I recently spent a week at the AC Iberia Las Palmas while attending a conference. The hotel, which became part of the Marriott chain a year ago, is courting an aggresively postmodern, urban vibe. This may not be to all guests' liking; however, I found the hotel quite comfortable (not counting a few glitches) and the service very accommodating. Tthe lobby is large and well decorated. It includes a bar and an area with tables and armchairs for free WiFi access, which was well used by those seeking to avoid the annoying 13 euro/day charge for WiFi access in the rooms. The front desk staff was unfailingly cheerful and helpful, although I can't vouch for their knowledge of English (I am bilingual and spoke only Spanish). They did their best to accommodate special requests, going so far as to open the rooftop pool area at midnight one evening for a few of us so we could watch the beachfront Noche de San Juan fireworks display.
My room was a decent size by European standards with a very comfortable king bed, reasonable closet space, in-room safe, minibar, desk and swivel armchair. Adjoining the desk was a long bench, part of which was padded with a tufted cushion. For seating? For luggage storage? I couldn't figure it out. Sometimes postmodern design is obscure. Room lighting was low, although bright mini-reading lamps on flexible necks attached to the headboard of the bed certainly were welcome. (Another postmodern design oddity: lighting *beneath* the desk and bench). Blackout curtains at the window were very effective. Air conditioning is controlled by a wall thermostat and can be set to your preference. My room, with a window across one entire wall, faced the ocean and I never tired of watching the constant parade of ferries, tankers, and freighters steaming in and out of Las Palmas harbor, which is a very active international port, as well as the joggers and bikers zipping by on the sidewalk along the seawall. Best of all, the window opened; every evening I could enjoy ventilation courtesy of cool ocean breezes. (Note, though, that this side of the hotel overlooks a multi-lane avenue which carries considerable traffic. You may prefer to keep the window closed for purposes of soundproofing). As is the case in many European hotels, there was no alarm clock or in-room coffee maker.
The bathroom was also decently sized: sink, glass-walled shower (no tub), toilet, and small cart to hold extra towels and amenities (comb, pocket pack of tissues, shoeshine cloth, shower cap). Bath gel and shampoo are provided, along with a hairdryer and magnifying mirror. Lighting was fine and the bath towels were suprisingly large. In another nod to postmodern design, the soap was shaped like a dimpled golf ball, which was just silly. Two negatives to note: there was no soapdish or tray in the shower so I had to place my bath and hair products on the floor; and on two evenings I experienced offgassing from the shower drain--not exactly a sewage smell but unwelcome nonetheless.
Some reviewers have complained about noise from the elevators. My room was located two doors away and across the hall and I was not at all disturbed.
The large breakfast room is efficient and modern-looking. Breakfast choices are quite plentiful and generally very satisfactory: cold cuts, a variety of local cheeses, fruit (grapes, melon, watermelon, papaya), yogurt, breads and pastries, cold cereals, scrambled eggs, bacon, assorted fruit juices. The only dud was the tortilla, oddly enough. The restaurant-sized Nespresso machine and coffee pods produced surprisingly good quality coffee; tea and hot chocolate mix are also available.
Regarding location, the hotel is about 4 blocks from San Telmo park, which leads into the Vegueta (historic section of the city). Buses to the Canteras beach and shopping district run right past the hotel (a 15-20 min. ride, depending on traffic). The municipal bus station is located across the street from San Telmo park and from there you can catch buses to just about anywhere else on the island of Gran Canaria. Tourists only interested in the beach may consider this hotel to be out of the way but business travelers and those wishing to see some of the attractions of the old town (Casa Colón, Casa Museo Pérez Galdós, the Cathedral, etc.) should find it more to their liking. The entrance to the hotel, flanked by a cab stand and small parking lot, looked inauspicious but I soon realized that the hotel shouldn't be judged by this. The neighborhood is quite safe. All in all, this hotel grew on me during my stay and offered a good price-to-value ratio (as well as Marriott reward points). I would return again if the opportunity arises.
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- Also Known As:
- Tryp Iberia Hotel Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
- Tryp Hotel Iberia
- Sol Melia Iberia
- AC Hotel Iberia Las Palmas Gran Canaria/Las Palmas De Gran Canaria