Morasol Gran Canaria
7 / 10
The marina is one of the more upscale Puerto Rico developments. Located at the other end of the resort from the establishments offering a full English, it still finds space for Taj Palace, an Indian restaurant. And my attempts to work outside on my fourth-floor balcony were interrupted by the return of a pirate ship to shore, one of the infamous party boats hosting fun and games for the 18-30 crowd. It takes five minutes to walk to the beach, and 10 to the bus station, without you having to negotiate any of Puerto Rico’s famously steep streets.
Style & character
6 / 10
Morasol Suites doesn’t stand out, with no rooms higher than four storeys tall. This makes sense with the small resort of Puerto Rico less suited to skyscrapers. The hotel’s design is very 21st century. Built in 2004, it looks like it might have started life in one giant flat pack.
Service & facilities
With only 88 rooms, the facilities are stripped back to a bare minimum. Essentially, there are pools for adults and children plus a scenic solarium with hot tub. However, the approachable reception staff are on hand with advice on things to see and do in and around Puerto Rico. There’s Wi-Fi throughout Morasol Suites, but you have to pay to access this.
- Room service
Rooms are designed very much with leisure rather than business travellers in mind. (For example, there was a kitchenette in my studio but no desk.) The décor is modernist, all tiled floors and wood panelling. Balconies are coloured blue and white, keeping with the municipal marine theme. The bathroom featured a power shower and a toilet flush that seriously whooshed.
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Food & drink
8 / 10
The Canarian staff on duty at dinner at the ground-floor Restaurante Orus were the friendliest I’ve ever encountered on the island. I got the hotel version of an airline upgrade to first class when I revealed I was vegetarian after my main waiter went to great lengths to explain what you could eat at the barbecue buffet. He went off to return with an á la carte menu which featured sections for both vegetarians and those following a gluten-free diet. I started with a Canarian salad which, judging by the size of it, was surely meant to be shared. There were some interesting flourishes, such as toast topped by salmorejo, but their biggest plus was the use of local, seasonal produce. The adjoining Lobby Bar hosted a concert by Bob Kincaid who covered some rock and blues classics rather more solidly than spectacularly. A cooked breakfast included the usual suspects, plus intensely garlicky mushrooms. For those with a sweeter tooth, there were plenty of pastries to choose from. Vegans could also add clearly add labelled soya milk to their beverages and cereals. Meals can be taken inside or outside in a garden area that includes mango trees. The Mogán municipality, of which Puerto de Rico is part, is the biggest producer of mangos on the island. It was a shame that they weren’t available at breakfast as the rest of the fruit was pretty hard.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes. There are ramps all over the hotel to make it easy for anybody and everybody to freely travel around Morasol Suites. Disabled visitors are able to reserve two sun beds and a parasol. A special chair to drive into the pool is also available.