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Hotel Rural Las Calas
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Galway, IE
1 review
“A grateful stay in the centre of the island!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2009

We stayed this delightful rural hotel, close to the protected areas of Cumbre and Pino Santo, rich in ecosystems and birdlife.
Our room was individually decorated with white wash walls and dark wood, and personal touches from owner, ensure a comfy, personal feel.
Breakfast was buffet style and served in the garden with home made cakes and delicious juices.
There are a few restaurants in the local town of San Mateo, 4kms away to dine out.
Within the gardens not only will you find the 2 resident dogs but also the swimming pool (unheated) with loungers for relaxing, weather permitting.
As this hotel is 1000 meters above sea level, it is cooler than on the coast.

We believe a car is essential here to explore the surrounding area and the island. Ideal location for relax & hikers.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2009

we travelled the last winter to Gran Canaria. The rich diversity of a whole continent seems contained within the island of Gran Canaria. Like a great wheel, rugged ridges and deep ravines are carved outwards from the island’s mountainous hub to the coast, and their volcanic landscape offers striking contrasts. The white houses of remote villages dot the hillsides, and our hire car gives us the freedom to roam at will, with the views from the precipitous mountain passes providing thrills all of their own!
We stayed at Las Calas, near San Mateo. Blissfully secluded in its own gardens (complete with a splash pool and shaded sitting area) close to the central massif, this traditional house built around a courtyard planted with native species has a distinctly ethnic flavour, with touches of the Arabian and African. Dinner was included on the night of our arrival, and it was great.
We booked with Inntravel and we will repeat with them.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Scotland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2009

Went here for winter sun break whilst still being eco. Hotel is eco friendly and lived up to expectations on that score - however other reviewers are quite right. Evening meals very poor & expensive and as it was early december no other places open on an evening for a meal - never been served a 3 course meal as fast! Very cold atmopshere & temperature - fire in "lounge" very difficult to light and build up a heat. Breakfast ok but limited in choice - fresh orange juice from trees in garden was very nice.
No tourist info to speak of, very difficult to find out about local walks or activities that had been advertised.
Bedroom ok - very little natural light - had to have shutters closed as room straight off courtyard. Garden nice - sure in summer the pool is use but its not the place to go in winter.
We wished we had read the reviews before we booked - don't think we would have gone.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank ecofi
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Brancaster Staithe, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2009

Situated in a valley that appeared to get practically no sun, but lots of rain even when the rest of the Cumbre had better weather. Not really convenient for any of the walks that were planned on this hiking holiday. Poor service, honesty bar not stocked. Food poor, I felt sorry for those that booked to eat in the hotel every night (they had the same meals on a three-day rotation).

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2009

What would you like me to say, that it was fab!. Well it wasn't. Firstly, we struggled to find the hotel, poorly sign posted, confusing directions, maybe i was losing the will to live!

We dined at the hotel on the first night and because we were slightly late for dinner we were virtually ignored by the staff. The meals are certainly nothing to write home about and are expensive for what you get. The problem is that many of the local restaurants are closed at this time and you don't get much of an alternative, and they're very medeocre, apart from one, sorry, can't remember the name,( can't have been that good then eh! )

I would say that the hotel is fairly pleasant, but someone needs to sack the staff and start from scratch, it would be such a different place.

So, would I go back, nope! not a chance, I was extremely disappointed. Maybe it works for some people, but not me.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2009

This is a nice hotel in a beautuful garden with good access to the mountains of Gran Canaria but the staff attitude ruined our enjoyment . There is a meaness of spirt here, on arriving slightly late for a pre arranged dinner, we were rushed through three course in 20mins. At breakfast we were shouted at, charges 6 euros for two boiled eggs, told we were late for breakfast at 9.30 when breakfast was advertised until 10.30. Meals were mean and rushed and we were hassled out of the dining room before 8.30pm, "go to the lounge I'm tired". The lounge was freezing no fire was lit despite a nice fireplace, the "honestly" wasn't stocked and even getting a cup of tea was a hassle. The local town is pretty dead except for market day and the restaurants not very inviting. I wouldn't recommend this place.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2008

We spent five nights here and had a great time. The hotel is extremely quiet and laid back, with a lovely courtyard garden. The pool area is a great place to sit in the sun, surrounded by orange trees and nicely sheltered.

Our room was well-equipped - with hairdryer, lighted makeup mirror, comfortable chairs, etc - and interestingly decorated with plenty of lighting, but rather lacking in natural light and with a very dark ceiling. No doubt this is welcome in high summer! The lounge has a kettle to make hot drinks, and an honesty bar.

The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, some speaking good English. Twenty words of pidgin Spanish was helpful both at the hotel and elsewhere in this part of the island, which is non-touristy and where English is by no means universal. We had no problems with the owner but can imagine that she doesn't suffer fools gladly...

Breakfast was excellent - freshly squeezed juice, fresh bread, lots of nice cheese, dried fruit and nuts. Dinner was fine but a bit unexciting, and the local restaurant opening hours were a bit eccentric!

There is lots of great walking and scenery within about 30-45 minutes' drive. Vega di San Mateo is pleasant enough but there's not much there. Las Palmas - about 40 minutes' drive away - is well worth a few hours and has good shops and restaurants.

There is a bus stop on the main road about fifteen minutes' walk away with a service going up into the national park, but suspect life without a hire car would be quite restrictive.

  • Liked — Quiet, the orange grove, the pool area, friendly staff, magnificent breakfast in bright dining room
  • Disliked — Lack of natural light in the room, one or two things in the room not working
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Rural Las Calas
Address: Carretera El Arenal 36 | La Lechuza, 35329 Vega de San Mateo, Gran Canaria, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Vega de San Mateo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Vega de San Mateo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Rural Las Calas 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled high in the heart of Gran Canaria’s rugged mountains is the tiny hamlet of La Lechuza, and here you will find Hotel Rural Las Calas – once a 19th century manor house, now a cosy country inn. Renovated in 1999, the inn is a comfortable mix of traditional Spanish furnishing and African flair, with rooms built around a verdant central garden. Nature lovers will be pleased to know the the hotel is located close to the protected areas of the Cumbre and Pino Santo, rich in ecosystems and birdlife. Sporty types are well-placed for hiking, mountain-bike and horse-riding excursions. ... more   less 
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