Santa Catalina, A Royal Hideaway Hotel

Gran Canaria, Las Palmas

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  • A stunning historic 5-star hotel, in the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Four restaurants including a Michelin Star option and two bars offer plenty of choice
  • Located just 3 kilometres from  Las Canteras beach while the stylish rooftop pool keeps you cool
  • An iconic hotel in a dream setting

As soon as you step into Santa Catalina, you are enveloped by a sense of whispered luxury. As part of the chic Royal Hideaway group, the hotel oozes Canarian charm and sophistication, from the stunning courtyard and vast lobby, to the stylish, contemporary suites. 

Santa Catalina has been an emblematic fixture on Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s coastline for over a century. The hotel first opened its doors in 1890 and has welcomed some of the world’s most influential politicians, artists and elite classes. The hotel is filled with stories and history, and both of these qualities are reflected in the classic decoration. Everywhere you look tradition is fused perfectly with understated luxury and modernity. Ceilings hold sparkling chandeliers, walls are filled with creative murals, and the traditional volcanic stone terrace looks over a century-old palm tree garden. The stunning stone palace is eased out of the 18th century and into the 21st with help of a state-of-the-art spa, incredible rooftop bar and magical swimming pool, while the 204 rooms and suites feature cutting-edge technology, sumptuous bedding and fully equipped bathrooms. 

The grandiose hotel is perfectly situated in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and is only three kilometres from Playa de la Canteras - a 2-km long stretch of golden, sandy beach. The lively harbour, Puerto de la Luz, is less than a 10-minute easy walk away. Wander down and tempt your tastebuds with a taste of local tapas in one of the local bars and restaurants. Pull up a chair, order a cerveza, bask in the gentle breeze and enjoy a healthy dose of people-watching!


Bars & Restaurants

The hotel’s four restaurants and two bars serve some of the finest food and drink on the island. The undisputed star of the show is Poemas, a Michelin Star fine dining restaurant by the Padrón brothers. All tastes are catered to from the best wines and tapas at 1890, La Bodeguita to cocktails with a view at Alis Rooftop. 

1890 La Bodeguita

Nowhere in Las Palmas serves more stylish and first-rate tapas than 1890 La Bodeguita. This casual bar has become a local hot spot among locals and is the only place for delicious tapas that have been given a modern twist by the hotel’s talented team of chefs. Order a glass of local wine from their extensive wine list and a few plates to share and enjoy.  

Alis Rooftop Bar

A rooftop bar that is perfect for lounging under the Canarian sun. This exclusive private space is reserved for hotel guests with VIP service and offers a premium Pool Concierge and cocktail service. Perfect for relaxing during the day while drinking in the views from the infinity pool.

Camarote Pool Bar and Restaurant

Do you want amazing food and drinks, with excellent service and friendly waiters with an eye for detail? Then come to Camarote! Located by the infinity pool, this venue offers spectacular views of Las Palmas in a chill-out, lounge atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the horizon views and enjoy a tasty snack or refreshing drink while enjoying a few gentle beats.

Carabela Bar

Located in one of the oldest hotel ballrooms adjacent to Santa Catalina’s gorgeous reception area, this lobby bar is the ideal meeting spot. Enjoy a superb coffee, delicious cocktail, or simply curl up with a book and imbibe in the relaxed atmosphere and impressive views of Doranas Park.


Enjoy the interaction of cooking stations at Doremas Restaurant. Savour the tastes of the island with delicious meals made with local, seasonal produce prepared right in front of you. In addition to lunch and dinner, the famed Royal Breakfast is served buffet style daily to start your day in style.


Prepare to be dazzled by some of the best food you’ll ever taste at this Michelin star restaurant! Poemas is a unique culinary experience overseen by the award-winning Padrón brothers. Savour sumptuous cuisine that is bursting with creative and innovative flair, and take your tastebuds on a journey across several countries. Dishes showcase high technical skill and teem with flavour for undoubtedly one of the best dining experiences you’re ever likely to have. 

Beach & Pools

Santa Catalina Hotel is just 3 km from Playa Las Canteras. This 2-kilometre long horseshoe-shaped stretch of golden sand is a favourite among locals, and is famed for its promenade that fills up as the sun sets.

If you really want to make a splash then head up to the roof of the hotel - and keep cool in the stunning infinity pool that is perfect for gazing at the glorious seascape.

Spa & Wellness

U Wellness Spa

Look good, but feel even better thanks to Santa Catalina’s wellness programme. ‘U Wellness by Barcelo’ is a haven for guests who want to awaken their senses using the natural healing properties of water. Choose from several options, including a hydrotherapy pool, hot tubs, three types of saunas, ice fountains, a frigidarium and a caldarium. A wonderful array of face and body treatments is also available. 

About the location

Gran Canaria’s reputation as being a whole continent in a single island is true. The dramatic volcanic terrain ranges from lush and leafy to dry and desert-like, while beaches are alternatively long ribbons of gold, little pockets of black sand, or ruggedly beautiful lava rocks. But the exceptional allure of the island is not limited to its natural beauty. Gran Canaria has a lot of history to tell, from the remains left by its native islanders to the story of the arrival of Juan Rejón and the Castilians, who named the capital city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria after the three palm trees that served as a reference to locate it.

Santa Catalina is found in the centre of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria’s cosmopolitan capital. This sprawling city of the Canaries is Spain's ninth biggest city, and stretches along the sparkling coastline, so expect lots of activity to be based on the 7-kilometre-long promenade. This is where visitors and locals alike blow off steam on the city's urban beaches before filling out the bustling, authentic tapas bars in the evening.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s beach, Las Canteras, has a natural offshore lava reef that acts as a wavebreak and protects the sand and the exuberant marine life that thrives there and makes Las Canteras a top snorkelling spot. Don your best mask and snorkel and dive into the (relatively) warm waters to discover an underwater world that will leave you speechless. 

Even though Gran Canaria’s exceptional weather has made the region a hotspot year round, sometimes you just want to get off the beach and explore. Head to La Vegueta in the south of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and you’ll find a charming old town, which was once home to Christopher Columbus (his house has been turned into a museum). Stroll along cobbled streets and wander past decorative doorways and balconies that personify the island’s rich influences for a taste of the authentic Canaries. 

  • 20 minutes walk to the nearest beach - Playa de Las Alcaravaneras
  • 22 minutes walk to the nearest supermarket/shop
  • Santa Catalina is located within the town
  • 7 minutes walk to the nearest restaurant
  • 5 minutes walk to the nearest bar
  • 20 minutes walk to the nearest pharmacy

Transfer time

Santa Catalina is a 20 minute transfer from Gran Canaria Airport
Double Deluxe with Balcony

max 2 adults

For a stay filled with comfort and elegance, the Double Deluxe is the perfect choice as it’s decorated beautifully and has its own private balcony.


Deluxe Superior

Max 2 adults

Thoughtfully designed to ensure a comfortable stay and decorated in an exclusive neo-classical style. Enjoy superb views from your balcony. Bathrooms are light and airy with a raindrop effect shower, and designer bathtub.

Rooms are available in either twin or double.

25 sqm

Family Deluxe

2 Adult + 2 Children

Family Deluxe Premium Rooms are the largest rooms, and feature two connected Deluxe rooms.

35 sqm

Junior Suite Deluxe

Max 2 Adults

These suites are designed and decorated with all the luxury characteristics you would expect from a Royal Hideaway property. Enjoy breathtaking views from your furbished balcony. Your bathroom features a raindrop effect shower and fantastic designer bath - a perfect place to relax after a busy day sightseeing.

30 sqm


max 3 adults

With a separate living room and a bedroom, the Suite has been styled with neoclassical decoration offering a peaceful stay. A balcony is available on request only. 


Long Stay Offer

Sovereign guests staying for a minimum of 10 nights will receive an additional 5% discount.

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