better was the addition of cinnamon to porridge. The coffee was also reassuringly strong, serving as an ideal wake-up call. Make your own Bloody Mary with all the ingredients contained in a handy display and/or enjoy a glass of fizz courtesy of the complimentary cava.
Family rooms comprise double and single rooms with inter-connecting floors. There’s a kids' club for younger children and an arcade with air hockey and table football for teens. There's also a bowling alley, offering entertainment for all the family.