Following a drive through dense fog we drove down the final 6 miles from Arure to Valle Gran Rey and found brilliant sunshine. The Hotel Gran Rey is beautifully situated to obtain the best views of this attractive village with the stunning mountains behind and the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the small beach in front. It is within easy walking distance to the harbour and the restaurants and shops. The majority of guests appeared to be on walking holidays and very few were from the UK, which was nice. Besides the numerous walking trails there were kayaks and bikes for hire, and different beaches to sunbathe on.
We chose to pay extra for a room with a sea view and on walking in we were very happy with our choice. The freshly decorated room was flooded with sunlight, and although compact had everything we needed, as did the bathroom. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the small balcony watching the world go by, and then the sunset, with a glass of wine. When we arrived there was a kettle, cups and saucers and a plate of coffee sachets, sugar, teabags and milk which was appreciated. Usually when these are provided they are restocked daily, so on returning on our second day we made do with what was left, and on the third day returned to our room with coffee and milk from the supermarket to find our cups had gone. It is the little things that could make a very good hotel into an excellent one!
Good quality and variety of food for breakfast, and the roof top dining room was brilliant, just wish the weather had been warm enough to sit outside. One major fault was lack of crockery and sometimes cutlery. We booked half board and after reading the reviews were a little concerned about both the dining room and the quality of the food for dinner. The first night we were pleasantly surprised, although a little dark the dining room was pleasant and the food varied and reasonable. By our fifth and last night it had become very repetitious.
All the staff, well yes except one, were polite and helpful. Everything was low key, quiet and homely, just the place to return to, to relax and recover after a hard day’s walking. Overall we spent a very enjoyable five nights at the Hotel Gran Rey and we would certainly recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Rey Hotel
- Hotel Gran Rey La Gomera/Valle Gran Rey